The Sentry

The Sentry

Book - 2011
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Watch a video The extraordinary new crime novel from the New York Times bestselling author.

Dru Rayne and her uncle fled to L.A. after Hurricane Katrina; but now, five years later, they face a different danger. When Joe Pike witnesses Dru's uncle beaten by a protection gang, he offers his help, but neither of them want it--and neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching them.

As the level of violence escalates, and Pike himself becomes a target, he and Elvis Cole learn that Dru and her uncle are not who they seem--and that everything he thought he knew about them has been a lie. A vengeful and murderous force from their past is now catching up to them... and only Pike and Cole stand in the way.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2011
ISBN: 9780399157073
Branch Call Number: FIC CRA
Characteristics: 306 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Sentry : a Joe Pike novel


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good plot twists but Joe Pike is a bit of a love sick puppy and too much the he-man hero for my taste. He is portrayed as a modern paean of chivalry but unlike as in the knights of old, his maiden in distress comes with baggage. A fun read but the characters are shallow and overall the book is quite forgettable.

Nov 03, 2018

A Simple Review:
If you read this Robert Crais novel --- you will want to read another Robert Crais novel.
Happy Reading.

Jan 14, 2018

A great read, I just finished it for the second time. Still enjoyed it. Fast past and a few good twists.

ChristchurchLib Oct 18, 2016

Former cop Joe Pike is at a gas station when he notices two suspicious men entering a sandwich shop. When he follows them in, he's just in time to stop an assault on the owner; over the course of the next several days, the owner's pretty niece, Dru, catches Pike's eye as he works with L.A.'s underground to prevent another attack -- until she and her uncle vanish. Each willing to do whatever it takes to bring about justice, even if the means aren't entirely legal, Reacher and Pike star in similarly suspenseful, often violent, and testosterone-driven series. The Sentry is the 3rd book to star Joe Pike, though he also appears in the author's Elvis Cole novels.

Jun 02, 2015

Great books - you might want to start with the earliest work up though - this is one of the more recent. The Monkey's Raincoat is the first in the Cole series, I believe. Although both Cole and Pike appear in both the Cole series and the Pike series.

Jul 29, 2013

This is the third Crais/Pike I've read and I've enjoyed them all. Looking forward to "Taken".

Apr 27, 2013

well, Joker1, you should stop reading them then?

Feb 15, 2012

It would appear that Joker1 is ignorant of the genre and Robert Crais' deservedly place within it.

Oct 03, 2011

I have read all of the Robert Crais novels and have not enjoyed the Joe Pike adventures at all. This is his third attempt and it's not worth the effort. All of these books have the same story line. Joe meets a girl, falls in love after two pages, she gets into trouble, Joe kills everybody. This guy cannot be shot, stabbed, set on fire or nuked. His earlier work with Elvis Cole as the main character are a much better read.
Leave this one on the shelf.

Jul 22, 2011

good read

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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Jan 29, 2011

There is something about the noble character Joe Pike. His courageousness endears him to the reader. Pike is an ex-mercenary, ex-Los Angeles Police Officer and a man who cares for the less fortunate or abused.

As this excellent story unfolds, Joe is at a gas station when he sees two men swagger into a sandwich shop. Their body language tells Joe that the men are out to do something malicious. He enters the shop to see what's transpiring. The two men are beating the shop owner and show no sign of letting up. Joe takes out one of the attackers and the other runs away. The police arrest the attacker who Joe took care of but later that night, someone trashes the inside of the shop with paint.

The owner's niece, Dru Rayne, asks Joe to help. Joe learns that the gang is trying to shake down the store owner for protection money. Joe approaches that gang leader and obtains the man's assurance that the hostilities toward the store owner will stop.

Joe believes that he has removed the threat and he and Dru enjoy a coffee break and visit. Dru tells him about her past and shows him a photo of her daughter. It seems as if this could be the start of a romantic attachment.

The next night, the violence escalates. Someone enters the store and creates havoc and a sign is painted on the wall, "I am here."

The story continues at a fast pace. Violence and suspense mount as Joe, the authorities and others search for Dru and her uncle. There are plot twists, We don't know how Joe will be able to save Dru and complications change the direction of the story in a realistic manner and surprising manner.

I found myself totally drawn to this story and now know what the meaning of a white knuckle story is. I believe that this will be one of the best books of the year.


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Jan 29, 2011

Follow the threads of the story and it will build upon itself - Joe Pike

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