#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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.
Another great Reacher installment! Lee Child is an automatic purchase for me and has yet to disappoint! Great collab with his brother and can’t wait to see where Andrew takes this character in the future.
Not bad. Not the best Reacher book, but not bad. Unfortunately, the narrator was almost unlistenable. Just awful.
One Summer about ten years ago I discovered Lee Child. It was like Christmas. At the time, he had written ten books and I spent the Summer devouring them. From that time, Child has been my favorite fiction writer and Jack Reacher my favorite character. I now own signed first Editions of all his books and I will continue to read everything he writes. But in The Sentinel, he has let me down. It has all the usual ingredients, but none of the soul. None of the masterful building of suspense. He introduces a plethora of characters but fails to flesh out any of them. His physical descriptions are vague and he doesn’t make me care about any of them. The victim, who is identified only by his coffee-stained shirt, has an irrational stubbornness about staying in a town where his life is in danger. Reacher buys into this as grounds to stay and protect him. There are more villains than you can shake a stick at and helpful allies jus keep appearing out of nowhere. This feels like a paint by numbers attempt at a Child novel where the numbers got multiplied and mixed up. My guess is that Lee Child is attempting to hand his franchise down to his brother, Andrew. And I applaud this. If Andrew is up to it. As of this moment, he is not. The Sentinel is a disappointment. I hope Lee Child will continue to write. If he brings Andrew along for the ride, I hope he demands excellence and is not blinded by a father’s love, at the expense of his readers.