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True Believer by Jack Carr

About the Book- True Believer

In acclaimed author Jack Carr’s follow-up to The Terminal List, former Navy SEAL James Reece’s skill, cunning, and heroism put the US government back in his debt and set him on another path of revenge. 

When a string of horrific terrorist attacks plagues the Western world during the holiday season, the broader markets fall into a tailspin. The attacks are being coordinated by a shadowy former Iraqi commando who has disappeared into Europe’s underground. The United States government has an asset who can turn the Iraqi against his masters: James Reece, the most-wanted domestic terrorist alive. 

After avenging the deaths of his family and team members, Reece emerges deep in the wilds of Mozambique, protected by the family of his estranged best friend and former SEAL Team member. When a series of events uncovers his whereabouts, the CIA recruits him, using a Presidential pardon for Reece and immunity for the friends who helped him in his mission of vengeance.

Now a reluctant tool of the United States government, Reece travels the globe, targeting terrorist leaders and unraveling a geopolitical conspiracy that exposes a traitorous CIA officer and uncovers a sinister assassination plot with worldwide repercussions.

A high-intensity roller-coaster ride, True Believer explodes with action and authenticity that cements Jack Carr as the new leader in political thrillers.


“To those before us, to those amongst us, to those we’ll see on the other side. Lord let me not prove unworthy of my brothers.” “Until Valhalla, Freddy.”

Quote from True Believer by Jack Carr

Our Review of True Believer

To be honest, I actually wasn’t a big fan of the first book because having followed the giant shadows of Reacher books and then taken over by Amos Decker, Reece was a bit hard for me to cheer for. But apart from that there was another reason why I couldn’t fully immerse myself in the first book and the same reason follows through in this very book too. We will get into that but before that, the reason why I picked up the sequel was to see how the series would continue. If you have followed the first book, there was actually not that big of a clue or roadsign for how the series will follow. Plus the list was completed( if you know what I mean 😛 ). Second, I watched the Amazon Prime show and it kind of rekindled my curiosity and voila I got back into the series.

So as I mentioned, there was a particular reason why I couldn’t fully immerse myself in the first book. The book is written by real-life defence personnel and because of this, you can imagine the kind of expertise and immense knowledge he would have with the military procedures and operations. In fact, being a snipper in his career days, you can see his personal knowledge pouring into this book. That is also the problem because at times the technical terminology and aspects got too much for me that it read more like a military operational report. 

For somebody who is well versed with military weaponry, and its technicalities, this book would be like a treasure but for somebody like me for whom a gun is just a gun, getting into technical details meant more things to stuff inside the brain which is reserved to actually track the plot.

But I was actually surprised as to how the book came back with a new plot and yet was a total extension of the first book and felt like a natural progression, Kudos to the author for leading the series in this new direction as it leaves open to a whole lot of scope.


In conclusion, I would say that the military technicalities and terminologies are spread massively across the book that it became a bit manual-like for me and the plot gets a bit blurry at times. It is this fact that made me enjoy the book a little less but ironically I do believe that it might be these very technical aspects that would attract a whole lot of its fans too. For me, Reece has still a lot to take on to come at par with Reacher or Decker.

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