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The Terminal List

(Terminal List #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  13,287 ratings  ·  1,333 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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Douglas Purdy The author is a retired Navy SEAL. I'm not sure he is glorifying the sniper rifle but rather speaking about a topic he is likely well versed in - guns…moreThe author is a retired Navy SEAL. I'm not sure he is glorifying the sniper rifle but rather speaking about a topic he is likely well versed in - guns. Which he incorporates into his book.(less)

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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
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
Jeffrey Keeten
”His thoughts were focused beyond the grave. Sorry buddy, Reece thought. We never should have gone on that mission. I knew it and we went anyway. But, the truth of it is, we were set up before we even deployed. I’m the only one left. They took Lucy, Lauren, and our unborn son, and I don’t have long. The bastards that killed you, killed us all back in this country during our work-up. Don’t worry, though. I still have a bit more time. I know who they are now and I’m hunting them. They don’t know i ...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
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
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
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
Not a fan of death of innocents. I'd hoped this would be better. 3 of 10 stars ...more
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
Updated 12/28/2020 5 stars
I did a re-read (actually a listen an Audible) and didn’t think I could love this any more, but I did! The narrator really makes the book. Everything I said below is still true. James Reece is an amazing character.

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 mili
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
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
Sean Peters
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What Can I say ?

Like me, enjoy action thrillers ? "Read This Book"

Not often that you have a debut author so strong, so powerful, so gripping, so action packed rollercoaster ride....

A new name on my list of authors to keep up with and another name in the fiction action heroes.

To read this book, we have to thank the author but a few other authors who encouraged and helped former Seal Sniper Jack Carr.


James Reece has nothing to live for and
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
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!

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. 🙏❤️
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
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.
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
Steven 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
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.

Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was almosta a 5 star book but it was obviously a first novel as the writing is still pretty simplistic except for the over my head gun descriptions. The potential is here for a great series as I really liked the characters that survived...I am looking forward to reading the next book. I am glad I don't have to take a quiz on the alphabet names like NOD's, SECDEF blah blah blah. ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Terminal List is dumb.

No, not the tactics portrayed or the near-gun porn when the hand loaded jacketed rounds are more lovingly described than any character, it's Jack Carr paper-thin absurdist plot that low-balls everything else. Think Robert Ludlum but with a severe hangover, mild head injury and with a desire to pepper in right-wing pet issues. I enjoyed the senseless mayhem, but the lack of nuance was disappointingly low.

The "bad guys" are that of an 80s action movie, bad for the sake o
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
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
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Terminal List

I really liked this book, I though it was well written, fast paced, well informed, and it was interesting to read about the war from an ex-Navy Seal’s perspective. You could definitely see a little bit of racism in this book towards Middle Eastern people, however it was only directed at terrorist organisations. It still made me uncomfortable but the author often had points about the goodness of Islam too. I though Reece was a fantastically intricate character, who was on the eve
Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Very quick fast paced read very similar to Vince Flynn in style. Wasnt overly impressed but got a fun read. Kinda a cheesy version if Bourne type character but with a The Punisher back story in a way. Good action, light political story and cliched revenge story. Not sure if I'll check out the 2nd ...more
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. ...more
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
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
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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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