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Sentinel (Spycatcher #2)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  694 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
“Great talent, great imagination, and real been-there done-that authenticity.”
—Lee Child

“Not since Fleming charged Bond with the safety of the world has the international secret agent mystique been so anchored with an insider’s reality.”
—Noah Boyd, author of The Bricklayer and Agent X

Matthew Dunn knows his spycraft—and he proves it once again in Sentinel, his second electr
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by William Morrow
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Nelson Pahl
Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I like Matthew Dunn's series. I really do. But I have two issues with this series, and especially this book: 1.) His action scenes are more tedious, boring, and lacking in suspense than Brad Thor's; it takes him MINUTES to describe what should take seconds in the real world. 2.) I don't, for the life of me, understand why he has Will turn into such a wuss at the end of this book; he's a spy, supposed to be void of emotion and not the "sensitive" type, so why does he wuss out? Just take the shot, ...more
Amy Lignor
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In the world of ‘Spymasters,’ this author has no equal. With this offering, number two in the ‘Spycatcher’ series, Mr. Dunn takes the reader’s breath away with more suspense, action, mystery and endless adventure that any one person can handle.

Our main character, MI-6 agent Will Cochrane, is back in action and asked to decode a partial message that was received at CIA headquarters in Virginia. The message is from a deep cover agent located in Russia and reads: He has betrayed us and wants to go
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the second book by Matthew Dunn. It follows his MI6 Spy Will Cochrane as he tried to head off the destruction of MI6's long term spy's 10 assets within Russia. The long term spy is named "Sentinel." Has an interesting turn of events at the end of the book. Good new writer and series. I recommend to the Vince Flynn, Brad Thor reader. You'll enjoy this series. The first in the series and the debut novel by Dunn is titled "Spycatcher." Suggest you start with that one first.
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my second book in the Spycatcher series and I have to say, this is becoming an addiction. These novels are very fast paced, kick-ass action and quite good thrillers. Maybe not classy literature or even great plot building in terms of character cultivation, but quick page turners till you read the last page. I am slowly getting the hang of the series. The protagonist, Will Cochrane (with the "Spartan" codename) is not someone like Mitch Rapp (Vince Flynn series) or Will Robie/John Puller ...more
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Matthew Dunn's "Spycatcher" series (now, with "Sentinel," into its second book but is clearly destined for a long run) follows America's most lethal agent, Will Cochrane, in a breakneck race against a madman to save the world from a Russian madman and nuclear war.

That general plot description could apply to many of the novels written during the Cold War era. We've trodden this ground before - the question becomes whether Dunn does so in such a way that we don't mind all that much.

On the good sid
Patrice Hoffman
*Won through a goodreads giveaway*

I really hate starting books in the middle of the series because my view of that book may not be fair. But... judging from the reviews of others on this website I may not have missed much. This book is about a spy who's chasing another spy. Enough said? Need more? Well that's all there was. The chracters were all one-dimensional and the writing was so-so. Given my hang ups... I did actually like the book.

There's nonstop action and gruesome moments in this book t
William Cochrane is a super spy for M16. Sentinel is the code name of one of his colleague’s stations in Eastern Europe. When Sentinel’s tier 1 agents within the Russian military begin to be murdered, Will is sent to help Sentinel save his move valuable assets and hunt down Razin, a former double-agent who is responsible for the murders. He must use his highly trained skills to track down Razin and stop him before a new war erupts between Russia and America.

Matthew Dunn brings first-hand spy kn
Tom Tischler
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Whatever happens don't go to war. This strange message is received by MI6 and the CIA.
Even though the message is clear the reason is unknown. Will Cochran the West's most
capable intelligence operative is sent to infiltrate a remote Siberian submarine base to
find out the truth. The enemy though is warned of his arrival and Will is pitched
against the most dangerous adversary he has ever faced. This is the second book in the
Spycatcher series and it's another let's kill everyone book. I gave it a 4
Jan 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It is very very rare for me to start a book and not finish it. But unfortunately, this was just one of those books. The writing is below average. The characters have absolutely zero depth to them. Literally, zero. The I'm single, lonely and depressed story line seems completely forced. The plot is disjointed and takes gigantic leaps of logic to make sense of it. Never has there been such a dull and lifeless main character.
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Fast paced but even more preposterous than first volume in series. Giving up on it now...
Even though author has an intelligence background, this is all too unbelievable and written with movie in mind. Too far-fetched and on the wrong side of pulp...
Jul 01, 2012 marked it as to-read
I just won this book free as a goodreads giveaway! I am waiting to read it. Thanks.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: matthew-dunn
Another good thriller from Matthew Dunn. though I might sound a bit pessimistic at times concerning various writers, this novelist spins a good, thrilling and entertaining read.

A few personal quirks...his fascinated fixation with chain smoking, desiccated chicks is annoying. Also Does he only operate in Snowy cold climates? The redundancy in his novels will eventually lead to a loss of interest. Additionally, the constantly highly detailed geographic descriptions of the surveillance, counter sur
Roger Scherping
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
According to his bio, Dunn is certainly the most qualified author to write a book like this. But the books are long on action and short on characters. We know next to nothing about Will as he chases around Europe and Asia. His thoughts about what this life has done to him and his future really don't add up to much, and the tears at the end seem like a vain attempt at giving him some personality.

The book does have lots of action, though. I loved the climb up the ice cliff. But sometimes the autho
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
At points slow, methodical, predictable. Bad guys were bad ass but empty. Good guys are still trying to find out what drives them. Pretty watered down with lots of promise. There was probably too many characters trying to be built and then all sacrificed. I think "Sentinel" could have been a really kickass character and book that could have spanned multiple books.
Victor Gentile
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Matthew Dunn in his new book, “Sentinel” Book Two in the Spycatcher series published by William Morrow gives us another adventure with master spy Will Cochrane.

From the back cover: The United States and Russia are on the brink of war and only Will Cochrane—the master spy introduced in the critically acclaimed Spycatcher—can find and unmask the diabolical double agent responsible for it all in this enthralling espionage thriller, written by a real-life former field officer.

Fourteen days ago, CIA
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When Sentinel opens, a Russian undercover operative for MI6 makes his way through a dense, sleet pounded forest to send a message saying only “He has betrayed us and wants to go to war.” When Will Cochrane infiltrates the remote Rybachy base in order to locate the submarine captain, codenamed “Svelte”, Will finds him in his quarters, mortally injured, and with his dying breath, Svelte names the man responsible for his attack
Pamela Kramer
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The words of Matthew Dunn, author of "Sentinel," a Spycatcher novel, radiate authenticity. As a matter of fact, they emit deadly doses of authentically drawn poisonous radiation. This man writes as if he's "been there, done that" with good reason. He has.

Dunn is a former MI6 field officer (a British agent/spy), and his hero in these Spycatcher novels is Will Cochrane, also a master spy, of course. Cochrane is more of a free-lance spy-for-hire than Dunn apparently was, but he's a good guy, a good
2.75 stars
As in Dunn's first Spycatcher, the tendency to use Fleming-style intricate details is unfortunate. It makes for a tedious and unnecessarily awkward read. (Along with model numbers of guns of many nations, we read: he was an agent of the Bespeçností informaçnív Stuz^ba, rather than he was a Czech spy)
The story, while complex and engaging, is a bit over-the-top, with the hero emerging in almost comic book feats.
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“Sentinel” by Matthew Dunne is a follow-up to his debut novel “Spycatcher” featuring spy Will Cochrane. This time it’s a joint MI6 and CIA operation, trying to catch the traitor MI6 Russian agent who is killing off other MI6 Russian agents one by one, before making an explosion look like it’s coming from the U.S. submarine and trigger Russia to go to war. The identity of the traitor is unmasked early on—and from then on it’s a trail of explosions, assassinations, booby traps, and victims who kne ...more
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Disclosure: I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Thanks to the publishers for the opportunity to read this book for an unbiased review.

I had fun reading this book. The plot is fast-paced, if requiring a little suspension of disbelief. Sure, the characters are no deeper than in most spy movies. But there is plenty of in-depth detail on weaponry (lost on me) and on the geography, society and security organizations of Russia. (Brought back fond memories of my time in Moscow
Holly Cline
Jun 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this through first reads. It was no more and no less than what you'd expect from a pop fiction spy novel. Lots of action and guns and Russians. If that's your thing, this book is worth it. I like a little more substance and a little less superficial flash in my spy novels, but I can definitely see the appeal.

I guess what rubs me the wrong way is that large portions of the book want to be a screenplay rather than a novel. The language can get choppy and overly descriptive. I also don't need
Lynn Farris
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing

"Sentinel” may be the scariest book I have ever read because it sounds so plausible. That may be because the author, Matthew Dunn, spent five years in the British Secret Intelligence Service as a field operative. During the time that Matthew served, he ran 70 missions, all of which were successful. According to his biography, “Medals are never awarded to modern M16 officers, but Matthew was the recipient of a very rare personal commendation from the Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwea
Ronald Roseborough
From the suspenseful opening pages to the action packed ending, this is a nonstop winner. Will Cochrane is the agent in the joint CIA-MI6 cosponsored Spartan program. That's right, The Agent. Only one man can be the best and that man is Will Cochrane. The best is what we need, because someone has betrayed the CIA and is about to push the US and Russia into war. Will is going to have to try and contact the British secret agent, coded named Sentinel, who has been buried deep undercover in Russia f ...more
Jun 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in a modern-day "cold war" Sentinel takes place in Russia and eastern Europe as CIA/MI6 agents rush to find who is killing their double agents -- a man who wants to start the nuclear war to end all wars. I am not a big fan of nuclear war novels, but found myself drawn into the single life of Will and his mission. A compassionate, yet well-trained MI6 agent, Will seeks out his captured friend to help resolve the impending war. Filled with travels throughout Europe and Russia, Sentinel is a go ...more
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For his sophomore effort, Matthew Dunn gives us a more compact tale than the first.

This time out, Will Cochrane, code name Spartan, is sent into Russia to a submarine base to find as asset that got out a hurried, cryptic message, "He has betrayed us and wants to go to war."

He arrives to find the base being taken over by parachuting Russian troops. They were looking for someone and Will knew it must be who he was there to see. Only two people knew he was in Russia and Will trusted both.

Moving qui
Maria Mitchell
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book was fast paced and full of action. There were many characters making an appearance and the two main, Will and Sentinel, were likable and believable. The novel had a huge body count - some predictable and some shocking. Even a little romance was thrown in during the last third of the book. Was a enjoyable cat-and-mouse adventure story to read and had a huge game-changer at the end. I've never read spy novels before but I would like to read more by author Matthew Dunn since he brings his ...more
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Equally as good as Spycatcher/Spartan. 8 days for me to complete a book says it all. I couldn't put this down once I picked it up, and hated having to when reading in my tea breaks/lunch break at work. I finished this this morning, and soon I put it down, I launched straight into Slingshot - Will Cochrane#3. It seems I just can't get enough of this series right now, pick up Spycatcher - Will Cochrane#1, and you'll see what I mean!!!
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through the Goodreads First Read program.

Characters were well developed and were easy to get into. Found it hard to put the book down once I got into the story line. Will have to get his first Spycatcher book that he wrote. Have never read a spy novel before but found myself getting pullind into the description of the terrain and cities of Russia and Eastern Europe. Very enjoyable book and would recommned to anyone.
Les Gehman
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, book-browse
Sentinel: A Spycatcher Novel by Matthew Dunn is the second novel in the Spycatcher series. Sentinel is a very fun cat vs. mouse (or more accurately cat vs. cat) thriller involving spies in the former Soviet Union. This book has the feel of a classic James Bond novel with an incredibly talented and resourceful hero battling a nearly unstoppable opponent. There's plenty of action to keep the reader interested. Recommended for those who enjoy a good, straight-forward spy novel.
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers-read
This book was a bit clunky at points, but it was apparent the author had first hand experience with the world of spycraft and espionage, so I was able to get past that and enjoy a fresh, more reality-bound thriller. It was good enough to make me want to run down the prequel and read it as well. Third book in the series coming in July.
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Matthew Dunn spent 5 years in the British Secret Intelligence Service, commonly known as MI6, as a field operative. His role required him to recruit and run agents, coordinate and participate in special operations, and to operate in deep-cover roles throughout the world in order to collect secret intelligence to support the West’s ongoing fight against hostile and unpredictable regimes, state-spon ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Spycatcher (7 books)
  • Spycatcher (Spycatcher, #1)
  • Slingshot (Spycatcher, #3)
  • Dark Spies (Spycatcher, #4)
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