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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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362 of 380 people found this review helpful

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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.

110 of 117 people found this review helpful

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 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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  • 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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repetitive killing scenes, with political bias

repetitive killing scenes, with political bias undertone. well narated. no real suprises in the story.

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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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I was punked into wasting a credit.

Carr should invest in a thesaurus and quit describing his characters by their name brands. He tells us every single car brand every single character drives and if the car being driven is either a Mercedes or BMW then, SPOLIER ALERT, they are a bad guy. How very deep, right?

The main character was misogynistic and I couldn't like him. "She flew liked a man, but drank like a woman." It didn't help when the good gals were hot with CrossFit bodies but didn't know it (of course) and the bad women were vain but ironically, described as not physically attractive. Again, Carr relies on tripe you'd see in a middle school writing assignment (and being wholly proud of that tripe.)

Carr described the sacrifice of military families which I appreciated. The wife of the main character is perfect. His 3 year old daughter is perfect... especially since she asks thoughtful questions like she's 8. And not to mention the amount of unsecured weapons this dude has in his house. I guess little Lucy isn't the curious toddler type.

I did enjoy learning about the procedures and lingo of the SEALs. I liked the action scenes. I like the little facts he threw in about military side arms. His story about the unit who was in the airport about to get on a plane and return home from fighting only to be told they weren't done fighting and get back ASAP....I liked that and assume that it's a true story from Carr's military days.

Finally (and really, I could go on,) it is obvious this main character was written to be the ideal SEAL. He's what the best of the best should aspire to. He loves God and country and uses both to justify his actions. However, after listening to his journey? If he's the ideal Patriot, then may God have mercy on our American souls.

Oh, and the narrator was bad. Female voices were shriller than nails on a chalkboard. And everyone had pretty fake southern accents.

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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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  • 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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  • G. S.
  • 08-31-18

Pretty good.

Story was ok if a little heavy on the overwrought machismo (what is it with Americans? - they can't just be highly trained soldiers they have to be 'elite warriors' - it always sounds a bit fragile ego to me - like bin men who insist on being called 'sanitary disposal engineers') .. I thought the narrator was very good though and really brought the story to life.

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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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