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True Believer

A Novel (Terminal List, Book 2)
Written by: Jack Carr
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Series: Terminal List Book Series, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
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“This is seriously good. I mean - seriously. Both author Jack Carr and main character James Reece are the real deal, the action is razor sharp, the suspense is unrelenting, and the tradecraft is so authentic the government will probably ban it - so read it while you can!” (Lee Child, number one New York Times best-selling author of Past Tense)

“A powerful, thoughtful, realistic, at times terrifying thriller that I could not put down. A terrific addition to the genre, Jack Carr and his alter-ego protagonist, James Reece, continue to blow me away.” (Mark Greaney, number one New York Times best-selling author of Mission Critical)

True Believer, the highly anticipated new thriller from Jack Carr, is one of this year’s hottest thrillers, and a perfect fit for fans of Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, and Daniel Silva.” (The Real Book Spy)

In acclaimed author Jack Carr’s follow-up to The Terminal List, former Navy SEAL James Reece’s skill, cunning, and heroism put the US government back in his debt and set him on another path of revenge.

When a string of horrific terrorist attacks plagues the Western world during the holiday season, the broader markets fall into a tailspin. The attacks are being coordinated by a shadowy former Iraqi commando who has disappeared into Europe’s underground. The United States government has an asset who can turn the Iraqi against his masters: James Reece, the most-wanted domestic terrorist alive.

After avenging the deaths of his family and team members, Reece emerges deep in the wilds of Mozambique, protected by the family of his estranged best friend and former SEAL Team member. When a series of events uncovers his whereabouts, the CIA recruits him, using a Presidential pardon for Reece and immunity for the friends who helped him in his mission of vengeance.

Now a reluctant tool of the United States government, Reece travels the globe, targeting terrorist leaders and unraveling a geopolitical conspiracy that exposes a traitorous CIA officer and uncovers a sinister assassination plot with worldwide repercussions.

A high-intensity roller-coaster ride, True Believer explodes with action and authenticity that cements Jack Carr as the new leader in political thrillers.

©2019 Jack Carr (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio
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First one was a little better, but still a good listen.

Good listen spends a lot of time getting the ball rolling, but when it does it’s hard to stop listening till the end. I enjoyed the first book a little more because I think it is a little more fast paced but I listened to this at work where I drive a lot so I didn’t mind the detail. All that being said I’m looking forward to the next one coming out

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Great as Ever.

This piece is every bit as good if not a little better than the first in this series. Jack once again is able to masterfully draw you into the story and is able to make you forget that you're not actually there with James Reese and Co.

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excellent listen

Not sure if I entirely liked the ending of the book, but it was very gripping.

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slow start strong finish

book kinda starts slow but more than makes up for it later with amazing storytelling

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Great book

Great follow up to The Terminal List. Thai book series is great . Hard to stop listening once you start 👍 👍!!!

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Highly recommended.

Fantastic writing. This book had me on the edge of my seat all the way though. Ray porter also dose an excellent job narrating. Looking forward to listening to the next one “Savage Son”.

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Addicting

Jack Carr does an amazing job telling the story. And the narrator does an awesome job. Just about to start the third book.

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This book is garbage.

Can't follow the story. 1st half of the book I don't even know why it's in there. The plot line is stupid

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Another home run for Jack Carr

After listening to his first novel I immediately downloaded this follow up. I was not disappointed. I read some reviews that complained it was slow, but I found it was a nice pace and helped with character development. The "redacted" thing is overblown by some reviews, it happens maybe 20 times in a 15 hour book and it's mostly clustered together. I will be downloading his third book now and I'm excited to blow through it too.

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Listened to it non-stop

Great action. The ending is a bit non-perfect, but great writing. Product placement is super-cheezy and isn't necessary.

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  • OverRover
  • 2019-10-11

Don't let the "redacted"

whiners stop you from grabbing this listen.


I've had this book in my wish list since it was released.....like a fool...I was put off the listen....by the reviews complaining about the use of the word "redacted".

I thoroughly enjoyed "The Terminal List" and now feel like a fool for not just grabbing this when it hit Audible.

"Maharushdie" The Doctor of Democracy mentioned it a few days ago, said he'd read it,was a great read and paralleled the news of the day.... and well...I thought ...W-T-H...d*mn the redacted...I'm going in...and so glad I did!

It's almost two stories blending into one, the first part is a bit gut wrenching, given the nature of the task Reece's take on. I apricated the fact Mr.Carr approached the need for better ways to control poachers without preaching at me. I don't need a social justice warrior disguised as a fiction writing author.

Mr.Carr doesn't even get close to that, he tells a compelling story about the bush and poachers.

When the story shifts to Reece stepping back into his rouge ex Seal shoes again, the action is non stop, the story at times feels ripped right out of todays headlines.

As far as the word "redacted" being used.....it doesn't ruin the story or the flow of the story at all. Some folks are just wound to tight..LOL.

I.M.O. it added a bit more intrigue to the theme. There's a few times it used...that almost strikes me that the word is being used for a satirical effect over actual need to avoid disclosures of some information.

Mr. Carr knows his stuff....he's not blowing smoke and the knowledge he has of firearms displayed in the story is wide in scope phenomenal.


Ray Porter has a spot on sense of the characters, the dialects, nuances, inflections, he nails it all. His ability to use a feminine lilt without sounding forced is a bonus, easy on the ears.
I feel an addiction coming on!!
Bring on Book 3!!!

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  • Robert Dawson
  • 2019-09-09

Redacted

Very interesting and if the REDACTED editor, narrator or even your proofreaders could have imagined the mounting REDACTED irritation the repeated use of the term would cause the/this reader I am sure the REDACTED idea would have died an REDACTED early and deserved death.

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  • B Right
  • 2019-08-13

Good story

While I enjoyed the story line there were several points where the reader kept saying redacted. I know the author explains that this was part of his past career but this became a bit annoying and I felt that it was either a poor choice of his publisher not to have the author fix the sections (maybe in a haste to get the book published) or this was some sort of marketing idea to make you feel the author really knows his stuff. Either way it distracted too much from the story and made me want to turn it off a few times. I really like the character and think it’s a good/ fun series I hope that going forward this type of thing will be fixed prior to publication.

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  • Jennifer
  • 2020-01-24

I am a believer

This book!! I’ve never had so many chill bumps while listening to this book. I literally sat in the edge of my seat dirk ring the entire book. It’s very descriptive and you can completely imagine all the scenes and the characters in the book. This is one book I’d will listened to again and the previous book in the series. I’m a huge Mitch Rapp fan and if Vince Flynn was still alive Reese and Rapp could pair up and save our world.

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  • Karl Jensen
  • 2019-08-10

I hate hearing “Redacted!”

Look it’s a fictional story and if it may have mentioned a sensitive location or entity I get it. So make a change or invent a place like “Somebeckastan”. Nothing breaks the flow and the continuity like a voice jumping in “Redacted “ or “paragraph Redacted” umpteen times. It is neither cute or chic. Otherwise the story was great. The end came up too quickly like the writer ran out of steam or wanted to leave more for the next book. To be continued?

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  • shelley
  • 2019-07-31

The BEST book I've heard this year!!!!

After Jack Carr's first book, I could not wait for the release of his second. I started listening to TRUE BELIEVER at 3:15 am. Other than falling asleep at some point and backtracking I was completely engrossed in this fabulous new book. Carr seems to have stepped out of nowhere and is at the top of this genre's game, so much so that he states in his preface that parts were redacted by the Department of Defense. I generally don't like to compare authors but if you are a fan of Greaney or Coes then you will surely become a fan of Carr's. I can easily see James Reece becoming as popular as Mitch Rapp.
Although this book can be listened to as a stand alone, I would strongly suggest listening to TERMINAL LIST first. Carr is very good about giving explanations to references to his previous book but to really enjoy the full story you have to listen to both.
This book picks up where TERMINAL LIST ends. James Reece is unaware that during his final act of vengeance he had received a call from a neurosurgeon telling him his brain tumor could be removed. Reece never gets the message and still believes it's inoperable.

Viewed as a domestic terrorist Reece has to leave the states. A former Navy Frogmen he really doesn't know how to sail a boat but leaves the US and is sailing a yacht he liberated from an old friend men and heads to Mozambique and an old friend who lives there. While helping to rid the area from poachers his whereabouts are discovered by those US officials who could do him harm. Instead they want to recruit him back into service. It seems there are foreign terrorist on American soil and they've been busy. Hesitant at first Reece finally agreed.
From here on this fast paced book ramps up even more and continues right up to a spectacular ending.

What could I possibly say about Ray Porter? The man is one of the BEST narrators. His voice can only add to the enjoyment of any book he reads.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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Thank You.

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  • Todd A.
  • 2019-09-28

Disappointed, reads like a total different author

I do not typically write reviews. I felt the need to write on this one. I felt like I was duped on this book. The first book was non stop action and it had purpose. Book 2 had almost no action through the first half of the book. The constant redactions were a real distraction. Ray Porter as usual had a great performance. With the first book being so good and the second being poor, I wonder if the editor rushed Mr. Carr on book 2 to publish.

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  • Wayne
  • 2019-07-31

WOW! Perfection!!

I had two Audible pre-orders delivered on July 30. I decided to listen to The Russian by Ben Coes first followed by Jack Carr's TRUE BELIEVER. I loved The Russian but True Believer is clearly the better novel of the two. Jack Carr's first novel titled The Terminal List was clearly not a fluke. TRUE BELIEVER picks up where The Terminal List finished. Protagonist ex-SEAL James Reece has just finished killing everyone responsible for the deaths of his SEAL team, his wife and his daughter as he prepares to die from a cancerous brain tumor.

Ex-SEAL Jack Carr is a new author but his first two novels are very polished with very complex plots. Comparing his first two novels with those of Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Mark Greaney, and Ben Coes finds Jack Carr to be the equal of those espionage thriller authors.

Narrator Ray Porter does an incredible job of narration.

EDIT: Why the hell are all of these complaints about redactions being made by reviewers. The US government made the redactions for (likely) good reasons. In any case I doubt the redactions significantly changed the plot line. It is difficult to imagine the story being any better than the 5+++ stars the novel earns with the redactions. So far this year TRUE BELIEVER is the espionage thriller of 2019 even with a few redactions. I am very happy with the way Jack Carr handles the redactions by including the word REDACTED when they occur. If my comments here result in more unhelpful votes for my review, so be it.

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  • Kerensa Carlee
  • 2019-08-06

Major Disappointment

The Terminal List is one of my favorite books in the spy thriller genre, so I pre-ordered the sequel as soon as it became available. The Terminal List was fast-paced---this book is a slog. The first 5 hours of the audiobook contain a course in Basic Seamanship 101 combined with an African travelogue and absolutely nothing exciting happens, apart from a terror attack that occurs very early on in the book. It's a mashup of All is Lost/Adrift and Out of Africa and neither is remotely interesting. When I thought the plot was finally going to get moving, it ground to a halt with in-depth details about commando training, stuff you've heard many times before if you read thrillers. Then, there's the annoying word "redacted" that comes up frequently when certain locations, cities or companies are mentioned. We get it, you had to pass DOD review for your book to be published. How about just substituting a fake name instead of using the word redacted? This is fiction after all---make something up! I then upped the speed to 1.75 but even that didn't help. I finally gave up on it with 7 hours left, so I have no idea if the book got better. Also, is it possible to have a thriller book published nowadays that doesn't involve the Russians? It would be so refreshing to see some other bad guys for a change.

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  • Lia
  • 2019-07-31

Decent Follow Up and Wonderful Narration

I am a huge fan of The Terminal List, Jack Carr's debut novel. One of the best books of 2017 for me this is out of out of the 100's of books I listened to that year. It was simply fantastic. A balls to the wall thriller that doesn't let up from start to finish. When I found out about the sequel I listened to the book again.

This review is a tough one. Parts of the book I loved, like the Mozambique part of the novel. The problem is that isn't the meat of the story. Parts of the book dragged though as well. It's always tough when your first novel is so good and entertaining that it sets the bar so high that it has no where to go but down. That happened here I think. Where as the Terminal List was full of action and vengeance, this book was low on the action and less on the heroism. I liked Reece, Freddy, Andy and Mo as characters but the rest were meh. The villains were unlikable but were easily taken out when found and it was so nonchalant you really didn't feel they paid for what they had done. This book while still intriguing just didn't have the flow of the Terminal List. It started off great but the middle dragged with the end picking up some of the steam it lost. There will be at least one more in this story line with some things being open-ended so we will see. One thing that the author should really think about is the word "REDACTED" it was really over used, not necessary and annoying

While this book was a bit of a let down, the Terminal List was such an awesome book that I still have high expectations for Carr and this series. I look forward to his next novel. I still recommend reading this book, just lower your expectations somewhat.

Ray Porter was outstanding with the delivery of the story. He is so good at enunciating each character so the whole book just flows.

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