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The Sentry (Joe Pike) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Crais
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Teeth-rattlingly good -- Alex Gorden Evening Telegraph (Peterborough)

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After Joe Pike saves a man's life, the man's family seems oddly resentful. Maybe because they're not who they seem to be-including the seductive Dru. But it's more than a charade-it's a trap. And Pike's already been hooked...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 491 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 140911600X
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (Jan. 11 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00475AS2O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,917 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sentry April 11 2011
By L. D. Godfrey TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The Sentry was my fourth Robert Crais novel and I have been completely charmed by his characters Joe Pike and Elvis Cole, a pair of private investigators and best buds.These two seem like an unlikely pair,you have Elvis Cole, the friendly wise cracking, class clown type and then there is Joe Pike, more a man of action than words. These guys are true heroes, they may walk away from a fight bruised and a little worse for wear but like the old joke goes, you should see the other guys.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devoured in a day.... Jan. 12 2011
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Robert Crais is firmly planted on my list of favourite authors. He has written some great stand alone novels, but it is the recurring characters of Elvis Cole (self proclaimed World's Greatest Detective) and his partner Joe Pike that I can't get enough of.

"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.

What is the appeal of Joe Pike?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
"Guard what was committed to your trust," -- 1 Timothy 6:20 (NKJV)

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.

One of the hardest things to do in crime and detective fiction is to avoid clichés.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars `Someone is watching.' Feb. 4 2011
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 50 REVIEWER
Joe Pike, former Los Angeles Police Officer, former Marine and ex mercenary, sees two men enter a sandwich store. Something about their body language alerts Joe to the fact that they are probably up to no good. He enters the store to find two men beating the shop owner, Wilson Smith. Joe manages to restrain one of the attackers while the other escapes.

When the shop is attacked again, Wilson Smith`s niece, Dru Rayne asks Joe Pike for help. Joe tries to help, but the shop is attacked again and Dru and her uncle Wilson go missing. Where are they? What role do the gang members who beat up Wilson have in this? And why have they disappeared? What is the role of the federal agents involved?

Joe Pike is concerned, especially about Dru - to whom he feels drawn - and is keen to find her and her uncle. He involves his best friend and private investigator Elvis Cole to help him, and the information Elvis finds suggests that Dru and Wilson may not be who they claim to be. As the violence escalates, Joe discovers that he really didn't know Dru at all.

I enjoyed this novel, the pace of the story kept me turning pages and I found, in Joe Pike, a tough but vulnerable, likeable new hero. At the beginning of the story, he makes a relatively insignificant decision with far reaching consequences: a chance stop which results in him becoming involved in a series of events which expands to involve the LAPD, the FBI, Mexican and Bolivian drug gangs and a highly motivated hit man.

This is my first Robert Crais novel, it won't be the last.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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