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The Terminal List: A Thriller (1) Audio CD – Unabridged, December 18, 2018
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (December 18, 2018)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1508268436
- ISBN-13 : 978-1508268437
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.06 x 0.9 x 5.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #322,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To use the divisive vernacular of our time, I'm no snowflake. I grew up on a farm and starting shooting and hunting at an early age. I am a life-long Republican, although the party's support of an obviously amoral leader have me reassessing my political affiliation. But this kind of simplistic drivel, regardless of which party it comes from, is part of what's driving us further apart. We only read and listen to the B.S. coming from our tribe which then further motivates our tribal instincts and our visceral hate for the other tribes.
The author seems to think that avarice and corruption is limited to one party. Every character appears to be either a hero or a villian. If you are a conservative, law-and-order proponent who is threatened or challenged by shades of gray, don't worry. This book is completely devoid of complex thought and will not challenge you at all. It will fit perfectly into your confimation bias.
I never buy novels. I always check them out for free at the library. But I bought this because James Yeager recommended it, and I'm glad I did. It was well worth the money and the time I spent reading it. I'm now going to pass it off to my dad, and I know he'll enjoy it, too. I look forward to Jack Carr's next novel.
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The story is a by the numbers revenge deal. Brave hero is betrayed by vacuous politicians/career brass types for money, who then kill his family, forcing him to extract his revenge. There are an awful lot of similarities to "the Punisher" and it was pretty apparent how the story was going to go very early on.
My biggest problem is that it lacks tension and depth. When James Reece chases down his tormentors, they don't really stand a chance and it never feels like he'll come off second best. Obviously, SEAL team members are tough hombres, however the main character feels invincible, able to second guess his adversaries and deal with anything they throw at him. I get that that the other author is immensely proud of being a SEAL (why wouldn't he be), but having everyone who meets the main character be in awe of his "bad-assery" felt a little self-congratulatory.
The characters are either good or bad on a comic book level. There is no middle ground and this means they lack any real depth. Because of this, it's very hard to feel anything when the bad guys meet their end or to really care about any of the good guys. I wasn't suitably invested in any of the characters, largely because they all feel like cardboard cut outs.
Also, even for a self-confessed weapons nut, I thought he went a little overboard with the amount of gun/scope/bullet/knife detail that is crammed in here. Whilst it might be accurate to describe the techniques of long range shooting, I am not sure it really adds anything to the story other than to bloat the page count. Does it really matter which brand of knife he is using? (or tactical travel mug!)
Likewise, there were a lot of acronyms and other military related stuff that felt unnecessary.
It's not a bad book and there are certainly worse in the genre, however I never really got to a point where I was that invested/involved in the story. If you like the Jack Reacher novels (which is clearly where this is pitched), then you'll probably like this - if nothing else, at least it's tactically more realistic!
Perhaps at times a bit too much information regarding the weaponry involved, but this does not detract from the overall enjoyment. The book is well written with strong story line and characters. I would definitely recommend it. Well worth five stars.
Just one further comment, there is a glossary of terminology to be found immediately after the conclusion of the novel. Perhaps I missed any reference to this prior to commencing the story, but I am sure the reader will find it useful to be aware of it.
The storyline had me fully engrossed and vying for the main character to succeed. Also, despite my usual inability to keep track of multiethnic characters, I found myself truly understanding each character's intentions and back stories.
The characters involved were likeable, even the bad guys because they were so well written and unique in their own ways. It's not the deepest character-driven book but the main character is written very well and had me wanting him to win.
This book is also phenomenally written. The research into weapons, cars, locations, industries, government, the navy SEALS is so well researched. Well, I presume it is as I know little about these things and he's sold me on them all!
I would highly recommend this for ANYBODY who wants a genuinely good read and loves action!