Lee Child

The Sentinel

""...it was interesting to see what Grant could add to the pot.""


Jack Reacher gets off the bus in a sleepy no-name town outside Nashville, Tennessee. He plans to grab a cup of coffee and move right along. Not going to happen.

The town has been shut down by a cyberattack. At the centre of it all, whether he likes it or not, is Rusty Rutherford. He's an average IT guy, but he knows more than he thinks. As the bad guys move in on Rusty, Reacher moves in on them. Now Rusty knows he's protected, he's never going to leave the big man's side. Reacher might just have to stick around and find out what the hell's gone wrong and then put it right, like only he can.

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Lee Child has his brother, Andrew Grant writing Reacher now. With Jack Reacher being such a well-known and strong brand, it was interesting to see what Grant could add to the pot. Although there is a lot of plot that is dedicated to the intricacies of the story, I should imagine like many Jack Reacher fans, that element is only part of the reason why people read these books. The main draw is Reacher himself. His self-assurance, his laidback outlook to most things in life, but an internal code that makes him unable to walk away from an injustice… and, of course, his fights. The man mountain who can take on an army of men using just his fists and still walk away without a scratch. I found 'The Sentinel' more plot driven than Reacher driven which for me wasn't so good. I prefer these books to have a simpler plot which is based around Reacher's strengths. This was an easy read, but perhaps just lacking the edge that can be found in Child's earlier books, but I feel that once Grant has found his (and Reacher's) feet then we will have more of what we have come to know and love from this series.

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