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What an amazing debut follow up
Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2019
Note: This was a review for the audiobook, but it still holds true, as I've read the book as well.
I was fortunate enough to read an ARC of TRUE BELIEVER, but I love my audiobooks, so I wanted to give this a completely separate review.
First, Carr's debut thriller THE TERMINAL LIST was one of the best debuts I've ever read. From what I've heard from authors, the second book is the most difficult, but WOW! This book is a true gem. It is one of my favorite books of this year, by far. This book has action, mystery, and emotion and emotion and emotion. It was so good!
When you add in Ray Porter as the narrator, it makes it all-the-more better. Porter is one of my favorite narrators, up there with Scott Brick, George Guidall, George Newbern, and Jay Snyder. He is so talented, and he truly brings this book to life.
Because of Jack Carr's past military history, he is required to have this book reviewed by the DoD, which is why the pub date was pushed back. Just like in THE TERMINAL LIST, Carr left in all parts that were redacted by the DoD, meaning, in the middle of a sentence, you may hear the word "redacted." Now I DON'T mind this at all. I actually find it interesting, but it may turn some people off to it. For a quick example, Chapter 40 probably has over a dozen redacted words, and they all seem to be nations. This is not a direct quote, but it would be something like, "Reece got off the plane at (redacted)," or "He entered the (redacted) embassy," or "the (redacted) solider." Again, I had no issue with this, but some people may not like it. Just something to keep in mind.
Overall, this is without a doubt, going to be one of the best thrillers of 2019. I can't recommend it enough. A fantastic plot, dynamic and incredible characters, and the ideal narrator.
Great job, Jack!