The Sentinel: A Jack Reacher Novel Mass Market Paperback – 1 January 1900
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Jack Reacher is back! The "utterly addictive" (The New York Times) series continues as acclaimed author Lee Child teams up with his brother, Andrew Child, fellow thriller writer extraordinaire.
"One of the many great things about Jack Reacher is that he's larger than life while remaining relatable and believable. The Sentinel shows that two Childs are even better than one."--James Patterson
As always, Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there. One morning he ends up in a town near Pleasantville, Tennessee.
But there's nothing pleasant about the place.
In broad daylight Reacher spots a hapless soul walking into an ambush. "It was four against one" . . . so Reacher intervenes, with his own trademark brand of conflict resolution.
The man he saves is Rusty Rutherford, an unassuming IT manager, recently fired after a cyberattack locked up the town's data, records, information . . . and secrets. Rutherford wants to stay put, look innocent, and clear his name.
Reacher is intrigued. There's more to the story. The bad guys who jumped Rutherford are part of something serious and deadly, involving a conspiracy, a cover-up, and murder--all centered on a mousy little guy in a coffee-stained shirt who has no idea what he's up against.
Rule one: if you don't know the trouble you're in, keep Reacher by your side.
"It's great to be back in [Reacher's] company in a world where the bad guys get what's coming to them. . . . A smooth transition for a much-loved character."--The Observer
"As always, the bad guys--this time, Russian spies and American-Nazi thugs--discover too late that they are no match for Reacher. Despite the change in authors, the writing remains tight and the non-stop action is as propulsive as ever."--Associated Press
"As ever, [Reacher is] the sole, unrivalled champion of the average man."--Daily Mail
"Fresh, perfectly plotted, and packed with action, The Sentinel is one of the year's best, must-read thrillers."--The Real Book Spy
"It's terrific. . . . The story is just as powerful. . . . Brutal action mixes with keen-eyed detective work as Reacher metes out his own brand of justice. . . . If this novel is a harbinger of what's to come, then Jack is in good hands."--Booklist (starred review)
"Much of The Sentinel is humorous as Reacher patiently teaches bad guys about the flaws in their tactics. While there's lots of action, the novel also feels like a procedural as Reacher interviews suspects and delves deeper toward the truth. . . . [The Sentinel has] one of the most inventive action sequences in recent memory. . . . It continues the series without any sense that there's now a coauthor. In a year of drastic change, fans will welcome the consistency."--Publishers Weekly
Praise for the Jack Reacher series
"The truth about Reacher gets better and better. . . . This series [is] utterly addictive."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Jack Reacher is today's James Bond, a thriller hero we can't get enough of. I read every one as soon as it appears."--Ken Follett
"Reacher is the stuff of myth. . . . One of this century's most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes."--The Washington Post
"The Reacher novels are easily the best thriller series going."--NPR
"Reacher is a man for whom the phrase moral compass was invented: His code determines his direction. . . . You need Jack Reacher."--The Atlantic
"I pick up Jack Reacher when I'm in the mood for someone big to solve my problems."--Patricia Cornwell
"[A] feverishly thrilling series . . . You can always count on furious action."--Miami Herald
About the Author
Andrew Child, who also writes as Andrew Grant, is the author of RUN, False Positive, False Friend, False Witness, Invisible, and Too Close to Home. Child and his wife, the novelist Tasha Alexander, live on a wildlife preserve in Wyoming.
- Publisher : Dell (1 January 1900)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1984818481
- ISBN-13 : 978-1984818485
- Dimensions : 10.54 x 2.84 x 19.02 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 403,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Giving over the phenomenonally successful 'Reacher' series is a cynical effort to keep the money tap turned ON.
Although it's closeish, The Sentinel is a poor imitation in the Reacher pantheon.
Teacher is a product of LEE Child's mind and emotion!
NO ONE else's.
If it was that easy to write a best seller we'd ALL do it!
For those of you who have read Diane Capri's "Hunt for Jack Reacher" books (useful for a "Reacher light" fix while you are waiting for your next instalment), if this book had her name on the cover it would have made more sense.
‘Exactly. And the old weird guy? When you asked him about itemization, he said what would be the point? Computer mouse, beige, not working. Over and over.’”
— The Sentinel: (Jack Reacher 25) by Lee Child, Andrew Child
Computer mouse, beige, not working?
This was the second occurrence of this in the book, and... they aren’t cheap. I just expected better quality.
This story seemed to have a lot of inconsistencies. Russian spies trying to hide the truth by closing down a town’s communications, so that one of their cohorts would not be identified and would be able to attack software that protects the US Electoral system.
The idea of a flawed electoral system in a book written during COVID-19 connects well with the reality, or is it the fantasy, of the 2020 U.S. Election.
I did enjoy the read. After all, you can never have too much Reacher. Probably not my favourite of the series, but still a good ride, in spite of the bumps in the story line. I do wonder if the Election will have a satisfactory conclusion though. It is almost unbelievable how the situation has drawn out.
Welcome Andrew! Thanks Lee.
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However, it's fair to say that Lee Child has gone off the boil with his most recent offerings. For me, the books have definitely lacked the depth, quality, and entertainment value of his earlier work. That said, I suppose it was always going to be a tough ask to keep the momentum going - especially once he'd sailed past the 20th novel in the series. That's why I welcomed the idea of Lee bringing his brother on board to assist in writing this his 25th in the series - I looked upon this collaboration as a last ditch effort to get the Jack Reacher bandwagon back on track. The big question is - has it worked? Unfortunately, I don't think it has, and that saddens and disappoints me. If nothing else, I was wishing Andrew would assist Lee in either giving Jack a good send off, or if not, at least provide fans with a glimmer of hope for the future of this smart-talking American hero of ours.
I have to mention that The Sentinel does start off really well. The opening pages introduce us to the character of Rusty Rutherford. He has spent the past week holed up in his apartment. He has recently been fired from his job as an IT manager, and has spent the time alone - eating pizzas, watching movies, listening to music, and playing video games. He feels his dismissal was totally unjustified, and is determined to clear his name, and return to the kind of work he loves. After seven days of self-imposed isolation, he decides to venture outside. However, it soon becomes apparent that the citizens of the small town where he lives have come to despise him. So, as he walks the streets, the locals give him accusing, dirty looks...
Meanwhile, around 75 miles away, Jack Reacher has just spent an 'interesting' evening in Nashville, Tennessee. He had arrived there late at night by his usual mode of transport: a Greyhound bus. He had been in the mood for some 'live' music - so eventually finds a suitable bar. As one has come to expect from this giant of a man, one thing leads to another, and he ends up getting into a fight! The following day he gets a lift from a travelling Insurance guy, who drops him off in a sleepy, small town, where a certain Mr Rusty Rutherford is receiving an hard time from the residents....
So yeah, a great opening. And for around a hundred pages this story had me well within its grasp, but I'm afraid my initial enthusiasm was short-lived. As in previous Reacher novels, the tale started to drift, and I found myself having to force my way through pages of unnecessary, boring passages. By the half-way mark I was ready to give up. It's no exaggeration to say my eyes were starting to glaze over as I willed myself on - often reading through pages that were about as interesting as a train spotters journal. Frustratingly, the story does eventually get back on track, but even then it is convoluted, and compromised by (at times) a stuttering pace, before finally getting the reader over the finishing line.
I can't imagine Lee Child ever reaching the dizzy heights he achieved with his earlier Reacher books. BUT, as this was the 25th book in the series I thought the author would at least have pulled out all the stops to make The Sentinel something special - alas, that hasn't happened, and that's a shame. You know, I post a lot of reviews, and it never gives me any great pleasure to be negative about the books I have read, especially as I appreciate the many hours that go into writing one. However, enough is enough, so it's with a degree of sadness that I end this review with the admission that I am no longer prepared to invest my time, energy, or hard-earned cash on reading any further Jack Reacher novels. Anyway, many thanks for reading my review and please continue to enjoy the magic of books.📖📚
I really wanted to enjoy it, I really wanted it to work. But I didn't, because it doesn't. Andrew has no ability to talk like Reacher.
Right there, within our very first encounter with Reacher in this book, I find my self saying, Reacher wouldn't say that, and then, worse still, Reacher wouldn't DO that.
If he doesn't talk like Reacher and he doesn't act like Reacher, well, he's just not Reacher.
It reads like poor fan fiction from the very start.
Reacher has been a very important part of my reading life since I first picked up The Killing Floor in a bookshop and couldn't put it down. (Almost literally, I read three chapters stood in the store!)
So I really wanted to like this. NEEDED to like this. So, I really tried. I eagerly embraced this book, ready to wallow in Reacher's world. Excited about it. I delivered what was expected of me, the reader. But Andrew failed as the writer. All those years ago, THIS book would have been back on the shelf very quickly.
If I was allowed to return my Kindle edition for a refund, I would. But, of course, I pre-ordered The Sentinel as soon as I could on Amazon, back in March.
As far as I am concerned, Lee Child owes me £9.99 as this is definitely not what I ordered, not as advertised, not a book to sit within a thousand miles of the legacy of Child's past work.
I got through the first run of Reacher dialogue and spotted IMMEDIATELY that he was being written by a different voice.
The standard of writing is barely GCSE English. I mean it is BASIC. There is no flow. There is no pace. There is no understanding of the character or his dynamic. I mean Reacher almost talks more in the first few interactions of The Sentinel than he did in the WHOLE of Killing Floor!
Like other reviewers, I really wanted to like this book. I wanted it to work and I wanted Andrew Child to "get" Reacher right from the start. It appears he has some studying to do, if he wants to bring back the fans, because they are going to leave in DROVES after this catastrophe.
This smacks of greed and publisher hubris. How often are we, as the reader, victims of these mercenary people?
It's too late to kill Reacher off, the damage is done. What a shame, what a damn shame.
As Reacher would say, “I promised my mother, a long time ago. She said I had to give folks a chance to walk away.”
Well, I'm walking away...
The plot is more interesting and involving than several of the previous entries in the series - it certainly has more twists and surprises. Some of the elements to it could have felt more developed (e.g. the town is under a ransomware attack - eh?), and overall the narrative could be a bit more focussed, but never mind. Overall it's very engaging.
Sure, there some oddities to Reacher - he speaks more. He explains more. I'm not sure that's a good thing really - the whole point is that he's a man of very few words who says them only when he needs to. He doesn't tend to say them to be clever, apart from very occasionally. And the sentences overall aren't quite as "clipped" as we're used to - but if you look back to the earlier Reacher novels, neither were they always. And is stuff like that worth panning the book for? Absolutely not.
Overall, this is a really strong Reacher entry. Let's face it - these books are written to a formula anyway, and it can't be THAT difficult to replicate if it's effectively your sole job to do so, given enough time and effort and with sufficient input from the originator himself. With the right continued handling there's much life in this series yet. I'd like to see Lee & Andrew write a few of these together before Lee steps away entirely, but as long as that happens I'm not especially worried. Still very enjoyable, and more interesting than previous entries.