“The Terminal List” – Bookcast #44

The Terminal List (2018) by Jack Carr

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Overview of “The Terminal List”

  • A very brief description of “The Terminal List”(4 minutes) 00:00-04:00
    • On his last combat deployment, Navy Seal James Reece’s entire team was killed in a catastrophic ambush. When Reece discovers this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of US government, he applies the lessons that he’s learned in over a decade of constant warfare to avenging the deaths of his family and teammates. 
  • What Carr sets out to do / Purpose of the book
    • This is a revenge tale, pure and simple. Reece becomes the angel of death and the tragedy that happens gives him just cause to transcend all laws and do whatever it takes to bring every corrupt individual to justice.
  • The intended audience of the book / Who will benefit most
    • People who love the military – esp. Navy SEALs
    • People who love details in their stories
    • People who love a good muscular thriller
    • People who enjoy blood and action
    • People who are angry and want some vicarious violence upon their enemies
  • Who probably WON’T like this book?
    • People who can’t handle a protagonist without mercy
    • People who have done bad things themselves and would be terrified of someone like Carr
    • People who don’t like strong, explicit violence
    • People who are triggered by the phrase “AR-15”
  • How does this book specifically benefit Men? 
    • As a man, you always need to think about how to protect your family and friends. This book will also challenge you to answer the question “What would you do if someone killed them”?
  • Is this book Easy, Average or Difficult to read? / How long is it? (1 minute) 04:00-05:00
    • The book is easy reading – assuming you’re okay with brutal violence
    • 414 pages, Audiobook is 12 hours but you can definitely speed that up
  • What are the overall book reviews?Is the book well-known? Popular? Significant?
    • All Amazon Books: 22,572 ratings, 4.7 stars
      •  #3,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
      • #64 in Political Thrillers (Books)
      • #85 in Espionage Thrillers (Books)
    • Audible: 50,392 ratings, 4.8 stars
      • #1 in Espionage Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
      • #1 in Political Thrillers (Audible Books)
  • Book-To-Movie Translation 
    • Amazon show “The Terminal List” – Season 1 is out now and it’s good!

Bio of Jack Carr

  • Official Bio from his website:
    • Jack Carr 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, to a junior officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, to a platoon commander practicing counterinsurgency in the southern Philippines, to commanding a Special Operations Task Unit in southern Iraq throughout the tumultuous drawdown of U.S. Forces.
  • HOWEVER…The truth is a little more interesting
  • Jack Carr is actually a pseudonym for TWO writers: Retired Navy Seal George Petersen and Keith Wood, a lawyer, novelist and journalist writes for Guns and Ammo, Forbes, American Rifleman, Shooting Illustrated, Fortune and more
  • As far as we can tell at least the first book in the series was co-written by Peterson and Wood and possibly several more, however Peterson has become the face of “Jack Carr” and conducts all media interviews with no mention of Wood
  • There is a 2019 lawsuit between the two men over ownership and credit of the “Jack Carr” brand
  • https://mysterypeople.wordpress.com/2018/03/28/scott-butkis-interview-with-jack-carr/
  • https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/former-seal-officer-reviews-the-terminal-list-a-satisfying-tale-of-a-seals-vengeance/
  • https://www.recoilweb.com/the-terminal-list-135740.html

Breakdown of Themes in “The Terminal List”

  • Patriotism
  • The relationship between the individual and his community
  • Masculinity
  • The importance of family
  • Tireless pursuit of truth
  • Faith – or lack of faith – in the government
  • death

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