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The Terminal List: A Thriller Paperback – September 1, 2020
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“Take my word for it, James Reece is one rowdy motherf***er. Get ready!”—Chris Pratt, all around great guy and star of The Terminal List, coming to Amazon Prime
A Navy SEAL has nothing left to live for and everything to kill for after he discovers that the American government is behind the deaths of his team in this ripped-from-the-headlines political thriller that is “so powerful, so pulse-pounding, so well-written—rarely do you read a debut novel this damn good” (Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author).
On his last combat deployment, Lieutenant Commander James Reece’s entire team was killed in a catastrophic ambush. But when those dearest to him are murdered on the day of his homecoming, Reece discovers that this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of government.
Now, with no family and free from the military’s command structure, Reece applies the lessons that he’s learned in over a decade of constant warfare toward avenging the deaths of his family and teammates. With breathless pacing and relentless suspense, Reece ruthlessly targets his enemies in the upper echelons of power without regard for the laws of combat or the rule of law.
With “crackerjack plotting, vivid characters both in and out of uniform, and a relentless pace to a worthy finish” (Stephen Hunter, #1 New York Times bestselling author), The Terminal List is perfect for fans of Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, and Nelson DeMille.
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"Told with a deft hand and a keen eye for detail, THE TERMINAL LIST . . . is explosive and riveting." -- Kevin Maurer, co-author of the #1 Bestselling NO EASY DAY and AMERICAN RADICAL
"An extremely unique thriller! Absolutely intense!" -- Chuck Norris
"Like a bullet from Jack Carr’s custom built sniper rifle, the story arrives on target with devastating impact. Trust me, you won’t be able to put this one down!" -- Mark Owen, New York Times bestselling author of NO EASY DAY and NO HERO
"THE TERMINAL LIST is a thrill from start to finish! Let's all hope this is the first of many from Jack Carr." -- Chris Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director
"Bravo! Jack Carr is the real deal!" -- Sean Parnell, New York Times Bestselling author of OUTLAW PLATOON
"Crackerjack plotting, vivid characters both in and out of uniform, and a relentless pace. to a worthy finish. It's a great start!" -- Stephen Hunter, #1 New York Times bestselling author of G-MAN
"If you are a fan of Vince Flynn or Brad Thor, make room on your nightstand - Jack Carr has arrived!" -- Eric Blehm, New York Times bestselling author of FEARLESS, LEGEND, and THE ONLY THING WORTH DYING FOR
"THE TERMINAL LIST bleeds with gripping authenticity . . . Think Vince Flynn's TERM LIMITS meets Mark Greaney's BACK BLAST." ― The Real Book Spy
"Hands down one of the best books I’ve ever read!" -- Brent Gleeson, author of TAKING POINT
"Absolutely riveting! Carr's experience and expertise shine on each and every page." -- Phillip Tomasso, Award Winning Author of Absolute Zero
"Not since Stephen Hunter have we seen an author who so accurately captures the essence of the gun–Jack Carr is a shooter." -- Clint Smith, Founder of Thunder Ranch Shooting School
“Impossible to put down. I read it cover to cover and can’t wait for the next one. Although fictional, it's very obvious that it's written by someone with 20 years of firsthand experience on the battlefield leading high pressure missions. Jack Carr knows what he’s writing about!!” -- Jimmy Spithill, Oracle Team USA America’s Cup Skipper and author of CHASING THE CUP: MY AMERICA'S CUP JOURNEY
"The author blends his unique perspective having ‘been there and done that’ into a writing style that pulls no punches. A must read and a no nonsense writer to watch." -- Larry Vickers, Master Sergeant (Retired) US Army SOF Combat Veteran
"Jack Carr is an amazing author! As a former Navy SEAL himself, Jack has created the main character, James Reece, to be a modern day American hero and dissolve a conspiracy that runs to the highest level of government! It’s truly a thriller." -- Gebben Miles, World Champion Sporting Clays Shooter
"An intoxicating thriller that cautions against the seduction of absolute power and those who would do anything to achieve it, THE TERMINAL LIST is perfect for fans of Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Stephen Hunter and Nelson DeMille." ― Bookreporter.com
"The Terminal List is nothing short of a runaway train on fire, heading down a steep hill with no brakes, and as the very eager reader, I did not want to get off. Worth 5 sniper-precision stars!" ― The Wit & Wonder Agency
"Thrilling." ― Publishers Weekly
"Jack Carr's The Terminal List is a page turning thriller you won't be able to put down. The detail-focused writing, personal characters and heart pounding plot line will keep you coming back for more. An absolute must-read!" -- Katie Pavlich, New York Times Bestselling Author
"Any fan of the novels by Brad Thor and the late Vince Flynn will realize that Jack Carr will soon be joining their ranks. THE TERMINAL LIST is sure to be the best debut thriller of 2018." ― The Washington Times
"There have been many inspiring books by SEALs about their life and career. With The Terminal List, readers get the inspiring story within an action-packed plot." ― Black Five
"Without question, Jack Carr's The Terminal List is the most daring, controversial debut political action thriller since Vince Flynn's iconic novel, Term Limits." ― The Real Book Spy
"Carr's novel is a strong cocktail. The Terminal List combines a shot of Vince Flynn's Term Limits with a dash of Stephen Hunter's Point of Impact, tosses in a sprinkle of the movie The Fugitive, and mixes it all together with the visceral vengeance of David Morell's First Blood. ― Jon Crunch Book Review
"The best ending to a novel I've ever read!" -- Matt Locke, Conservative Cartel, Blaze Radio
"This is one of the best thrillers of the year and highly recommended." ― The Free Lance Star (Fredericksburg)
"A breakout success." ― The National Review
About the Author
- Publisher : Emily Bestler Books (September 1, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1982158115
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982158118
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 1.08 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,957 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!