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.
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By The Dark Newt on 12-06-18
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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By shelley on 08-03-18
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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By Wayne on 09-03-18
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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