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Publisher's Summary

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.

On his last combat deployment, Lieutenant Commander James Reece's entire team was killed in a catastrophic ambush that also claimed the lives of the aircrew sent in to rescue them. 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.

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.

©2018 Jack Carr (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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"Double the trouble, twice the action, and quadruple the enjoyment. Careful while reading this one, it could leave a mark." (Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author of The Last Order)

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Make way for Jack Carr!!!!

I listened to the sample for this book and thought the writing sounded good. Combine that with Ray Porter's wonderful narration and I thought this could be a winner.
So, I paid my credit and took a chance. The author's forward made me think this might be something on the order of a Gentry book. Instead, this is more like the early Dewey Andreas or Pike Logan characters but the writing is better. The protagonist's (James Reese) team is ambushed in Afghanistan. While recuperating he and two other members are diagnosed with brain tumors. The doctor who diagnosed gives Reese a card and tells him to contact him back in the states. When Reese arrives back in the US he finds another team member had "committed suicide" but Reese thinks it's murder. He leaves his friend's house and heads for his own home. When he arrives he finds his wife and daughter supposedly murdered by a gang who broke into their home. He calls the doctor whose card he was given and he's told the Dr was killed during an 'incident " in Afghanistan. Everyone he has involvement with is dying... prepare yourself, this is good!

Carr starts out saying that this is a novel of revenge.
The writing superb. The story is coherent and if I didn't know better I would think this was an author who's been writing for a long time.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!
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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 03-09-18

The perfect espionage thriller!

The Terminal List had an extraordinary quantity and quality of publicity by the publisher prior to release which persuaded me to pre-order it. All of the great publicity was for a new author. Nevertheless, it far exceeds my expectations. Author and former Navy SEAL Jack Carr has written an espionage thriller that is good as the first and later efforts of Vince Flynn and Ben Coes. Just get it and listen to the must-read The Terminal List! As is normal and usual for him Ray Porter narrates flawlessly.

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  • Lia
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  • 06-06-18

Fantasic Military Thriller

This book, as many of the comments have already suggested, is well written. The language was easy to understand, even amidst the military jargon that was heavily used, which greatly added to the intricacy of the book. This is not something the book should be criticised for, because it was a perfect mix of technical and laymen terms that just about anyone could enjoy reading. The interaction between Reece and his friends throughout the story was so brilliantly written. It captured the human element of a guys-type of friendship so well, I couldn’t help but laugh as I was reminded of the joking conversation I have had with my friends before.

Carr does an excellent job of depicting the characters right down to every single article of clothing worn and does not shy away from simply mentioning the brands of certain items in order to fully describe to the reader what is pictured.

Ultimately the single word that comes to mind while reading this book is authentic. Obviously the story is fictional, and that is not what I am referring to, but the perspective of Reece in the story clearly indicates the author has had significant first hand experience that is reflective in the story. For that reason, this work stands out strongly as a respectable military/thriller book.

One minor criticism I encountered was that I would occasionally lose track of which character was saying what during some of the dialogue. It was not difficult to simply back track and continue with the conversations in the book. This admittedly may be entirely my fault for not paying close enough attention as I had thought I needed to.

The book is just as much an action intense thriller as it is a constant reminder of importance of those whom you truly hold close in life. Not just your parents, spouse and children, although that is a significant aspect, but your closest friends, and even acquaintances who quickly become friends and allies under trying circumstances. Not to mention the kinds of people you come across that you find yourself thinking, as Clint Smith so eloquently stated, “there are some people who just need to be shot.”

The end of the book, particularly the final chapter and epilogue, left me feeling deeply conflicted about the way things ended. At the same time, it was exactly what makes a story of retribution come to completion. I found myself moved by the urgency to see justice followed through with in a fantastic action-filled story.

Needless to say, this book was excellent and I greatly look forward to Mr. Carr’s next work. I also wanted to express my gratitude to Mr. Carr for his military service to the United States.

Ray Porter was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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THANKS YEAGER, ya jerk.... single binge session

on the recommendation of James Yeager i downloaded this book, I'm not normally a fiction guy but being written by a former real world operator I figured that the "little details" would actually be correct and IT WAS! I HAD TO STAY UP TILL MIDNIGHT TO FINISH IT IN ONE DAY! HOW CAN CARR TOP THIS I DON'T KNOW BUT I LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT BOOK!

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Ray Porter no one better

This guy could read a novel about the #MeToo movement and it would give me chills. Ray could read red hot man love romances and I’d listen with baited breath the guy murdered it again here. What a great new thriller series - we need new material - can wait for 2nd book!

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Without Remorse

Where does The Terminal List rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is a very entertaining thriller, by an author that nailed everything right.

What other book might you compare The Terminal List to and why?

Without Remorse by Tom Clancy, the plot is similar, with the main character on a mission of revenge and with nothing to lose.

Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, many others. Ray is awesome, always.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Angel of Death

Any additional comments?

My first contact with this author. Looking forward to more from him.

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  • Mel
  • Raleigh, NC, United States
  • 03-11-18

James Reece = Paul Kersey ("Death Wish")

Coincidentally I saw the latest movie "Death Wish" the same week I listened to this book. Lt Col. Reece is a bit more creative in his vengeance than Dr Kersey (Bruce Willis). ... I figured this story would have an underlying political theme. Jack Carr and I seem to share the same "politics" so no problem for me. .... I figured out the "who dunnit" about 2/3 thru, but I read a LOT of this genre. ... Without revealing a spoiler, I look forward to the likelihood of a 2nd similar book.

.... IMO, Ray Porter is the BEST narrator going. Joe Barrett is 2nd. Mr Carr... Keep Ray as your narrator!

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Best Book I've ever heard on Audible!!!

I've been a member since 2006 and never written a review, but this book deserved it!!!! Thank you Jack for your service with the Seals. You are one hell writer. Keep them coming......

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Thinly Disguised Political Screed

This book is a political statement disguised as a novel. The author is a former Navy Seal who received clearance from DoD to publish (as amended). The amendments are blacked out in the print version, but aren't noted in the audiobook.

The preface is somewhat promising. Carr sets out his beliefs that the consolidation of federal power in the name of public safety is the erosion of individual rights and the end of democracy as we know it. The targeting of political opponents, and revisionist views by opportunistic politicians, and unelected judges, threaten the core principles of the republic. We are citizens, not subjects. Sounds good right? But - I found myself waiting for Carr to drop the other shoe, which he most certainly does.

Not too far into the book he identifies the villains as "liberal Democrats." The vilest of these are easily recognizable from our political scene, in particular the female Secretary of Defense who is a very thinly disguised Hillary Clinton. His contempt for her couldn't be clearer.

Later in the book, references are made to "Saint Reagan." You will easily reach your own conclusions as to Carr's political views.

Well, this is a novel, and Carr isn't the first to write from his personal politics. Nor will he be the last. His vilification of persons holding opposing views is exemplary of how real life political dialogue has degenerated into what we are now calling "tribal politics."

James Reese is a deeply flawed protagonist. Again, not the first. Flawed protagonists can be rather appealing, because they're more realistic.

Reese is presented as an avenging angel, his sins forgiven in the name of revenge for the crimes that have been perpetrated against him. It's frightening to think that real life Reesses may be out there, and may follow orders that really will be the end of our republic, if they are given by someone who claims to hold similar views. Given the prologue, perhaps Carr intends this as a cautionary tale for precisely that reason.

The reader can sympathize with Reese. Some of the people he kills get what they deserve. We shouldn't rejoice at their deaths, but we do,because they got what was coming to them. However this sympathy is soon eroded by the callous and horrific manner in which Reese metes out retribution.

After the murder of his wife and daughter (and unborn son) Reese goes on a killing spree of revenge, taking the lives of those who wielded the weapons that killed his family, and of those who concocted a plot to field test an anti-PTSD drug on him and those under his command. The drug, when approved, would make the conspirators fabulously wealthy.

His spree takes him into Mexico, where he slaughters the individuals responsible, some in their sleep. The Mexicans are presented as worthless scum, deserving of their fate. He states clearly that he wouldn't hesitate to kill the women if they get in his way, even though they had nothing to do with the murder of his wife and children.

The Mexicans are never included in his body count in the United States. It's in the U.S. that he kills those responsible for the drug trials that resulted in the tumor in his brain, and the sacrifice of 50 soldiers, including 20 Seals, to safeguard the moneymaking secret that all were part of the drug trial.

One of the money hungry Americans is killed by being gutted, then his intestines wound around a tree - Reese forced him to walk around the tree - and being left for the insects and larger prey animals to eat alive.

In Chapter 59 Reese says to his pilot that he's not a cold blooded killer. She agrees, This is a puerile attempt to rehabilitate Reese, who is obviously not just a cold blooded killer, but a cold blooded murderer who acts as judge, jury, and executioner, without compunction.

On a lighter note, the narrator raises his voice into falsetto for the female characters. It's a lack of skill that is grating on the ears.

The book is mildly entertaining if the reader can overlook the politics and the blood. Since the politics are frequently and obviously shoved into the reader's face (or ears, in the audiobook), this is difficult to do. I finished it, but can't really say I liked it. I'm debating returning it for the credit I used to buy it. My response to the writer's politics, in the pocket book that Reese so clearly despises.

I can't recommend this book not only because of the politics, but because it's just plain bloody and often gruesome, and because the narrator is annoying when voicing female characters. Should you choose to listen to the book, you'll make your own judgment.

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Fantastic Debut Thriller

Jack Carr I thought knocked this out of the park. A great brand new thriller! I can't recommend this enough. It runs in the same vein as Flynn and Thor. It is great, and everyone should check this out. Nonstop action, great protagonist, everything.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-24-18

The NRA publishing

Reading and enjoying this book requires a solid military practice, knowledge, experience in guns.
Did not read it to the end. The idea is not new, the story is not written in way to keep the suspense. However if you like guns, support the NRA and affiliates and you are denying the man made global climate change it is your book.

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  • D V Thorburn
  • 06-22-18

Brilliant!

Hope we see more of this author, great story and well narrated. Enjoyed very much

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  • The Dark Newt
  • 06-12-18

Totally gripping emotional rollercoaster

Not perfect, but close enough that I loved this audiobook.

First, because I may not come back to this point, the narrator is excellent. In fact I came to this book because I was looking for new stuff narrated by this talented performer, having listened to Dennis E Taylor's work narrated by Ray Porter.

Having picked this up at the start of my holiday, I burned through this audiobook. I'm glad I did it while on holiday, otherwise it would have been a case of listening long into the night and then struggling to get up for work in the morning.

The story is gripping with a mix of plot twists I didn't see coming and some that I did, which I could pat myself on the back for. I finished seeing no loose ends that went untied, other than those that may lead to a welcome sequel. The mix of realpolitik, military intelligence and humanity was a very well balanced combination.

If you want to draw comparisons, I guess Jack Reacher is one possibly similar protagonist, but I felt this one was more nuanced and more human. Certainly, Carr brings us a protagonist that is more realistic (cynical?) about the means, methods and motives of the modern political-security state that has arisen in the 21st century west.

If I have one criticism, it's that after such an intricately woven plot, the endgame had a bit of a deus-ex-machina that could have been addressed and left me feeling ever so slightly cheated, even if the author implicitly recognised it with a shrug and a laugh. Nevertheless, every bad guy that got his (or hers) made me smile with righteous satisfaction.

As a first novel, this is a remarkable effort, and I just hope the author can dig deep enough to do it again.

Oh, and if you want to read a story where a political power-couple modelled on the Clintons get theirs in spectacular fashion, then this is your book.

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  • Bec
  • 04-04-18

This should be made into a movie.

Best book I’ve listened to in a long time. Start to finish a thrilling ride.

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  • anne
  • 03-11-18

A full on thriller

Overall I found this an enjoyable listen. Full of technical detail and action. But there was a bit too much bias on how seals were the best and greatest and principled and unbeatable etc. Perhaps they are! I just don’t know it, because I’ve never met one. I’ll read another of Jack Carr’s book though, .

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  • Rhys
  • 05-03-18

Captivating!

Amazing book, written by someone you know has lived in SOF world.
Can’t wait for the follow up!

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