An AFTER-ACTION REPORT With retired Navy SEAL Sniper & Author JACK CARR!


A professional discussion of an event. Focused on performance standards that enables troops to discover what occurred, why it occurred like that, and how to improve on weaknesses. Every mission should have a BDA (BATTLE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT) and an AAR.


An After-Action Report with retired Navy SEAL & Author of The Terminal List & True Believer, Jack Carr.

Host Nation: United States of America

Duration of Deployment: 20190729 at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore to 20190917 in Park City Public Library, UT.

BDA: No major damages sustained, some reports of missed sleep and work due to prolonged reading and inability to put this thriller down.

Onward Movement: Read below, Jack Carr is currently editing book 3 (title to be announced soon) and writing book 4.

img_45101.       Has there been a big difference putting out your second novel being more established and not the new guy on the block?

The crowds at the book signings were certainly an indicator that readership is growing!  I feel so fortunate that James Reece is resonating with readers.  Word of mouth is the single most significant factor in the success of the novels, and I am humbled by the overwhelming amount of support.  Biggest difference is that as I’m out on tour, I’m talking about books one and two, editing a third and outlining a fourth!  I’m loving every minute!

2.       Any memorable moments from your book tour?

Yes! Quite a few!

– Kicking off the tour with my hero and an icon of the industry, Stephen Hunter, at Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, AZ was surreal. Mark Greaney was kind enough to come down and interview us both. The three of us having dinner together after the event was an experience I’ll never forget.

– Signing AR magazines was a first.

– I had a surprise visit from Brett Godfrey who wrote a follow-on to a series by Marc Olden, an author whose work had a significant influence on me growing up.

– I had another surprise visit from an old SEAL buddy I had not seen in years.  We went to intelligence school together, BUD/S together, and SEAL Qualification Training together.  He prefers to remain nameless because of what he did in the military and what he now does in the private sector.  He and his wife ambushed me on my last stop.  It was great to see them!

3.       What are you currently working on?

Book three is nearing completion…title to be released soon.

4.       Can you tell me anything about book three?

I can tell you that Reece is back!  It’s a novel I’ve wanted to write since I was in the 6th grade and first read Richard Connell’s classic short story, The Most Dangerous Game.  It explores the dark side of man with today’s geopolitics as the backdrop.  I can’t wait to get it out there!

5.       You alluded to a film in the works on your tour but couldn’t talk about details. Can you give us anything now?

Nope. Still classified.

6.       If you could pick an actor to play James Reece right now, who would it be?

TS/SCI…that’s Top Secret/Special Compartmentalized Information for the non-military types.  It’s possible this information was deleted off a server found in a basement in upstate New York.

7.       What are you currently reading, what is on your TBR stack?

The TBR stack grows by the day.  I have a biography of Hemingway, appropriately titled Hemingway by Mary V. Dearborn, waiting for me along with the thrillers I didn’t read this summer because I was writing my third novel, namely Brad Thor’s Backlash and Daniel Silva’s The New Girl. Kyle Mills’ next Vince Flynn novel Lethal Agent will soon be added to the pile.

8.       As an established author, what advice do you have for up and coming authors?

The same advice that Brad Thor gave me when we first spoke.  He said, “The only difference between a published author and an unpublished author is that the published author never quit.”  With my background as a SEAL and the BUD/S selection process where quitting is as easy as ringing the bell, those words resonated with me.  Never quit.  Never ring the bell.



Prior to the release of TRUE BELIEVER, we had the honor to interview Jack, if you haven’t seen it, it’s a fun read. INTERVIEW!


Our review for 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 blacked out words, sentences and even an entire paragraph.

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
Pages: 486
ISBN: 978-1-5011-8084-2
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.

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