Carr had said on one of his podcasts that they were leaning more the psychological thriller aspect than the novel’s political thriller, so I figured that the middle of the first episode was intentionally confusing, playing up the potential “unreliable narrator” angle.Watched the first episode last night. Found it a little "confusing"
The first two episodes of the Terminal List Podcast dropped last night, and they flat out said that’s what Antoine Fuqua was going for in that segment.
Having now seen the whole thing, I have to say that it is amazingly faithful to the story told in the novel. It differs in some of the details for the sake of visual storytelling (e.g, acts done to or by characters were transposed onto other characters or shifted in the storyline) or to avoid dating the movie (in the novel, his platoon is murdered in Afghanistan, not Syria), but all the major points are there, and the plot is basically intact.
I think two of the characters actually got a better character arc in the show than in the novel, and I’d like to think Carr would‘be written them that way if it hadn’t been his first novel. Their motivations are more believable, and more fleshed out than in novel, IMHO.
If you liked the novel, I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed by the show.
Let’s finish your list, brother.