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Book Review: The Devil’s Hand

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“It’s been 20 years since 9/11. Two decades since the United States was attacked on home soil and embarked on 20 years of war. The enemy has been patient, learning, and adapting. And the enemy is ready to strike again.

A new president offers hope to a country weary of conflict. He’s a young, popular, self-made visionary…but he’s also a man with a secret.

Halfway across the globe a regional superpower struggles with sanctions imposed by the Great Satan and her European allies, a country whose ancient religion spawned a group of ruthless assassins. Faced with internal dissent and extrajudicial targeted killings by the United States and Israel, the Supreme Leader puts a plan in motion to defeat the most powerful nation on earth.

Meanwhile, in a classified facility five stories underground, a young PhD student has gained access to a level of bioweapons known only to a select number of officials. A second-generation agent, he has been assigned a mission that will bring his adopted homeland to its knees.”

Title: The Devil’s Hand

Series: Terminal List #4

Author: Jack Carr

Page Count: 524

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Date Read: March 18th, 2024

March allowed me to return to The Terminal List series with The Devil’s Hand by Jack Carr. This was another fast paced thriller of a story. I’m still loving this series overall and I have a previous coworker to thank for introducing me to it (Thanks Nick!).
I continued the series with the audiobook version narrated by Ray Porter who continues to do a fantastic job with the series.
The pacing is smooth with this read just as the previous three have been. The pattern seems to be throwing us readers into the story allowing us to learn where we are and who these characters are. We often begin with new characters before our returning ones get introduced to the current story which I don’t mind. At this point, we should already know who our returning characters are. I can’t speak for all readers but I tend to start with a bit of a confusion fog around my head until things begin to settle in. Then there is plenty of tension, intrigue and action to be had in these reads.
The world building continues to be nicely done. Jack Carr always makes me feel like I’m right there regardless of which part of the world we may be in at the time of the story or the physical locations themselves. There is also the added wonder of just how much he pulls from real life events to mold them into these wonderfully entertaining tales. As someone who has lived as an adult through both September 11th and more recently the Covid pandemic, those were two aspects that really grabbed me and never let me go in this read.
The character development was also nicely done. After I finished the read I took a few days now before returning to write this review. Something I noticed at this point but didn’t at the time of reading was there wasn’t a lot of the usual assistance from his other military buddies or connections in this one. This isn’t a bad thing and believe me there are still some of those moments here as well. But the majority of the help for Reece this time around are more from medical professionals and his current love interest and partner in crime whom he tries to keep away from these things. I also want to mention I thought the presidential character was also very interesting to see that arc take place from the beginning to the end of book four here.
I don’t have much else to add to this as if someone is looking into book four here I’m assuming you’re already a fan of the series. Just rest assured that Carr continues to grow and be creative with the stories, yet still staying true to expectations.
I am looking good for being caught up with the series before Red Sky Mourning comes out in June of this year.

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

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