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True Believer

(Terminal List #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  4,281 ratings  ·  400 reviews

“This is seriously good. I mean—seriously.” —Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling 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, #1 New York Times bestse
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 a…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 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 passed... Two months passed... Three months passsed... 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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Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Matt by: Kathi Defranc
Shelves: audiobook
Jack Carr returns with another explosive military thriller that pulls on his years in the field, as well as the current geo-political situation. After a stunning cliffhanger, Carr pulls readers right back into the middle of the story and continues to spin treacherous webs. James Reece is likely the most wanted man in the entire world, especially after his actions to destroy those who had his family killed. Armed with a terminal brain tumour, he has little to lose, but hopes to stay alive long en ...more
Jeffrey Keeten
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics, thriller
”The explosion was deafening. The market’s snowy cobblestone streets held thousands of shoppers and those closest to the van were simply vaporized by the detonation. They were the lucky ones. The steel shrapnel that had been embedded directionally into the explosive device raked into the crowd like a thousand claymore mines--killing, maiming, shredding, and amputating everything in its path, taking future generations before they ever existed. A joyful Christmas gathering was now a twisted war zo ...more
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
Donna Hines
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Upon reading True Believer one fact is certain,"nobody is above the law."
A nation of laws or a nation of men with justice as the prize is the main question.
If you're like me you enjoy a fab thriller. One that is superb in written format. One that keeps you on edge with plenty of nonstop nail biting action crafted around vibrant active characters.
For me this was too bland, too descriptive in weaponry, too specific in format to enjoy it fully.
I can say with certainty I'm not an Amazon Influencer a
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
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
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, fiction, action
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
Scott A. Miller
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reece is excellent. The hunt he is on has been a great ride, looking forward to book 3. There was a little slow spot at the beginning that kept it from getting 5 stars but it really took off. This series is so real that there are redactions made because they are too real. It feels as real as Clancy. That’s high praise from me.
Finally an eBook from the local library's digital lending system during the pandemic shutdown...Sequel to Jack Carr's "Terminal List"...Picking up the story with James Reece's escape from the United States after polishing off those on his list and his subsequent recovery in Africa working in a game hunting camp...The story of being found and brought back into American Spec Ops to target a Russian oligarch and his terrorist assets working to destabilize the West's economy...This stuff is right in ...more
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
True Believer is a superb follow up to Mr. Carr’s debut novel, The Terminal List. True Believer packs exciting entertainment for fans of the action thriller genre, fusing realistic action sequences involving accurate details of weaponry and tactics, with hard hitting emotions that pave the way for the protagonist, James Reece, to wreak havoc on those who seek to do evil. *Background of The Terminal List and synopsis of True Believer below*

The Terminal List ended with James Reece on a voyage afte
Mojo Shivers
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve often thought with thrillers that the first book is more of a testing ground and that it’s usually book two that determines whether or not a series has legs. It happened with Jack Reacher in Die Trying, it happened with Pike Logan in All Necessary Force, and it happened here with James Reece in True Believer.

Not only is the plotting better—more typical of the other series at the top of their game—but the writing itself is better and more assured. And while the climax is a bit rushed yet aga
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.
Informed  Citizen
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
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 first.

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 persevered and
Bill Huffman
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Ben Coes, Brad Taylor, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Mark Greaney
Shelves: z-2019, z-september
A very good, pulse-pounding, well-written read with lots of exotic settings and many interesting characters that would have made good main characters in their own book. It started a little slow for me and I didn’t know where it was going, but then it kicked in and we were off to the races. There are lots of backstories, maybe too many or too long, but, in the end, I think they added to the story. Lots of weaponry details that I skipped over for the most part. Some people like the details, so the ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: espionage, firstreads
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

A bomb goes off in a London street fair, the opening move in a plan to bring down The West. Only James Reece can stop them. Unfortunately, he's a wanted terrorist himself.

It takes a little bit to get going, but it's really engrossing once it does.
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked his first book so much that I could hardly not compare the two. I just couldn't get in to this story and had to keep repeating chapters to catch up on what was happening. It wasn't bad, very well written and the narration was great so I'm going to give it 4 stars based on the thought that it was just me.
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
Dana Stabenow
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
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Lost the flow of the first book and does not keep up the tension. This is a fictional book so to black out portions only lends itself some sort of BS. Maybe an attempt to make the book more intriguing but I feel it detracts from the read. Overall I was disappointed with this novel and would have to say it doesn't live up to the advertising hype.
True Believer is my first Jack Carr novel. Pieces of the story are reminiscent of Mitch Rapp tales with special forces field action with CIA support against the world's nasties, and dealing with the sell-out Washington weasels that undermine America and freedom itself. But it was a little over halfway in the novel before a fugitive Reece was recruited by the CIA.

The first half of the book comprised of his escape by sea from his vengeful rage from the first book, The Terminal List, and the secon
I'm leaving this story at about 60%. I love Ray Porter's narration. I love James Reece. But I think I've had enough of horrible people who torture innocents being then tortured by the good guys. I get the whole eye-for-an-eye thing. I like the politics. But what's happening with the blood and guts - that's just gotten to be too much for me. I may go ahead and skip to the end to see what happens.

So this is good, excellent if you like this kind of thing. But I think I've had enough for now.
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carr's first book in this series, The Terminal List, was terrific. This second installment is pretty good, but doesn't live up to the first. It is too long and doesn't really get moving until about 60% in. Some readers make like reading a hundred or so pages about poaching large game in Zimbabwe, but not me, particularly since it had basically nothing to do with the plot. I will read the next in the series, which hopefully will be better.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Globetrotting adventure with a badass main character, but unfortunately the plot was a little too overdone. Also felt like the book got bogged down in some overly technical details on tech and hardware. Will still check out another entry in the series though, solely for the badassness of Reese.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-book
Great book! Well-written and hard to put down. The author knows his stuff when it comes to the world of terror and how it’s being opposed, both here and overseas. His writing also shows detailed knowledge of weapons and weapon systems. Can't wait for his next novel.
Tracy T.
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good book. (audible review)

I did enjoy the first book "The Terminal List" more than this one, but only by a little. This story started out pretty slow to me. But it picked up and got really good.

I really enjoyed all the action of course. But the character development and additional characters brought in were great.

This is a great listen and highly recommended.

As for the narration, it is really good. Ray Porter does a great job. I am looking forward to the next book in this ser
3.5 stars. Major disappointment for me as The Terminal List was such an excellent thriller. This takes the same character but puts him in a fairly routine thriller. The first book was such a great revenge thriller that felt fresh and new. This doesn't. This could have been a Thor or Flynn thriller. Plus it was overlong. The first third of the book was unnecessary to the plotting.
Dan Banana
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Not as good as first in series, took a while to get in to it. Became more entertaining later and propelled me in to the third. Kinda tired of the word 'redacted' too.
Rod Gregg
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding job, Jack. You are going to have a long and productive career as an author in the thriller genre. Cadence, authenticity, action and intrigue that most authors never achieve. Mystery & Thriller
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
Julie Watson
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
True Believer is a continuation of the saga Terminal List with protagonist James Reece, having discovered a massive conspiracy of greed and death centering on his team and family ,makes the decision to seek justice for all the murdered loved ones of his life. With the help of friends, he hands each a heinous death for what they did to his wife, child,friends, and teammates.

Carr paints a picture of the scenes enacted with his choice of words.. In True Believer, a despairing Reece travels to the
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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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