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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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    S. Harvey Hungry Bay, Paget Bermuda 01-21-11
    S. Harvey Hungry Bay, Paget Bermuda 01-21-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Vintage Crais"

    This is vintage Crais so if you have enjoyed his earlier books you will enjoy this. Pike is his silent, effective self and the plot is engaging. Excellent narration.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 01-27-11
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 01-27-11
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    "Best Joe Pike Novel Yet"

    The Joe Pike novels up till now have been kind of shallow and hokey but fun. This one actually has a involved exciting plot as well as the fun simplistic Dirty Harry type action. Recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lora MERIDIAN, ID, United States 01-25-11
    Lora MERIDIAN, ID, United States 01-25-11
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    "Great Book"

    Great book, great narrator. I have read all of Crais and this is one of the best! Too short, I could have listened 3 or 4 more hours.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Craig windsor, CO, United States 06-25-11
    Craig windsor, CO, United States 06-25-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Pike grows on you"

    Crais' character Joe Pike grows on you. Tough guy loaner who has a heart and needs people more than he portrays or wishes to. A good listen. Fun, but don't expect super in depth writing. In the thriller/action dept. it has some good parts. Story development and character development are above average but fairly predicable and simple. I would recommend it but more for an easy, fun listen. Don't expect too much and you will enjoy this for what it is, a good story told well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Goldens Bridge, NY, United States 03-06-11
    Andrew Goldens Bridge, NY, United States 03-06-11 Member Since 2006

    Long time listener, road warrior and crime detective fan. Himes, Parker, Patterson, Crais, Grafton ....

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    "Pike gets a woman ... kinda."

    I like Elvis Cole ... but Joe Pike is minimalist cool. I thought the pace of this story was better then the first two. The usual twist at the end was unexpected. The biggest downside to the book is we are losing the mystery of the character ... which was a highlight of the Cole Series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Ottawa 01-30-11
    Susan Ottawa 01-30-11 Member Since 2008
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    "I love Joe Pike and Elvis Cole!!"

    Reading a Robert Crais hard-boiled novel is always a cinematic experience, and The Sentry follows that tradition seamlessly with a compelling list of zany characters all depicted with wonderful vividness. The dialogue is bullet-fast, witty, and never flags, culminating in a story both riveting and original. It really doesn't get much better in meaty thrillers than this. The audio production adds a special dimension akin to sitting and listening to a great old storyteller, who knows how to make the characters come alive. Luke Daniels does a specular job as the narrator. Well produced and performed masterfully. Joe Pike and Elvis Cole keep me coming back for more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Flatlander Setttle, WA 01-18-11
    Flatlander Setttle, WA 01-18-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Robert???s Best?"

    I???m listened to all 14 Elvis Cole ??? Joe Pike books??????this could be the best.

    Luke Daniels does a great job of making the characters in the Sentry come alive. The story moves at a quick pace and has just the right amount of both Joe and Elvis and as always, Elvis??? cat. (That???s my kind of cat)

    It???s nice to see that Robert Crais still has good story lines for Elvis and Joe.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-25-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-25-11 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "The Sentry"

    Luke Daniels did a good job reading this story. I like the silent Joe Pike he is the opposite of Elvis Cole. The story moves right along and some good nail biting moments. This is an easy listening book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kirk Seattle, WA, United States 01-09-12
    Kirk Seattle, WA, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you're a fan of Robert Crais and the Elvis/Pike series, then I would recommend. I wouldn't recommend starting with this one if you've never read any of the series before.


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

    Pike's motivation for helping the endangered people is not all that convincing --even when you're inside Pike's point of view. But the action is good, and as always the details about plotting out an assault or defense is interesting. Pike has his charms as the POV, especially his cool internal monologue when he's punching people/breaking their arms. The basic problem with these books when told from Pike's point of view is that Elvis Cole is the funny one, and without him being the main focus, they're not as entertaining.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Sutherland Mount Vernon, IA United States 12-12-11
    Robert Sutherland Mount Vernon, IA United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Pike brings justice w/o reward"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if you like Joe Pike and his crawl toward becoming a human being rather than a cypher.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    One can't help but be curious about Pike's Progress


    What about Luke Daniels???s performance did you like?

    Well done


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Elvis Cole is due for a break since he changes so little across the series. The focus on Pike kept me going past Book 13 in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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