Okay, I’m a few days late, but here is the second part to my review of The Terminal List by Jack Carr.
I want to get into the conspiracy theories promoted in this story. To tell you the truth, I started getting pissed. First from the prologue, wanting to know who the hell sent this SEAL team to die, to murder them while they are doing what they’ve been trained to do, while they believed they were serving their country. I can only imagine thoughts like that have to be in the back of the mind for those out there putting their lives on the line. What a betrayal! These guys risk their life for the mission, for their country, because they believe in their country. They are trained to trust their teams, and the people in authority over them. These teams are made up mostly of fathers, sons, husbands, and brothers with a deep sense of duty and honor. It’s a hard job and they can get lost at times, lose sight of the mission, lose themselves beneath stress and pressure, but at their heart they’re our heroes. To have someone betray that trust, and then use that betrayal to cover their own selfish agenda is deplorable.
I’m not naïve. I know the world is full of greedy bastards that kill, manipulate and plunder for their own material gains. There’s a lot more than I’d like to admit, but that’s the way of the world. In this story, this betrayal comes from the leaders that our protagonist, Lieutenant Commander James Reece, trusted and obeyed, not only who tried to kill him, but killed his brothers-in-arms. So, I was asking, ‘What the hell was this level of betrayal for?’ thinking money was the root. Yes, ultimately, money was the root to this evil, but author Jack Carr doesn’t just give us that simplistic single reason – no, we get slapped with another double whammy with an even bigger betrayal – the Team guys were murdered because they were evidence, they were guinea pigs for experimental drugs. Before they were terminated by enemy bombs, they were first terminal victims of a biological weapon.
Man, oh man. Fear is a bitch, and I can imagine that again these types of fears of betrayal are on our Team guys’ mind at times. I found myself getting angry the more I read this story. I know its fiction, but its plausible issues that our SEALs could face and it just makes me irate that it probably has happened in some fashion, or probably will happen at some point. What a messy business. Rescuing and killing. I can’t imagine how hard that can be on a soul.
The Terminal List by Jack Carr definitely stirs the mind and pushes my buttons. I do recommend it, it’s very well-written, it’s a great read, but it’s not for the faint-hearted or the weak-minded. An ostrich can’t read it, a sheep couldn’t understand it, a wolf would be offended, and a shepherd would be ashamed.
I planned on a third part of this review to talk about all the guns and weapons described in this book, but I really don’t understand them. I love that a glossary was added, but while I can’t appreciate the beauty of the weapon (but I’m sure a weapons guy would love those parts best) I got the gist the story. They served their purpose, but I’ll leave those details to those who know what they’re talking about; I’ll stick to the writing, the pacing, and dialogue, the moral of the story, the emotion, and the writer’s voice.
Jack Carr is a natural story-teller, a silver-tongue, and I love listening to his interviews and podcasts. He writes a really well story, with great pacing, and good structure. I look forward to reading True Believer.
If you haven’t read Terminal List by Jack Carr – go read it now! You won’t regret it.
Till next time,