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In this third high-octane thriller in the “seriously good” (Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Past Tense) Terminal List series, former Navy SEAL James Reece must infiltrate the Russian mafia and turn the hunters into the hunted. 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 In this third high-octane thriller in the “seriously good” (Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Past Tense) Terminal List series, former Navy SEAL James Reece must infiltrate the Russian mafia and turn the hunters into the hunted. 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.


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In this third high-octane thriller in the “seriously good” (Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Past Tense) Terminal List series, former Navy SEAL James Reece must infiltrate the Russian mafia and turn the hunters into the hunted. 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 In this third high-octane thriller in the “seriously good” (Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Past Tense) Terminal List series, former Navy SEAL James Reece must infiltrate the Russian mafia and turn the hunters into the hunted. 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.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Keeten

    ”The platforms that hosted illicit activity on the Dark Web changed as international consortiums of law enforcement built cases on a virtual battlefield. Silk Road, AlphaBay, and Hansa were but a few of the cyber auction houses whose specialities catered to the dark side of man. Weapons, child pornography, human trafficking, and illicit drugs were the mainstays of the realm, trading with bitcoin cryptocurrency, moving people and destroying lives at 50 megabits a second. The Dark Web was where Al ”The platforms that hosted illicit activity on the Dark Web changed as international consortiums of law enforcement built cases on a virtual battlefield. Silk Road, AlphaBay, and Hansa were but a few of the cyber auction houses whose specialities catered to the dark side of man. Weapons, child pornography, human trafficking, and illicit drugs were the mainstays of the realm, trading with bitcoin cryptocurrency, moving people and destroying lives at 50 megabits a second. The Dark Web was where Aleksandr offered a specific service to the discerning and niche customer. It was where Aleksandr offered the hunt of a lifetime. To those who had adorned their walls with most every species the planet had to offer, a few longed for one more trophy, one they wouldn’t be able to brag about at cocktail parties in polite society. They yearned to experience the hunting of man.” Many positive things have come from the advent of the internet, but as we acquire more data, we are learning that there are very negative aspects to the internet, and one of those is the ability of psychopaths and those with deviant desires to find one another. In the past, these people felt alone and knew they would have to control their darkest cravings, but now they can easily find others with the same urgings, and they encourage and facilitate each other’s most aberrant behavior. Aleksandr Zharkov has risen through the ranks of the SVR, a Russian intelligence organization John le Carré (from the glossary in the back of the book) describes as the “KGB in drag” . The rest of my review can be found at https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/re.... You'll enjoy popping around their website checking out their book editorials, reviews, and interviews. Let me know what you think about my review, but also about your experience naviagating around the site. Thanks to everyone for your continued support of my writing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Jack Carr returns with his third instalment in the James Reece series, which has just as much action as the previous novels. While he coalesces after brain surgery, James Reece has plans to rest up in a Montana cabin. On the other side of the world, Oliver Gray, who was responsible for killing Reece’s father, has his targets set on finishing the job, knowing that it will be a case of strike before being targeted by Reece himself. Gray works with members of the Russian Bratva to secure the attack Jack Carr returns with his third instalment in the James Reece series, which has just as much action as the previous novels. While he coalesces after brain surgery, James Reece has plans to rest up in a Montana cabin. On the other side of the world, Oliver Gray, who was responsible for killing Reece’s father, has his targets set on finishing the job, knowing that it will be a case of strike before being targeted by Reece himself. Gray works with members of the Russian Bratva to secure the attack, one that will require stealth, as Reece was once a SEAL and now has been working for the CIA. When Reece and his new belle settle in the cabin, a strike team inches forward. No one could have predicted that Reece’s long-time friend and fellow SEAL, Rafe Hastings, will also be in the area. After the strike goes awry, Reece knows that he is in big trouble and will not be able to hide for much longer. Even worse, the Russians are able to nab Hastings’ little sister in Europe, only adding pressure to an already jarring situation. It will not be enough that Reece knows the Russians are after him. He must annihilate them and find Gray for a final standoff, while a man who hunts humans for fun arrives to play a little game. A well-paced novel that is full of plot twists and wonderful storytelling. Recommended to those who love a good thriller, as well as the reader who finds an interest in military-type novels, full of gun technology and scouting tactics. I stumbled upon the first book in this series after a friend recommended it to me. While I am not as keen on military thrillers, I do love the espionage stories that Carr has been able to create. James Reece is an interesting character who continues to grow before the reader’s eyes. Now on the defensive, after a few novels where he was hunting his enemies, Reece must show how sharp he can be without being prepared with everything he might need. He appears to have moved on from the murder of his wife and unborn child, letting the walls down so that he can be happy. There is no lack of action when it comes to Reece or those around him. Other characters do a wonderful job of complementing the protagonist and adding their own added flavour to an action-filled read. The numerous plot lines kept the story interesting and the perspectives of all the characters did well to keep the story on point. The novel itself was quite well paced, even as the reader must leap over some of the redaction pits placed throughout by the US Department of Defence. Carr knows his stuff and does not write in too inflated a manner, but is able to get to the root of the plot without issue and keeps the reader right there with them. Full of military and gun talk, this helps to add depth to the plot rather than lose the reader from the get-go. Carr brings his experiences to the entire novel and the read can bask in the attention to detail. The mix of chapter lengths pull the reader in and sustain their interest in equal measure. There’s little time to catch one’s breath, as the story is so full of action and locales that it will be a fast ride throughout. I hope to see more from Carr, as there always seems to be a thread that is left hanging for Reece to tug upon. Kudos, Mr. Carr, for another winner. I hope others find your series and enjoy it as much as I have been to this point. Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Ashenbrenner

    This is the third book by Jack Carr starring protagonist James Reece. After THE TERMINAL LIST, which was nominated for many awards, both in print and audio, Carr knocked it out of the park with his follow up novel, TRUE BELIEVER. Now comes SAVAGE SON - first, I would highly recommend reading the first two books of the series if you haven't yet. It truly sets up for this third book. SAVAGE SON is a brilliant piece of writing. The plot is nonstop and riveting, with Reece developing more and more wi This is the third book by Jack Carr starring protagonist James Reece. After THE TERMINAL LIST, which was nominated for many awards, both in print and audio, Carr knocked it out of the park with his follow up novel, TRUE BELIEVER. Now comes SAVAGE SON - first, I would highly recommend reading the first two books of the series if you haven't yet. It truly sets up for this third book. SAVAGE SON is a brilliant piece of writing. The plot is nonstop and riveting, with Reece developing more and more with each book. Carr's writing continues to get better and better - creating vivid scenes, his in-depth knowledge of weaponry, knives, and combat. It's obvious how well his books are researched. The fiber of details from these locations is woven so well into each scene, if truly feels as if you're standing there. I won't go too deep into the plot, as you can read many reviews which talk about it. My main focus is how good of a novel this is overall. A lot of authors get solidified in history from one or two books which seem to encapsulate their career. For authors like Vince Flynn, it was TRANSFER OF POWER and CONSENT TO KILL. For Tom Clancy, it was THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER and WITHOUT REMORSE. Stephen Hunter, it was POINT OF IMPACT. I think that this novel, SAVAGE SON, will go down as one of Jack Carr's greatest novels, and I truly believe that this, without a doubt, will propel Carr to the hallways of thriller fame and emblazon him into the thriller Mount Rushmore. With the details of Clancy, guns of Hunter, writing and characters of Flynn, depth and realism of Morrell, field knowledge and research of Thor, and poetical writing style of Silva, it's easy to say that Jack Carr has written one of the finest novels of the modern era.

  4. 4 out of 5

    M(^-__-^)M_ken_M(^-__-^)M

    Savage Son Jack Carr A fictional military action story. 3rd instalment with more great action, weapon descriptions, chaotic fights, cool technology. Story line as in previous stories, continues with the theme of dirty sneaky backstabbers from your own side. We now have a treacherous, cunning, turncoat scumbag CIA agent and an absolutely killer crazy psychotic Russian gangster who join forces and want James dead for obvious reasons, James is cool and they suck eggs. After a botched attempt to kil Savage Son Jack Carr A fictional military action story. 3rd instalment with more great action, weapon descriptions, chaotic fights, cool technology. Story line as in previous stories, continues with the theme of dirty sneaky backstabbers from your own side. We now have a treacherous, cunning, turncoat scumbag CIA agent and an absolutely killer crazy psychotic Russian gangster who join forces and want James dead for obvious reasons, James is cool and they suck eggs. After a botched attempt to kill James at home. They regroup, manage to kidnap a bestie's friend's sister to be the mad Russians plaything in his own sick version of the Hunger games. Anyway what follows is some serious planning with a few good time boys actually competent war buddies and the "A team" goes to the rescue, but this A team kills you dead. Repeat myself all the technology, gadgets are here with more, EMP pulses, halo jumps, scanners, miscellaneous mystery machines, scobby would be proud, they're all here, it's like James Bond on steroids, just over the top, extreme prejudice, ragier and heartier.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    I care neither for the cadence of this story or plots. The lack of an interesting worthy character is likely the reason. 1 of 10 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kashif

    From the first chapter of Savage Son, it becomes crystal clear this is no ordinary action thriller. Savage Son is a gritty and brutal action thriller fueled not just by a superbly evolving protagonist, cinematic and tactically beautiful action sequences, but also by strong and overpowering emotions that drive the story forward. Savage Son picks up after the intense and action-packed events of True Believer, with James Reece finally being home among his friends, pondering whether it is truly time From the first chapter of Savage Son, it becomes crystal clear this is no ordinary action thriller. Savage Son is a gritty and brutal action thriller fueled not just by a superbly evolving protagonist, cinematic and tactically beautiful action sequences, but also by strong and overpowering emotions that drive the story forward. Savage Son picks up after the intense and action-packed events of True Believer, with James Reece finally being home among his friends, pondering whether it is truly time to let go of his past and focus on his present. Consequences of his actions in True Believer bring the wrath of Russians, in the form of both proxy Bratva gang members as well as a twisted and demented adversary who hunts people for sport. The narrative is cranked up from the very first sentence, each page invoking a sense of dread of what is to come next. No thread from Terminal List or True Believer is left unraveled, with Jack Carr brilliantly tying up readers’ burning questions in the best possible manner, all the while setting up more intriguing plot threads to be pulled on in the future books, particularly related to Reece’s father. The action, as impossible as it may seem, is even better than in Terminal List and True Believer. Each shootout fantastically syncs up every gunshot with the right tactical information pertaining to weapons and bullets, along with providing cinematic action sequences that will sit with readers long after they have finished the book. A hand-to-hand combat sequence in the end between Reece and a Russian giant is a work of pure art, in which every melee weapon from fists to tomahawks is utilized in an ultimate battle to the death. Every sentence is written with the intention of putting readers in the front seat of the entire experience. James Reece feels like a real-life character, undoubtedly due to Jack Carr’s own experiences as a highly skilled student of war. Each thought and each action of Reece feels insightful and relatable in ways that may not have been possible if not for Jack Carr’s brilliant writing. As said before, this thriller is greatly motivated by emotions. With such a dark and violent thriller, there are a multitude of emotions in this narrative including sheer loyalty to brothers in arms, love for family, and a burning desire to exact vengeance on behalf of those wronged by the wicked. Savage Son mixes all these emotions to drive the story to great new heights. The story ends with Reece making a new discovery that gives him a new purpose in life, as with each previous James Reece thriller ending with Reece finding a new reason to keep on fighting the good fight. I highly recommend this action thriller read, that is the best James Reece book yet.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Scott A. Miller

    Freaking great! Reece is, in just three books, one of the best characters I’ve read. Carr is incredible. And to know that Amazon is making this into a show rounds things out perfectly. The entire series has been about the hunt but this was the best one yet, a little more satisfying even than the first two. The evil guys got what they deserved. Where does Reece go from here? Can’t wait to find out.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rebecka Jäger

    Magnificent care to detail in describing weapons, ballistics, and battle. Great build-up and release of tension in the plot. I loved the strategic point-of-view! I know my share of rifles and hunting, but the main characters showed such skill and patience: in stalking a mortal enemy or a bull deer. This was a fascinating read. The main characters, Reece and Raife, are well-rounded ex-SEALS, brothers in arms, with a broad set of combat and hunting skills. Both know that staying on guard at all tim Magnificent care to detail in describing weapons, ballistics, and battle. Great build-up and release of tension in the plot. I loved the strategic point-of-view! I know my share of rifles and hunting, but the main characters showed such skill and patience: in stalking a mortal enemy or a bull deer. This was a fascinating read. The main characters, Reece and Raife, are well-rounded ex-SEALS, brothers in arms, with a broad set of combat and hunting skills. Both know that staying on guard at all times is a necessity. The minor characters: too much background info dumped onto the pages to my liking, but I'm an impatient reader, like a rodent on amphetamine. I removed a half star for that. Otherwise, this book is worth five stars on any day. You can tell the writer was a professional soldier in the special forces and Jack Carr moves among the operators of the different intelligence communities like a shark in the ocean. I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect. As a writer of spy thrillers, I learned a lot, once again from a great writer. The villain, Alexandr Zharkov is a psychopath with interesting hobbies, like hunting humans and strangling women in bed. The beginning of the book starts with him, and what a start! His background in both organized crime and at the Russian SVR makes him a prominent opponent. I wouldn't want to bounce into this beast in a dark alley. This book is smooth action, the political assassinations, and black ops believable to the last red dot from a laser sight centering on the forehead of a president. The passages in the heart of darkness, Africa, haunted me a long time after I finished reading. I have a new respect for ants and chili peppers. I recommend this book to any lover of thrillers. If you like military thrillers, go for Savage Son (a clever title).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    Third book in James Reece series and continues to be sooo good! Praise to Jack Carr as he proves to be a fabulous story teller. If you like Scot Harvath and haven't checked out James Reece, you are missing out. Third book in James Reece series and continues to be sooo good! Praise to Jack Carr as he proves to be a fabulous story teller. If you like Scot Harvath and haven't checked out James Reece, you are missing out.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Julie Watson

    Reading a Jack Carr novel is like indulging in a fine wine or aged brandy. It is to be savored. Carr is analogous to the Masters of old with each stroke of the brush creating a masterpiece. Carr paints the canvas of human action, with each sentence or paragraph creating a visualization of what is to come. Each of the novels has the reader asking of oneself, to what degree would you protect your family? SAVAGE SON’s protagonist, James Reece,is first introduced in TERMINAL LIST, a story of scapegoa Reading a Jack Carr novel is like indulging in a fine wine or aged brandy. It is to be savored. Carr is analogous to the Masters of old with each stroke of the brush creating a masterpiece. Carr paints the canvas of human action, with each sentence or paragraph creating a visualization of what is to come. Each of the novels has the reader asking of oneself, to what degree would you protect your family? SAVAGE SON’s protagonist, James Reece,is first introduced in TERMINAL LIST, a story of scapegoating of a Navy SEAL to cover up a hideous medical experiment gone wrong. It’s a conspiracy that leads to the centers of power for this nation. It culminates in the assassination of Reece’s family and friends, thus unleashing a revenge-minded warrior who summarily executes all involved. He leaves the battlefield, licking his wounds, ready to die. TRUE BELIEVER sets the scene in Africa where Reece finds peace in the daily rhythms of life on the veldt. His success at countering poaching on a game preserve brings him to the attention of authorities, especially those stateside, namely the CIA. The US Government offers dispensation to Reece and abetting friends in exchange for his hunting and eliminating an international terrorist causing havoc with US Allies. He encounters assassination, WMD, and the loss of more family. What was redemption for taking revenge comes full circle. Reece is now on the hunt. He has devolved into the ultimate hunter, the hunter of man. In reading the Preface to SAVAGE SON, the author makes clear that those who have evolved to become warriors are also world class hunters. Whether they hunt to provide for and protect family, or hunt to protect a nation and way of life is irrelevant. It is one and the same. The question remains- is it all civilized behavior, or is it civilized primal behavior, exposing the dark side of man’s psyche, his soul. Reece antagonized the Russian Mafia and threatens the existence of a treasonous CIA defector mole. They both go after him and family, the Hastings,and transgress boundaries. The question remains who is the hunter and who the hunted. It also raises the question of what would you personally do, what are you capable of doing if forced. As I read this book, I ponder what has the author seen, or heard, or even action performed that is like this? What do we as a civilized society ask of our warriors? A piece of their soul? As you read the battle scenes, hand-to hand combat to the death with knives and tomahawks, yes I said tomahawk consider what the author has experienced to write so brutal, so vicious, so graphic a series of battle situations. Jack Carr gives you a glimpse into his former world of using the same skills and weapons as the ancient warriors. The hand to hand combat is breathe arresting, stunning, in its complexity and execution. You realize why he has a weapon in front of him as he writes. He is visualizing the scene. Carr has a fine appreciation and knowledge of weaponry, be it guns or bow and arrow. He uses his novels to educate less experienced hunters on excellent equipment that will give the hunter an edge in preparation for the ultimate hunt, be it for beast or man. This book is a hunter’s dream-the study of the psychological aspects of a warrior, an intellectual’s dream. There is a reason for the opening chapter to finish with the prey, escaping the hunter, choosing her own time to die, and not rendering victory to the hunter. This novel is an action, battle-packed series of fights from start to finish. It relates the basic tenets of warfare. Carr is a master at the psychological study of the more primordial, the darker side of man. What a superb piece of literature! It stamps Carr as creator of the new protagonist of the 21st century - James Reece. This is not a book you put down and come back to later. The action is so visceral and stunning , it leaves you gasping and reading rapidly to seek a conclusion. It is a fist pumping scream of “YESSS!” It is breathtaking in its presentation of warriors engaged in the ultimate battle. It is a tapestry of emotions found on the battlefield. Thrillerists, do not wait to pre-order this book. Do not wait to buy this book on release date of 4/14/20. Do it NOW or you will regret it! This exceeds beyond anything I could imagine. Jack Carr, this is indeed your Masterpiece. I like the sound of Pulitzer in writing. KUDOS!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stuart Ashenbrenner

    This is the third book by Jack Carr starring protagonist James Reece. After THE TERMINAL LIST, which was nominated for many awards, both in print and audio, Carr knocked it out of the park with his follow up novel, TRUE BELIEVER. Now comes SAVAGE SON - first, I would highly recommend reading the first two books of the series if you haven't yet. It truly sets up for this third book. SAVAGE SON is a brilliant piece of writing. The plot is nonstop and riveting, with Reece developing more and more wi This is the third book by Jack Carr starring protagonist James Reece. After THE TERMINAL LIST, which was nominated for many awards, both in print and audio, Carr knocked it out of the park with his follow up novel, TRUE BELIEVER. Now comes SAVAGE SON - first, I would highly recommend reading the first two books of the series if you haven't yet. It truly sets up for this third book. SAVAGE SON is a brilliant piece of writing. The plot is nonstop and riveting, with Reece developing more and more with each book. Carr's writing continues to get better and better - creating vivid scenes, his in-depth knowledge of weaponry, knives, and combat. It's obvious how well his books are researched. The fiber of details from these locations is woven so well into each scene, if truly feels as if you're standing there. I won't go too deep into the plot, as you can read many reviews which talk about it. My main focus is how good of a novel this is overall. A lot of authors get solidified in history from one or two books which seem to encapsulate their career. For authors like Vince Flynn, it was TRANSFER OF POWER and CONSENT TO KILL. For Tom Clancy, it was THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER and WITHOUT REMORSE. Stephen Hunter, it was POINT OF IMPACT. I think that this novel, SAVAGE SON, will go down as one of Jack Carr's greatest novels, and I truly believe that this, without a doubt, will propel Carr to the hallways of thriller fame and emblazon him into the thriller Mount Rushmore. With the details of Clancy, guns of Hunter, writing and characters of Flynn, depth and realism of Morrell, field knowledge and research of Thor, and poetical writing style of Silva, it's easy to say that Jack Carr has written one of the finest novels of the modern era.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    The third book in Jack Carr's James Reece series has been bit of sticky wicket for me. I actually finished this a couple weeks ago but I've had a hard time trying to write a review of it. This would be due to the fact I am of two minds regarding the story. When the story sticks to the main plot, things move along swimmingly. James Reece is recovering from brain surgery to remove the brain tumor that kicked off the series in THE TERMINAL LIST and followed with TRUE BELIEVER. Unbeknownst to Reece an The third book in Jack Carr's James Reece series has been bit of sticky wicket for me. I actually finished this a couple weeks ago but I've had a hard time trying to write a review of it. This would be due to the fact I am of two minds regarding the story. When the story sticks to the main plot, things move along swimmingly. James Reece is recovering from brain surgery to remove the brain tumor that kicked off the series in THE TERMINAL LIST and followed with TRUE BELIEVER. Unbeknownst to Reece and his various allies, he's a hunted man. While recovering, a psychopatic Russian government official who likes to hunt the world's most dangerous animal (re: man) is baiting a trap in order to draw Reece to him and hunt him down in a far more challenging "hunt" than the Russian is typically enjoying. The trap is baited with something guaranteed to draw out Reece and his allies, a "bait" that can't be resisted. But before that trap is sprung, Reece is still looking to track down an ex-CIA spy who turned traitor for the Russians. He's protected but that doesn't mean Reece won't try to get to him. This is where the story excels. The action set pieces ring with an air of authenticity. No surprise there since the author is a former SEAL himself. Those action pieces are so visually described that you feel a part of the action yourself. The slower bits of the story where Reece is recovering and just living a slower paced life are richly detailed as well. His interactions with others enrich his life and the story for the reader. The growing relationship with his new girlfriend seems very realistic. As the story moves forward, everything comes together nicely especially as the tale moves towards a final resolution where the implacable determination of Reece comes to the forefront. With all that said, you may wonder why I wasn't completely sold on the book as a whole. The reason I felt that way was the level of technical information given about various situations and weapons employed throughout the story. I'm not any kind of expert on guns and the like so there's always going to be stuff that just goes over my head. But moreso than in the first two books of the series, there seemed to be an overabundance of information given about damn near every gun used by every character. It basically pulls you out of the story as the author goes on and on about how and when a weapon came into existence and how and why a particular weapon is used. There is always a need for exposition about weapons used in military thrillers but it was relied on a bit too heavily in the story. I'm sure those who are keenly interested in that stuff might feel it a great addition to the story. However, I just thought there was so much to absorb that it takes the reader out of the narrative. I don't know what would be the happy medium between story and tech talk but since I do love the series and the characters, I hope the next book to feature James Reece is a little less reliant on the tech. SAVAGE SON is a good book but it would've been even better if it had been less of a primer manual on the weapons of war.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maddie Taylor

    If you haven’t read The Terminal List and True Believer yet, I highly suggest you read both especially before getting into Savage Son! Jack’s first two thrillers are absolutely incredible stories, but this one blows them both out of the water. Definitely his best one yet! This one starts off with Reece recovering after surgery and trying to move on with his life after the events of the past two years. There’s always something lurking though. This problem more troubling than others. You won’t be If you haven’t read The Terminal List and True Believer yet, I highly suggest you read both especially before getting into Savage Son! Jack’s first two thrillers are absolutely incredible stories, but this one blows them both out of the water. Definitely his best one yet! This one starts off with Reece recovering after surgery and trying to move on with his life after the events of the past two years. There’s always something lurking though. This problem more troubling than others. You won’t be able to turn away. One of my favorite things about the book was the friendship and banter between James and Raife. Their friendship never lost a beat. It was also fantastic to see some of the awesome characters from The Terminal List back strong in this one, along with all the new characters introduced! These relationships are tested to the max, but come away even better. Thank you Jack and David for sending me an advanced reader’s copy. I can’t wait for others to read it and see what’s in store! 4-14-2020

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ward Larsen

    I really enjoyed Jack Carr’s latest. Some of the most authentic action scenes in military fiction. Looking forward to James Reece’s further adventures. I listened to the audible version and thought it was very well done.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Slaven Tomasi

    Author Jack Carr, a household name at this point in the thriller community is back with his third James Reece novel, Savage Son. For those just getting to know Jack, he’s a former Navy SEAL sniper. He led special ops teams as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, and Task Unit Commander. He then transitioned over to the dark side, meaning he became an officer. He led assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was a platoon commander practicing counterinsurgency in the southern Philippines, Author Jack Carr, a household name at this point in the thriller community is back with his third James Reece novel, Savage Son. For those just getting to know Jack, he’s a former Navy SEAL sniper. He led special ops teams as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, and Task Unit Commander. He then transitioned over to the dark side, meaning he became an officer. He led assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was a platoon commander practicing counterinsurgency in the southern Philippines, he commanded a Special Ops Task Unit during the draw down of US Forces in Iraq. With over 20 years of Special Warfare combat experience, I want to take a moment and say thank you Jack for your service. Quick recap, Jack exploded onto the scene in 2018 with his debut novel, The Terminal List. A novel of revenge. Navy SEAL Lieutenant Commander James Reece lost his entire team in an ambush, then when he returned home thinking what else can go wrong, his family is taken from him just as brutally. On top of that, he learns he may have a terminal tumor growing in his brain. With his days numbered, Reece sets off on a mission to avenge the deaths of his family and teammates. The follow up, True Believer (2019), a novel of retribution. Living off the grid, James Reece still thinking his days are numbered is waiting for the end as the most wanted domestic terrorist alive. In the real world, a former Iraqi commando is wreaking havoc on the world with coordinated terrorist attacks which plunges the markets. When the US government came for Reece, as he knew they might, he didn’t have the heart to kill anyone that doesn’t deserve to be killed, he expected an ambush, instead he found a long-time friend, with a job offer. Without being given much of a choice, Reece sets off targeting terrorist leaders and uncovering a conspiracy that exposes a traitor within the ranks of the CIA, one that Reece learns is responsible for a lot more than just the current world chaos. Savage Son starts off with James Reece recovering in Montana after his successful brain surgery. Slowly putting his life back together, he still hasn’t committed to the CIA as they want him to, but he also hasn’t quit either. Knowing they have the resources he needs and there are still a few people out there that need killing. He trains daily, he lives off the grid, but those out there that James wants to kill know he will be coming after them, so they try to turn the hunter into the hunted. The above-mentioned CIA traitor seeks refuge with the Russian Mafia and attempts to use their vast resources to put James Reece down for good. But, even in Russia, those in power are cutthroat. Willing to expose those making power moves in order to capitalize on their failure and absorb their power. In Savage Son, it’s father vs son. James Reece exploits this division and uses it to his advantage. Jack Carr delivers the most gripping, the most impressive novel so far this year. With scenes that will have you turning the pages eager to find out who wins, who dies, who gets ambushed, who out maneuvers who? With intensity, weapons knowledge that can only come from someone who has utilized those weapons in combat himself, real warfighting tactics, and a plot that gets better with every page, this novel has earned itself a Blast Radius of a Nuclear Bomb! Jack Carr’s Savage Son is an absolute must read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Man! These books just keep getting better! Former SEAL Commander James Reece is trying to recuperate before settling some scores when his past comes calling. It’s time to hunt and hunt he does. SAVAGE SON is a winner! Get your hands on this series, you won’t regret it!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Henry

    Good third installment in Carr's Terminal List series. Could have been five stars if the military technology references were a bit less detailed. Good third installment in Carr's Terminal List series. Could have been five stars if the military technology references were a bit less detailed.

  18. 5 out of 5

    John of Canada

    .This was the best Reece novel to date. Most of the thrillers I've enjoyed of late have been pretty consistent in their portrayals of the CIA as the enemy of the people. I would read some non fiction accounts, but I'm afraid to. I think it would be a lot of fun,if Gregg Hurwitz of Orphan X fame and Jack Carr teamed their heroes together. I'm glad I read Carr's books in order. .This was the best Reece novel to date. Most of the thrillers I've enjoyed of late have been pretty consistent in their portrayals of the CIA as the enemy of the people. I would read some non fiction accounts, but I'm afraid to. I think it would be a lot of fun,if Gregg Hurwitz of Orphan X fame and Jack Carr teamed their heroes together. I'm glad I read Carr's books in order.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Abibliofob

    I seldom give top marks for a book but Jack Carr really deserves it. I think that Savage Son is his best book so far. I can't imagine what he will do in the next. According to himself he wrote the two first only to be able to tell this story. That is amazing. It sure paid off, all three books are great and if someone has missed this series or maybe not heard about this author you better try him out. This is really great stuff. Well written and he has a great way with describing technical detail I seldom give top marks for a book but Jack Carr really deserves it. I think that Savage Son is his best book so far. I can't imagine what he will do in the next. According to himself he wrote the two first only to be able to tell this story. That is amazing. It sure paid off, all three books are great and if someone has missed this series or maybe not heard about this author you better try him out. This is really great stuff. Well written and he has a great way with describing technical detail as well as the scenery.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Jack Car continues his roll with another solid winner in his 3rd of the "James Reece" thrillers...Reece and his friends are targeted for revenge, by a CIA turncoat & a director of Russian Intelligence "Illegals Section," who also is the son of the capo of the Russian Mafia...Its a high-octane page-turner from the open pages until the end...The only thing that make "Savage Son" 4-stars instead of the deserved 5-stars is the necessity of having read the 2 earlier works to have a satisfying read... Jack Car continues his roll with another solid winner in his 3rd of the "James Reece" thrillers...Reece and his friends are targeted for revenge, by a CIA turncoat & a director of Russian Intelligence "Illegals Section," who also is the son of the capo of the Russian Mafia...Its a high-octane page-turner from the open pages until the end...The only thing that make "Savage Son" 4-stars instead of the deserved 5-stars is the necessity of having read the 2 earlier works to have a satisfying read...Good Stuff!!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Scott

    How much does an endorsement by Lee Child cost? On the NYT bestseller list?!?!? Jeesh. A plethora of supereragatory dreck that attempts to obfuscate the truth: Jack Carr can't write. And an endosement from the least talented writer (another hack) on Goodreads: “A rare gut-punch writer, full of grit and insight, who we will be happily reading for years to come.” —Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times bestselling author of the Orphan X series. JAJAJAJAJA. How much does an endorsement by Lee Child cost? On the NYT bestseller list?!?!? Jeesh. A plethora of supereragatory dreck that attempts to obfuscate the truth: Jack Carr can't write. And an endosement from the least talented writer (another hack) on Goodreads: “A rare gut-punch writer, full of grit and insight, who we will be happily reading for years to come.” —Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times bestselling author of the Orphan X series. JAJAJAJAJA.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jim A

    James Reece vs the Russians, again. Decent plot but I found way too much"skip over" material. Carr added it to make up the story, but it really didn't enhance the plot. As I wrote in a review of one of the other novels, this was written for his fellow SEALs. No other reason to be so specific as to types of weapons. Just fluff. For me, the peak of Carr's work was book one of this series. James Reece vs the Russians, again. Decent plot but I found way too much"skip over" material. Carr added it to make up the story, but it really didn't enhance the plot. As I wrote in a review of one of the other novels, this was written for his fellow SEALs. No other reason to be so specific as to types of weapons. Just fluff. For me, the peak of Carr's work was book one of this series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Shaw

    NO SPOILERS! There's something of Ian Fleming about Jack Carr's style. Stay with me here - if you replace the wool ties and fussy martinis of Bond with a pair of Salomon boots and a coffee with a blob of honey; you're already halfway there. But it's more than just wardrobe and beverage selections - it's the detail. We are walked through meal preparations, invited under the bonnet of cars to smell the grease and change the plugs; we own the weapons former Navy Seal-turned-CIA operative James Reec NO SPOILERS! There's something of Ian Fleming about Jack Carr's style. Stay with me here - if you replace the wool ties and fussy martinis of Bond with a pair of Salomon boots and a coffee with a blob of honey; you're already halfway there. But it's more than just wardrobe and beverage selections - it's the detail. We are walked through meal preparations, invited under the bonnet of cars to smell the grease and change the plugs; we own the weapons former Navy Seal-turned-CIA operative James Reece owns, in the same way we all felt the weight of the Walther in our grasp when we opened the cover of Thunderball. The evolution of the Hard-As-Nails-Ex-Special-Forces-Assassin-turns-do-gooder books have seen us end up with so many version of Jack Reacher, that even Lee Child must forget what he's written and what belongs to someone else. But the world of James Reece has more in common with Tom Clancy than the lumbering Reacher and Carr isn't about to chase that fad. Because by taking the Clancy mould and adding in his own vast experience, along with the aforementioned attention to detail, he is standing high above the other authors that are currently attempting to take the hill. Sure, the good people are excruciatingly good - they run foundations, own land and live the right way in an almost picture-book perfect image of wilderness America. They are unwavering in their morals, attractive without trying and all have dogs who come back to them with the click of a finger. But it doesn't annoy you... it just works. Maybe that's because the bad people are so deliciously bad. They don't just kill or manipulate; they are foul perverts, unbalanced sadists and driven by everything our heroes stand against. There are very few grey areas here - and maybe that's okay. As a stuffy, liberal Englishman, there's the touchy issue of hunting. The 'rights' and 'wrongs' of hunting animals is a prominent theme in Savage Son and I can see it putting some off of Reece and his buddies. The thing is, being a stuffy, liberal Englishman, I couldn't and wouldn't hunt an animal, but I happily tuck into a steak; so maybe that's what I have an issue with, rather than whether or not Reece and, indeed Carr are pro-hunting. I also thoroughly enjoy reading points of view that don't entirely align with mine - and Carr's prose on the subject is sublime. To be clear; we don't get gory, pro-bloodsport descriptions of hunting; the actual detail focuses on the reasons, the ritual, the respect and even the ecology behind hunting. The inclusion of this is done purely because it is used as a counterbalance to the chief antagonist - I won't spoil that here - but it's absolutely vital to the story, so don't let it put you off, please. As with the previous entries in the Terminal List series, we are provided with a satisfying conclusion, with just enough of a scent of the next book to have you straining at the leash. James Reece is growing with every book and with each instalment, he becomes less like anything else out there. Still, it's not Reece your paying for when you buy a Terminal List book, it's Carr's forensic attention to detail. If you're not interested in the comprehensive yet easy-to-swallow characteristics of a Toyota Land Cruiser vs a land Rover Defender; there are plenty of other 'guy with a grudge and a gun' books out there - but they won't stir or shake you like Carr can.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Seán B

    From start to finish, a book of the highest quality. I tip my hat to you Sir Jack Carr. After discovering the series at the beginning of Lockdown 1 and being fortunate enough to get the kindle editions from NetGalley for The Terminal List & True Believer - I had Savage Son on my TBR list for quite a while (since April 2020) if I remember right. James Reece, former Navy SEAL turned-wanted man-turned-man without a cause, is back in this hunt of a lifetime. Reece after the events of True Believer i From start to finish, a book of the highest quality. I tip my hat to you Sir Jack Carr. After discovering the series at the beginning of Lockdown 1 and being fortunate enough to get the kindle editions from NetGalley for The Terminal List & True Believer - I had Savage Son on my TBR list for quite a while (since April 2020) if I remember right. James Reece, former Navy SEAL turned-wanted man-turned-man without a cause, is back in this hunt of a lifetime. Reece after the events of True Believer is recuperating and settling in to a life off the grid in Montana close to his long time friend and SEAL brother Raife Hastings. Reece has been gifted a cabin off the Hastings ranch with his Jeep refurbished as a present for what he has done for the family. Keen to rekindle his strong friendship with Katie Buranek - journalist in Washington - Reece has the CIA on mute as he ponders answering the CIA call to go full time. Oliver Grey - long time foe of Reece watches from afar in Russia plotting Reece's demise once again as Reece thwarted Grey's plans in True Believer. Grey plots the ambush and subsequent assassinations of Reece and Raife Hastings to end it once and for all. In comes the Russian thugs who bring the war to Montana and thus the games begin. I truly enjoyed Savage Son from start to finish - the first 30% I found to be a tad mundane in story telling (but looking back now - it was important back story to fill us with the required info going forward for the rest of the story. From then on, strap yourself in for the hunt of a lifetime.

  25. 4 out of 5

    SteVen Hendricks

    Book Review - First, let me say that you should read the other two Jack Carr thrillers before reading Savage Son. It will give you a much better idea of what’s going on. With that said, I really appreciate it when someone who has served in the military writes a believable story that doesn't tiptoe around controversial plot lines, but tackles them head-on unapologetically. This story paints bad guys as truly bad guys and good guys as good guys, with justifiable ruthless and vendictive actions. Th Book Review - First, let me say that you should read the other two Jack Carr thrillers before reading Savage Son. It will give you a much better idea of what’s going on. With that said, I really appreciate it when someone who has served in the military writes a believable story that doesn't tiptoe around controversial plot lines, but tackles them head-on unapologetically. This story paints bad guys as truly bad guys and good guys as good guys, with justifiable ruthless and vendictive actions. There are some graphic descriptions but the details are artfully descriptive without crossing the line. James Reese's character is a genuinely good guy who was placed in terrible circumstances all because of various U.S. political puppet masters and their selfish political aspirations. Without disclosing the outcome of this book, let's just say the pace is fast and never dull, and the ending wraps up the story very nicely. Jack Carr has solidified a seat at “The BigBoyz Action Thriller Table” with his James Reece series and I can’t wait to read the next one.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Prasanna

    Another brutal story of revenge from Mr. CARR'S stable. He actually brings out the raw emotion of human anger and how it motivates a hunter to go to any lengths to bring destruction on those who wronged him. Another brutal story of revenge from Mr. CARR'S stable. He actually brings out the raw emotion of human anger and how it motivates a hunter to go to any lengths to bring destruction on those who wronged him.

  27. 5 out of 5

    James Winchell

    This was by the the best James Reece novel yet. Jack Carr did a great job starting off the book with a good twist. This book just shows how talented Jack Carr is and becoming a New York Times Best Seller. The development of the story was great, it keep me asking the question of how it was going the end. This is only his third novel but when you sit down to read it, it’s like it is his 8 novel. The twist at the end has the read biting at there nails for the fourth one to come out. Great job best This was by the the best James Reece novel yet. Jack Carr did a great job starting off the book with a good twist. This book just shows how talented Jack Carr is and becoming a New York Times Best Seller. The development of the story was great, it keep me asking the question of how it was going the end. This is only his third novel but when you sit down to read it, it’s like it is his 8 novel. The twist at the end has the read biting at there nails for the fourth one to come out. Great job best yet. Everyone should read this one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Indrek Plavutski

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Felt very much like a fantasy book to me. Which would be fine, if the genre was fantasy. But it isn't. Almost everything is tuned to eleven and makes no sense. Russian high-level intelligence officer can somehow hunt people without anyone noticing. Family of US senator is so wonderful that it has to be the TOP 1 family in entire continent, if not entire world. The stupidly idyllic scenes go on and on and on... and here I am, thinking I'm reading a thriller. Also, they're somehow super tactical an Felt very much like a fantasy book to me. Which would be fine, if the genre was fantasy. But it isn't. Almost everything is tuned to eleven and makes no sense. Russian high-level intelligence officer can somehow hunt people without anyone noticing. Family of US senator is so wonderful that it has to be the TOP 1 family in entire continent, if not entire world. The stupidly idyllic scenes go on and on and on... and here I am, thinking I'm reading a thriller. Also, they're somehow super tactical and heavily armed, if situation requires it, because... they're constantly hunting cow thieves of the Wild West Montana when they're not busy being rich or something? I don't even know... Like in other books, super special forces friends are just a phone call away, because why write a gripping story of a struggle of a man in serious situation if you can just call 1-800-SEALS? There were also head scratching moments, like dog detecting land mines, and team just forgetting about them a moment later, chasing after enemy, or Reece becoming a mystical wandering Siberian Rambo for 6... months(?) if I remember it right... Instead of... you know... buying a train ticket or paying a truck driver or something with all the money and equipment he could loot from ten dead, kitted-out soldiers. He sure had time to go hunting for mines in the snow... Also book ridicules Russian tech, while Russian electronic warfare technology is one of their main elements of current doctrine and pretty advanced even without resorting to mysterious sci-fi-tasting EMP's. Third act reminded me of The Guns of Navarone a bit, but generally, entire thing felt pretty weak. Also, I'm sure mr. Carr loves hunting and is super thankful to all the people who helped with writing and researching for this book, but writing pages of odes to those people, third novel straight, is getting sort of annoying. And I mean in the novel itself, not the foreword/thanks thing. It's super visible. I would probably read another novel, but feels like bag of tricks is emptying up quick and there's very little meat for all the potatoes.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Matt Persson

    INSTANT AMERICAN CLASSIC!! Jack Carr has stated multiple times that this was the book he envisioned writing since he was 6 years old. You can tell from the opening page, the thought and visions he has had since that time to write this Great American Novel. Carr, uses his literary idols and his past experience as a Navy Seal to bring you on a journey that is like no other. I hate spoilers so I will not type much more. All I can is if Jack Carr was not already on the top of the list of Military Thri INSTANT AMERICAN CLASSIC!! Jack Carr has stated multiple times that this was the book he envisioned writing since he was 6 years old. You can tell from the opening page, the thought and visions he has had since that time to write this Great American Novel. Carr, uses his literary idols and his past experience as a Navy Seal to bring you on a journey that is like no other. I hate spoilers so I will not type much more. All I can is if Jack Carr was not already on the top of the list of Military Thriller writers before this book he should be ranked #1 with an "Arrow" pointed up. Run out and get this book immediately.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Cross

    I was prepared this time for the slow build this time. And I loved seeing some of the resolutions from previous cliffhangers play out. The action was so incredible! I felt like I could hear the knife fights. Great description! And I loved the way the hunter theme was threaded through the plot from cover to cover. The villains took the show for me in this one, which is always a good thing. It made the climb to the climax all the better. Looking forward to the next one!

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