Terminal List is a debut thriller by Jack Carr. What
makes this book special is that Carr uses his experiences
as a SEAL to write a realistic action-packed story. It takes
readers to a time when rules of engagement had the Special
Forces acting as cowboys where they took out the enemy up
close and personal as well as from afar with sniper fire.
Carr noted, “The book was essentially written for me.
It was very therapeutic. I revisited what was important to
me over the last twenty years including emotionally, strategically,
and tactically. I combined them into a fictional thriller
hoping to make the weapons and the people authentic. It was
me pouring out my passions and emotions. I took my experiences
of studying warfare and the real world and applied it to this
story about revenge. I based it on the Samurai warrior mentality
that understood they might die while going into warfare. All
of the emotions, flashbacks, and remembrances I felt over
the last twenty years were placed on the protagonist. It also
helped that my friend partnered with me to write this story.”
He served for over twenty years with an expertise in communications/intelligence,
to leading assault/sniper teams, and to practicing counterinsurgency.
He uses all this in the story when his hero, Lt. Commander
James Reece, seeks revenge after losing almost all his men
in an Afghanistan ambush killing 36 SEALs, 28 Rangers, and
four aircrew members in his unit as well as his wife and child.
After finding out that the murders were perpetrated by the
high-level rogue government and military officials he creates
a list of twelve who must die. Reece has no regrets since
he believes he is dying of a terminal brain tumor because
the government decided to use his unit for experimentation
of a drug that would be used for those with PTSD. Readers
will be reminded of Vince Flynn’s books Term Limits
and Consent to Kill. Carefully plotting these assassinations
Reece is determined to see that justice is served.
The author wanted to write a realistic story and reminds readers,
“In the 1970s Senator Church had hearings on experiments
done to people in the military. For example, they put Navy
divers down at a certain depth for a certain amount of time.
If they had issues they would reduce the time. These guys
were used as guinea pigs. I molded much of this information
into a fictional story. It is also based on Vince Flynn’s
Term Limits in that by killing the bad guys in both stories,
justice was served so there were no regrets. This is why I
put in the book quote, ‘Killing was not so much about
taking a life, it was about sustaining life: the lives of
your countrymen, your unit, your family, yourself.’
I personally sleep very well at night regarding my decisions.”
There have been many inspiring books by SEALs about their
life and career. With The Terminal List, readers get the inspiring
story within an action-packed plot.