Book Review: The Terminal List by Jack Carr

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The Terminal List is a debut novel by former Navy SEAL Jack Carr. The book follows the story of James Reece, a Navy SEAL commander who seeks revenge after his entire team is killed during a covert operation in Afghanistan. Here, we are going to know more about this book. 

A friend recommended me this book series. She told me that these books have thrilling plots, authenticity, exploration of themes, and potential; honestly, I can’t deny any of these after reading them!

The novel is a thrilling and action-packed military thriller that takes the reader on a fast-paced journey through special operations, politics, and espionage. The story is well-crafted, and the well-developed characters make readers feel invested in their fates.

Jack Carr has published five novels, and The Terminal is the first of the five novels and the sixth titleOnly the Dead, in writing and will be published in the future.

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About the Author

Jack Carr Author of Terminal List

Jack Carr

Jack Carr is an American author and former Navy SEAL, best known for his debut novel “The Terminal List” and its sequels. Carr served as a Navy SEAL for 20 years, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander and leading special operations teams on various missions worldwide.

After retiring from the military, Carr turned his attention to writing and published his first novel, “The Terminal List,” in 2018. The book was an instant success, debuting at #16 on the New York Times bestseller list and earning rave reviews for its authenticity and gripping storyline.

In addition to his writing career, Carr is also a public speaker and consultant, providing expertise and insight on various military and security issues. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and lives with his family in Park City, Utah.

Book Overview | The Terminal List by Jack Carr

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Full Title: The Terminal List: A Thriller

Author: Jack Carr

Genre: Thriller

Publishing Date: 6 March 2018

Page Count: 408

Series: James Reece series

Succeeded By :  True Believer, Savage Son, The Devil’s Hand, In the Blood, Only the Dead (to be published)

Setting: As a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan, James Reece feels great responsibility for the troops he is in charge of.

Themes: Greed, Betrayal, Loyalty, Justice, Revenge, Corruption, Power, Mental Health, Family and Relationships.


Lieutenant Commander James Reece’s whole team was slain in a devastating ambush on his last combat mission, which also claimed the lives of the aircrew brought in to rescue them. He learns that the deaths of those closest to him on the day of his return home resulted from a conspiracy that extends to the highest echelons of government rather than a war crime committed by an enemy nation.

Reece now uses the skills he’s learned through more than ten years of nonstop combat to exact revenge on his family and comrades after growing up without a family and being released from the military’s leadership structure.

Reece targets his opponents at the highest echelons of power with cold-blooded precision and unrelenting suspense, disregarding both the rules of warfare and the rule of law.

Book Summary | The Terminal List by Jack Carr

The Terminal List by Jack Carr follows the story of James Reece, a Navy SEAL who returns home after a mission in Afghanistan where his team was ambushed. He discovers that his friend Boozer was murdered, and a gang from Tijuana killed his wife and daughter.

James later finds out that he and his team were given a drug to prevent PTSD, which caused them to develop brain tumours. James uncovers a conspiracy involving politicians, military officials, and businessmen who have control over the drug. He creates a list of names and sets out to take revenge, knowing the tumour will kill him soon.

With the help of a few trusted allies, James seeks out those on his list, killing them off one by one. He hands over evidence to a journalist who begins a series of stories to expose the corruption. As investigations begin, James sails across the Atlantic Ocean, waiting for death.

However, the investigation discovers that James’s brain tumour is not fatal, and he does not know the biopsy results. Throughout the novel, James faces immense grief and betrayal, but he perseveres in his quest for justice. He utilizes his military training to track his targets, and his commitment to his fellow soldiers and family drives his actions.

The novel is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller that explores themes of betrayal, corruption, and the lengths one will go to seek justice. It highlights the complexities of military service and its toll on soldiers and their families. The story is well-written and suspenseful, keeping the reader engaged until the end.

My Takeaway From the Book | The Terminal List by Jack Carr

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One of the key takeaways from this book is that the consequences of betrayal can be far-reaching and have significant impacts on individuals and their families. The novel also highlights the importance of loyalty, honour, and brotherhood among military personnel.

Another takeaway is that the justice system can sometimes fail individuals, and people may resort to taking matters into their own hands to seek revenge. However, this can have dangerous and unintended consequences, and it is essential to trust the legal system and seek justice through appropriate channels.

What Did I Think of the Book? The Terminal List by Jack Carr

This book has a well-crafted plot. There is visible character development and a realistic portrayal of military operations. I found the book thrilling and engaging, with a gripping storyline that keeps them hooked until the end. The novel’s exploration of betrayal, loyalty, justice, and mental health themes has also resonated with me.


This book owns a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5.

Conclusion | The Terminal List by Jack Carr

The Terminal List by Jack Carr is a thrilling and thought-provoking novel that will appeal to military and political thrillers fans. The book is well-crafted, with a gripping storyline, complex characters, and attention to detail that reflects the author’s experience as a former Navy SEAL.

Overall, this book has been well-received by readers, and it has been praised for its authenticity and attention to detail, as well as its gripping plot and thought-provoking themes.

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