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Publisher's Summary

New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling Author

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

What the critics say

"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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Reality Check! Well written and read

I found this book from an instagram post from Dom Raso (former Navy Seal and founder of Dynamis Alliance). Anything that an operator like Dom would recommend is worth looking into. The book is very well paced and has interesting twists throughout. Ray Porter does an excellent job reading this book. Definitely a good listen.

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Pro-military republican agenda

The story is ok. That said, this book screamed republican intolerance and thinly veiled anti-Islamic sentiments. It also went on at tedious length about the guns used by the 'hero'. Finally, while I love Ray Porter's narration of male characters and the story itself, he manages to make every woman sound like a high pitched bimbo. It's the equivalent of giving every man a Barney Rubble voice. Why can't he portray a more reasoable tone? It's distracting from the story. I don't recommend this book. The high ratings are not merited.

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My first audio book!

Just awesome !! Thank you for your work and service :) I can’t wait to finish the series

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Very enjoyable

This is one of those books which is hard to put down it was very fast moving and well worth readingThis is one of those books that is very hard to put down and he’s very fast moving as well
Well worth buying

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A++ !!!!!!!!!

Loved it!!! Can't wait to start book 2!!! The narrator is also great, as always!!!

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James Reese, a new hero

A real beauty. Jack Carr’s debut is superb. Great story, lots of action and a real tug at the heart strings. Looking forward to Jack’s next book! Just Read It!

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can't stop listening

exciting to the end.

look forward to the next Carr novel
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Fantastic Book!

Great story with lots of attention to technical details and amazingly narrated. I can't wait to listen to the next Jack Carr novels...

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Gory revenge story

The story was well told although not really believable. Visually, I was picturing one scene after another with lots of dead bodies and blood everywhere.

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Right wing propaganda

Imagine a stock seal operator revenge novel with no real greatness set in a right wing narrative snuff film. Dangerous and biased political perspective wrapped in a mediocre novel. Grating at best. Performance of narration is well done. Leave the flawed politics at the door. My first and last novel by the author.

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  • John Riehl
  • 2019-06-13

the terminal list is terminally bad

Mr. Carr clearly knows his military tactics and his weapons. Unfortunately, he doesn't know how to construct a believable story or creat believable characters. The villains are less than one-dimensional; there only function is to be set up as clay pigeon targets for the hero to knock down and kill. Even by the standards of military thrillers, the plot is completely unbelievable. To say more would give away spoilers. I'm going to return this book and I urge you not to buy it. I hope Carr's second book is better; I'll wait for a trusted friend to recommend it. The performance was excellent.

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  • Ted
  • 2019-12-14

Yeah, I've bought the next James Reece Book!

Totally improbable? Would have been if the 2019 mess of revelations in Washington weren't pouring out all over us from 24/7 cable news. So? So it wasn't hard to suspend disbelief and understand the meaning of distilled revenge that Reece havoc's upon the no-gre-zone baddies who've done him totally wrong. This is a sort of catharsis book... The chance for readers to fantasize a tad of purgation (if that's a word?).

With the presently unending spew of hatred we're getting sprayed into our ears and eyes, well there's solace in these moments that Carr's filled which at least have periods at the end of the final paragraphs. Or realize that in fiction as opposed to reality there can be final paragraphs with an entirely new day to follow.

So... I'm off to read 'True Believer' and escape from the reality of our politically poisoned moment. Yay! Oh, and Ray Porter does his normally terrific job of bringing the ensemble cast to life.

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  • 2019-06-22

Disappointing.

Flat characters, predictable plot, overtly political and unnecessarily divisive. Exactly what is not needed today.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-05-16

War porn

The story is your typical revenge plot where the “hero” murders everyone in a a more bloody and outrageous performance than the last. And of course gets away with all of it.

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  • EricKG
  • 2020-05-20

Breibart Readers Rejoice!

I’m not particularly left or right leaning. I was looking for a new series along the lines of Mitch Rapp or Orphan X. What I found was a “beat you over the head” right wing fantasy.

Over and over we are reminded that the protagonist is a “honorable” man while fighting effeminate liberal political apparatchiks led by a female Secretary of State, oh my mistake, I meant Secretary of Defense. This liberal villain was siphoning “$100B” from the honorable military every year. And only our protagonists loyal (honorable) friend could discover this. I guess accounting has not been discovered yet or the GAO. I’m not sure subtlety is a word that the author has much experience with.

The plot and characters were so cardboard thin and such nauseating caricatures that I’m really surprised that this book isn’t rated an average 2 stars or less.

If you like Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp, Orphan X etc ... this is not going hold up to those works. It’s been a while since I’ve disliked a novel as much as this one.

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  • nls
  • 2020-05-15

Dripping with conservative BS

Author couldn’t seem to resist taking swipes at Democrats and liberals. The distraction was off putting.

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  • shelley
  • 2018-03-08

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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  • Donald
  • 2018-06-01

Not very creative

I guess audible doesn't always suggest books that hit the mark for me. I think the book was suggested because I really enjoy listening to Ray Porter. He again was great in narrating this book.

What I didn't care for was how simple the story was. It's basically just revenge porn. A lot of cliche characters and unfortunately not a lot of imaginative situations. It was like listening to a game of tee-ball. The characters were placed in a situation and then the objective was met. The author was more interested in describing the weapons then developing any sense of suspense.

If it wasn't for the long road trip that I was on, I probably wouldn't have finished the book. It didn't keep my attention very well and made the trip seem longer. That sounds harsh. It isn't horrible. It's just not very engaging.

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  • Wayne
  • 2018-03-09

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
  • 2018-06-06

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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  • MS CHRISTINE L DANIELOU
  • 2021-03-30

good entertainment, nothing exceptional

Typical bad politician scam and good guy kill them all . Predictable but satisfying

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  • emir kulic
  • 2020-06-01

WOW !

What a book!! What a story! What a character JAMES REESE! Can't wait to get the second book TRUE BELIEVER! Congrats Mr. Carr!!