The Sentinel

The Sentinel

Large Print - 2020 | First edition
Average Rating:
Rate this:
35
8
"It is close to midnight on a Saturday night when Jack Reacher gets off a bus at the Greyhound station in Nashville. Reacher is in no hurry. He has no appointments to keep. No people to see. No scores to settle. Not yet anyway. But in the early morning hours, under particular circumstances, a familiar thought will be snaking through his sharp, instinctual lizard brain: A voice in his head telling him to walk away. Of course, this wouldn't be the first time he listened to his gut instead. Meanwhile, seventy-five miles south and west of Music City is a sleepy little town where a recently-fired guy nurses a grudge that will fester into fury--and a desire for payback. But who is watching him, standing guard over a long-buried secret, ready to strike before it can be revealed? If you don't have a sense of the danger you're in, then it's best to have Reacher"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2020]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781984818461
Branch Call Number: FIC Child
Characteristics: 351 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Child, Andrew - Author

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment
k
kiml00
Jan 16, 2021

I was in a reading slump and this book got me out of it. It was fast paced. Some of the reviews didn’t like the writing but for me, it was pure entertainment and it did its job. No complaints here.

h
harrybosch
Jan 14, 2021

This is a very poor effort indeed , from Lee Child, if he even wrote this. I suspect that it was mostly written by his brother Andrew, and what a poor writer he is. This is NOT Jack Reacher. The book is full of badly written chapters, poor English, incomplete sentences , or sentences without verbs, or even one-word as a sentence. Stuff that would cause you be flunked from any high-school English course. I had a struggle to finish it.
I have read all of the JR series , most of them more than once. If this is what Lee Child (or his brother) intends to offer up in future, then I likely won't be reading too many more. Child must be getting paid just to lend his name to this. Shame on Lee Child for putting his name on this travesty.

a
andersdaughter
Jan 11, 2021

I've loved all the other Jack Reacher books, but this one was terrible. It was supposed to have been co-authored by Lee and his brother, Andrew, but it was clearly written by Andrew Child (aka Andrew Grant. Grant has written other "thrillers" but they are also terrible.) This book was so poorly written and without the same "feel" and tension as other Reacher books that I quit reading after just a few pages. A very stifled, unpleasant read. If Lee really is handing the reins of Jack Reacher over to his brother, I'm sorry to say I will never read another Jack Reacher book because the brother can't write worth a darn.

s
silyrabbt
Jan 07, 2021

This was a different feeling novel, as Lee noticeably turned over writing and research duties to son, Andrew. Andrew doesn't have the same care of Reacher as Dad, Lee. Lee is Reacher's creator, Reacher's father. Andrew is the competitive sibling -- and it showed as he threw Jack into far more fights than any previous book that Lee has written, and killed more people outright, no hesitation.

This wasn't any Jack Reacher I'd want to meet or ever read again.

p
Perdidowood
Jan 07, 2021

Within a few pages it was clear that Lee Child had REALLY retired. Doubt he was even involved in this book. SO then the question becomes, "It's not as good as previous books in series, but is it good enough to stay with the series?"

The answer is "no". I'm going back to start over with Killing Floor instead.

7
7592ns
Jan 03, 2021

Interesting to start: Reacher in a small town recognizes a kidnapping is about to happen to an
unsuspecting man, so Reacher saves the day. Story devolves into too many characters, plots, and blah, blah. Please bring back the old Reacher and dump your brother as co-author. Had to force myself to finish book.

f
firewindwater
Dec 29, 2020

I think it was 353 pages and could have been done in 200 or less. Blah blah blah. Definitely not like any other Reacher books I've read.

If Lee Child is retired, then retire him. James Patterson's books are bad now. Robert Parkers (legal author that took over) books aren't any good.

The original authors could write. These co-written books aren't very good. I am truly glad I'm able to read them on the public library loan program instead of having to purchase them.

1 reviewer said too many loose ends at the end. And that's right. What happened to the good cop? What happened to the bad one? Did anyone survive? (Ok, just to add suspense).

Read the book if you can borrow it - don't spend any money on it.

m
manassau
Dec 21, 2020

Bring ReAcher back. Just another formula book. Lee put together the outline and then Andy did the blah blah blah. I have read all the others and this is the only one I wished would get interesting. No more
D Andy books for me.

j
johnmlcoch
Dec 16, 2020

Worst "Reacher" story I've read. Had to put it down with only 50 pages left. Could not get the gist of the story. Too bad!

l
lobyrne
Dec 13, 2020

first reacher book i didn't like ,plot was confusing and too many references to political groups ,it was a far cry from the usual jack reacher stories that i have enjoyed over the years

View All Comments

Quotes

Add a Quote
j
jimg2000
Nov 28, 2020

Reacher held up his hands, palms facing out. He was aware of the effect his appearance could have. He was six feet five. Two hundred and fifty pounds. His hair was a dishevelled mess. He was unshaved. Children had been known to run screaming at the sight of him.
===
‘I’ve been told I can be very persuasive.’ ‘You could get hurt.’ ‘Someone could. Not me.’
===
Reacher hit him in the temple and he bounced off the wall and dropped like a puppet with its strings cut.
===
Ransomware. If you don’t pay to get the key, you have two choices. Start again from scratch, which is slow and super expensive.’ Rutherford hesitated. ‘Or wipe everything off all your computers and load a clean copy from your backup.’
===
A lot of these attacks are state sponsored. They have giant warehouses full of people. It’s their only job. They have endless resources. Then there’s me, on my own, cobbling together repurposed parts salvaged from wherever I can find them.’ ‘Like David and Goliath. Only Goliath won.’

j
jimg2000
Nov 28, 2020

‘They didn’t look great to start with.’ ‘I’m not disputing that. But get a few mothers on the jury? Get them imagining you doing that kind of damage to their sons? You’d be taking a gamble.’
===
There was a blue and white eagle in the centre. It was clutching a bunch of thirteen arrows in one talon. An olive branch with thirteen leaves and berries in the other. There was a shield with mountains on the left and water on the right. The words US Department of Homeland Security were in a ring around the outside.
===
‘It seems like he was trying his best to do the right thing and got screwed by the people above him. Something similar happened to me once. It doesn’t feel good. And now he’s got a bunch of assholes on his tail for some reason he doesn’t understand and you people are in no hurry to help him. Someone’s got to.’ ‘And that someone’s you?’ ‘I guess so.’ ‘Why is that?’ Reacher shrugged again. ‘I’m the one who’s here.’

j
jimg2000
Nov 28, 2020

Someone had sent six guys after him. It would be wrong to let the day end with only two of them in the hospital.
===
‘The cops are running you out of town for a reason. You think if you were found in a ditch, full of bullets from a gun registered to a punk who died when Reagan was president, anyone would give two shits?’ ‘I certainly wouldn’t be happy about it.’ ‘Who cares about your happiness?’
===
Get the lie of the land. Draw maps for when your main force arrives. Find out where all the good stuff is hidden. And see if there are any traps to avoid. In our case, for traps read backups. Backups are kryptonite to ransomware. There’s no point in locking a bunch of data if your intended victim has a clean copy.
===
Denisov had started out as an interrogator. The human polygraph, he was called. Due to his appearance. And his temper. His ability to loosen tongues. And bowels.

j
jimg2000
Nov 28, 2020

Just please, keep my name out of it.’ ‘How could we bring your name into it?’ Reacher said. ‘We’ve never met.’
===
The computer memory thing they tried to use was too small so halfway through the process they raised some extra money and got a bigger one. They copied everything, then you as the IT manager took the old one into storage until it was needed for something else.
===
He couldn’t see them. Yet. Or hear them. Or smell them. But he knew. Eyes were on him. He could feel them. He could feel a chill on his neck. Some kind of primal response to being watched. A warning mechanism hardwired into his lizard brain, as finely tuned as his ancestors’ had been millions of years ago. Then, forests. Now, a factory. Either way, evading predators. Not getting eaten. Not getting shot. Living to fight another day. Plus ça change …
===
‘Or the Russians could have had some kind of tripwire in place. Something to alert them if anyone was close to finding whatever they wanted to keep hidden.

j
jimg2000
Nov 28, 2020

Have you heard of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory?’ ‘Near Knoxville. Where they develop the supercomputers?’ ‘They do many things there. Supercomputing is one of them. Another is cyber security. The United States is facing a lot of threats. We have a lot of defensive programs running. And the Russians have an agent in place who’s attempting to steal a copy of the most critical one. Its official name is project C02WW06BHH21.’ ‘Snappy name.’ ‘Only the geeks call it that. Everyone else calls it The Sentinel.’
===
It’s been running for years. On social media. Conspiracy theories. Attempts to undermine the mainstream media.’ ‘Fake news? I’ve heard about that.’ ‘This time they’re specifically trying to erode faith in the election system itself. We know they’re serious. They already had a dry run four years ago, in Kentucky. What happened was, on election day, they sent out a phishing email.

j
jimg2000
Nov 28, 2020

For a start, the election. Yes, it’s a while away. But for thirty days leading up to it there’s what’s called a systems freeze. Nothing computer related can be changed in any way. It’s the same kind of thing the credit card companies and online retailers do heading into Black Friday and Christmas. It makes sure no one loads new software which turns out not to work properly and screws everything up at their most critical time.
===

Word is, about four years ago there was a major brain drain out of cyber crimes. A bunch of the top guns all upped and left, out of the blue. At first people thought one of the big Silicon Valley corporations was on a recruitment rampage. Then there was a theory that some start-up was throwing crazy money around. But finally someone found out the government was behind it. An emergency response. To the Russians having a new weapon that could totally shred our election systems. Everywhere in the country was vulnerable. No results could be trusted.

j
jimg2000
Nov 28, 2020

‘So you are homeless.’ ‘No. My situation is not the same at all. It’s like the difference between being alone and being lonely. Two separate, distinct things.’
===
They’re dull as ditchwater.
===
They were edelweiss. Adolf Hitler’s favourite.
===
Reacher set his guy down. Waited a moment to make sure he was steady on his feet. Then punched him full in the face. It was a massive, savage blow, landing like a sledgehammer, smashing all kinds of bones and cartilage and teeth. The other guy was trying to crawl away so Reacher went after him and kicked him in the head. Normally he would have used his left foot in a situation like that, where the guy was already down. His weaker foot. But this guy was a Nazi. So he used his right. And he didn’t hold back.

j
jimg2000
Nov 28, 2020

He’s reenacting the Nuremberg Rallies. Complete with his own Cathedral of Light.’
===
I heard two of them talking. They were speaking Russian. I know a little because my grandparents were from St Petersburg. Anyway, one of the people used the word бункерный. It means bunker. Where
===
High voltage, low current. That’s the secret. So it can cause more pain. For longer. The steel wool goes up inside … well, you can probably guess. And the probe goes wherever I like.’
===
He took the SOCOM from his waistband, aimed and fired three shots. Going for her centre mass. But hitting the end wall, high and left. The suppressor must have gotten bent when the gun tumbled down the steps. His instinctive side screamed: Chase her! His rational side said: She’s too fast. Forget her. She’s gone.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at IPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top