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James Reece, the protagonist of The Terminal List, is an active duty SEAL but the weapon that he selects to begin his quest for vengeance in the book’s prologue is not something found in an armory in Coronado or Virginia Beach or even in the hands of a warrior downrange.
After several combat deployments, including more than one as a sniper, I now think of a far different weapon: one that is lightweight, capable of sustained semi-automatic fire and has sufficient accuracy to take out targets at up to 500-800 meters.
Don’t judge a book by its cover. I’m new to this, but I’m fairly confident that whoever said that wasn’t on a publisher’s marketing team. Buyers absolutely judge, and buy, books by their cover, which is why this was such an important decision. The talented art department at Emily Bestler Books/Atria sent us an initial concept of the cover, and I’ll have to admit, it was really cool to see the words “The Terminal List” on the mock-up jacket.
I was fortunate enough to use a variety of different weapons during my time in the military, both in training and in combat. One of the most versatile of those weapons, and one that was my constant companion overseas, was the M4A1 carbine. With the M4, we were well-equipped to fight the enemy from across the room to hundreds of meters away. James Reece relies on his M4 as he takes the fight to his enemies in The Terminal List, just as I did in the War on Terror.