Featured Review: ‘The Devil’s Hand’ by Jack Carr


James Reece returns for his most action-packed mission yet in The Devil’s Hand, the page-turning new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Jack Carr.

September 11, 2001. A day that lives in infamy, remembered as one of the most tragic days in American history. In the aftermath of 9/11, the United States learned plenty about her enemies, but we weren’t the only ones paying attention. Here, Carr asks one very important question—what did our other enemies learn about us in the two decades since striking a blow on American soil?

For warrior James Reece, a former Navy SEAL turned counterterrorism operative, the last twenty years have been about making sure no other attacks are carried out on the homefront. So, when newly elected President Alec Christensen takes the oval office, he and Reece share a common goal rooted back to 9/11. Having lost his fiancée in the World Trade Center attack, Christensen has long thirsted for vengeance, first as a soldier and then a politician. Now, though, with the full resources of the federal government at his fingertips, POTUS finally has the power to hit back in a more personal way—and he unleashes Reece, tasking him with eliminating any remaining conspirators once and for all.

Meanwhile, halfway around the world, another superpower is growing increasingly frustrated with the sanctions imposed by America and her European allies. Having spent the last two decades watching, listening, and learning from the United States’ own response to a number of real-world issues and conflicts, they finally believe the time is right to once again hit the Great Satan. With Americans divided, their internal issues blinding them to the outside world, they’re more vulnerable than ever and ripe for an attack.

Soon, Reece learns that a secret enemy has plans to unleash a deadly bioweapon designed to wipe out the United States of America, and it’s up to him to stop them—but first, he’ll have to evade a wave of assassins and mercenaries sent to silence him . . . and you can bet on plenty of explosions, bullets flyin’ and heart-thumping sequences as Carr dials up the heat in a big way, leading to an incredible final act that’ll leave readers gasping for air.

When you step back to look at Jack Carr’s short career as a novelist, it’s stunning what the former SEAL sniper has been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time. From blasting his way onto the scene with The Terminal List (which is being made into a Television show in Amazon, starring Hollywood A-lister Chris Pratt as Reece) in 2018, to hitting the ‘Times list with his third book (last year’s Savage Son), Carr has taken the genre by storm. Not since Vince Flynn has an author delivered such gripping blockbusters to start their career, and yet Carr shows zero signs of slowing down or growing complacent anytime soon. Case in point, his latest offering—which mixes powerful, emotionally-charged plotlines with a rip-roaring quest to save America. The end result is an action-packed Tour de Force that hits with thundering power, but also challenges readers to think, ask questions, and wonder where, exactly, the facts end and the fiction begins.

The Terminal List is widely regarded as one of the best debut thrillers of all-time, and rightfully so, but The Devil’s Hand is even better, and should go down as one of the best books in the genre, period. No matter what, do not miss this masterpiece from Jack Carr—who better have one hell of a trick up his sleeve if he ever hopes to top this one in the future.

Book Details

Author: Jack Carr
Series: James Reece #4
Pages: 544 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 1982123745
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Release Date: April 13, 2021
Real Book Spy Rating: 10/10



Praised as “One of the hardest working, most thoughtful, and fairest reviewers out there” by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. Additionally, he co-hosts ThrillerTalk, a new podcast with K.J. Howe. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.




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