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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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  • Debbie
  • Tehachapi, CA, United States
  • 07-26-16

Love this series!!

Really enjoyed this book it gave a little bit more insight into Pike. I enjoy the friendship he has with Elvis Cole. Great storyline!!!

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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

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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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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.

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  • Kevin
  • Austin, TX
  • 04-25-12

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.

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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.

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  • Donald
  • Mill Valley, CA, United States
  • 03-04-12

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

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  • Louann
  • CHARLOTTE, NC, United States
  • 10-27-11

Best of the Series

This one kept me guessing the entire book and I actually got teary eyed at the end. Very suspenseful.

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  • joyce
  • aztec, NM, United States
  • 09-30-11

Wonderfull book series

I like the way RC writes and love how the book is brought to life by Luke. My husband will even listen to these books.

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Good book, kept me entertained

I enjoyed this book. It kept me entertained while driving my kids back and forth to school, soccer, etc. I think it's worth a listen.

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