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Jack Carr ‘s Debut Novel, ‘The Terminal List’ Gets “Seal” Of Approval From Critics

Jack Carr is not your average, everyday writer. You won’t find him sitting in his den, wearing a sweater vest while he puffs on a pipe and frantically types away on an antique Underwood typewriter. Jack is a real man of action who writes about what he knows best because he actually lived it as a former Navy SEAL who led a special operations teams on four continents 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 specializing in communications and intelligence, to a junior officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jack then went on to become a platoon commander practicing counterinsurgency in the southern Philippines, to commanding a Special Operations Task Unit in the most Iranian influenced section of southern Iraq throughout the tumultuous drawdown of U.S. Forces. So when Jack delivered a thriller about a fictional former SEAL, famed editor, Emily Bestler had to sit up and take notice.

“This is one of the most exciting debuts I’ve read in ages,” said Bestler, who first brought Vince Flynn and Brad Thor to market. “While this is a work of fiction, Jack Carr’s decades of experience as a SEAL, ranging from communications and intelligence to leading sniper teams to commanding a Special Operations Task Unit, give THE TERMINAL LIST the on-the-ground authenticity that breaks a political thriller out from the pack and certainly grabbed me from page one.”

In THE TERMINAL LIST, Lieutenant Commander James Reece is compiling the most dangerous list in America. On it are the names of individuals at the highest levels of government and the military, each of whom has played a part in a treacherous, vicious plot that left Reece’s entire team dead in a catastrophic ambush and resulted in the murder of his loved ones. With nothing left to lose, he’ll target them in an equally brutal fashion, without regard for the laws of combat or the rule of law. James Reece, and his creator, Jack Carr, are destined to join the ranks of ubiquitous names in the political thriller genre. That’s right, eat your heart out, Nicholas Sparks.

Below are just a few of the many shining reviews of Jack’s exciting new political/military thriller published by Emily Bestler Books/Atria in March 2018. His second novel, True Believer, will hit shelves in April 2019.


Any fan of the novels by Brad Thor and the late Vince Flynn will realize that Jack Carr will soon be joining their ranks. “The Terminal List” is sure to be the best debut thriller of 2018.


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This is one of the best thrillers of the year and highly recommended. 
Fredericksburg Free Lance Star

Jack Carr proves to be a formidable new voice in the political thriller genre, making a bold statement with his lightning-quick debut novel. The Terminal List is a can’t-miss, must-read, relentless action thriller. 

Jack Carr’s years spent on the front lines offer readers a unique look into the secretive world of the Navy SEALs, as he describes the emotions and mindset encountered in heavy combat
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Get ready for some sleepless nights, because once you start reading THE TERMINAL LIST, you won’t want to put it down.
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