The Terminal List by Jack Carr; 2018; $26.00; 408 pages; Emily Bestler Books, New York, NY; 978-1-5011-8081-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 3/23/18-3/25/18

Why did I read this?  I read a glowing review of it at The Real Book Spy.  The author is a former Navy Seal, so that is a recommendation to me to at least give it a try.

James Reece and his team are tasked with tracking down a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan.  They are not given sufficient time to properly plan the mission and are ambushed by the Taliban.  Reece and one other member of the team are the only survivors.  As he talks to the doctors he finds that every member of the team has a brain tumor.  It seems peculiar that every member would have the same type of tumor, but he is told to move on.  He goes home and reconnects with his wife and young daughter.  As he is readjusting to not being in a war zone, the only other survivor, commits suicide.  Things don’t add up for Reece though and he begins to investigate and as he does those close to him are harmed.  This drives him deeper into the investigation and as he finds those responsible he adds them to the Terminal List.  With help from a muckraking journalist, a Mexican millionaire and some others he begins to take revenge on those responsible.  The parties responsible see him coming but can’t get away.

Grade 10/10

What is with the title of the review?  James Reece is a man driven to do some very bad things by those responsible for destroying his life.  You would not want to wrong someone like this.