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True Believer

(James Reece #2)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  396 ratings  ·  66 reviews

“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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Past Tense

“A powerful, thoughtful,
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published April 2nd 2019)
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Danny Jack Carr is a former Navy Seal and has to clear his books with the Department of Defense. In a recent interview (which can be watched here starting…moreJack Carr is a former Navy Seal and has to clear his books with the Department of Defense. In a recent interview (which can be watched here starting at the mark 31 min mark: )
He talks about the redactions:
"I want to make sure I was honoring my former security clearances, and even though this is fiction, the protagonist has a background similar to mine, and obviously I tap into my experience as I write. So, I want to make sure I was doing the right thing. And they take seven months to do a 30-day review! I guess I shouldn't be too surprised. They advertise 30 days. One month past... Two months past... Three months past... I guess they're not big readers over there at DoD, which shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone! But yeah, they took a took a long time, and they took 57 sentences out this time. But they took one part out that was just a country and I'd never been to this country in uniform. I'd been there years before I joined the military, so I could describe the mountains. I could describe the architecture. I knew it enough to describe it in a novel, and it made sense geographically for what was happening in the second book, and they took out every reference to it! They took out the reference to the architecture, to the mountains. But once again, being the government they forgot to take out the capital cities of said country. But knowing their intent, I help them out and I black that part out out for them. But yeah, once again they took out a country that I'd never been to in uniform and that's just kind of how it goes. So I'm appealing at this time and I will see what, if we win anything on appeal. And most every single sentence in there my lawyers have found in publicly available government documents, so we're tying each and every sentence that they took out into those publicly available documents to see if we can win on appeal."(less)

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The Real Book Spy
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After being held up by the Department of Defense’s Office of Prepublication and Security Review for over six months, former Navy SEAL turned top-notch thriller author Jack Carr’s highly-anticipated second thriller, True Believer, is finally set to storm its way into bookstores.

Following the explosive events of The Terminal List (2018), James Reece is the most wanted domestic terrorist on the United States’ watch list. Once a Navy SEAL commander, Reece previously uncovered a conspiracy that reac
Steven R. Netter
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of The Terminal List, jack Carr's debut novel. I ranked it as #3 book I read in 2018 out of the 94 books I read that year. It was simply fantastic. A balls to the wall thriller that doesn't let up from start to finish.

So when I was fortunate enough to receive an Advanced Reader Copy of Jack's second novel, True Believer, I was thrilled and couldn't wait to dive in. I had very high expectations that this would be one of the better books I picked up in 2019. Let me tell you, True
Stuart Ashenbrenner
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best novels I’ve ever read. When people talk about the best thriller authors ever, typically you hear Clancy, Flynn, and Thor. However, there are very few books that have ever captivated me in so many ways as TRUE BELIEVER. There is a certain emotion that Carr is able to drive into this book that I haven’t felt in a long time. The only time I can recall feeling so emotionally invested in a story is when I read Flynn’s Transfer of Power when Rapp is in the WH and has to help An ...more
Slaven Tomasi
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“THIS IS A NOVEL of redemption,” Jack Carr writes in the preface chapter of True Believer. What followed was a brief description of the current battle many veterans, me included face with transitioning to civilian life from active duty military. This set the tone for me, set me at ease knowing that while I’m reading this incredibly well written novel, I’m not alone in this feeling of questioning myself if my life still has that same meaning and same purpose as it once did when I wore that unifor ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, action, thriller
This is one good thriller. I love the second part of this book which was full of action, when James Reece was back in the game.
The first half you get to know James Reece as person as he set sail across the Atlantic escaping the US as the most wanted domestic terrorist where he spent a significant of alone time recollecting his past.
It's not bad, but I only finished the first book, The Terminal List, a month before so it was still all fresh to me.
The story and detail were excellent so much so t
Dana Stabenow
Jul 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
I read the first one in this series, too, and I'm really bothered by this author's notion that one well-trained, well-armed American man can kill his way to justice, first for himself, second for his friends, and then in the next book for his nation. It's the nation of laws versus the nation of men argument, or in this case, man. It's vengeance porn. The style is also pretty pedestrian, as in cardboard characters and wooden dialogue. I read these books because a friend of mine raved about them, ...more
Paul Pessolano
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“True Believer” by Jack Carr, published by Emily Bester.

Category – Military/Mystery/ Thriller Publication Date – July 30, 2019.

This is the continuing story of James Reece and I would highly recommend that you read “The Terminal List” first because so much of “True Believer” refers back to “Terminal List.”

Reece is on the run from his own country because he exacted revenge on the people who murdered his family. Reece, who is comfortable in his new life, is being sought after to help the United Sta
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to @AtriaMysteryBus I won an Advanced Reader's Copy. @JackCarrUSA did it again with the second installment of James Reece. Really enjoyed the book. Thanks for writing.
No spoilers here...
Followed Mr. Carr on twitter as he conducted "research" for this book. Sidebar: I always find it funny how authors go to exotic locales for "research"; yeah, I'm a bit jelly. However, by following him and recalling the pictures he posted allowed me to make a story board in my head throughout the read. Tha
Josh Hitch
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second installment of the adventures of James Reece, with the first book being narrow in scope this one really ups the ante making it a much more world wide endeavor.

Really enjoy getting to know more about Reece and even though this is a more world wide adventure, it's similar as in revenge has a lot to do with it. The first part of the book with his stay in Africa was very enjoyable and again added more depth to Reece along with some more background.

Definitely looking forward to th
Geoff Taylor
This novel is not as fast paced as book 1 was with this book having a lot more build up before REDACTED (you will understand if you read the book). That is not necessarily a bad thing though as it made the story more grounded and made you understand and get to know James Reece more. In saying that I personally preferred book 1 as it was awesome and I like fast paced action!

However, the ending of this book nicely sets up the next book and I am looking forward to it. James Reece is a very likeabl
Maddie Taylor
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jack has done it again!
I was honored to receive an advanced readers copy of True Believer from Jack, and this book is absolutely incredible. It starts at a slower pace than the Terminal List, but it works very well as you find yourself right with James Reece every step of the way. The emotional punch this book delivers is extremely powerful. Once the action picks up, it doesn’t let off until the last word. Beautifully set up for more awesome adventures to come in book 3.

If you haven’t read The T
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am so excited for this book! Im starting this review for Tactical Response as a placeholder for when I actually get to read it July 30!
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jack Carr is the best Military/ Thriller writer.
Rick Barlow
I was disappointed in this book, because the author's first book was so good. This one took forever to get going, wasting the first half of the book on what felt like irrelevant (and uninteresting) meandering by the hero. It reminded me of Elmore leonard's advice on writing: "Skip the parts nobody reads." And there is way too much detail on weapons. I skip that, for sure. Story is all that matters, and Mr. Carr can tell a good one. I'll stick with him.
Julie Watson
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The novice has become the master. Jack Carr's brilliant creation TRUE BELIEVER begins with interwoven tales formulating the history and character development of protagonist James Reece. From reminisces of a SEAL father to his march to manhood and carefree days of hunting, skiing and bonding with Rhodesian emigre Raife Hastings, Carr sets the stage for the naval career of Reece from enlistment to the SEAL Teams.
These vignettes are interdispersed with the tale of Reece traversing the Atlantic see
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Prepare for a thrilling journey into the world of spooks and spies.

Lieutenant Commander James Reece had a fine career as a Navy SEAL. Then a mission went very wrong, and he suspects corrupt politicians were behind it. His wife and child were among the casualties, as was his health. When Reece found undeniable proof, he went vigilante in revenge. As TRUE BELIEVER opens, he has set sail on a stolen boat in a stormy sea. Reece has little to lose, so he will take whatever fate decides to toss his wa
Brett Thomasson
Jack Carr's first outing with haunted former Navy SEAL James Reece was a mix of well-described action, occasionally iffy characterization and non-action sequences and a "hero" who sometimes went too far to keep the reader's sympathies with him. His second, True Believer, takes forward steps in almost every area that the first book lacked and is markedly stronger as a result.

Believer opens with Reece sailing a one-man craft across the Atlantic Ocean with no real goal in mind. His enemies are dead
Gloria Smith
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While The Terminal List felt like a guilty pleasure for its revenge spree, True Believer feels much more genuine and thoughtful without neglecting the intense action we expect in a thriller.
I hadn't read far before I realized True Believer was something extraordinary: a thriller where the reader can trust in the details. While other fans can verify details of gear and tactics, I was fascinated by the geopolitical stuff as I have some experience in that world. Most specifically, the alliances an
Informed  Citizen
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Jack Carr takes great pains to establish his bona fides as a former Navy SEAL sniper and operator. He is to be commended and thanked for his sacrifice and service; however, like many series, this second book in the James Reece saga is not nearly as well crafted as the initial book.

Taken as a whole this is a worthy story with well developed plot. BUT - it takes 200 pages out of 450+ to get to the actual story. I honesty contemplated relegating this to the "could not finish" category, but perseve
Scott Bisbee
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought Terminal List was a great book and True Believer could not be topped. Well I was wrong!
What Terminal List was about revenge, True Believer is about finding yourself again.
There was a scene in the novel towards the beginning where Reece is somewhere in the ocean with no purpose, no "mission" and Jack Carr hits the nail on the head on how some vets feel after they serve their country.
Like Reece on that ocean, after I served in the Canadian Forces, I had no idea what I wanted to do with m
Derek Luedtke
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Last year I read Jack Carr’s first novel, The Terminal List, and was introduced to Lieutenant Commander James Reece. I have probably recommended, and gifted, this book more than any I can remember. Hands down not only the best debut novel I have read since Vince Flynn’s Term Limits, or Brad Thor’s Lions of Lucerne, but the best BOOK of 2018. So when I was privileged to receive an advanced copy, I was a little anxious, hoping that Jack’s second book in the series, True Believer, would live up to ...more
Damon Drake
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First of all, if you have not read The Terminal List yet, do your self a favor and read it NOW. Best book of 2018.

After taking care of business in The Terminal List, James Reece takes to sailing half way around the globe on his own. Thinking he is dead anyway with a brain tumor, he doesn't know if the tumor will kill him or the storms in the ocean.

Reece finally makes it to his destination in Africa where he stays with his friends uncle on a game reserve. Far from reaching eyes, he is safe to liv
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

I enjoyed this book but I will admit to having to reread the ending of The Terminal List to remember who and what came before this book's beginning. Again, I alternated between listening and reading and have to say that Ray Porter is one of my favorite narrators and he does not disappoint on this.

It may have just been my mood, but it took me a bit to get back into the story, or maybe the sea journey just didn't do it for me...who knows? But, once it picks up it goes from zero to a hund
Kate Ayers
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I found this one hard to get into, mostly due to so much info. But stick with it because it is worth getting through the slow parts. I mean, it's the real deal. This author is a one-time Navy SEAL sniper. This book is fiction, but based partially on a life experience of his. It's eye opening. Basically, John Reece is the man needed for this mission. A terrorist attack on a holiday market in London is only the first of several planned attacks. Reece can track down who's behind it, with the ...more
Craig Wakefield
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
While at the gym today I mentioned to the coach a book I had just finished about a Navy Seal who in his spare time at the hotel will bump out 100 burpees to keep his muscles loosened up. My coach said I relate to that because that is what I do too, but I don't stop at 100. When I started to explain who James Reece was and the exploits in True Believer my coach just moved on to the next person. Perhaps this is telling in that the physical exploits of those that travel the world in pursuit of prot ...more
Brendan Morphett
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and Emily Bestler Books for the advance digital review copy of this book.

After not really understanding the hype around Jack Carr's debut novel The Terminal List, I was interested to see whether his second outing was an improvement or more along the same lines. After finishing True Believer I am now definitely aboard the Jack Carr hype train.

The novel starts off with James Reece on the run as one of the worlds most wanted criminals after murdering all of the people invol
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second installment of what I hope will be a long, ongoing series. James Reece flees the United States on a sailboat and sets out for parts unknown. He is waiting to die and trying to come to terms with his recent past. Circumstances change when he reaches out to an old friend. Reece has a new purpose in life and seems to settle into life in rural Mozambique. All of that changes when a CIA operative and old friend finds Reece and asks for help. While Reece was tucked away from the wor ...more
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sophomore slump? Redactions in a non-fiction book?

I really enjoyed Carr's first book, but I just can't say the same about this one. First of all, the first 25% of the book is pure filler set just to launch a single scene that activates the real plot.

Second, redactions in non-fiction book are RIDICULOUS. You're a writer! Make something up.

The redactions were not bad for the first half of the book where there were only a handful of words XXXed out, but when I got to the pages on my Kindle with
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack Carr got his writing career started with Terminal List, much like Vince Flynn's Term Limits. A pointed technical piece of fiction targeting crooked politicians on all sides of the spectrum. That got the attention of many, but his technical knowledge and ability to tell a story that keeps you wanting more is what made True Believer so much better.

A story that travels the world both present day and in the past, is a pleasure to read for fans of history. Adding in enough details to satisfy a
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jack Carr's first book caught me by surprise and left me wanting more. His second book did not miss the mark nor slow down. This book firmly cements the character of James Reece among the greats of the espionage thrillers like Ryan, Rapp, and Harvath. Carr fleshes out his main character while bringing some background characters from the first book into the limelight. Everytime I thought I had it figured out, the story would go in a direction that I was not expecting. Carr's writing shows that hi ...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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