Lima Charlie Editing & Reviews is honored to interview retired Navy SEAL & Published author, Jack Carr. Jack’s debut novel, The Terminal List exploded into the world last year, giving this warrior much credibility and praise. Coming very close winning the Goodreads Choice awards for best debut from a fan run campaign. Since he wasn’t even on the ballot to start with, but the fans wrote him in, and his novel made it up to the final round. His follow up, TRUE BELIEVER, due 7/30 has earned itself a Lima Charlie Review – Blast Radius of a NUCLEAR BOMB! A 10/10 rating. Jack spent over 20 years as Navy Seal leading special operations teams as a team leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander and Task Unit Commander. Initially enlisting, then transitioning to a junior officer leading men into combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Jack, first and foremost, thank you for your service. Congratulations on your second novel being published. It gets me super pumped seeing veterans be successful post service. You’re very much aware of the struggle’s vets go through, as is evident by your Preface in True Believer. Can you tell me what inspired you to include that in your book?
The protagonist of the novel, former Navy SEAL James Reece, is going through a transition of his own. He’s been through some traumatic events and needs to learn to live again. Though he doesn’t yet know it, when readers meet him again in True Believer, he’s searching for his next mission, his next purpose, just like veterans do when transitioning from the military. Whereas the first book, The Terminal List, was a story of revenge without constraint, this second novel is a story of violent redemption.
- The poaching issues in Africa and worldwide, can you tell me why that is important to you and why it’s such a big part of your novel?
I needed James Reece to find a purpose. He’s also on the run after his actions in The Terminal List so he needed to go someplace off the grid. I traveled to Mozambique in the Fall of 2016 to research the novel and found it to be the perfect place for Reece to both disappear and find his next mission in life. The poaching issue in the area allows him to repurpose his military skills for a higher purpose.
- The ending of True Believer is clear where Reece is heading next, will that trail lead him to other hotspots throughout the world in book 3? Can you share where?
I am finishing up the rough draft of book three now. I will share that Reece will find himself in the action in both the U.S. and Russia. I’m about to take a research trip to Kamchatka, Russia to weave some local flavor into the pages of the next novel.
- If you had to guess, how many people out there in the real world are like your character, Mr. Grey?
That’s a good question and one that will be explored in future novels…
- One of my all-time favorite authors, Vince Flynn. You’re often compared to him which is praise I very much agree with. How does it feel to be compared to that legend?
It is humbling beyond words. Just being in the same sentence as such a legend in the genre will always leave me at a loss for words. I was able to meet him at the SHOT Show many years ago. I’ll always treasure the time I was able to spend with him.
- You’re trapped on an island, you have one book, one weapon, and one personal item (Non-electronic) with you. What are they?
I’ll have to answer pragmatically and say the book would have to be one about the edible plants on whatever island it is. The weapon is a tough one because picking a rifle means that once it’s out of ammo you essentially have a dive weight, but I’d have to opt for an autoloading 7.62 weapon system like the Mk11 with extra magazines for both hunting and defense. Personal item would be a knife; my ESSE 6 because it’s a solid blade and the custom sheath I have for it has a fire-starting kit attached.
Check out Jack’s book tour stops, which kicks off Monday, 7/29 in Phoenix, AZ. At the famous Poisoned Pen book store.
07.29.19 – PHOENIX, AZ
07.30.19 – HOUSTON, TX
07.31.19 – DALLAS, TX
08.01.19 – SAN DIEGO, CA
08.02.19 – PORTLAND, OR
08.03.19 – FORT CARSON, CO
08.03.19 – DENVER, CO
08.05.19 – VERO BEACH, FL
08.06.19 – ORANGE PARK, FL
08.08.19 – SALT LAKE CITY, UT
08.10.19 – PARK CITY, UT
09.17.19 – PARK CITY, UT
Our review of TRUE BELIEVER:
“THIS IS A NOVEL of redemption,” Jack Carr writes in the preface chapter of True Believer. What followed was a brief description of the current battle many veterans, me included face with transitioning to civilian life from active duty military. This set the tone for me, set me at ease knowing that while I’m reading this incredibly well written novel, I’m not alone in this feeling of questioning myself if my life still has that same meaning and same purpose as it once did when I wore that uniform.
TRUE BELIEVER from Jack Carr, the former Navy SEAL who came out of nowhere last year with his acclaimed debut The Terminal List. Jack spent 20 years as an operator himself, starting off his career as an enlisted SEAL sniper, then transitioned to an officer worthy of leading troops into combat. Keep in mind, this is the author of the book, not his protagonist. Two years ago, I had the opportunity to see Brad Thor at one of his tour stops and he mentioned Jack Carr, describing him as opposite of himself. Saying, “he was an author that wishes he was a SEAL, while Carr is a SEAL that wants to be an author.” Well, fast forward two years and Carr is standing tall amongst the best in the thriller community, quickly establishing himself with his debut novel and his follow up, TRUE BELIEVER is even better. So, buckle up, pour yourself a strong cup of coffee, if I may recommend, Black Rifle Coffee Co. A veteran owned and operated business to help keep you awake because putting down this thriller is a tall order.
Jack introduced to the world James Reece. A man forced to kill out of pure rage, bringing death and chaos to those who wronged him in the most terrible way imaginable. The Terminal List saw James Reece lose everything that he held close to his heart and by the end of the book, he was 100% certain he was on his way to join his family due to a brain tumor. Well, True Believer picks up with Reece having liberated a sail boat, and made his getaway, as one of the most wanted domestic terrorist in the country. Still experiencing the frequent headaches, and unsure how much time he has left, he ends up spending a few months aboard that boat eventually seeking refuge with an old friend. Where he quickly puts his talents to good use, those talents however is what gets him noticed and as he knew was the possibility, someone came for him. Assuming whoever came for him had the entire area surrounded by a team of commandos and not having the heart to kill anyone that doesn’t deserve to be killed, Reece just approached the property where he was staying and discovered one man. A former SEAL brother and current CIA intelligence officer who came to recruit him instead of kill him.
Reece was selected as the best person to succeed in this mission due to the relationships he has established on a prior deployment overseas and the people involved. Not giving Reece too much of a choice, by offering freedom or jail time to not only Reece but those that assisted him in his mission of revenge in the first novel. Also, his friend plays him a certain voicemail, we as the readers already heard at the end of The Terminal List, but Reece did not. Reece agrees to help and from there the two get on a totally non-luxurious CIA jet, citing that he must not rate the luxury of the G550 quite yet. From there, Reece and Navy SEAL Senior Chief Freddy Strain go to an undisclosed location to train and get ready for their mission. Jack didn’t choose to not tell us where this place is, instead the US government did in its amendments. You may have heard, anything Jack writes must go through a strict vetting process by the DOD due to Jack’s security clearance from his time as a Navy SEAL. There are quite a few completely
True Believer has no shortage of action, Jack proves again how well he knows his weapons, their proper use, real world tactics used by elite tier one operators. With dialogue that clearly shows his personal battlefield experience. As a reader, I can always tell which author researched a certain topic, took great notes and pieced together a scene as oppose to those that actually lived that lifestyle. Things that are vital in a fire fight, “speed, surprise, violence of action and situational awareness” are just a few things I took note of while reading this novel. The weapons used were all described in great detail, giving you the reader a much better understanding of how and why certain things are necessary, especially when one takes a shot from two klicks and is deadly accurate. The Terminal List set the bar high, delivering what many prominent people in the thriller genre world have compared to Vince Flynn’s debut, Term Limits. A praise I very much agree with. With True Believer, Jack has once again brought a thriller that will be compared to the very best this year has to offer. Earning himself a Blast Radius of a Nuclear Bomb a perfect 10/10 rating. Pre-Order this highly anticipated thriller from Jack Carr and start the count down, this gem will be available July 30th.
Author: Jack Carr
Series: James Reece # 2
Publisher: Atria / Emily Bestler Books
Release Date: July 30, 2019
Follow Jack on Twitter: @JackCarrUSA
Lima Charlie Rating: A BLAST RADIUS OF: A NUCLEAR BOMB (10/10) – The potential here is death on a global scale, nothing is scarier than a nuke. This is the best rating a book can get.
About the Author:
Jack Carr is a former Navy SEAL who led special operations teams as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander and Task Unit Commander. Over his 20 years in Naval Special Warfare he transitioned from an enlisted SEAL sniper to a junior officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, to a platoon commander practicing counterinsurgency in the southern Philippines, to commanding a Special Operations Task Unit in the most Iranian influenced section of southern Iraq throughout the tumultuous drawdown of U.S. Forces. Jack retired from active duty in 2016 and lives with his wife and three children in Park City, Utah.