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Book Review: Savage Son

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“Deep in the wilds of Siberia, a woman is on the run, pursued by a man harboring secrets—a man intent on killing her.

A traitorous CIA officer has found refuge with the Russian mafia with designs on ensuring a certain former Navy SEAL sniper is put in the ground.

Half a world away, James Reece is recovering from brain surgery in the Montana wilderness, slowly putting his life back together with the help of investigative journalist Katie Buranek and his longtime friend and SEAL teammate Raife Hastings. Unbeknownst to them, the Russian mafia has set their sights on Reece in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

In his most visceral and heart-pounding thriller yet, Jack Carr explores the darkest instincts of humanity through the eyes of a man who has seen both the best and the worst of it.”

Title: Savage Son

Series: Terminal List #3

Author: Jack Carr

Page Count: 416

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Date Read: January 31st, 2024

My journey continues with the Terminal List series. As a reminder this series was originally recommended to me by a coworker who is a fellow reader. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two and I’ll preface this review that I think Savage Son might be my favorite read of the series to date. I have already spoken with my coworker and he says things only keep getting better from here so I’m really excited to have this series to return to as these stories are going to be great to break any slumps I may be going through this year.
The pacing is very fast in Savage Son. I don’t want to take anything away from the story being fleshed out and that doesn’t seem to suffer. I feel the main foundation for book 3 has already been laid in the first two books and now we are just along for the crazy ride that is the life of James Reece. Though we do have a lot of names and places from multiple countries in this book and series I haven’t seem to struggle with anything so far. The reason I feel this is very fast paced is mostly due to the fact that even when we aren’t in the thick of action, there is so much mystery, suspense or thrills (take your pick) as we are learning what is going on. I will add that I have continued this series with the audiobook which is narrated by Ray Porter who continues to knock it out of the park.
The world building is nicely done. We are obviously in our own world so locations and sometimes events are easy to understand and connect with. This book does take place in several geographical locations which I did struggle just a bit with early on until things and characters started coming together more. The network of locations, characters and history that continues to unfold in this books is just awesome to see.
The character development is another strong aspect to Jack Carr’s writing so far. We continue to see the progressive arc of our protagonist James Reece but also several supporting characters mostly from Reece’s past. We also see a really nice return of Katie in this book which has been hoovering right on the edge of our view since book one’s conclusion.
There are some great lines from characters in the Savage Son. The one that stands out the most to me right now is when things are very tense and when James is asked what he’s going to do there is a pause and he simply answers “I’m going to hunt”. I actually got chills at that moment.
This book isn’t all about the savagery though. There are some great moments with James’ family as well as his team. It just reminds us that though some of these soldiers are trained killers they still have a heart and want to help others. I guess that’s what makes them our protagonists and not our antagonist which is very twisted and brutal in Savage Son.
As far as recommendations are concerned I’m assuming if you’ve already read books one and two it only makes sense to continue on with the third. If you might have been on the fence with the first two, definitely give Savage Son a try and see if that brings you over to Carr’s side of the fence finally.

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

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