• True Believer

  • A Novel (Terminal List, Book 2)
  • By: Jack Carr
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (19,386 ratings)

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Instant Best Seller

“This is seriously good. I mean - seriously.” (Lee Child, number one New York Times best-selling author of Past Tense)

“Take my word for it, James Reece is one rowdy motherf***er. Get ready!” (Chris Pratt, star of The Terminal List, coming to Amazon Prime)

“A powerful, thoughtful, realistic, at times terrifying thriller that I could not put down. A terrific addition to the genre, Jack Carr and his alter-ego protagonist, James Reece, continue to blow me away.” (Mark Greaney, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Mission Critical)

True Believer, the highly anticipated new thriller from Jack Carr, is one of this year’s hottest thrillers, and a perfect fit for fans of Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, and Daniel Silva.” (The Real Book Spy)

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.

©2019 Jack Carr (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

Featured Article: Everything You Need to Know About The Terminal List


With Prime Video’s highly anticipated adaptation of Jack Carr's action thriller The Terminal List set to air, it’s a better time than ever to get a refresher on the best seller that inspired it. The Terminal List is the first book in a five book series that follows Navy SEAL James Reece during and after a deadly covert mission. While it's too soon to tell what, exactly, we’ll get to see on screen, here's everything you need to know before you watch.

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Don't let the "redacted"

whiners stop you from grabbing this listen.


I've had this book in my wish list since it was released.....like a fool...I was put off the listen....by the reviews complaining about the use of the word "redacted".

I thoroughly enjoyed "The Terminal List" and now feel like a fool for not just grabbing this when it hit Audible.

"Maharushdie" The Doctor of Democracy mentioned it a few days ago, said he'd read it,was a great read and paralleled the news of the day.... and well...I thought ...W-T-H...d*mn the redacted...I'm going in...and so glad I did!

It's almost two stories blending into one, the first part is a bit gut wrenching, given the nature of the task Reece's take on. I apricated the fact Mr.Carr approached the need for better ways to control poachers without preaching at me. I don't need a social justice warrior disguised as a fiction writing author.

Mr.Carr doesn't even get close to that, he tells a compelling story about the bush and poachers.

When the story shifts to Reece stepping back into his rouge ex Seal shoes again, the action is non stop, the story at times feels ripped right out of todays headlines.

As far as the word "redacted" being used.....it doesn't ruin the story or the flow of the story at all. Some folks are just wound to tight..LOL.

I.M.O. it added a bit more intrigue to the theme. There's a few times it used...that almost strikes me that the word is being used for a satirical effect over actual need to avoid disclosures of some information.

Mr. Carr knows his stuff....he's not blowing smoke and the knowledge he has of firearms displayed in the story is wide in scope phenomenal.


Ray Porter has a spot on sense of the characters, the dialects, nuances, inflections, he nails it all. His ability to use a feminine lilt without sounding forced is a bonus, easy on the ears.
I feel an addiction coming on!!
Bring on Book 3!!!

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I am a believer

This book!! I’ve never had so many chill bumps while listening to this book. I literally sat in the edge of my seat dirk ring the entire book. It’s very descriptive and you can completely imagine all the scenes and the characters in the book. This is one book I’d will listened to again and the previous book in the series. I’m a huge Mitch Rapp fan and if Vince Flynn was still alive Reese and Rapp could pair up and save our world.

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  • 09-09-19

Redacted

Very interesting and if the REDACTED editor, narrator or even your proofreaders could have imagined the mounting REDACTED irritation the repeated use of the term would cause the/this reader I am sure the REDACTED idea would have died an REDACTED early and deserved death.

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Disappointed, reads like a total different author

I do not typically write reviews. I felt the need to write on this one. I felt like I was duped on this book. The first book was non stop action and it had purpose. Book 2 had almost no action through the first half of the book. The constant redactions were a real distraction. Ray Porter as usual had a great performance. With the first book being so good and the second being poor, I wonder if the editor rushed Mr. Carr on book 2 to publish.

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1/3 is unnecessary

The entire first 1/3-ish of the book is unnecessary and could be condensed. The last 2/3s are really good.

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Good story

While I enjoyed the story line there were several points where the reader kept saying redacted. I know the author explains that this was part of his past career but this became a bit annoying and I felt that it was either a poor choice of his publisher not to have the author fix the sections (maybe in a haste to get the book published) or this was some sort of marketing idea to make you feel the author really knows his stuff. Either way it distracted too much from the story and made me want to turn it off a few times. I really like the character and think it’s a good/ fun series I hope that going forward this type of thing will be fixed prior to publication.

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I hate hearing “Redacted!”

Look it’s a fictional story and if it may have mentioned a sensitive location or entity I get it. So make a change or invent a place like “Somebeckastan”. Nothing breaks the flow and the continuity like a voice jumping in “Redacted “ or “paragraph Redacted” umpteen times. It is neither cute or chic. Otherwise the story was great. The end came up too quickly like the writer ran out of steam or wanted to leave more for the next book. To be continued?

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Great book; EXCELLENT narrator; highly recommend.

TL;DR Ray Porter does a fantastic job. Great book if you like this type of book. Similar to Joe Ledger series.

Overall: 5/5 Great book. If you enjoyed the first, you'll like this one; if you didn't enjoy the first, I think you'll still like this one.

Performance: 5/5 Ray Porter is hands down my favorite narrator. His performance is what makes this book.

Story: You can tell that this was written by someone who knows what they are talking about. I will listen to this book again and try to catch more examples but the one that sticks out is his description of a Navy Seal's funeral. I felt like I was there. I could feel the emotions of everyone there as if they were my own. I'm a guy and I don't tear up much (nothing wrong with it; I just don't) but I definitely teared up because I knew that Jack Carr was writing from experience. I believe there is a lot of non-fiction in this fictional tale. I think Jack Carr experienced similar wins and losses like those he writes about, whether vicariously through other teammates or through personal experience.

NOTE TO AUTHOR! Ray Porter is the best narrator I have ever heard and I'm really excited about Savage Son, your next thriller in this series, and that you chose Ray Porter to continue to narrate. I don't know if the third book will be your final but if you write more (and I hope you do) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep Ray Porter as the narrator. Nothing is worse than investing 50-60 hours of listening into a series only to have the narrator replaced by a monotone old man. You will probably never see this but in the event you do, please keep writing and letting Ray Porter read.

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so many stories going on here!

Reece was right when he said that the first book was about revenge, and this book is about life. That's the motivation; there is still plenty of heroic take-downs. I actually cried twice-at one death, and then at the funeral. Jack Carr has created several credible, enjoyable characters that we want to spend our time with. Several stories are interwoven into this complex plot, giving us 15 hours of enjoyable excitement. With Ray Porter's wonderful voice, we have a real listening treat.

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The BEST book I've heard this year!!!!

After Jack Carr's first book, I could not wait for the release of his second. I started listening to TRUE BELIEVER at 3:15 am. Other than falling asleep at some point and backtracking I was completely engrossed in this fabulous new book. Carr seems to have stepped out of nowhere and is at the top of this genre's game, so much so that he states in his preface that parts were redacted by the Department of Defense. I generally don't like to compare authors but if you are a fan of Greaney or Coes then you will surely become a fan of Carr's. I can easily see James Reece becoming as popular as Mitch Rapp.
Although this book can be listened to as a stand alone, I would strongly suggest listening to TERMINAL LIST first. Carr is very good about giving explanations to references to his previous book but to really enjoy the full story you have to listen to both.
This book picks up where TERMINAL LIST ends. James Reece is unaware that during his final act of vengeance he had received a call from a neurosurgeon telling him his brain tumor could be removed. Reece never gets the message and still believes it's inoperable.

Viewed as a domestic terrorist Reece has to leave the states. A former Navy Frogmen he really doesn't know how to sail a boat but leaves the US and is sailing a yacht he liberated from an old friend men and heads to Mozambique and an old friend who lives there. While helping to rid the area from poachers his whereabouts are discovered by those US officials who could do him harm. Instead they want to recruit him back into service. It seems there are foreign terrorist on American soil and they've been busy. Hesitant at first Reece finally agreed.
From here on this fast paced book ramps up even more and continues right up to a spectacular ending.

What could I possibly say about Ray Porter? The man is one of the BEST narrators. His voice can only add to the enjoyment of any book he reads.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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  • 02-16-22

Fantastic

Amazing book. The story line, characters and content is purely outstanding. Cannot recommend higher.

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  • 02-12-22

Engaging and relevant

Great read, engaging and relevant to the political climate of the day. One wonders the ratio of fact to fiction with the background of Carr pre writing.

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  • 01-22-22

Just a great book !

It's been a while since I have enjoyed a book so much. Awesomely written and powerfully told.

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  • 01-08-22

Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant. It's great to have a writter who not only knows and has lived this life but who can also transfer it to paper well. His understanding of the character and the medium in which he operates makes it great read for all those who have served.

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  • 11-30-21

Great book, redactions not so

Could have been a 5 star book, but the redactions at certain points in the book make it hard to follow and are quite annoying.

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  • 10-08-21

Second chance!

Extremely well written with loads of backstory details that give you the reader an explanation of what is happening in James Reece life. Narrated well by Ray Porter. Looking forward to book 3.

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  • 10-05-21

My New Favourite Author

Another great adventure delivered by Jack Carr. Really enjoyed this one and I really feel Jack is one of the best authors out there in this genre. Total fan & I can't wait to get into the next in the series. Money well spent. Also the narrator is superb and very easy to listen to.

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  • Tim S.
  • 09-29-21

Great Thriller Excellent Sequel

I enjoyed this as much as the first. Awesome narration bringing the story to life. Loved it.

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  • chris schuck (amazon)
  • 08-27-21

Great story but …,

Really enjoyed the continued story and the adventures of Reece but the continuous interruption of ‘redacted’ because it’s accuracy to true life became annoying.
I want a story not a documentary and would have thought the story editorial team could have done a better job of changing the events and places to avoid the redacted parts. Anyway on with the next book …

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  • 08-18-21

Too many 'redacted' sentences

Makes losing interest easy. Story was hard to follow Chapter 60-70 >. Still keen to try the next book though