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Book Review: True Believer

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“When a string of horrific terrorist attacks plagues the Western world during the holiday season, the broader markets fall into a tailspin. The attacks are being coordinated by a shadowy former Iraqi commando who has disappeared into Europe’s underground. The United States government has an asset who can turn the Iraqi against his masters: James Reece, the most-wanted domestic terrorist alive.

After avenging the deaths of his family and team members, Reece emerges deep in the wilds of Mozambique, protected by the family of his estranged best friend and former SEAL Team member. When a series of events uncovers his whereabouts, the CIA recruits him, using a Presidential pardon for Reece and immunity for the friends who helped him in his mission of vengeance.

Now a reluctant tool of the United States government, Reece travels the globe, targeting terrorist leaders and unraveling a geopolitical conspiracy that exposes a traitorous CIA officer and uncovers a sinister assassination plot with worldwide repercussions.”

Title: True Believer

Series: Terminal List #2

Author: Jack Carr

Page Count: 485

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Date Read: December 19th, 2023

I found myself struggling with audiobooks late in the year of 2023 between October and November. I took a couple of weeks off completely just listening to some podcasts. I thought maybe I needed something other than fantasy or science fiction so I went back to the Terminal list series. True Believer by Jack Carr was just what I needed at that time!
I loved the first book which was a recommendation from a coworker earlier in the year. This is an added benefit of these stories as I get to bounce my thoughts off of him as I go. He’s two for two on his recommendations so far. I’m counting this entire series as one. The other was similar in Sleeping Bear by Connor Sullivan.
The pacing of this series has been great for me in the first two books now. I continue to stick to the audiobooks narrated by Ray Potter. We’ve now established Carr’s stories and Porter’s narration are a slump breaking combo for me. True Believer is a fairly fast pacing action, mystery thriller adventure throughout. The only thing I found myself needing to focus a bit more on was the scope of where this story was taking place across the globe.
That brings us to the world building. Obviously these stories take place in our present day real world setting. But the world that Carr spins lets the reader dive into the underside of military, government and intelligence. As I mentioned this story takes place in several countries as things come together. It wasn’t difficult to keep up with and probably added to helping us understand how big our own world is yet how small it can seem at times as out paths cross again over the years.
The character development was done really well in the second book. Obviously our Protagonist is still coming to grips with himself and how he fits into the world after the incidents from book one. He’s finding ways to put his skills to good use while still struggling with his own moral issues from the past. We also have some excellent supporting characters whether friend or foe in book two. I’m excited to see what comes of some of these other characters and mourn the loss of a brief favorite of mine in True Believer.
I’m loving this series and expect to continue on in 2024. If you’re looking for a military thriller type of read or listen I’d certainly recommend at least the first two books so far. My coworker says they only keep getting better. I can’t wait!

World Building 4.5/5
Pacing 5/5
Character Development 4.5/5

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Chad Barnard

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