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The Sentry (Joe Pike) by [Crais, Robert]
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Praise for "The First Rule"
"A devastatingly effective thriller that's as close to perfect as it gets."
-"Providence Journal-Bulletin"
"Joe Pike is a joy to watch, an urban Zen warrior-priest righting wrongs. More Pike, please."
-"Chicago Sun-Times"

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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: 806 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; 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 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By L. D. Godfrey TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 11 2011
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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By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Jan. 12 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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The Sentry, like other Joe Pike books, contains a lot of action and heroic measures as Joe continues to help the less fortunate and downtrodden simply because he was in the wrong place at the right time. What's different here, though, is that the people he helps aren't really good guys and he falls for a woman who knows how to play him. She pushes all his buttons and he fell hard. And even when he learns the truth, he can't back away from doing what he considers the right thing. This story shows us that Joe has a human side - he is vulnerable and lonely, looking at his life and wondering where a special someone could fit in. In a parallel story, we see that Elvis had that life but it fell apart because of his lifestyle, and Joe has got to be wondering if it's even leave this behind. Chances are it's not, because Joe has never been one to just walk away from injustice but like the arrows on his shoulders, he's looking forward to the next chapter. It's a great story - I'm listening to it again, and I'd recommend it to anyone who loves action, a bit of romance, good triumphing over evil, and friendship that endures no matter what.
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Format: Hardcover
"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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