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The Sentry: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 14 | [Robert Crais]

The Sentry: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 14

Five years ago, Dru Rayne and her uncle fled from Louisiana to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina hit, but now they face a different kind of danger. A neighborhood protection gang savagely beats Dru’s uncle, but Pike witnesses it and offers his own brand of protection. Oddly enough, neither of them seems to want it — and neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching their storefront, men who appear quite willing to let the gang have its way.
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Publisher's Summary

In The Watchman and The First Rule, Robert Crais put Joe Pike front and center for the first time, to remarkable effect: “A beautifully crafted piece of story-telling” (The Seattle Times); “A high-octane thriller... Pike’s unshakable belief in right and wrong provides a moral center” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel); “Joe Pike is a joy to watch, an urban Zen warrior priest righting wrongs. More Pike, please” (Chicago Sun-Times).

But when Joe Pike does return, it is to a case that will rock him to his core. Five years ago, Dru Rayne and her uncle fled from Louisiana to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina hit, but now they face a different kind of danger. A neighborhood protection gang savagely beats Dru’s uncle, but Pike witnesses it and offers his own brand of protection. Oddly enough, neither of them seems to want it—and neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching their storefront, men who appear quite willing to let the gang have its way.

None of that deters Pike—there’s something about Dru that touches him and he won’t back away, whether she wants his help or not—but as the level of violence escalates, and Pike himself becomes a target, he and Elvis Cole begin to discover some things. Dru and her uncle are not who they seem, and everything Pike thought he knew about them, their relationship to the gang, and the reasons they fled New Orleans—it’s all been lies. A vengeful and murderous force is catching up to them... and it’s perfectly happy to sweep Pike and Cole up in its wake.

Investigate another case with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.

©2011 Robert Crais (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Bonnie Madison Heights, MI, United States 07-14-11
    Bonnie Madison Heights, MI, United States 07-14-11 Member Since 2010
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    "The Sentry"

    I love All of the Elvis Cole Novels and this is one of the best. Joe Pike is a favorite character and he comes alive in this book. Could not get out of the car. Great read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Darwyn Toluca Lake, CA, United States 01-29-11
    Darwyn Toluca Lake, CA, United States 01-29-11 Member Since 2008
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    "All that and more"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Easley, SC, United States 01-23-11
    Amazon Customer Easley, SC, United States 01-23-11 Member Since 2001
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    "Robert Crass?"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Zoe Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-18-11
    Zoe Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-18-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Not his best"

    Not very satisfying. I had a hard time believing the characters motivations. Nice to see Cole's cat is hanging in there though.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Erik J. Larsen st. paul, mn 01-31-14
    Erik J. Larsen st. paul, mn 01-31-14 Member Since 2005
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    "No Surprises, just highly readable (listenable)"
    Would you listen to The Sentry again? Why?

    yes. you just know what you're getting with a Robert Crais/Joe Pike novel


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    there isn't much of a mystery here, i would have liked a more complex story


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Danial Vincent... the psycho assassin


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    almost...


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Council Grove, KS, United States 07-03-13
    Marie Council Grove, KS, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2006
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    "terrible, did not get past the first 5 minutes!"
    Has The Sentry turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Have enjoyed intrigue of other Crais books. Who would "enjoy" abuse???


    What aspect of Luke Daniels’s performance would you have changed?

    His performance was not the problem, it is the content.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NO


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    LindaR Portland, OR, United States 08-01-12
    LindaR Portland, OR, United States 08-01-12
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    "I LIKE PIKE"
    Where does The Sentry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top 10


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe Pike - because he was the protagonist in this chapter of the Elvis Cole series


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    His voice transitions between characters were good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Austin, TX, United States 04-25-12
    Kevin Austin, TX, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Bring back Mel Foster"
    Where does The Sentry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Kelley NORTHPORT, ALABAMA, United States 04-20-12
    Matthew Kelley NORTHPORT, ALABAMA, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2010

    I teach American Literature and am the proud daddy of a 2 year old.

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    "I dare you to try to stop listening to this!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The pacing is fantastic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe Pike is a force of nature and here Crais unleashes him!


    Any additional comments?

    My wife and I listened to this on a road trip and absolutely loved it! We were sorry to come to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Mill Valley, CA, United States 03-04-12
    Donald Mill Valley, CA, United States 03-04-12
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    "Lame"
    Would you try another book from Robert Crais and/or Luke Daniels?

    Compared to Robert Crais' other books, I classify it as


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Ben Coes first novel.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was excellent.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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