My husband and I love these kind of books. This story was captivating! Exciting and emotional. My only criticism is stop with the f—- word. Please author, use your skill as a writer of words and change up on the language
It was definitely a thriller. Sad to say this could easily be a reality. Our present government scares me into thinking scenarios like this are very possible. Sorry to bring politics into this, but it is what it is.
I enjoyed this read. I loved the political parallels and the protagonist's fight for justice. I think this would make a great movie!
Good plot and action suppressed by injections of obvious political leanings.
Not a member of a political party. Gun owner.
Ardent supporter of military and veteran services.
Would have been a more powerful and persuasive read had it not been so obvious.
I give high respect to the author for his service and expertise. In spite of this books many writing flaws, the authenticity comes through, and even more, the ethos of these elite warriors shines in all of its wonderful brutality, something that's totally missing in other fiction about SEALS not told by the real men. The story is plain and simple revenge stuff about an op gone wrong, a murdered family, and a lone man with a certain set of skills. Soon enough, he's fighting, shooting, burning, and hacking his way through a long list of sleazeballs on a mostly lone path to justice. Again, I just found it less of a mind stretch to believe it all possible than say if John Grisham took on this kind of thing instead of the bonafide ex-SEAL who did write it. There's an inherent credibility here you can feel even if you don't know or care about the author's background. That being said, the book is called 'The Terminal List', and for the better part of the story after the family murder part, that's exactly what it feels like you're reading. A list. By far, and this sounds horrible to say, the best scene in the book is when the protagonist discovers his family's murder. Carr built the scene well in the preceding chapters, the thirst Reece feels to see his wife and daughter, especially after the disastrous op in the beginning. You sort of expect the tragedy to occur, but still, you know the author is giving you a glimpse into reality here, that painful longing these guys must feel to finally see the people they love after spending month after month imagining the reunion, only to never get it. So Reece is understandably tortured, and goes on a self-destructive mission to make, well, the entire world if necessary, pay for what was done to him. The writing is decent on average, but I think the author's emotional connection to the material ran out after the tragic events in the beginning, and unfortunately, so did mine. The story sort of fell off into Reece completing the list with robotic efficiency, and the writing itself became that way, robotic and somewhat formulaic, complete with tried and true phrasing and word choices you wish the editors wouldn't have allowed to get into the final draft. But whatever, this ain't supposed to be Dostoevsky. The concept, realism, and safety of the material is delivered well enough to be worth your while, but I think the show really took this book as a first draft and brought it to a much higher, more nuanced calling. Ray Porter is okay, but I was hoping for someone that sounds less like a high school math teacher and more like a blood-encrusted super-killer gutting people with a battle axe. But he did his thing as usual. All in all, the book is good, but the show is better.
OMG! Great, thrilling adrenaline fueled read. James Reece is an awesome operator!
Excellent novel James Reece is a great character equal to Scot Havath and Pike Logan .
The narrator did a fantastic job
I liked it for the most part, but was not sure at times when reading I liked all of the killing. I think it could have been handled differently. The author Jack Carr is quite good and hope he will write another book with more mystery and intrigue.....I am sure he could.
Riveting, didn’t want to stop listening!
Lots of thrills! Chills! and spills!
A great political thriller that keeps you rooting for the hero and hoping the villains get their day of judgement
You can feel that this is the author's first book, and not in a good way. The entire story is presented from a singular narrative and moral (!) perspective, which makes it feel like a monologue, and not an actual story with characters. Even when showing the perspective of other characters, the protagonist's (or rather the author's) biases can be clearly felt. And it's particularly annoying that the preview only contains a part of the "origin story" of the book, nothing from the story itself. For such a lacking book, there's an incredible amount of time dedicated to self-celebration. Maybe it works on the tv screen, but for me, this format didn't do it. I love the narrator though, the only way I found this book was by browsing the ones he narrates. I won't be continuing this series.
GREAT BOOK, the TV Series is awesome, but the book will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat !!
Book was great!! A little slow starting but got better!
The first book is very good! I highly recommend it! However, as the series continues the preachiness starts to get old. Wish the author would have focused more on the stories and characters and less on the constant guilt trip.
GREAT STORY and narration. It describes a story very possible with the corruption in our government and the capabilities of our SOCOM forces. I hope it remains a fairy story base on training and the past. Knowing most of the locations made it very real.
This was a wonderful listen. As I was listening I thought, this may be one of the best books that I have ever read/listened to.
A good first novel but there’s a hole in the plot line towards the end (no spoilers here).
We just watched the Amazon adaptation and it was better than the book in some places. But overall we enjoyed it and downloaded book two.
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Thrilling and captivating!!
awesome book taking you on one hell of a ride!!
Great book, very easy listening. Has a couple of great twists and turns. The author is vey detailed but doesn’t get so carried away in the detail that a regular person gets lost in it. This book was the fastest I have ever finished an audio book!
Great book!!great author and narration!!A
I enjoyed the book, the writing was great, narration great. The author CLEARLY slants to the right, which is not my bent, but I could appreciate the story anyway. What amused me is how he ascribes limitations on civil liberties to liberals - when most restrictions have come from conservatives. He also justifies killing as a necessary evil with no nod to any other solutions. He tends to demonize liberals and stereotype “others” - Middle Easterners as an example. I did appreciate that one of his protagonists was a journalist, although the rest of the field were depicted as ignorant sheep.
I also find it funny that when a book slants left a lot of conservative reviewers will get up in arms and give that book low reviews, but not when the book slants toward their beliefs.
Great book. It’s not a stretch to think these things are really happening within our government and career politicians.
really enjoyed listening to this book
good book I enjoyed it
This is my no 1 audio book of the last 12 months. Never heard of the author (I live in Ireland) & this would not be my usual genre (female reader). But - I was hooked from the 1st chapter. A great gripping listen. Yes - it is brutal & cold & bloody at times but war is brutal as is politics. You only have to look at what Putin has done in the past month. Highly recommend this book.
The best book I’ve had in years!
Great details and suspense with a great narration
Gripping. This is the fastest I’ve ever finished a book. Addictive good.
i want to read more of the Reacher series
Great base for the book series. Shit is gonna go down.
Very good. Prolly read all of his work now haha I recommend
I’m so glad that I was introduced to Jack Carr’s James Reece. I look forward to reading Reece’s next adventure.
exciting and tactically as well as technology sound.
Really great narration and one of the best audiobooks in this genre. So much detail but it is done so well. Jack Carr brings every scene to life.
the details are good.
Pretty good listen and easily had me listening for hours on end and not wanting to pull into the driveway. Reminded of me of Vince Flynn’s book Term Limits and Stephen Hunter’s book Shooter.
Loved it action packed can't wait to hear the next in the series.
Great book!! Tons of suspense and the narrator nailed it!
Amazing book! Listened to most of it on a family vacation, but really enjoyed reading it even more to finish the book off.
One of the best books I have read in a long time. Can’t wait for the rest of the series.
What a great book! 'Jack Carr' did an amazing job of making you feel like you were right there with Lt. Cmdr Reese during his mission. Even though this is a 'fiction' book, I'm fairly certain there were references to real life missions. God bless & Semper Fi.