Crais doesn't disappoint. I was a bit worried, after his last work, that he was losing his edge, but there was no need. He's raised the bar on himself. I love the plotting (replete with switchbacks) as well as the bond between Pike and Cole and the relationships they have independent of each other. I could go on, but I'd just be gushing. Whether a Pike fan, a Cole fan or simply a detective mysery fan, The Sentry is a great listen. I once again find myself in the "can't wait for the next one" mode.
I've enjoyed the other Joe Pike novels, thought that they were cleverly written and that Joe's character was one I would follow for some time to come.
However, this installment was just plain crass. Over the top language, cheap characters with cheap lives, and in many cases downright weird. I got about half-way through and chalked it up as a loss.
yes. you just know what you're getting with a Robert Crais/Joe Pike novel
there isn't much of a mystery here, i would have liked a more complex story
Danial Vincent... the psycho assassin
there's no surprises here, i.e. when he meets the girl and her uncle, you know that they are not what they seem... but Pike is such a fun character
Have enjoyed intrigue of other Crais books. Who would "enjoy" abuse???
His performance was not the problem, it is the content.
Among the top 10
Joe Pike - because he was the protagonist in this chapter of the Elvis Cole series
His voice transitions between characters were good.
I don't usually like "hard-boiled" detective stories, but anything by Robert Crais is the exception. Crais is one of the more skilled writers in the genre, and Elvis is a great character. Unlike others in the series, this book has Joe Pike as the main character. I enjoyed getting to know him. It made me want to wear my cool lapel button that reads, "I LIKE PIKE". And I do.
The book was good but the narrator was not my favorite. I would suggest buying the book and reading it yourself. For my money, no one can beat Mel Foster as the narrator for a Robert Crais book. Patrick Lawlor is a close second however.
I teach American Literature and am the proud daddy of a 2 year old.
The pacing is fantastic.
Joe Pike is a force of nature and here Crais unleashes him!
My wife and I listened to this on a road trip and absolutely loved it! We were sorry to come to the end.
Compared to Robert Crais' other books, I classify it as
Ben Coes first novel.
The narrator was excellent.