The Terminal List

Former Navy SEAL sniper Jack Carr delivers his debut thriller: “The Terminal List.”

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Carr explains why he wanted to write fiction, how his experience as a Navy SEAL shaped his story, and why he has one of his novel’s villains read a book by Brad Thor.

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  1. Jim Wright Coolidge
    Jim Wright

    Great interview. Just pre-ordered The Terminal List.

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  2. Arahant Member

    Just on the off chance that Mr. Carr reads this, I have a few thoughts on the interview.

    The way you presented the book may have little to do with the real book but here is what I heard you say, “Invincible superman carries out revenge fantasy and can’t be stopped.” Now, there could be much more to the book than what you implied, but your description is not enticing. Too predictable. This is why I stopped reading the Mitch Rapp books.

    In your description, you said the protagonist kills some making the deaths look accidental, but then starts making it clear for the others on the list that he is coming for them. Unless he is an invincible superman, that sounds like at least a tactical error, and possibly a strategic error. Does he have a reason to do this? Is it only a form of psychological torture for those on the list? Or is there a tactical or strategic purpose, such as flushing out more players?

    This also brings us to what’s at stake. Now that the conspiracy scotched his last mission and killed his family, are they out to kill the protagonist? Is the country in danger? As he is playing this game with his termination list, is he in danger? If so, that did not come across in the interview. In fact, it sounded like once he found out the conspiracy, the only danger was to the bad guys. Boring! It also doesn’t sound as if the outcome is ever in doubt. (Again, the inferences from your description, not necessarily the book.)

    Now imagine something like, “After a strangely botched mission and a suspicious accident that kills his family and nearly kills him, Navy SEAL (the protagonist’s name here) uncovers a dangerous conspiracy and realizes that he has been targeted for death. Turning the tables, the hunted becomes the hunter as he enters a world of conspiracies, counter-conspiracies, of double-crosses and triple-crosses where none can be trusted and his revenge may be being manipulated as a tool to further the goals of some of the conspirators who have put him on The Terminal List.”

    Now, that was written quickly and has more clich├ęs than a William Topaz McGonagall poem, but it sounds more interesting than how the book has been described. For one thing, there is now doubt as to whether the protagonist is doing the right thing, or whether he’s being manipulated by the very people he wants to kill. I don’t know that the book is that complex. Perhaps it is exactly what you have presented it to be. If so, I hope your next book is better.

    It would not hurt to prepare a text to read to sell the book in interviews.

    By the way, I think about these things because of the mistakes I have made in interviews. I’m trying to learn to be better for my next one.

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  3. Israel P. Member
    Israel P.

    Mr. Carr’s audio link was not very good.

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