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2023 Book Review: The Terminal List

by Jack Carr

A Mystery/Thriller, 2018 by Atria, 408 Pages

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Very detailed descriptions. This isn’t a negative for everyone, I know. But if you don’t like very wordy paragraphs packed with tons of details, consider this a content warning. 
  • Torture, which is a content warning of sorts. It was heavy handed, I think. 
  • Vigilante in the worst way. I’m not arguing that these weren’t bad people. BUT, this is a highly trained military character acting as a vigilante. Something about that just rubbed me the wrong way.  
  • The storyline doesn’t feel unique. You’ve definitely heard this basic story before.

What I Did Like:

  • Accurate military writing. There’s a whole preface to explain the author’s background and process, which is cool. I can appreciate the accuracy in this one, which is really what sets it apart from the other stories like this that you’ve inevitably heard.
  • There are surprises. People who make the list, ways they connect, and how deep this goes are the first things that come to mind. 
  • Action driven. This one follows a clear path and is packed with events. There are no slow spots in the plot.

Who Should Read This One:

  • Fans of military stories may like the accurate language in this one and the experience of the main character. 
  • If you’re in the niche where military fiction meets vigilante stories, this’ll be exactly what you’re craving. 

My Rating: 3 Stars

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