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The Sentinel

(Jack Reacher #25)

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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  46,048 ratings  ·  3,660 reviews
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 resolu
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Hardcover, 353 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by Delacorte Press
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Mark Pearce Too many! I'm not enjoying this much. I think my Reacher days are over.…moreToo many! I'm not enjoying this much. I think my Reacher days are over.(less)
R W CANTY I have now read 28 of Lee Child's books and I admit this one was not exactly marvelous but it was with action from beginning to end which is what I li…moreI have now read 28 of Lee Child's books and I admit this one was not exactly marvelous but it was with action from beginning to end which is what I like from a adventurous novel. I agree quite a few that I have read have had boring episodes in them, but you cannot expect perfection all the time. I read a lot, and follow several other author's which I find give me a good time.(less)

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David Putnam
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Yikes. I did not like this one and I really wanted to. I have always put Jack Reacher up there along side Travis Mcgee (one of my favorite series), a selfless champion to victims of fraud, theft and worse. Travis was never brass or arrogant. That’s how Jack Reacher started out in his earlier books. Not so much anymore. The opening chapter of this book has nothing to do with the plot. The first chapter only sets up the character Jack Reacher. This is gratuitous violence where it didn’t need to be ...more
Robert
This is the first Reacher that I gave up on. Two books ago was bad... the last book Blue Moon, got right back on track. But this one feels wrong. Reacher’s dialog felt unnatural, stilted and way over the top. It did not sound like Reacher, but like someone pretending to be him. There was a flippant quality that came across more inciting than Reacher’s former cold calculating calm style of speaking. It felt like a thin transparent copy of the character I’ve enjoyed for so long.
I’ll give the next
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Matt
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Back for another Jack Reacher thriller, Lee Child brings a collaborator along to join the fun. Andrew Grant (Child, to keep the persona in line) does well to add his own flavouring to the piece, though some traditionalists have already begun to bemoan the change. I can see their point, but won’t be another stick in the mud for this one, which packed the punch I needed during a busy time of year!

As always, Jack Reacher finds himself in the middle of the scenario not entirely of his own making. Ha
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Jerry
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
RIP Jack Reacher.

No, Jack Reacher has not "died" but, metaphorically, the old Jack Reacher is gone. Andrew Child (Grant) authored this book, having Jack Reacher's character bestowed upon him by his older brother Lee Child (Grant).

I've read a few of Andrew's prior novels; and, while moderately good reads, I simply stopped reading them. His writing style is too pedantic for me, and the plots were repetitive and predictable. The same issues transferred to his authoring of the new Reacher.

The old
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Kay ★彡
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it
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Phrynne
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know the authorship of this entry in the Jack Reacher series was a little different from normal but it was still Reacher at his best - travelling light, fighting off all the opposition and helping the needy just because he wants to.

I enjoyed The Sentinel very much. It was well paced, full of action and a bit tricky too with more than one set of baddies in play, confusing the situation. There was even a twist at the end which I did not see coming. The style was still very much Lee Childs'. If
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Carolyn
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Like so many other best selling authors, Lee Child is trying to keep the brand going by bringing in a co-author, his own younger brother. That never works for me and I admit I started this novel with trepidation. However, it turned out to be a good read, fast and action packed as all Jack Reacher novels are. I did notice a few changes in the Jack Reacher we know and love. He's chattier, for one thing. I didn't count words or anything, but I'm sure he did more talking than he usually does. And be ...more
Terence M
2.5 Stars ^ to 3.0 - "I (almost) liked it"

"The Sentinel - Jack Reacher #25"
Authors: Lee & Andrew Child
Audiobook - 10:20 Hours - Narrator: Jeff Harding

My purchased Penguin copy was just a bit over ten hours in listening length, not the 20+ hours indicated on my iPhone and mentioned in my “Reading Activity”, although at times it did seem to rattle on forever. Furthermore, the narrator on my version was Jeff Harding, not the anticipated Scott Brick. A number of my other Reacher audiobooks are read
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Andrew Tucker
I have thoroughly enjoyed all previous Reacher books and I even liked the movies. I didnt understand what people didnt like about the last two books - I thought they were great.
But today is a sad day for Jack Reacher fans. With the franchise being taken over by Andrew Child, this new book reads more like bad fan fiction than an actual Reacher novel.

When Kyle Mills took over Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series, the transition was flawless. Andrew should call up Kyle Mills and ask how not to turn a ch
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Woman Reading
3 ☆ Reacher 2.0!

What's an author to do when he wants to retire from his second career, which he started at age 40 and turned out to be far more successful than he had ever hoped? Lee Child, a pseudonym for James Grant, published his first Jack Reacher thriller in 1997; Killing Floor was fantastic. Fast forward 20+ years - while reading book #24 Blue Moon, I thought Child was going to mimic Arthur Conan Doyle by killing Reacher so that Child could retire. Maybe his editor persuaded him out of th
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Brenda
The lift Reacher picked up wasn’t his usual bus trip – but it worked just the same. Where the banker stopped was where Reacher got out – a small town near Nashville, Tennessee and one he’d stay for a meal and head on out. But circumstances caused a change of plans when Reacher spotted an apparent kidnapping unfolding. So, Reacher being Reacher, stepped in.

Reacher found himself involved in something he didn’t want to be involved in. Yet he stayed. Rusty Rutherford was a nice guy – average, down
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Nick Brett
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Jack Reacher is an iconic character and author Lee a Child has treated readers to many fantastic books. But of late he seemed to lose his mojo, the stories seemed to be on repeat and so did Reacher. This changed in the previous book Blue Moon where in a totally illogical plot and setting, Reacher turned into a murdering psycho. It was an awful book and by far the worst of the Reacher books.
Then Lee Child announced he was handing over the reins to his brother to continue the series. Brother Andre
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Jean
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, fiction
This is the first book of the Jack Reacher series not written by Lee Child (the pen name of James Grover Grant, British author). He has turned over the series to his younger brother, Andrew. It seems the Grant boys are talented writers.

The book is well written and the characters are interesting. Jack Reacher hitches a ride and gets out in a small Tennessee town which was the destination of his ride. Reacher immediately gets into trouble by rescuing a man that is being attacked by a group of men.
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RachelW (BamaGal)
Feb 14, 2020 marked it as maybe
Maybe...much as I’ve enjoyed Reacher over the years, I’m not sure how long the wandering loner character can be sustained, even in the vacuum of his world. Reacher using a walker?

Still, I’m interested in what Grant might do with him. Child’s last few Reacher efforts have been somewhat disappointing.
Skip
Dec 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, thriller
The good news is that this book is way better than Blue Moon. After a relatively irrelevant introductory scene where Jack helps a band get paid for a gig in a Nashville bar, he catches a ride to a small town where the municipal technology systems engineer has become a pariah after a ransomware attack. Jack rescues him from a kidnapping attempt by parties unknown, mangling a couple of people, which angers the local police. Always a champion for the little guy, Jack naturally protects the techie, ...more
Aniruddha M
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it
The baton of authoring Jack Reacher is handed over from Lee Child to his brother Andrew Grant (aka Child) and the result is little disappointing!
Jack Reacher walks in on a kidnapping attempt and seeing the complexity of the plan and the apparent vulnerability of the victim decides to stay back and investigate.... What happens next?
Please read my review here https://rb.gy/s3qrpg to know more! Please read, Like, Comment or Share 🔥 it's incredibly encouraging!!
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Morgan
Dec 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Since Reacher has been around since 1997 how old would he be now??
Much too old to be doing the same old thing beating up everyone in sight and hardly getting hurt in the process.
To have to read detailed fight after fight (and there are many) blow for blow really gets tired after a while.

I understand that for an author to keep a main character fresh and interesting and entertaining for 25 novels is quite a feat, BUT Lee Child would have done well to find an honorable way in which to finish off
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Ann
Nov 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
I've always rather liked the Jack Reacher novels. The concept of the Lone Knight, riding into town (on a Greyhound bus or a hitched ride), defending the innocent and riding off into the sunset again, appeals to me. The fact that Jack Reacher is a bit of a Luddite and lives largely off the grid, adds to the escapist fantasy. Finally, I admire the way the author manages to make everything that Jack Reacher does, whether it's throwing a punch, staking out a building where villains are holed up, or ...more
Jen
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as enjoyable as I have come to expect

I was happy to see a new Jack Reacher book come out, usually they’re good for a exciting brainless escapist read. And I could sure use that during Covid. But this one felt... different. Off. Jack Reacher himself was wrong. His quirky knowledge and chatty way of talking to thugs before beating them up came off in this book as if he was autistic. And his chatty distractions were boring instead of informative and clever. Jack Reacher usually thinks a mile a
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Paul Holden
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There is little to be gained in being a rigid fan. See the howls of derision when Daniel Craig was announced as Bond – There can’t possibly be a blonde haired Bond! Lee Child may be retiring, but he has sensibly kept his name on the first book written with his brother as the new Jack reacher author. Critics have pointed out that Reacher talks more, that he uses a mobile phone and even drives, more than once! So what? There will be changes, that’s the point of bringing in a new author. That and t ...more
Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)

3.5 stars

Pssssst....The sentinel is not a person. That's as close as I'm gonna get to spoilers.

For the first time, Lee Child has teamed up with his brother in the creation of a Jack Reacher novel. T (Fun fact, Lee Child and Andrew Child are pen names. Their real names are James and Andrew Grant.)

According to this article https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainmen... Lee is "handing over the writing duties" to his younger brother. Sounds to me like this might be Andrew's baby rather than a collabora
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Gary
Nov 20, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 25th book in the Jack Reacher series by author Lee Child and the first with his brother Andrew. I have read all the books in the series and I have shared the feeling that the series was becoming tired and monotonous and needed freshening up. Well I suppose with the introduction of Andrew that was perhaps the intention but unfortunately for me it just added to the problems. In my opinion the character of Jack Reacher has been transformed and bears little resemblance to the one that we ...more
Bruce Hatton
May 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: us-crime
I was anxious to read this, as it’s the first novel in the series to be co-written by original author Lee Child (real name, Jim Grant) and his youngest brother, Andrew – an established author in his own right under his real name.
The transition is seamless, without any noticeable alterations to the winning formula. In fact, this novel is based on a similar template to several of the earlier ones; During his continual journey across the United States, Reacher winds up in a small town, comes to the
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Mike
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: crime fans
Shelves: crime
The twenty fifth Jack Reacher novel, with Andrew joining his older brother as co-author and the passing of the mantle. It's like comfort food or an old friend, you just pick up from where you left off and the enjoyment continues. Another no name town, this time one that has suffered a cyber attack and Jack Reacher gets involved. All the usual adventure and action, as the story unfolds with a small reference to the US election danger. But it's your typical Reacher fare and 5 star rating!! ...more
Brian
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2020
Reacher is back, but not better than ever. The story was solid, but I noticed there were less cliffhanger moments in this books than in ones past. Maybe due to the fact that this one was co-written with Child's brother. ...more
Ken
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The phenomenally popular Reacher series has undergone a soft reboot as Lee Child starts to handover the baton to younger brother Andrew.

It's fair to say that the series just like the character has felt tired for sometime, there's quite a telling quote during the authors Q&A at the back of the book that states there will always be Reacher books all the time readers want more - I have found myself getting the latest releases mainly out of habit and nostalgia for the brilliant earlier entries that
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ShirleyS
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I’m not against change, but this is not the real Jack Reacher. This is is a chatty guy in a story who just happens to be named Jack Reacher.
Scott
Nov 09, 2020 rated it liked it
It’s that time of year when Lee Child publishes his annual outing with one of my favorite fictional heroes, Jack Reacher. I must admit that this time out, I was hesitantly optimistic. Over the last four or five books, Child has been a bit less than stellar, and more hit and miss, in providing his usual high-quality reading experiences. Them with the well-publicized news that Lee was handing over control of the Jack Reacher franchise to his younger brother Andrew, there was a sense of uncertainty ...more
Amos
Aug 05, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In Andrew Child's hands Jack Reacher has become annoyingly sarcastic, condescending and jerk-like, and comes soaked in a bloodlust unknown during his original creators tenure. The lifeless prose I prayed would awaken turned out to be stillborn- with tedious mansplaining filling up at least half the book's length in place of, you know......plot.
Ugh...
Blurg...
Dang it!!!
I used to get a big ol' satisfied smile on my face at the end of most Reacher novels. Sadly, it seems those days have passed
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Kevin
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was worried when I saw Lee Child was trying to hand over the Jack Reacher franchise to his brother but I enjoyed every word immensely! Long live Jack Reacher!
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Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a pr ...more

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