The Terminal List: A Thriller Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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A Navy SEAL has nothing left to live for and everything to kill for after he discovers that the American government is behind the deaths of his team in this ripped-from-the-headlines political thriller.
On his last combat deployment, Lieutenant Commander James Reece's entire team was killed in a catastrophic ambush that also claimed the lives of the aircrew sent in to rescue them. But when those dearest to him are murdered on the day of his homecoming, Reece discovers that this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of government.
Now, with no family and free from the military's command structure, Reece applies the lessons that he's learned in over a decade of constant warfare toward avenging the deaths of his family and teammates. With breathless pacing and relentless suspense, Reece ruthlessly targets his enemies in the upper echelons of power without regard for the laws of combat or the rule of law.
An intoxicating thriller that cautions against the seduction of absolute power and those who would do anything to achieve it, The Terminal List is perfect for fans of Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Stephen Hunter, and Nelson DeMille.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 3 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||06 March 2018|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 1,274 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
5 in Political Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
6 in Military Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
12 in Espionage Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
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But this is just God awful. The plot is literally the most unrealistic thing you can imagine. It's about Hillary Clinton (shes got a different name, and she's the secretary of defence not the sec state, and her husband is a pussy hound ex congressman instead of ex President) and an evil Hillary cabal who illegally test an experimental drug on SEAL's and then kill them all, and their families to cover it up.
Yeah, I know. And I'm not even American I could care less about USA politics, but this was just ridiculous. Like a Steven Seagal movie from the 80's but with Hillary Clinton as the bad guy.
It just gets worse and worse, the SEAL obviously goes on a killing rampage and extracts his revenge.
This book makes you question what you would do if this happened to you, but also makes you ask the question to whether Reece is still a good guy at the end of the book. Some of his actions are downright monstrous, but then again, he’s simply repaying the actions of others.
I really enjoyed this book, I thought it was great how the author left in the blacked out sections, it added to the realistic element of the book. The only other complaint I have is the epilogue, I thought it was unfortunate that it ended on that note, but all in all it was an excellent read.
This book was the best book I had read in a long time. Any moment I could pick up the book I was engaged and living in Reece’s world. I thought about Recee and his next moves while I was living everyday life. I was thinking about the book and just couldn’t wait to see where “we” were going next on his journey.
Get ready for a hell of a ride and brace yourself to have the second book ready to pick up!
The hero Reece justified his trail of mayhem by blaming the cabal of greedy conspirators . They were as bad as each other. Besides being a super hero and/or villain the plot and the action, mainly murder, was contrived and hard to believe.
At least we learnt different ways that the villains could die.
I am not sure that it worries me more or less that Reece may re-emerge from the distant waters..
Politics aside it really could have been more well written. It writes like a 15 year olds gunnut fantasy.
Seal stuff was cool though I’ll give it that.
Top reviews from other countries
The story is a by the numbers revenge deal. Brave hero is betrayed by vacuous politicians/career brass types for money, who then kill his family, forcing him to extract his revenge. There are an awful lot of similarities to "the Punisher" and it was pretty apparent how the story was going to go very early on.
My biggest problem is that it lacks tension and depth. When James Reece chases down his tormentors, they don't really stand a chance and it never feels like he'll come off second best. Obviously, SEAL team members are tough hombres, however the main character feels invincible, able to second guess his adversaries and deal with anything they throw at him. I get that that the other author is immensely proud of being a SEAL (why wouldn't he be), but having everyone who meets the main character be in awe of his "bad-assery" felt a little self-congratulatory.
The characters are either good or bad on a comic book level. There is no middle ground and this means they lack any real depth. Because of this, it's very hard to feel anything when the bad guys meet their end or to really care about any of the good guys. I wasn't suitably invested in any of the characters, largely because they all feel like cardboard cut outs.
Also, even for a self-confessed weapons nut, I thought he went a little overboard with the amount of gun/scope/bullet/knife detail that is crammed in here. Whilst it might be accurate to describe the techniques of long range shooting, I am not sure it really adds anything to the story other than to bloat the page count. Does it really matter which brand of knife he is using? (or tactical travel mug!)
Likewise, there were a lot of acronyms and other military related stuff that felt unnecessary.
It's not a bad book and there are certainly worse in the genre, however I never really got to a point where I was that invested/involved in the story. If you like the Jack Reacher novels (which is clearly where this is pitched), then you'll probably like this - if nothing else, at least it's tactically more realistic!
Perhaps at times a bit too much information regarding the weaponry involved, but this does not detract from the overall enjoyment. The book is well written with strong story line and characters. I would definitely recommend it. Well worth five stars.
Just one further comment, there is a glossary of terminology to be found immediately after the conclusion of the novel. Perhaps I missed any reference to this prior to commencing the story, but I am sure the reader will find it useful to be aware of it.
The storyline had me fully engrossed and vying for the main character to succeed. Also, despite my usual inability to keep track of multiethnic characters, I found myself truly understanding each character's intentions and back stories.
The characters involved were likeable, even the bad guys because they were so well written and unique in their own ways. It's not the deepest character-driven book but the main character is written very well and had me wanting him to win.
This book is also phenomenally written. The research into weapons, cars, locations, industries, government, the navy SEALS is so well researched. Well, I presume it is as I know little about these things and he's sold me on them all!
I would highly recommend this for ANYBODY who wants a genuinely good read and loves action!