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Retired Navy SEAL Jack Carr with another JAMES REECE thriller. A must read!
Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2020
Author Jack Carr, a household name at this point in the thriller community is back with his third James Reece novel, Savage Son. For those just getting to know Jack, he’s a former Navy SEAL sniper. He led special ops teams as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, and Task Unit Commander. He then transitioned over to the dark side, meaning he became an officer. He led assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was a platoon commander practicing counterinsurgency in the southern Philippines, he commanded a Special Ops Task Unit during the draw down of US Forces in Iraq. With over 20 years of Special Warfare combat experience, I want to take a moment and say thank you Jack for your service.
Quick recap, Jack exploded onto the scene in 2018 with his debut novel, The Terminal List. A novel of revenge. Navy SEAL Lieutenant Commander James Reece lost his entire team in an ambush, then when he returned home thinking what else can go wrong, his family is taken from him just as brutally. On top of that, he learns he may have a terminal tumor growing in his brain. With his days numbered, Reece sets off on a mission to avenge the deaths of his family and teammates. The follow up, True Believer (2019), a novel of retribution. Living off the grid, James Reece still thinking his days are numbered is waiting for the end as the most wanted domestic terrorist alive. In the real world, a former Iraqi commando is wreaking havoc on the world with coordinated terrorist attacks which plunges the markets. When the US government came for Reece, as he knew they might, he didn’t have the heart to kill anyone that doesn’t deserve to be killed, he expected an ambush, instead he found a long-time friend, with a job offer. Without being given much of a choice, Reece sets off targeting terrorist leaders and uncovering a conspiracy that exposes a traitor within the ranks of the CIA, one that Reece learns is responsible for a lot more than just the current world chaos.
Savage Son starts off with James Reece recovering in Montana after his successful brain surgery. Slowly putting his life back together, he still hasn’t committed to the CIA as they want him to, but he also hasn’t quit either. Knowing they have the resources he needs and there are still a few people out there that need killing. He trains daily, he lives off the grid, but those out there that James wants to kill know he will be coming after them, so they try to turn the hunter into the hunted. The above-mentioned CIA traitor seeks refuge with the Russian Mafia and attempts to use their vast resources to put James Reece down for good. But, even in Russia, those in power are cutthroat. Willing to expose those making power moves in order to capitalize on their failure and absorb their power. In Savage Son, it’s father vs son. James Reece exploits this division and uses it to his advantage.
Jack Carr delivers the most gripping, the most impressive novel so far this year. With scenes that will have you turning the pages eager to find out who wins, who dies, who gets ambushed, who out maneuvers who? With intensity, weapons knowledge that can only come from someone who has utilized those weapons in combat himself, real warfighting tactics, and a plot that gets better with every page, this novel has earned itself a Blast Radius of a Nuclear Bomb! Jack Carr’s Savage Son is an absolute must read.