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Saturday, April 25, 2020
Retired Navy SEAL Jack Carr On The Hunter, The Hunted, and “The Most Dangerous Game"
CrimeReads.com offers a piece
by Jack Carr, a retired Navy SEAL and author of The Terminal List, True Believer
and Savage Son, on hunting, war and the classic short story, The Most Dangerous
I was, and remain, a student of
war and of the hunt. Experiences in combat and in the backcountry helped shape
me into the citizen, husband, father and writer I am today. The one has made me
better at the other. I suspect it has always been this way. It is the feelings
and emotions from those most primal of endeavors that form the foundation of Savage Son.
I was first introduced to
Richard Connell’s masterpiece, “The Most Dangerous Game,” in junior high school.Connell, a veteran of World War
I, published his most celebrated short story in Collier’s
Weekly in 1924. Upon that initial reading, I was determined to one day
write a modern thriller that paid tribute to this classic tale, exploring the
dynamic between hunter and hunted.
Providing for and defending my family and country are hardwired
into my DNA. Perhaps that is why “The Most Dangerous Game” resonated with me at
such an early age, or maybe those primal impulses are in all of us, which is
why Richard Connell’s narrative continues to endure almost a century after it
was first published.
Fast-forward thirty years. As I prepared to leave the SEAL Teams,
I laid out all my ideas for what was to become my first novel, The Terminal List. The plot for Savage Son was among several of the
storylines I was contemplating as I decided how to introduce the world to James
For that first outing, I knew
my protagonist was not yet ready for what I had in store. I needed to develop
him through a journey, first of revenge and then of redemption, before I could explore
the dark side of man through the medium of the modern political thriller. Is
James Reece a warrior, a hunter, a killer? Perhaps all three?
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