Book Review: In the Blood by Jack Carr

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In the Blood by Jack Carr- is a wonderful instalment of the James Reece series. Reese’s father’s identity remains a mystery, and the conspiracy underlying how it all relates to the person trying to kill him becomes increasingly intricate. Here, we’ll be knowing more about this #5 book of the series!

This book sure kept me biting my nails while flipping through those pages. I had the impression that I was being drawn into a global thriller that presented scary details of undercover activities. I am so invested in this series, I don’t know what I’ll do once it ends!

One of the best thriller series out there just became much better with this book. Compared to other heroes in the genre, James Reece is more complex. Additionally, I adore the themes that Carr explores in each book. Also, Carr is hinting at a larger scenario that connects all of his books in this passage.

Excited already? Well, prepare yourselves for what’s about to come! Keep on reading to explore more!

In the Blood by Jack Carr| Book Review

About the Author

Jack Carr Author of Terminal List, True Believer

Jack Carr

Former Navy SEAL Jack Carr has served as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander, and Task Unit Commander with special operations forces.

Over the course of his 20 years in Naval Special Warfare, he went from being an enlisted SEAL sniper with a focus on communications and intelligence to a junior officer commanding assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan to a platoon commander training counterinsurgency in the southern Philippines.

To command a Special Operations Task Unit in the southern Iraqi region with the strongest Iranian influence during the turbulent drawdown of American forces.

In 2016, Jack left his active duty position. He resides with his wife and three kids in Park City, Utah. He authorizes Savage Son, The Terminal List, and True Believer.

Book Overview | In the Blood by Jack Carr

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Full Title: In the Blood

Author: Jack Carr

Genre: Thriller

Publishing Date: 31 May 2022

Page Count: 460

Series: James Reece Series

Preceded by: The Devil’s Hand

Succeeded by: Only the Dead

Themes: Military, Adventure, Spy

Setting: After completing a targeted killing for the state of Israel, a woman boards an aircraft in the African nation of Burkina Faso. Her plane gets destroyed by the skies two minutes later.


After completing a targeted killing for the state of Israel, a woman boards an aircraft in the African nation of Burkina Faso. Her plane gets destroyed by the skies two minutes later.

James Reece, a former Navy SEAL, is located more than 6,000 miles away and is watching the names and images of the fatalities on TV news. One face brings up a dim memory of a Mossad agent working with the CIA in Iraq years earlier—a lady with connections to both countries’ intelligence agencies…Reece believed he would never see her again.

Book Summary | In the Blood by Jack Carr

James Reece starts in the book by viewing TV coverage of a terrorist incident before realising he knows one of the victims. This passenger was carrying out an assassination for Israel while travelling under a false name. After working alongside this woman in Iraq, Reece never imagined he would see her again. Kill teams emerge from hiding as Reece investigates this incident, and Reece discovers that not everything is as it seems.

Reece must use all of the skills he has acquired over his years as a Navy SEAL and more, and in order to defeat his enemies, he must also rely on people and things he never anticipated doing so. Reece must learn to manage his time effectively throughout this novel as a hit team after hit team pursues him.

This is a punchy read that is incredibly grim and disturbing! Also, be prepared for the ending—manipulation and mistrust go deep. Does James Reece have the ability to outrun it?

My Takeaway From the Book

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The book begins by giving you the impression that it would be a sort of victory lap and that Reece will wrap up a significant portion of the arc that started at the end of the first book. The main characters are all imperfect individuals who will make the wrong decisions for the right reasons, but he never minimises the cost to them personally.

The foreword to the book begins by stating that time is unchanging and that people are continually evolving. I adore how Carr acknowledges this, celebrates the humanity in his characters and isn’t hesitant to show the ultimate warrior battling the worries and fears that we all have.

What Did I Think of the Book? In the Blood by Jack Carr

I found this book to be absolutely awesome! The characters were well-developed, and the plot was quite engaging. The storyline is authentic, powerful, and full of suspense. The author really proved his exceptional writing skills through this book series, especially this one book which I think is absolutely amazing.

This is one of those books you cannot put down once you start with it. The best thing I find about any thriller-suspense book is the growth of individual characters and this book did a great job on that aspect. The only thing that upset me throughout this series was the cliffhangers.

Now I have to read the next book to find out what happened but that’s not so bad as I was going to do that anyway!


This book holds a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Conclusion | In the Blood by Jack Carr

So, what do you think of this?

This novel is a military espionage thriller that is both real and extremely good. Carr, in my opinion, writes with great care and detail from personal experience. It is best to start at the beginning of this series if you haven’t done so already. The books that came before this one will be spoiled if you read this as a standalone.

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