Is James Reece Based on a Real Navy SEAL? Was Ben Edwards a Real CIA Agent?

‘The Terminal List’ is aA military action thriller series that tells about the story of James Reece (Chris Pratt), a NavyThe commander of the SEAL platoon, who loses nearly his entire team. aMission in SyriaTakes a disastrous turn. AfterReturning to the USA ReeceExperiences recurring headaches or hallucinations. InThe evening he finally goes for a consult aDoctor, masked assassins kill his wife and daughter. As ReeceRealizing that his family and team were victims of evil forces, he and his best friend are forced to confront them. Ben Edwards (Taylor Kitsch), aFormer NavySEAL turned CIA operative, embark on aUnrelenting pursuit of revenge IfYou are curious as to whether Reece EdwardsThese are based onReal people, we got you covered. SPOILERS Ahead.

Is James Reece Based on a Real Navy SEAL?

No, James ReeceIs not based on areal NavySEAL, but there is some reality in the character. ‘The Terminal List’It is the web adaptation of Jack Carr’s 2018 book of the same name, the first in the ‘Terminal List’ book series. Carr is aFormer NavyThe SEAL in real life SoMuch of his experience was as follows: a FrogmanIt made its way into ReeceWhen he created the character. CarrThe area has been home to me for two decades. NavyRetirement in 2016. Like Reece, CarrWas aBefore becoming a sniper a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander, Task Unit Commander. HeWas aIn charge of junior officers Iraq Afghanistan, leading assault and the sniper teams. HeLater, it was published in the southern PhilippinesAs aCounterinsurgency training for platoon commanders CarrAlso available in aCommando of a Special Operations Task UnitSouthern Iraq. DuringThis region was heavily underdeveloped during this time. Iran’s influence. At present, CarrLiving in Park City, UtahWith his wife and three children.

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Since CarrWas a young boy, he planned to do two things — serve his country in uniform first and then write the type of books he grew up loving. InInterview with Washington Post Live, Carr mentioned Tom Clancy, David Morrell, Nelson DeMille, A. J. Quinnell, Mark Oldenas well as some of the authors that inspired him. AskedHow his personal experience helped him to create the book Carr stated, “AsI sat down to type, thinking I would understand the technical aspects. I am gonna tell aGreat story. That is a great story. ButAs soon as i started typing, I realized how much I was capable of a personal emotional writing experience this was gonna be.”

Carr added, “And that’s not because I am taking an exact event from overseas and just typewriting about it in a novel. No, I’m thinking about the emotions and the feelings behind what happened in Iraq and Afghanistanin certain events, and they are what I am applying to a fictional narrative.”

Is Ben Edwards Based on a Real CIA Agent?

Is James Reece Based on a Real Navy SEAL? Was Ben Edwards a Real CIA Agent?

No, Ben EdwardsIt is not aReal CIA agent. CarrGrowing up, I read action thriller novels in both the 1980s and 1990s. TheMost of these books’ protagonists are female. aMilitary or CIA background. So, it’s safe to presume that, like with Reece, Carr’s childhood reading material played aPart in the creation Ben EdwardsAs a character. MoreoverAs a NavySEAL, he must’ve crossed paths with many CIA agents. ThoseExperiences could have also inspired the creation Ben Edwards.

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