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It’s been 20 years since 9/11. Two decades since the United States was attacked on home soil and embarked on 20 years of war. The enemy has been patient, learning, and adapting. And the enemy is ready to strike again. A new president offers hope to a country weary of conflict. He’s a young, popular, self-made visionary…but he’s also a man with a secret. Halfway across the gl It’s been 20 years since 9/11. Two decades since the United States was attacked on home soil and embarked on 20 years of war. The enemy has been patient, learning, and adapting. And the enemy is ready to strike again. A new president offers hope to a country weary of conflict. He’s a young, popular, self-made visionary…but he’s also a man with a secret. Halfway across the globe a regional superpower struggles with sanctions imposed by the Great Satan and her European allies, a country whose ancient religion spawned a group of ruthless assassins. Faced with internal dissent and extrajudicial targeted killings by the United States and Israel, the Supreme Leader puts a plan in motion to defeat the most powerful nation on earth. Meanwhile, in a classified facility five stories underground, a young PhD student has gained access to a level of bioweapons known only to a select number of officials. A second-generation agent, he has been assigned a mission that will bring his adopted homeland to its knees.


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It’s been 20 years since 9/11. Two decades since the United States was attacked on home soil and embarked on 20 years of war. The enemy has been patient, learning, and adapting. And the enemy is ready to strike again. A new president offers hope to a country weary of conflict. He’s a young, popular, self-made visionary…but he’s also a man with a secret. Halfway across the gl It’s been 20 years since 9/11. Two decades since the United States was attacked on home soil and embarked on 20 years of war. The enemy has been patient, learning, and adapting. And the enemy is ready to strike again. A new president offers hope to a country weary of conflict. He’s a young, popular, self-made visionary…but he’s also a man with a secret. Halfway across the globe a regional superpower struggles with sanctions imposed by the Great Satan and her European allies, a country whose ancient religion spawned a group of ruthless assassins. Faced with internal dissent and extrajudicial targeted killings by the United States and Israel, the Supreme Leader puts a plan in motion to defeat the most powerful nation on earth. Meanwhile, in a classified facility five stories underground, a young PhD student has gained access to a level of bioweapons known only to a select number of officials. A second-generation agent, he has been assigned a mission that will bring his adopted homeland to its knees.

30 review for The Devil's Hand

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    4.5⭐ I can't wait to watch this series on screen! If you love to watch action thriller, this series is coming to Amazon Prime starring (view spoiler)[Chris Pratt (hide spoiler)] as James Reece. 😍 Terminal List series is a political-military action thriller. This fourth book refers a lot to 9/11 and Covid-19 as a backdrop to a manufactured deadly pathogen, a Marburg/Ebola variant that's released in two large US cities. Thousands dead within hours. Reece while working covertly for the POTUS has gott 4.5⭐ I can't wait to watch this series on screen! If you love to watch action thriller, this series is coming to Amazon Prime starring (view spoiler)[Chris Pratt (hide spoiler)] as James Reece. 😍 Terminal List series is a political-military action thriller. This fourth book refers a lot to 9/11 and Covid-19 as a backdrop to a manufactured deadly pathogen, a Marburg/Ebola variant that's released in two large US cities. Thousands dead within hours. Reece while working covertly for the POTUS has gotten himself close to the "source" of the infectious disease. I love how Jack Carr weaves fact and fiction. A good chunk of The Devil's Hand reminds me of Level 4 biohazard diseases in Richard Preston's book Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science. The author's note is fascinating and I couldn't help but to read more about Russian's bioweapons lab and Dr. Ustinov. Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[animal testing (hide spoiler)]

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mark Elliott

    First of all, I have to preface this review with this statement. Any thing I say will only do a disservice to this novel and its author Jack Carr. Jack Carr once said that his third book, SAVAGE SON was his homage to LAST OF THE BREED by louis l'amour, THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME by Richard Connell and other books that affected him as a young reader. I can very easily imagine reading in the near future an aspiring new author claiming that their novel is an homage to THE DEVIL'S HAND by Jack Carr. THE First of all, I have to preface this review with this statement. Any thing I say will only do a disservice to this novel and its author Jack Carr. Jack Carr once said that his third book, SAVAGE SON was his homage to LAST OF THE BREED by louis l'amour, THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME by Richard Connell and other books that affected him as a young reader. I can very easily imagine reading in the near future an aspiring new author claiming that their novel is an homage to THE DEVIL'S HAND by Jack Carr. THE DEVIL'S HAND is not just a Thriller. It is a cautionary tale along with a history lesson. Jack Carr's ability to make a reader feel real emotion while reading, once again places him at the top of my favorite authors list. Hooked from the prologue, I did not want to put the book down when I had to. I love how Jack Carr did a quick recap of his first three books in the first chapter, gave a shout out to Brad Thor (another one of my favorite authors), and made me understand and feel empathy for the bad guys, not just hate them. If you have not started reading Jack Carr's books, there is no time like the present. Check out officialjackcarr.com for the synopsis of the book that I think will be at the top of everyone's favorite book of 2021.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julie Watson

    The time has come,the long awaited thriller is here - Jack Carr’s THE DEVIL’S HAND! And you will not be disappointed! If it could be possible, THE DEVIL’S HAND is a more intense, stunning, blow-to-the-gut read than TERMINAL LIST or SAVAGE SON, though it has elements of revenge and retribution. Its definite message should capture and hold your attention. I have a background in virology/immunology and worked with some of the world’s leading researchers. I know what Marburg and hemorrhagic diseases The time has come,the long awaited thriller is here - Jack Carr’s THE DEVIL’S HAND! And you will not be disappointed! If it could be possible, THE DEVIL’S HAND is a more intense, stunning, blow-to-the-gut read than TERMINAL LIST or SAVAGE SON, though it has elements of revenge and retribution. Its definite message should capture and hold your attention. I have a background in virology/immunology and worked with some of the world’s leading researchers. I know what Marburg and hemorrhagic diseases are, their threat, and lethality. Most people assume a fiction novel is just that-fantasy. Most military/political thriller authors write REALITY, knowledge they have on a subject, event, and insert their protagonists into the situation.Thriller readers know more about hazardous world events because the top thriller authors today have addressed the dangers. I apologize in advance for the longevity of this review, but THIS BOOK MERITS IT. You may be aware my reviews go beyond just relating briefly the storyline, I analyze and try to point out to readers significant pieces of factual information that may prove invaluable to them in the future. Items that apply to their own lives. This is especially true in this novel, that is NOT fantasy as the story plays out. I am appreciative of David Brown, Deputy Director, Publicity of Atria Books gifting me an ARC and to Emily Bestler, Editor in Chief for having the wisdom and foresight to immediately grasp and pull Jack Carr into the Atria Books family. And a sincere thank you to Brad Thor for discovering and mentoring Jack Carr.Fans are eternally grateful! This is not the first novel on infectious disease, nor will it be the last. It is however the most significant one you will ever read.Brad Thor looked at hemorrhagic disease from Central Africa as a bioweapon some 7-8 yrs ago when Ebola first showed up in the West. Kyle Mills in LETHAL AGENT looked at a MERS type disease, like SARS, that emerged from Yemen as a bioweapon that was brought into the USA by the Mexican drug cartels. Mitch Rapp was left with how to stop it. Mathew Snyder in THE HIDDEN VECTOR looked at a weaponized Marburg disease. Jack Carr addresses the Marburg Virus for what it is, the deadliest disease on the planet. It is a REAL virus that the Russians weaponized years ago. And now, you are asking yourself- how did James Reece get involved in biological warfare? Does he contract the disease like Mitch Rapp did from the MERS variant from Yemen? You will see in THE DEVIL’S HAND how a multi-theme storyline is developed with each having a separate cast of characters that then become intertwined and move the protagonist to a stunning end. It is a brilliant piece of writing, carefully crafted, exacting in its execution of the storyline, leaving no loose ends to speak of. The book and its ending will leave you stunned, doing an OMG when you realize that Jack Carr is probably telling you in factual terms exactly how biowarfare control will be implemented with CONTAINMENT on domestic US soil. I preface my opinion by stating I worked medical associations in DC for 3 decades and had exposure to the latest research in the field of virology/immunology while working in programs with some of the top researchers in the world. It was the time of AIDS, malaria, SARS, and the emergence of the hemorrhagic diseases such as Dengue Fever, Ebola, and Marburg. They strike quickly and deadly. It goes beyond high fevers, chills, headaches, aching muscles and pain. YOU BLEED FROM EVERY ORIFICE AS YOUR TISSUE DEGRADES. From your mouth, nose, eyes, ears, penis, anus, and vagina. The viral pathogens cause cellular and organ breakdown in the body. Everything turns to mush. It is a brutal way to die. It is a brutal way for a family member to watch you die. The virus is found in EVERY bodily fluid - saliva, tears, mucus, semen, urine, feces, blood. That is the truth of hemorrhagic viruses. They are highly contagious and governments do everything in their power to contain these dangerous diseases. Sometimes, even the unthinkable. When Ebola appeared in the US in 2014, the public got the point, deadly diseases are only a 24hr jet flight away from your doorstep. A vaccine for Ebola was developed after a fashion. But the research goes on. A virology researcher in Africa was recognized this past week for having developed a test that determines within 40 minutes if you have been exposed to any of a dozen different deadly viral diseases. I see it as coming to an international airport near you, the ones servicing overseas flights to the US and Europe. This is so important, if you test positive, then you don’t get on a plane. Period. I mention this because as of 3/31/21, there are some 86 individuals in quarantine in Ohio, Kentucky, Oregon, and Washington with exposure to Ebola from Guinea and the DRCongo. Jack Carr writes a dynamic, absorbing, entertaining, jaw dropping tale, but the real importance is from what you will learn regarding the handling of hemorrhagic diseases in the US as a worse case scenario. Or any pandemic disease that may occur. So heed Jack’s subtle warning and pay careful attention. Ebola is in the here and now. Do not write this story off as fiction. It may be your future reality. Jack Carr has a brilliant mind, like a diamond, so multi-faceted and knowledge in so many different areas, including medicine. He is not only a terrific sportsman, but has a handle on the world body politic and history, a keen understanding of how Washington DC operates, the Deep State if you will, and provides an analytical overview of how DC really operates,from the Club Aegis,which is a renaming of the Cosmos Club,just a block or two from the White House, and even Camp David. When I lived in DC,the Cosmos Club was a male-only bastion where few women every graced their portals. It was also the most well known power broker in the city. An invite to dinner/drinks there meant “you had arrived.” Careers were made and destroyed in these political haunts. I especially loved and appreciated the detailed synopsis of political and military decision-making as it pertained to the Middle East and elaborates, without embellishment, policy creation and legislation, or more precisely, Executive Orders that brought us to a 20 year ongoing war in the Middle East. It has brought to a head the insidious hatred of the United States that manifests itself with the never ending growth of jihadists, rising from the madras Islamic schools of the Middle East/Asia, to families seeking vengeance for their lost family members.These wars have not come to a conclusion in over 20 years. Is it time to alter, change the paradigm? We have taken out the bin Ladens and the Soleimanis, but what has it changed?Just as we use intell to track, trace and study them, they are reciprocating. Jack weaves an intricate geopolitical and historical lesson into the opening chapters of this book. He opens the actual plot of the novel in such a place as the Cosmos Club called Club Aegis where hatred of a political opponent has incited spying and plotting. The focus of the meeting? James Reece and why he met the President at Camp David. In many ways, this opening shot across the bow is reflective of what actually goes on in DC. Unless you lived there, many do not realize the bottom line is one of DC being very much like a small Southern town with secrets and everyone knows everyone else’s business. There is no such thing as a secret in DC. Not really, just unspoken ones. Exhibit A, what is unfolding now with the illustrious senator from Florida. Reece’s meeting with POTUS seems to bring Reece full circle. Even the president seeks closure in the death of his fiancé in the fall of the towers from 9/11. His request, eliminate those final vestiges of the planning, financing, and execution of 9/11/2001. He asks it of the one man capable of understanding the excruciating pain of senseless loss and the motive for the request. It helps to know the President has his back with citing an Executive Order to prevent incarceration or worse if he is caught. Basically, Reece has been handed a “Get out of jail free” card. And it allows him to go after the assassin of Freddy Strain. James Reece responds with a “yes.” Possibilities also open up in Reece’s life with ace reporter/investigator Katie Buranek who he has trained to kill to defend herself. James is determined to never lose a loved one again! Suffice to say,Carr has possibilities as a romance writer with delivery of the best line I’ve read in some time on the subject. James and Katie have just finished dinner and she invites him back to her apartment for dessert. He’s agreeable and asks what it is. Her response- “you’re looking at it.” Loved it! Jack Carr also creates interesting villains to say the least. One, Erik Sawyer,a CEO of a special ops organization, Masada, who betrays his country; The other, Edward Thwaite, an August senator, out to capture a stolen presidency by cutting the legs out from under the current president and utilizes spying to do it. They see Reece as the angle to take the president down. A long planned terrorist attack is unfolding, implemented and orchestrated by Hafez Qassem, of the Iranian Quds, and Chief of Iranian Intelligence in the United States. Cells are activated, long ago emigrated Iranians, virologists, are preparing weaponized Marburg. It is noted that James Reece was in the immediate vicinity when two of the “sleepers” are killed. The hunter soon becomes the hunted. An uptick in the planned event occurs. Assaults are launched to eliminate Reece and Katie. My girl has learned how to kick some ass! And an aging Russian virologist leads Qassem to the perfect plot to obliterate the USA, where a nation turns on itself. Catastrophic disaster strikes American cities. Katie Buranek, and her CDC college friend,get drawn deeper into covert action to provide answers and a pivotal solution to prevent annihilation of Americans. The clock is ticking, it’s a race against time. Who lives and who dies? A situation not unlike a patient with a gangrenous leg occurs. Do you amputate, or do you wait, and hope for the best outcome with antibiotics. Apply the analogy. Governmental actions are dictated by protocols established long ago. My opinion, I think they actually exist because there are no other options and the American public does not like taking orders. The attitude is it will never happen to THEM. Readers should start paying close attention at this juncture just in case they miss the case in point while enjoying this great adventure. The only clue to unraveling this crisis is that two patients hospitalized with an unknown hemorrhagic disease, that is spreading to thousands of affected Americans,are also on the list that the President of the United States handed to James Reece. This is NOT a book to pick up, start reading, and think you can set it down for later. With 500 pages, you will need at least 4 or 5 hours to finish the last half of the book. As I said, its plot is stunning, the response to the attack/threat is an OMG moment, reading it is a non-stop adrenaline-pumping rush of elevated blood pressure. The fights are gory and you better have a strong stomach if you are good at visualization. You really do question whether there is a solution other than the one posed by the military. And you need to learn the lessons being taught. Jack Carr established himself as a contender with staying power, at the pinnacle of top thriller writers, with SAVAGE SON. I didn’t think he could outdo himself in astonishing, breath-taking, intense action in a novel. I was wrong. THE DEVIL’S HAND takes it a step beyond. Several steps beyond. The novel is stunning, not just for the implications relating to such events, which I believe are true. It is a stunning novel for its development of intertwining plots and character development.It leads the readers to where they really do not want to go but must. It may give some nightmares or PTSD flashbacks, so be forewarned. This book, THE DEVIL’S HAND, establishes Jack as a top writer for the century in my opinion. Not only in the craftsmanship displayed in his writing, but his examination of the darker, savage side of man, a kind of man who knows the job may be distasteful, but has to be done. He portrays scenarios that the average man never considered or believes will never happen. And he truthfully lays it out how he believes the government, the military would handle such a catastrophic medical disaster. Knowing what I do about virology from long ago, I think he is correct in his assessment. Some may think the book audacious. I think he nailed it! THE DEVIL’S HAND will place, or should place Jack Carr as winner of THRILLER OF THE YEAR AWARD.The book will be the one that all others will have to beat. After reading it, don’t be discouraged authors, he has spent the past 35 years thinking, dreaming up plots such as this. His 20+years of experience as a Navy SEAL has made him an expert in envisioning such a plot. Jack’s literary works will be dissected by university literature courses in the years to come. Few others can match him for intensity, plot and character development, jaw-dropping action, and a breath-taking finish. Or lessons in reality. THE DEVIL’S HAND is a magnificent, SUPERB, work of literary art. Take a moment to be appreciative of this man’s skill in crafting a story. Also take to heart the lessons of government, policy decision making, and facets of modern warfare that he is teaching you. I wish I could rate it higher, I give it a 10+*. I don’t know how he can improve on the next novel, but I sure hope he continues with the James Reece saga, and strives to best his other novels with the next one. A stunning work of artistry in so many ways. Congratulations,Jack, I’m so glad I pre-ordered the hard copy too. FANS, Be glad you got your copy already. I reread this book three times.This is a book that will be selling out immediately. It should put Jack Carr at the top of the best sellers list for at least the next 5-6 months. My advice, Atria Books had better place NOW an order for second printing!

  4. 5 out of 5

    SteVen Hendricks

    Book Review - I was extremely torn in writing this review but I have always tried to be honest and fair with all my reviews. This one was difficult! I loved all three of Jack Carr’s previous books but this one was way too over the top. Don’t get me wrong, “The Devil’s Hand” ‘overall’ was a really good story and Jack Carr has quickly become one of the best storytellers in the action thriller genre. But what really bothered me about this particular book was Carr’s constant disparaging comments and Book Review - I was extremely torn in writing this review but I have always tried to be honest and fair with all my reviews. This one was difficult! I loved all three of Jack Carr’s previous books but this one was way too over the top. Don’t get me wrong, “The Devil’s Hand” ‘overall’ was a really good story and Jack Carr has quickly become one of the best storytellers in the action thriller genre. But what really bothered me about this particular book was Carr’s constant disparaging comments and ‘right-wing’ political jabs throughout an otherwise well written and superbly researched story. Yes I know the book is a political action thriller and that Jack Carr is a Conservative, but this one was a little too much for a nonpartisan, moderate military brat who wants to be entertained when I read and not read the author’s personal political jabs whether I agree with them or not. This book felt like it was written in an effort to ‘own the Libs” and how one side of the political aisle handled the current pandemic. We get enough of that already from all the different broadcast media outlets and social media. Carr’s fourth installment felt less about James Reese and more about Carr’s personal political soap box. I love Jack Carr as an author, but I’m not a fan of the negative partisan politics, the ugly racial divide and the pandemic made into a political issue that has engulfed our country right now. I just wanted to read about James Reese kicking bad guys’ asses while being supported by his friends, colleagues and his country. Way too “in your face” with the far right-wing capital-C conservative politics for me this time. The story was really really good - Carr is extremely knowledgeable and an excellent researcher, but the storyline got lost in the mud with his personal politics. I’ve always appreciated those thriller authors who can write nonpartisan political action thrillers without bashing either side in their storytelling. Again, I read to be entertained, not preached to about personal political viewpoints. That’s just me - very middle of the road. Overall, I enjoyed the story...it was a good read other than Carr’s personal political views.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Henry

    Number 4 in the Terminal List series and by far the best since the first installment in the series (Terminal List).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karl

    Don't get me wrong, it's still a good book just not a great book when compared to the first three. I was expecting LCDR James Reece to go on a rampage again and he was even given the green light by the US president but, unfortunately, the action really never got going. The plot did have some interesting and thought-provoking issues, e.g. How would America act with a virus that had a 90% mortality rate?; how would martial law be imposed in order to force quarantine of infected individuals?; and f Don't get me wrong, it's still a good book just not a great book when compared to the first three. I was expecting LCDR James Reece to go on a rampage again and he was even given the green light by the US president but, unfortunately, the action really never got going. The plot did have some interesting and thought-provoking issues, e.g. How would America act with a virus that had a 90% mortality rate?; how would martial law be imposed in order to force quarantine of infected individuals?; and finally Would the US government bomb infected cities in order to save the population as a whole? While I don't believe any of these will occur they are definitely existential questions that need to be addressed, as we read in the book "Hope is not a course of action".

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cliff Danskine

    Super entertaining and I loved the realism. Punisher 2.0 written by a real world expert.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Micah

    Jack Carr lives, as do we all, in the shadow of the master: Tom Clancy. He puts a twist on the formula: Yes, he describes how things work, guns, bombs, diseases. Yes, he writes complicated technothrillers. Yes, he is a conservative. Yes he is , yes he is. But he is also a sponsored social media tacticool influencer. His resume is his sales pitch. Ex-Navy SEAL. Sniper. Big game hunter. Land Rover owner. Middle aged white man. Father, Husband, Patriot, Son. The tier one beard and EDC hatchet are hi Jack Carr lives, as do we all, in the shadow of the master: Tom Clancy. He puts a twist on the formula: Yes, he describes how things work, guns, bombs, diseases. Yes, he writes complicated technothrillers. Yes, he is a conservative. Yes he is , yes he is. But he is also a sponsored social media tacticool influencer. His resume is his sales pitch. Ex-Navy SEAL. Sniper. Big game hunter. Land Rover owner. Middle aged white man. Father, Husband, Patriot, Son. The tier one beard and EDC hatchet are his calling cards. He's not a businessman he's a Business, man. He writes books with the vibe of a Highsnobiety dot com style guide – a shopping list of lifestyle brands and high speed/low drag equipment manufacturers – vertically integrated into the retail ecosystem of the discerning upper middle class right wing consumer. The target audiences for his art are people who like action, sure, and people who like the military and people who like capital C conservative politics (though not necessarily the Republican politicians who embody those politics). But those audiences are secondary. Jack Carr writes books first and foremost for the type of guy who self describes as a "gear guy". I love it. Tom Clancy captured the wallets of 80's America by writing dad-vibe violence fic for the spec sheet nerds and Janes Guide owners in all of us. Jack Carr found his niche appealing to our inner r/gunporn reddit posters. Having done his revenge-as-origin-story take on Without Remorse (The Terminal List, soon to be a prestige Amazon Web Series) Jack now does what is essentially a stripped down remake of Clancy's encyclopedic late period magnum opus: Executive Orders. A driven president. A country recovering from disaster. Ebola. Iran. Emergency powers and contact tracing. Domestic unrest and military maneuvers. Carr seems to operate at his peak when he's inspired: his extended fourth act homage to The Most Dangerous Game in the last installment of his James Reece series, Savage Son, was at the time the best thing he'd written yet. The Terminal List, and its heavily Clancy indebted sequel True Believer, both sucked. But Carr has been getting better at writing this sort of book. Savage Son turned some sort of corner. It wasn't bad. The Devil's Hand is better. As is increasingly the case with James Reece novels, Carr starts the book slow. Clancy again: He seems eager to lose track of the plot early in a tangle of minor characters, historical context, digressive subplots, and technical infodumps. Big chunks of the book early and late are given over to extended blog-post political manifestos. This is where Carr leaves his elders behind. Despite the fact that he is essentially biting an entire book off the guy who made the right wing technothriller a thing, this is where you gotta given Carr credit. He innovates into the contemporary. Jack Carr writes books for today. The world of The Devil's Hand is hyper-current. America has just recovered from Covid-19. We are still shaken by the Trump presidency. Antifa gets co-billing with the Ayatollahs. The politics of the Nineties are insufficient to the moment, so there are no lengthy speeches by Jack Ryan, no discussions of tax policy or cold war realpolitik. There is some constitutional lawyering – the founding document is God's gospel after all – but it feels perfunctory, which is, I guess, realism. That violence was always gonna happen, man. Principle is relative to process. Legality is a veneer on the inevitable. You see, unlike Clancy's stodgy Reagan Era conservatism, Carr is a libertarian neo-populist sort. He likes cops, but also likes the second amendment and his god given right to Not Be Bothered. He likes the military and spies but he hates surveillance and corrupt bureaucracy. He agrees with Republican Party policy but despises Republican Party politicians. He can't square the circle between his love of the enforcers of authoritarianism and his desire for autonomy so he becomes reductive. He knows to many facts about history and politics to be idealistic, but his ideology requires a measure of naivete to smooth over its internal inconsistencies. A major subplot of the book is explicitly staged like one of those Federalist articles that purport to be advice from a conservative to liberals: "This is how you win, be exactly like me but nicer." I don't know whether it was sincere, I can't tell. It reads like wish fulfillment. What if there was a democrat who didn't care about culture war stuff? What if he liked the troops and tax breaks? What if, in addition to social security and limited Medicare expansion, he was also into assassination? Modern problems require modern solutions. These sections are the thematic spine of the novel, but they drag. Carr makes up for it though. While the ending is anticlimactic, last half of The Devil's Hand moves like a freight train – gun fights on gunfights on knife fights on riots – several of the striking images that Carr has become an expert at conjuring (perhaps the best one: A guy in a hazmat suit with a Sig pistol walks up an empty suburban street like a gunfighter going to war with the plague itself). Carr shines with the action: He loves to stage a fight from multiple perspectives, splitting up the beats across time and replaying them. This time in slow motion. This time over night vision. This time in a mission debrief. He revels in the description of violence (this book has the genre requisite insanely brutal torture sequence, and boy is it a thing that i absolutely read, yessir!) He likes to describe a tactic and then show his characters using it later. He likes to reference things you've heard before: "get off the x" "slow is smooth smooth is fast" "tap, rack, bang, clear" Has Garand Thumb said it? Lukas Botkin? Marcus Lutrell? Was it in a Clint Smith rant or a John Lovett soliloquy? Odds are a character will think it as they kill. A thrill for those of us who spend too much time on guntube. Which is kinda how the whole book works. Its specifically for people in a demographic. If you know you know. You might not like the whole thing, you will see its flaws and you will roll your eyes, maybe, at its excesses. But its for you. You will be satisfied. If you don't know, wait for the TV show.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brett T

    Jack Carr's first James Reece novel, Terminal List, offered a lot of good elements wrapped together with atmospheric missteps that made its ostensible hero tough to root for. The second, True Believer, offered a dynamic turn-around, especially in its first third as Reece reflects on how far he was willing to go pursuing his Terminal List goals and whether or not he should have been. Carr took the time to let his hero think through these things and gave him legitimate narrative hooks to do so rat Jack Carr's first James Reece novel, Terminal List, offered a lot of good elements wrapped together with atmospheric missteps that made its ostensible hero tough to root for. The second, True Believer, offered a dynamic turn-around, especially in its first third as Reece reflects on how far he was willing to go pursuing his Terminal List goals and whether or not he should have been. Carr took the time to let his hero think through these things and gave him legitimate narrative hooks to do so rather than just unreeling an exposition-heavy internal monologue that invites reader skippage. Book #3, Savage Son, sends Reece out after some people who have brought about the tragedies of his past, in addition to endangering his life now. Its high point -- Carr's homage to Louis L'Amour's Last of the Breed with Reece infiltrating Russia on foot in pursuit of his enemies -- makes it another strong and focused series entry. Which makes the misstep of The Devil's Hand so confusing. In twin timelines, a new U.S. president tasks Reece with a supremely secret and supremely illegal mission because of his history of doing whatever it takes for his country. At the same time, a developing biological weapons plot from evil mullahs in Iran has a diabolical twist in its middle to turn our nation's own defenses against it. Unfortunately, neither of these two lines brings new material to their respective familiar tables. The hyper-covert off-the-books Tough Guy Doing What Needs to Be Done No Matter What the Rules Say is standard issue in this kind of book, and Hand lacks the personal connection to the mission that Reece had in the earlier books. The Secret Sleeper Agent Who Fools Everyone Until Unleashing the Weapon We Trained Him to Use is not that much rarer. The overlap between them feels half-hearted at best, as if they were conceived as two distinct stories. The initial section, "Origins," sets up the back story for the other essential characters to the overall plot, since we already have Reece's own backstory. It slips in small scenes of Reece and his developing relationship with Katie Buranek, as well as his move from military door-kicker to CIA door-kicker and spy. Carr continues to improve on this part of the storytelling, which he already does well. But it also bogs down in near-biographical detail about a confusing mess of people who don't play direct roles in the action or who remain confusing when they do. It also offers us what Jack Carr believes is wrong with the world and U.S. foreign policy in several regions, going back about four Presidential administrations. Jack Carr is undoubtedly someone who through research, personal experience and study knows a lot more about what really goes on in those sections of the world than I do. His opinions about what's wrong with the world might even be right. But since I don't personally know him and I didn't pick up Hand to learn what was wrong with the world, I don't really care what those opinions are and having nearly a third of the book weighed down with them almost kills it. By tying the pontificating to plot backstory instead of ongoing narrative, Hand loses more momentum that it can fully regain once it gets going. The second and third James Reece books are too strong to think that this misstep is going to cripple the series, but Hand drains the goodwill bank of more than its fair share and leaves a lot of lifting for book #5 to do whenever it arrives.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    "The Devil's Hand" is the fourth in Jack Carr's James Reece Terminal List series and, with this series, has firmly ensconced himself with Thor, Flynn, Mills, Greaney, Taylor and even Tom Clancy, as a thriller author...In "The Devil's Hand," right on the heels of recovering from the Covid Pandemic, Iranian spies launch a long planned attack by releasing deadly virus has been weaponized to look like another naturally occurring disease threat in the United States...Reece is tasked to find out who i "The Devil's Hand" is the fourth in Jack Carr's James Reece Terminal List series and, with this series, has firmly ensconced himself with Thor, Flynn, Mills, Greaney, Taylor and even Tom Clancy, as a thriller author...In "The Devil's Hand," right on the heels of recovering from the Covid Pandemic, Iranian spies launch a long planned attack by releasing deadly virus has been weaponized to look like another naturally occurring disease threat in the United States...Reece is tasked to find out who is responsible for the attacks, get the answers that will stop the virus and wreak vengeance on those responsible...Carr does a masterful job of interweaving the negative partisan politics the pandemic unleashed, as Reece and the nation face this new challenge...Great Stuff!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    John Carr

    I think that Jack is getting to be long on showing how much he knows about the finest wines, cigars, weaponry etc. along with other details and short on plot and character development. Even the plot is nothing new or different than the run of the mill. I really like Jack and the fact that he is a Seal and his story of becoming a successful author sits well with me. I love Joe Rogan but to put him into the story is odd to me. Hope that Jack can come back with the next book focused on story tellin I think that Jack is getting to be long on showing how much he knows about the finest wines, cigars, weaponry etc. along with other details and short on plot and character development. Even the plot is nothing new or different than the run of the mill. I really like Jack and the fact that he is a Seal and his story of becoming a successful author sits well with me. I love Joe Rogan but to put him into the story is odd to me. Hope that Jack can come back with the next book focused on story telling not showing off his new friends and knowledge of the finer things in the life of rich people that aren't germane to the plot. Weaponry is germane more so but too much of a good thing gets boring.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Thrillers R Us

    A book is only a book, but a good Carr is a Thriller. *************** A plot ripped straight from today's headlines, james Reece steps right back into international intrigue, power struggle, global domination, a devastating and secret weapon plus the perpetual threat against the "Great Satan." From the US to Israel to Iran and America's allies in Europe, it'll take one tough Navy SEAL to save a global village marked to be destroyed and dominated by one crazed demagogue. On April 13, 2021, Ter A book is only a book, but a good Carr is a Thriller. *************** A plot ripped straight from today's headlines, james Reece steps right back into international intrigue, power struggle, global domination, a devastating and secret weapon plus the perpetual threat against the "Great Satan." From the US to Israel to Iran and America's allies in Europe, it'll take one tough Navy SEAL to save a global village marked to be destroyed and dominated by one crazed demagogue. On April 13, 2021, Terror comes home and THE DEVIL'S HAND will grip you from page one and not let go. It's been two decades since 9/11. The enemy has been patient. The enemy has been learning. The enemy has been adapting. The enemy is ready to strike again. On April 13, 2021 Terror comes home.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Binati Sheth

    Now this was a thriller. It was thrilling in every sense of the word. I was waiting for the release of this book and I am waiting for the next one (THE NEXT ONE; YAYYYYYYYY). Things I enjoyed: 1. Reece styled savagery. 2. The political commentary. 3. A bioweapon/pandemic as a kill-switch possibility. 4. Military contextualised for a world predominantly at peace. 5. Clandestine shenanigans. Things I didn't enjoy: 1. The subtle sexism with how one female character was written. Women who work with diseases Now this was a thriller. It was thrilling in every sense of the word. I was waiting for the release of this book and I am waiting for the next one (THE NEXT ONE; YAYYYYYYYY). Things I enjoyed: 1. Reece styled savagery. 2. The political commentary. 3. A bioweapon/pandemic as a kill-switch possibility. 4. Military contextualised for a world predominantly at peace. 5. Clandestine shenanigans. Things I didn't enjoy: 1. The subtle sexism with how one female character was written. Women who work with diseases are not squeamish to death happening around them (like the men and all the people who work with infectious diseases). 2. The pacing. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book. This book was so much fun to read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rob Squires

    I've now read all four books in the Terminal List (a.k.a. James Reece) series, and this was my favorite for sure. While the other three books were gripping, engaging, and well-written, there was something unique about this one. Taking things back to 9/11 certainly had something to do with that, plus the suspense created was very believable and intense. I'm now looking forward to the next book in this series and I hope Jack Carr keeps up his fine craftmanship. I've now read all four books in the Terminal List (a.k.a. James Reece) series, and this was my favorite for sure. While the other three books were gripping, engaging, and well-written, there was something unique about this one. Taking things back to 9/11 certainly had something to do with that, plus the suspense created was very believable and intense. I'm now looking forward to the next book in this series and I hope Jack Carr keeps up his fine craftmanship.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rod Gregg

    Jack Carr is phenomenal. He has been a writer his entire life and I suspect that he knew it. He has always had an audience and fans, he just finally found us. James Reece is the country's best hope for salvation. The US has many enemies. Some within and some without. They can only be eliminated one at a time and Reece and his team are the ones that can save us. If you read the acknowledgments, you discover the depth of the commitment that Jack Carr routinely goes through to get the story right. Jack Carr is phenomenal. He has been a writer his entire life and I suspect that he knew it. He has always had an audience and fans, he just finally found us. James Reece is the country's best hope for salvation. The US has many enemies. Some within and some without. They can only be eliminated one at a time and Reece and his team are the ones that can save us. If you read the acknowledgments, you discover the depth of the commitment that Jack Carr routinely goes through to get the story right. And he does. Get the story right, that is. The history of our journey until today begins with 9/11 and our global enemies. There is an old adage that if someone hates you for no reason... give them a reason. Friedrich Nietzsche said, "When you look into the abyss, the abyss is looking back at you." When you hunt James Reece, know that he is also hunting you.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Korsmo

    Couldn't put it down As a fan of Tom Clancy, I find this book to be just as exciting to read. I found my heart rate increased multiple times while reading. In my opinion Reece is the new Ryan, and Carr is here to stay. Couldn't put it down As a fan of Tom Clancy, I find this book to be just as exciting to read. I found my heart rate increased multiple times while reading. In my opinion Reece is the new Ryan, and Carr is here to stay.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nick Harriday

    Not my favorite of the series, but another great entry nonetheless. Jack Carr is quickly becoming a standout author of the genre that everyone should keep and eye out for!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emir

    Wow. What a great read. So entertaining

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ana Maria Rivera

    It keeps getting better and better Book # 4 in the series, and man I am hooked. It is not easy to keep me going on a story, but the author manages just that with enough plot twists and drama to keep you going. I look forward to seeing this book series come alive.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    I can't believe it took me until May to read my first book of the year, but this one was worth it. I can't believe it took me until May to read my first book of the year, but this one was worth it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jim Miller

    Fantastic read that ties into the Covid-19 pandemic and the current world of terrorism. It's chilling how eerie the possibilities of this occurring might be Fantastic read that ties into the Covid-19 pandemic and the current world of terrorism. It's chilling how eerie the possibilities of this occurring might be

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Pretentious The author tries too hard to show his reader that he has expensive taste. OK story but his writing his immature.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Twobchelm

    The Devils Hand is the 4Th in the Terminal List series... it was an interesting glimpse in to the war on terror which goes on nonstop. The work is fiction but comes very close to today’s world.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    Three is generous on this one, more like 2.25 if I'm being honest. I like "Jack" as a person, but the books have been binary thus far. Hits and misses. Devil's Hand just does not flow well. It borrows too much from current events while suggesting some semblance of its own originality. Seems like we're tee'd up for a very overdone sniper vs. (let's not forget to fully tag it) Navy SEAL sniper epic showdown for the next book based on the postscript in TDH. Perhaps some distance between release dat Three is generous on this one, more like 2.25 if I'm being honest. I like "Jack" as a person, but the books have been binary thus far. Hits and misses. Devil's Hand just does not flow well. It borrows too much from current events while suggesting some semblance of its own originality. Seems like we're tee'd up for a very overdone sniper vs. (let's not forget to fully tag it) Navy SEAL sniper epic showdown for the next book based on the postscript in TDH. Perhaps some distance between release dates might allow the appropriate amount of time to let the creative juices flow a bit more. After Savage Son, this was boring at best.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    Author and ex-Navy SEAL Jack Carr's latest thriller, THE DEVIL’S HAND, boasts something for everyone --- that is, if you love books filled with violence, war, gore and a thirst for revenge. But this authoritative and authentic-sounding novel is about much more than a taste for blood. It's also a history of America's quest for global dominance versus the Muslim world’s quest for the international triumph of Sharia law, the destruction of democracy everywhere, and the humiliation and ultimate defe Author and ex-Navy SEAL Jack Carr's latest thriller, THE DEVIL’S HAND, boasts something for everyone --- that is, if you love books filled with violence, war, gore and a thirst for revenge. But this authoritative and authentic-sounding novel is about much more than a taste for blood. It's also a history of America's quest for global dominance versus the Muslim world’s quest for the international triumph of Sharia law, the destruction of democracy everywhere, and the humiliation and ultimate defeat of America the Devil. THE DEVIL’S HAND represents a rather strange combination of genres. It's partly historical fiction and partly a semi-alternative world narrative featuring the U.S. of the present day, with an entirely fictional president in 2021. The beginning of the story consists of a quick episode involving Muslim extremists in the process of preparing the infamous 9/11 attack on America. We then meet Alec Christensen, the man who will be president. He is dining with his father at a restaurant near the Twin Towers while his fiancée is in the target building. The young man sees the planes and the attack, and he tries bravely and desperately to save the love of his life, but his attempt is futile. However, Christensen is not the main character. That distinction belongs to James Reece, a former Navy SEAL, an ex-spy and a master of all things military, political and grossly violent. Reece, like Christensen (now the president), is out for revenge. While the president's targets are the 9/11 perpetrators, Reece wants to find and kill the traitor who was responsible for the murders of his wife, child and best friend. Aware of Reece's reputation, the president sets up an ultra-secret meeting with the warrior and sends him on a mission to rid the world of those killers. All of these conditions serve as the foundation for an intriguing and suspenseful plot, but in this long and very complicated novel, the two characters' searches for revenge are the side dish rather than the main course. The primary plot involves a deadly conspiracy cooked up by Iranian political and underground figures, the purpose of which is quite simple: to demolish America. But their plan is fittingly complex as Iranian operatives have managed to steal a sample of a deadly Russian-developed virus, which is known by only a select few until the theft is accomplished. They plan to use the formula to destroy The Great Satan by manufacturing additional doses of the virus and having Iranian and Iranian-American extremists spray it into the air of a few select cities. As Americans collapse and quickly become mortally ill, a mob rush to already-overburdened hospitals will quickly begin. The American government and scientific community will assume that the virus, like COVID-19, is spread by airborne droplets passed person-to-person. In order to contain it, the government will be forced to surround the infected areas to ensure that no one escapes and spreads it, and then they will be forced to bomb their own cities into oblivion. So the antagonists plan to force the U.S. into the tragic and ugly position of having to destroy thousands of its own citizens, and the collateral damage will be the inevitable spreading of distrust and violence. Reece's mission now morphs from simply exacting revenge into a race to save tens of thousands of American lives. He must figure out the plot and prove that the virus is not spread through person-to-person contact. The twisty plot is brilliantly conceived and effectively executed. Every element is exquisitely described in excruciating and often painful detail: the weapons, the political organizations and machinations, the destructive plans, the mano-a-mano violence, the history of global conflicts, the flaws of government responses to crises, and the ugliness of wartime conflict. Some disturbing plot, character and thematic issues arise (for some of us, anyway) that thread their way, at times openly and at other times subtly, throughout the entire novel. Violence and revenge are glorified; the book virtually begs the reader to enjoy cruelty, suffering, blood and gore. Islam --- and Muslims in general --- appear, without meaningful exception, to be rigid exponents of the necessary extermination of all "infidels." And even on the "good guys'" side, the primary characteristics of Americans and the American government specifically are viewed pretty ferociously. The government is corrupt, deceitful, and guilty of selfish and stupid motivations and offensively careless behaviors. Finally, the political and military effectiveness of a democratic state when pitted against authoritarian regimes is (perhaps all too accurately!) questioned. The end result is a scary, condemnatory sketch of human nature and our apparently unquenchable thirst for conflict and dominance. It's all rather brilliantly but depressingly and pessimistically presented. Keeping all of those factors in mind, if you read the novel thoughtfully and carefully, you will come to your own conclusions about the validity of both its openly stated and implicitly suggested attitudes. Reviewed by Jack Kramer

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    Wow. I'm going to have a heck of a lot to say about this book when I can get my thoughts together. This was freaking awesome. Amazing. Thrilling...and honestly, downright terrifying. Definitely his best book so far, and THAT is saying something.... ******************************************************************************* Okay...time to talk about the book. Let me start by saying that Ray Porter is a favorite narrator of mine and he did a GREAT job with this book - and with this series so far Wow. I'm going to have a heck of a lot to say about this book when I can get my thoughts together. This was freaking awesome. Amazing. Thrilling...and honestly, downright terrifying. Definitely his best book so far, and THAT is saying something.... ******************************************************************************* Okay...time to talk about the book. Let me start by saying that Ray Porter is a favorite narrator of mine and he did a GREAT job with this book - and with this series so far (I also like his renditions of Jonathan Maberry's Joe Ledger series as well) so I wanted to get that in before I forgot. There is always the question about whether or not this book can be read as a stand alone. My answer is maybe. Probably, but there are too many underlying relationships, rivalries and histories that you will not fully understand so I wouldn't start with this book. Go back and read this series from the beginning. We are only 4 books in so far and I PROMISE you, it is worth it. Man oh man...where to start with this book. This is the second or third book (in this series) that the author's note at the beginning gave me goose bumps. I have to say that Jack Carr is so ahead of his time - with the fact that these books are written far in advance of publication - yet the timing of his observations, based on the current events in the world are just shy of being prescient. And that's scary. But, it also makes the book so much more nail biting because there is so much realism that comes across as the story progresses. I liked the last book quite a lot. I've actually liked ALL of his books, but I have to say that I think that this is his best book yet. Once things got started, I could not read fast enough. Things were happening at such a fast pace that my heart was beating very fast and I had chills running up and down my arms. (The fact that my two adult children live in the Dallas area and I am very familiar with the Richardson area also may have had a hand in that). Reece is a unique character in the fact that he never pretends to be anything other than what he is. He recognizes that he is not what society would consider "normal" but he's not sure if that should worry him. We see a little bit of that in the scene with him and Katy and the carnage that occurs with the attempted ambush and the look he sees on Katy's face after witnessing the results. But Katy has learned that that is who Reece is and she has decided to accept him as he is. He is a PROTECTOR, and he will do whatever it takes to protect the ones he loves. And the thing that makes him a bit different is that he will ALSO do whatever it takes to protect those that he considers the INNOCENT. It is who he is. This book has a lot of moving parts. There is the plot that is happening in the "now" timeframe and there is also a flash back to the events of 9/11. It ends up all tying together, but I think Carr did a good job of leading the reader down the path to understand where the divergences occurred and then eventually how the many different pieces were ultimately tied in together. I have to admit that reading/listening to this was at sometimes very hard. It so very accurately touches on events happening in our country today and it is so frustrating that those people who are so hungry for power and who are actively trying to destroy this country to get that power have no idea of the damage they are doing. They seem to not understand that while they are creating division with identity politics to make Americans hate each other in order to solidify and maintain their power base, our enemies are watching in disbelief. We are making it so easy for them because we are not keeping our eye on the ball. On what is TRULY important. And that is that America is a symbol for the world. Our country is the ideal for freedom and democracy that every country in the west would love to be. And because of that our enemies want to DESTROY us. We should NEVER ever forget that. This was a GREAT book. A wonderful, thrilling, and like I said before...a terrifying book. And what was probably the best news ever was that there is going to be a book 5. I can't wait!! Great job Mr. Carr. Truly.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    As one of the few people who though SAVAGE SON, the third book in Jack Carr's James Reece series was a little too heavy on the exposition when it came to the tech/weapons talk, I wondered how THE DEVIL'S HAND would deal with that little thing I considered a flaw. Well, after the first couple of chapters, I can happily report that any tech talk flowed well with the actual storytelling narrative and didn't take the reader out of the story. Following the events of SAVAGE SON, James Reece is back on U As one of the few people who though SAVAGE SON, the third book in Jack Carr's James Reece series was a little too heavy on the exposition when it came to the tech/weapons talk, I wondered how THE DEVIL'S HAND would deal with that little thing I considered a flaw. Well, after the first couple of chapters, I can happily report that any tech talk flowed well with the actual storytelling narrative and didn't take the reader out of the story. Following the events of SAVAGE SON, James Reece is back on US soil and applying for a job with the CIA. He needs the resources they can reply as he looks to hunt down the sniper who killed his friend. But that's the least of his worries. Soon, he's meeting with the new president and learning that man's secret. All the while, Iranian spies are launching a long planned attack that they believe will finally bring America to its knees. Thing is, they might just be right. A deadly virus has been weaponized and made to look like a naturally occurring event. As two cities come under attack, Reece finds his secret mission retasked to find out who is responsible for the attacks and get the answers that will stop the virus in its tracks. But that's easier said than done as the country goes berserk and powers on both sides are driving the president to unleash a failsafe plan that would bring about the end of America without its enemies firing a shot! I have to say that I really liked this story. James Reece is an epic killing machine but anyone can do that kind of story. Carr not only shows how viciously skilled Reece is but gives him the humanity necessary for the other characters in the book (as well as readers) to see him simply as a man dedicated to serving the country by any means necessary. The way the story breaks down with multiple viewpoints was nicely handled. Varied characters driving the story but without making it impossible to realize what was going on. The action sequences in the book are believable (even with the heightened drama needed for this kind of action thriller). I love that Katie Buranek, the reporter whose relationship with Reece makes her a target too, actually plays an action oriented role in one particular sequence. It makes sense given the life Reece leads for her to be able to hold her own as much as one can. President Christensen has a fantastic back story that fuels his every move in the present. I'd actually like to see him a bit more in future books. And if the story itself wasn't enough on its own, the epilogue will leave you breathless for what's coming next for James Reece. So I'd say that THE DEVIL'S HAND finds both Jack Carr and James Reece in fine form with a story that thriller fans will be hard pressed to put down until the finish the very last page.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Josh Olds

    This is one of those reviews where, if I’d done a bit more research, I probably would have learned enough from the context to know to pass on the book. The Devil’s Hand is the fourth novel from Jack Carr, a former SEAL sniper who has used his knowledge of warfare to bring gritty realism to his novels. The Terminal List, Carr’s debut novel, is now a series on Amazon starring Chris Pratt so whatever I think about the novel—it hardly matters. This type of book has an audience and they’re eating it This is one of those reviews where, if I’d done a bit more research, I probably would have learned enough from the context to know to pass on the book. The Devil’s Hand is the fourth novel from Jack Carr, a former SEAL sniper who has used his knowledge of warfare to bring gritty realism to his novels. The Terminal List, Carr’s debut novel, is now a series on Amazon starring Chris Pratt so whatever I think about the novel—it hardly matters. This type of book has an audience and they’re eating it up. Our protagonist is former Navy SEAL James Reece. Reece is no longer with the military due to…things (read books 1-3). In The Devil’s Hand, he gets called in by none other than the President himself to do a little revenge. The President’s fiancée died in 9/11 and the sole driving force of his political career seems to be geared toward exacting revenge on those who were involved and got away. To this end, he calls Reece. Reece works outside the lines, outside the law, and will do anything to accomplish his mission. It’s a gleeful combination of violence, patriotism, and lawbreaking in the name of the alleged greater good that should be disturbing. I don’t know that I like former Navy SEALs writing fiction about Navy SEALS who do war crimes. I’ll leave it at that. I’m a pacifist by conviction, but I do enjoy a good fictional action thriller. Thought I’d give Carr a shot and well—other authors have commended his accuracy and realism and if that’s true, I redouble my commitment to pacifism. The focus on 9/11 and the glorification of violence and death is almost to the point of parody. Carr waxes eloquent about how the men who signed up to fight after the Towers well were the kind of men who knew where to sit at on airplanes to best protect others. It’s a weird, violent patriotism that puts on some major rose-colored glasses and idealizes The War on Terror while yet seeming almost gleeful that there are most terrorists to kill. Plot and character development take a back seat to action, preferably violent. Carr attempts to organically weave in the past storylines, but to middling effect. I ended up reading a bunch of reviews of books 1-3 in order to understand where we got to book 4. Usually thrillers like this are able to function as a standalone. I wouldn’t say this is the case for The Devil’s Hand. What plot there is—The President hires a mercenary—is so over-the-top that it makes Chuck Norris films look realistic. But I guess that’s what this is. It’s an 80s action movie in 2020s clothing. It has its place, I guess, but I’d rather just go read Rambo again.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alex Proctor

    Was super excited for the fourth addition to the James Reece series. Purchased the same day it came out, I immediately sunk time and attention into it and it did not disappoint. Jack Carr does an amazing job of adding emotion into his writing and it definitely shows in this book. The snippet/side story of the doctor and his kids really hit home for me personally. Knowing that he was never going to see them again, was chilling in many ways. This is something that many authors struggle with doing, Was super excited for the fourth addition to the James Reece series. Purchased the same day it came out, I immediately sunk time and attention into it and it did not disappoint. Jack Carr does an amazing job of adding emotion into his writing and it definitely shows in this book. The snippet/side story of the doctor and his kids really hit home for me personally. Knowing that he was never going to see them again, was chilling in many ways. This is something that many authors struggle with doing, but I have noticed it time and time again with Carr. The story was a little confusing to be brutally honest. It was a great idea and well written, however there was quite a bit of character jumping that I didnt particularly care for. When you implement the names of too many middle-eastern characters into the mix, it starts to get jumbled and hard to follow. As was the case with this one. I also was lost after Reece had his secret meeting with POTUS he suddenly knew who to go after and look for which didnt make much sense to me. That information wouldnt have just been that readily available to Reece. So that seemed a bit unrealistic. Carr toned it down with the termed "gun porn" in this novel, so it made the read easier and more enjoyable. Overall I definitely liked this one and loved the story behind it being factually correct and relevant to the current pandemic situation this world has been plagued with over the last year. I thoroughly enjoyed the references to COVID in the book as well. Made it feel like Reece was a real character who had been through the pandemic also. I wish we would have gotten more time with Reece and Katie figuring out their relationship a bit more. As much as I understand how heartbreaking the past is for Reece, Carr needs to stop referencing it every time James is with Katie in the story. It kind of gets a little annoying. Like we get that they were killed, now lets move on. I really liked this book and was a great idea especially after a pandemic that has affected the lives of everyone on the planet in some way or another. Very relevant and a great one that I would recommend to anyone looking for a serious thriller to sink their time into. Great job Carr!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sherrie

    This is a good book, despite the stupefying political punditry, of the first 200 pages. Hang in there! He finally gets to the story and it roars to the end. As a career Microbiologist, bioterrorism is a lifelong interest for me. I wish he’d have talked to a few more of us and he might’ve avoided some basic errors in the book. The genetic analysis techniques he uses so effectively in the plot, also demonstrate that SARS-Cov-2 did not escape from the lab in Wuhan, but had been circulating at low l This is a good book, despite the stupefying political punditry, of the first 200 pages. Hang in there! He finally gets to the story and it roars to the end. As a career Microbiologist, bioterrorism is a lifelong interest for me. I wish he’d have talked to a few more of us and he might’ve avoided some basic errors in the book. The genetic analysis techniques he uses so effectively in the plot, also demonstrate that SARS-Cov-2 did not escape from the lab in Wuhan, but had been circulating at low level prior to arriving at a population center. (Also a great plug for Utah company Biofire, an amazing technology.) An N95 mask, properly worn and fitted, would absolutely protect the wearer from the 5 to 25 micron aerosol he postulates. If his young jihadis had taken basic precautions and worn the mask they might not have ended up in the hospital. The filoviruses (Ebola and Marburg) do NOT “liquefy the brain and organs”. The hemorrhagic symptoms appear in slightly less than 1/2 of all cases. This a widespread misconception due in large measure to the dramatic and inaccurate descriptions found in the “Hot Zone” book. Marburg and Ebola kill the same way Covid does, by cytokine (or maybe bradykinin) storm. There is multi-organ failure, and bleeding, if it occurs, is because of damage to the endothelial system. I was very interested in his take on how American troops would respond to forcibly quarantining, or even destroying, American cities. Public health departments have the legal right, but I don’t see it working. If you are interested in this topic look up “Operation Dark Winter”. We’ve wargamed it. It doesn’t look good. I was annoyed that he let his Erik Prince stand-in appropriate the name Masada for his company. However the legend of Masada is some of the earliest fake news and its Jewish Zealot defenders at Herod’s “Mar- a Lago” (winter palace) started a Civil War that guaranteed the Romans’ victory and their Sicarii killed Jews whose political opinions they disagreed with as well as Romans, so I guess the nomenclature is apt. I was delighted that the book’s ending implies the story will continue.

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