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The Sentinel by Andrew Child, Lee Child
Narrator: Scott Brick
Series: Jack Reacher #25
Published by Penguin Audio on October 27, 2020
Length: 10 hours, 39 minutes
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It is close to midnight on a Saturday night when Jack Reacher gets off a bus at the Greyhound station in a sleepy no-name town outside Nashville. As always, Reacher is in no hurry. He has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there. He has no appointments to keep. No people to see. No scores to settle. Not yet anyway. By morning he ends up in a town near Pleasantville, Tennessee. But there’s nothing pleasant about the place.
In broad daylight Reacher spots a hapless soul walking into an ambush. “It was four against one” . . . so Reacher intervenes, with his own trademark brand of conflict resolution. The man he saves is Rusty Rutherford, an unassuming IT manager, recently fired after a cyberattack locked up the town’s data, records, information . . . and secrets. Rutherford wants to stay put, look innocent, and clear his name.
Reacher is intrigued. There’s more to the story. The bad guys who jumped Rutherford are part of something serious and deadly, involving a conspiracy, a cover-up, and murder, all centered on a mousy little guy in a coffee-stained shirt who has no idea what he’s up against. Rule one: if you don’t know the trouble you’re in, keep Reacher by your side.
I love this Jack Reacher series. Jack Reacher is a bit timeless. I mean I am not sure what age he was when he got out of the Army and started wandering but I’ll guess mid-thirties. I have read every book over the years. The books went along and he aged a bit. Then, the books seemed to go back in time and cover times when he was in the military or freshly a civilian.
Now, Lee Child is joined by his brother, Andrew to write these tales. I was curious to see how they would feel. I was NOT disappointed. The Sentinel gave me a Reacher who was timeless again, but probably older, because of all the modern conveniences like cell phones, Russians and Nazis interfering in politics and elections. The details seemed very current event-like.
Reacher doesn’t have a lot of long-term plans but he does dig in to a situation when he finds one. I was a little worried when he left his first situation to go on to another. The second problem gave us plenty of action, strategy, and fights. Reacher did his usual compassionate for the innocent, protecting the country and not being too kind to the bad guys involvement. I love his smart analysis of situations. I always enjoy him.
I used to read this series because I didn’t enjoy the narrator. For me, the other narrator sounded too old and was a bit hard to understand. I was thrilled when Scott Brick began narrating the series. I was very comfortable with his male and female voices. He captured Reacher’s personality in his tone and manner of speech very well. I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.
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