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Crais has what I call a clean writing style, he doesn't take fifteen words to describe something when six will do. He keeps the story moving and doesn't allow your attention or interest to lag. I enjoyed `The Sentry' as well as the other three novels featuring Joe Pike and Elvis Cole and I am looking forward to more.
"Cole was a licensed private investigator Pike met back in the day when Pike still worked the badge. Not the likeliest of pairings, Pike being so quiet and remote, Cole being one of those people who thought he was funny, but they were more alike then most people knew."
The Sentry opens with a prologue featuring a truly creepy killer in New Orleans in 2005. Fast forward to present day in L.A. Joe Pike is just filling up his jeep with gas and the tires with air when he notices two gang bangers heading into a small sandwich shop. Instinct sends him across the street in time to stop the beating the two are giving the shopkeeper. But that simple good Samaritan acts leads to a whole lot more...gang wars, drug cartels, a deranged assasin and....a woman. Who has her own secrets...
"If Pike had not stopped for air, he would not have seen the men or crossed the street. He would not have met the woman he was about to meet. Nothing that was about to happen would have happened. But Pike had stopped. And now the worst was coming."
Oh, how's that for great foreshadowing! And the plot Crais has crafted absolutely delivers. Page turning, riveting, non stop action. But those of us who have come to love these characters have been waiting for Crais to reveal a little more of the enigma that is Joe Pike. In The Sentry, we get a glimpse behind Pike's ever present sunglasses into what makes him tick. The relationship with Elvis is explored in more depth as well.
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In the old West, a man's life was only as good as his word. Joe Pike also lives by that code in this excellent entry in this fine fictional series.
As Joe Pike's part of the book begins, a great story opens in this matter-of-fact fashion:
"Six minutes before he saw the two men, Joe Pike stopped at a Mobil station for air. Pike sensed they were going to commit a crime the moment he saw them." Within a few more minutes, Pike was dealing with the situation as only Joe Pike can. In the aftermath, Joe gave his word . . . and the inexorable wheels of justice began to turn at Joe's initiative.
The story initially involves Joe being a Good Samaritan, but it soon expands to include Elvis Cole. That's good because it's easier to write dialogue that involves Elvis than Joe, but Joe speaks a lot more in this book than you are used to. As a result, you'll see more sides of Joe than ever before. It's well done in terms of character development.
The plot is nicely layered in ways that you may not anticipate. Enjoy more of the surprises by avoiding any detailed plot summaries. Otherwise, a lot of the fun will be spoiled. I think that the jacket copy actually reveals a little too much detail, and I recommend you avoid reading it, as well.
One of the great positives about this plot is that it advances your understanding of Joe's character. That's hard to do, and Robert Crais pulls it off with the kind of apparent ease that hides a lot of hard plotting and rewriting.
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Most recent customer reviews
Loved this thrilling mystery! Nothing is ever what it seems to be when Joe comes to the rescue of a sandwich shop owner and uncovers a hornet's nest. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jenifer Mohammed, Author of Resurrecting Cybele
Well paced action packed story with some good plot twists , an enjoyable read.Published 18 months ago by Kevin Barrett
Excellent book with a captivating plot and great writing! A book you won't want to put down! Robert Crais is an excellent author!Published on March 11 2013 by Beau