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The Sentinel

By: Lee Child,Andrew Child
Narrated by: Scott Brick
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Publisher's Summary

Number one New York Times best seller

The blockbuster Jack Reacher series that inspired two major motion pictures and the upcoming streaming series Reacher

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.

©2020 Lee Child and Andrew Child (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“I loved The Sentinel! Classic Reacher, great story. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. I do love the spare writing style, the descriptions, Reacher’s responses to threats. Joyous stuff. I hope there will be many more Reachers to come.”—Conn Iggulden

“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  

“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) 

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Abridged! Be sure to get the right version .

The book was good, better than #24. At the end I noticed that I had accidentally gotten the abridged version, not happy! Be careful!

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Abridged

Didn’t know this was an abridged version when I burned a credit on it. Pretty good story, but way shorter than I’m used to. Wait for the unabridged.

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No head butts!

I’ve read a number of the “Reacher” books. I enjoyed the clarity of the plots and the tight writing style. “The Sentinel” has neither tightness nor tightness.
The convoluted plot is filled with excessive, pointless detail that is more distracting than informative. This “Jack Reacher” has gone from a being a calm, quiet man who is good in a fight, to a machine who can take on multiple highly trained armed man and drop them with one punch each. At least someone must have told Reacher that head butts are often ineffective and damage both parties. All in all the story read like a police procedural, and not a good one. I hope the next one Mr Child writes falls back on the style that made Reacher famous.

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Good audio production- well read

This wasn’t the greatest Jack reacher story but it kept me entertained and it was an easy listen - I’ve heard that No Plan B is better looking forward to that one. Scott Brick did a really nice job.

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This is an Abridged version

I don't know if it was because it was abridged ( which I was unaware I bought that until the final credits), but it seemed to be lacking a bit in the story development. Ok we all know that this is sort of Fantasy Detective/Crime, but typically the stories are plausible for the set of questionable circumstances that have been laid out. I have a feeling the full version is better. Also the reader had almost the same voice in the beginning for several characters and it was hard to tell them apart. After a few hours they seem better developed and distinct. I rate this a B minus. I usually give his books an A.

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Bought the abridged!!

Truly enjoyed the book. Unfortunately, I also, bought the abridged version. Please make sure you get the right one.

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What a waste

Lazy writing. No charactor development. Predictable plot. Waste of an interesting premise. Child should retire.

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Not very exciting.

This is not the Reacher I have grown to like. Didn't play much on his uncanny sense of time and his methodical internal dialog before a solution or fight.

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it's an ok book

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I'm glad it was only 6 hours.

I think the story was a bit weak to start with but the near "breathless" narration was almost too much to bear.

**** After a year or so I thought I'd try to give it a re-listen and see if I was missing something the first time around............couldn't get through it, no I wasn't.