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The Terminal List

(James Reece #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  6,907 ratings  ·  822 reviews
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 rescu
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
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Greg It doesn't bother me to read a book with a pro-gun stance seeing as this is an action book, but there is some serious right wing politics. There's a p…moreIt doesn't bother me to read a book with a pro-gun stance seeing as this is an action book, but there is some serious right wing politics. There's a power couple modeled deeply after Clintons and essentially all the bad guys are mentioned as being Democrats. Again, was willing to pass that as Democrats are capable of being malicious too. It's fiction, whatever.

Where it really goes off the rails is slandering "liberals" as the ones responsible for the death of privacy as if it mass-data dragging and the Patriot Act didn't happen under Bush Jr's watch, or that for any sort of privacy rights related bill: be it encryption, consumer protection rights or such is sharply divided on party lines and it isn't in the conservative favor.

Also, worse the book is comically thin with characters. I wrote a review.(less)

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Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Matt by: Kathi Defranc
Shelves: audiobook
Having agreed to read this book on the recommendation of a friend, I was unsure what to expect from Jack Carr. Using elements of his past work experiences in the military, Carr creates and develops a wonderful character in James Reece, adding a thrilling adventure to propel the reader into the middle of something quite memorable. While serving as a Navy SEAL, James Reece watches much of his team die in an ambush ordered by a ruthless imam. Able to escape, Reece’s orders to return stateside canno ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Could have been better

*Spoiler Alert*

Lt. Commander James Reece and his team are in Afghanistan on a top-secret mission that quickly turns into an ambush, leaving all his men, save two, dead.

The Navy insists James is culpable.

Then it gets progressively worse.

He lands stateside only to learn that his wife and daughter had been killed in what appears to have been a hit. At the same time, the other survivor dies in an alleged suicide. Someone wants to erase James. Someone is messing with the wro
This was a fantastic debut! It was an action-packed thriller with true authenticity that only comes from a Navy SEAL. while the endless descriptions of weaponry were a little more than I wanted to read about (and why it wasn't a 5-star for me) most former military people will appreciate his accuracy in the weapons. I loved the main character, James Reece. He definitely was not a super hero like Dewey Andreas or Scot Harvath. He is more like Pike Logan or Mitch Rapp. I am looking forward to conti ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
I typically like these kinds of books. Jack Reacher and John Rain are some of my favorite action novel characters, but sadly, John Reese of The Terminal List is nowhere near as interesting, nuanced or even sympathetic as his "peers."

Reese's reaction to his wife and child's murder is laughable. He barely grieves (and no his murder rampage does not count as emotional grief) and shortly after he is admiring a reporter's looks and flirting with her.

Additionally the author's insistence as portraying
Vladimir Tsurkan

Couldn't finish this thinly veiled hit piece on the Democratic party and how it "infiltrated" our armed forces. Hmm, I guess the infiltration part is somewhat true as there are a lot of Democrats combat veterans.
The book is inline with comrad KGB Colonel Putin thinking: Democrats - bad, we have nothing to say about Republicans :)
Basically if you are a "bone spur deferment" Trump cheerleader and enjoy watching Trump News that book is for you, otherwise skip.
Giving 2 stars as the boo
Terence M
Audiobook - 12:04 Hours - Narrator: Ray Porter
1.5 Stars - "It was ok" - rounded down.
I have "reviewed" my review and decided all my "I didn't likes" really make it a 1 Star - "I did not like it" review, hence the change!

There are several series in the "Assassination/Professional Killing" genre (or whatever you wish to call it) which I have enjoyed: Gregg Hurwitz - The Orphan series; Mark Greaney - The Gray Man series; Barry Eisler - The John Rain series; and several others. Neither "The Termina
Nathan Holtslander
Apr 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is totally for you if you dislike things such as: liberals, Muslims, America's acceptance of foreigners, Mexicans, gun laws, California and any military strategy that doesn't include "Kill Em All." There's even a very subtle swipe at African Americans, implying that the only reason they ever convert to Islam is when they are in prison and are not real Muslims. They're criminals, but not real Muslims.

Also, the women in the book are all very accomplished, and aside from the corrupt and p
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Golly, so many 4 & 5 stars. And here I am with a 2. And barely so. The thinly veiled political leanings went overboard, the author making it very clear who was who in the book. Give me a break. Just a little subtlety would have been nice. And the particular form of government conspiracy was simply inane. Giving Carr as much grace as I can muster with his first attempt, I thought the book was still poorly written and frankly, pretty dumb. (Carr was/is a SEAL himself so I give him high marks for h ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cia-thriller
The Terminal List is a strong first entry into the series, where a Navy seal agent does the impossible to avenge the death of his comrades and his family.

The author, Jack Carr, is a retired Seal, and he really infuses a lot of passion and detail into the narrative! I was damn impressed, specially as this was Jack Carr's debut novel. His writing is fluid, he characterizes well, and develops a protagonist who's so bad ass, that the likes of 'Jason Bourne' or 'Mitch Rapp' come to immediate mind!

Todd Simpson
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, I loved it. This book is as good as any Action Thriller I’ve ever read. I really enjoyed Jack Carr’s writing style, and his ability to take the reader on such a thrilling journey. It was so easy to connect with the characters, and I found myself sad one minute and angry the next. Once I started reading this, I really didn’t want to do anything else.
Lieutenant Commander James Reece was a troop Commander with the Navy Seals and he had spent many years overseas in war zones like Afghani
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, atria
The Terminal List is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller. On his last combat deployment, Lieutenant Commander James Reece’s entire team was killed in an ambush that also claimed the lives of the aircrew sent in to rescue them. Sixty-eight servicemen died on this mission. Reece knew he would get the blame for the catastrophic failure and he was resigned to take the blame he knew was his. After weeks of questioning he was finally cleared to go home to his wife and 3 year old daughter. On the day ...more
Hallelujah, James Reece is the Punisher! An awesome first novel full of action. The pace was great from front to back there is no downtime. I was a bit concern that it'll be too technical, but it wasn't. Pure good vs evil. Need a longer list in the next book because I didn't want it to end. A book this good, I'll read anything Carr writes.

Thank you Jack Carr for your service and for defending our freedom. 🙏❤️
Aug 15, 2018 added it
wow, can't stop listening


SPOILER ALERT: Chapter 50 (Audiobook Part 8, part 3. 4 min in)

An Isamaphobic internal rant. So this is how you get folks to drink the f**ng Kool-Aid: 'We Hate You - We Refuse To Actually See You'

Damn! This was a great read. The politics are WAY different than mine - no problem. That's why I kept reading.
And then I hit this subtle statement of the 'truth' about a whole people.


Let's change a word or two here. Instead o
Yvonne Novak Matz
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
The story relies way too heavily on Fox News stereotyping. All “bad guys” are brown, Democrat, or non-Christian. All “good guys” are white and ammosexual, parading an anti-government, murderous rampage as justified Christ-sanctioned revenge. The obvious hate homage to HRC and violent, detailed murders belie a writer with significant CPAC-fueled rage. A bit creepy and way, way too predictable to the end. Disappointing that the author cannot seem to muster enough courage to challenge his own fears ...more
Laura Rash
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
A new twist on a military thriller with an awesome new character. I think this series will go far for fans of Vince Flynn or Evan Smoak. One badass book!
Thanks to Atria for this early copy for review.
Ms. Just One More Book  (Kris Miller)
They’ve taken his whole life and now he plans on taking theirs. When a SEAL team is sent on a mission into Afghanistan from higher up, something just doesn’t feel right to Lt. Commander James Reese. It’s an ambush that kills sixty-eight men, including the air support called in for back up. But on the day of his homecoming, when his wife and daughter are murdered in an assassination meant for him, Reese begins to uncover a corrupt government conspiracy. They’ve trained a killer and now the ultima ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have read this year! It is a fast paced military thriller that includes government corruption, conspiracy, revenge, and tons of suspense. James Reece is a great new character, and I look forward to reading more books in this thrilling series.

Bob Mayer
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Exciting and fast paced. The "Betrayal and losing the family" aspect seems to be the new modus operandi for special ops thrillers. It allows for a protagonist with no immediate ties and a strong motivation.
4.5 stars rounded up. I didn't get an arc and I don't know the author. I just like military thrillers that are not mainstream.

So here's the thing. There are notes from the author at the beginning of the book and they are cautionary. You get an absolute sense of what you're in for. So if you don't like the politics of the book or the idea in general of revenge, this isn't for you.

I knew this going in and still was shocked by some of the stuff. That said, I couldn't quit listening. It wasn't just

Absolutely amazing. One of the best narration performances I’ve ever listened to in an audiobook. Graphic at times, so be forewarned. You will root for the good/bad guy. Ending was perfect. Hope this gets made into a movie.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent military fiction with a difference. The enemies of Navy Seal Lt. Cmdr James Reece are not the Taliban but a cabal of corrupt Washington insiders. Reece targets those insiders responsible for the destruction of his Seal team on an unusually ordered mission in Afghanistan and the murder of his wife, daughter and unborn child on his return. The corrupt Washington insiders deploy cell phone tracking, hit teams, drones, false flag assassins, etc to eliminate him in a concerted effort to cov ...more
Steven Hildreth Jr.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
It's often considered a faux pas to leave anything less than an absolutely glowing review if you are an author. In the indie author world, it's an extreme faux pas in the sense that a negative review hurts us harder than those who are traditionally published.

I kind of straddle that rule right down the middle. If the book was absolute garbage, then I'll say nothing. If it had potential but required work, then I'll leave a review.

In this case, Mr. Carr will likely never read my review, and it cert
Brad Davide
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Something just kept pulling me out of the story...

I think it’s fair to preface my 3 star review of Jack Carr’s debut novel “The Terminal List,” by revealing I read almost exclusively, millitary/spy thrillers and shooters. Because of this I think The Terminal List starts off at a small disadvantage, being that there are very few, if any, plot lines yet to be explored in this realm. I can’t say I was ever bored with the story, but from the start had a feeling of “this again?” A reaction I unfortun
THE MOST THRILLING book I've read this year!

Lieutenant Commander James Reece is the only survivor of an ambush during deployment, and he has some suspicions about what happened and who could be responsible. It becomes clear in the aftermath that the military intends for him to take the blame for the heavy loss of life, and then his family is murdered. Reece feels like he has nothing left to lose, so he makes a plan for revenge and is relentless in his pursuit of it.

There is something special a
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"This is a novel of revenge." Those are the first words of the introduction to this book. So keep that in mind in deciding whether you want to read this book. If that phrase turns you off, I suggest you find another book to read. On the other hand, I am into military thrillers, particularly where the good guy wins and the bad guy(s) lose. This is one of those books. It is non-stop action and very satisfying. If you like authors like Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Lee Childs and Ben Coes you will like t ...more
Slaven Tomasi
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Terminal List was recommended to me by Ryan of the Real Book Spy, as well as a few other serious readers I talk books with on social media. Their recommendation was spot on and I immediately got sucked in, finishing the book in 2 days. Now, it is my turn to recommend it to everyone who is wanting to dive into one of those books you just can't put down. Saying this book deserves 5 stars is like saying a Ferrari is fast, it's just a fact. Jack Carr delivers a thriller that keeps you engaged an ...more
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent moving, not too technical with just the right amount of details. James Reece is the most likable character and I can't wait to read more of his story!!
Daniel Kincaid
Dec 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF'd with extreme prejudice after 49%.
I think there is a limit on how much stupidity and boredom one man can take. I reached mine.

Again, a good concept- A SEAL member finds himself in the middle of a sinister conspiracy, after his team-mates are being killed during a mission, his best friends death is masked as a suicide and his wife and child are being gunned down at their home by gang-bangers. Why? Because some people high up the government are doing an experiment with a highly experimental
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jack where the hell did you come from!
Seriously can NOT believe this is your first novel - I need more STAT!!!
Oh and getting Ray Porter as narrator... GENIUS That guy could be talking in a language I don’t understand and I STILL would not be able to stop listening.

Caitlyn Lynch
Jun 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: thriller
A story about a Navy SEAL who goes rogue when betrayed by the establishment, this is written by a former Navy SEAL who definitely knows his technical stuff and the world about which he’s writing. However, it would be a much better story if he’d managed to keep his political opinions out of it. Considering the systematic rorting of the system by the Republicans currently in power, portraying Democrats as the villains in this particular story is laughable. Especially considering the journalist hel ...more
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Jack Carr is a former Navy SEAL who led special operations teams as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander and Task Unit Commander. Over his 20 years in Naval Special Warfare he transitioned from an enlisted SEAL sniper specializing in communications and intelligence, to a junior officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, to a platoon commander practicing counteri ...more

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