Enterprise’s Rawls Hotel and Restaurant library was host to a book signing Tuesday evening for a locally-penned novel that has already achieved great acclaim.
“The Terminal List,” co-authored by Enterprise resident Keith Wood and retired Navy SEAL Jack Carr, was written primarily in Coffee County and features a central character whose hometown is Enterprise. According to Wood, the novel contains elements that will be familiar and relatable for many Enterprise and Fort Rucker-area residents.
“One of the central characters, Elizabeth Riley, is an Enterprise native turned Army Aviator who trained at Fort Rucker,” Wood said. “I think a lot of folks in our community will identify with her. We also weaved the 1979 murder of Sheriff Grantham into the narrative as a tribute to his family and our community.”
Jack Carr added that the newly-completed book fulfills a lifelong dream of his, and Coffee County provided a great place to bring that dream to fruition.
“Growing up, I wanted to do two things: become a Navy SEAL and write fiction,” Carr said. “After 20 years in the Teams, it was time to fulfill that second dream. As I was transitioning out of the military, my friend Keith Wood and I teamed-up and this book is the result. It’s great to be back in Coffee County where most of The Terminal List was written; writing this book at a farm near Elba got us away from the normal distractions of life and gave us the peace and quiet we needed.”
Though “The Terminal List” was first published on March 6, it has already garnered significant media attention and was featured on “The Today Show” with Megyn Kelly March 20. The May 8 book signing at the Rawls was met with similar success; Wood said that dozens of local residents turned out to meet and greet the authors and purchase signed copies of the novel.
For those interested in picking up their own copy of “The Terminal List,” the novel is available in hardcover, ebook, and audio book formats wherever books are sold. A brief synopsis states that it is “a ‘ripped-from-the-headlines’ revenge novel drawing from the real-life experiences and emotions of Carr’s 20-year military career.”
Navy SEAL sniper Jack Carr spent led special operations teams on four continents as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander and Task Unit Commander before his retirement. Keith Wood currently lives in Enterprise with his wife, Emily, and their three children.