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The Sentinel - Lee Child & Andrew Child

The Sentinel

By Lee Child & Andrew Child

  • Release Date: 2020-10-27
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 3,226 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Jack Reacher is back! The “utterly addictive” (The New York Times) series continues as acclaimed author Lee Child teams up with his brother, Andrew Child, fellow thriller writer extraordinaire.

“One of the many great things about Jack Reacher is that he’s larger than life while remaining relatable and believable. The Sentinel shows that two Childs are even better than one.”—James Patterson

As always, Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there. One 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.


  • Not up to usual standards

    By 1369ccm
    A bit disappointed in the book. Way to much detail with a lot less action. A storyline that twisted so much in the middle I could not follow it.
  • Well written overall

    By capeimer
    But the plot is staged, trite, and there are many leaps of fortune and thought that lead to the plot’s resolution. Great, but typical - and sort of pat - Reacher action, fights. Dad should have done more than be lead author, he should have polished the rhythm and story. Too bad it’s come to this.
  • Not the best but good

    By SA Jono H
    I must admit I was almost swayed not to buy this book by all the bad reviews I’d read about it, but in the end I bought it, read it and liked it. It wasn’t the best Reacher novel by far, and I’ve read them all, but it was good. I gave it 4 stars because it kept me entertained. But to Mr. Child, Sir, if you do read this, I’d love to see classic Reacher again in the style of Killing Floor, which really got me hooked.
  • The Sentinel

    By Jabg12345
    This was the worst Jack Reacher book in the series. It was uninteresting and did not keep my interest.
  • Not quite up to snuff

    By Justkindly
    Andrew needs a little work but this joint venture was pretty good. Although I felt there was too much conversation and not enough brawls. I am always fascinated by the geometry that goes into the way Jack Reacher meets opponents. There was very little of that in this book.
  • Something Different

    By ScubaDyer
    I read that Lee Child had written his last book (the last one) and that his brother would continue the Reacher series. I think this book is the first work of a new author who remembers that Reacher like coffee and presses his clothes beneath any sort of mattress he can find. The excitement is good. I’ll finish it but with the slow moving filler and page long paragraphs it’s an easy book for me to put down. Half way through. I made myself finish the book. It’s horrible. I wonder how Lee Child was persuaded to allow the book to be published under his name.
  • Confusing plot - would have been better to stop the series.

    By g4tonyc
    Sad day, I’m done with Jack Reacher. Never though I’d say that. The pilot is confusing and Reacher is a nothing like previous books. Bring back Lee or retire the series.
  • Written by someone else

    By Pringlestack
    Not like any other Reacher book. The character is different, the thoughts are different, the skills are different. Not the Jack Reacher we pay for
  • Disappointing

    By Alremo
    Disappointing. That does not look like Reacher
  • Downhill Slide

    By trex_hi5
    After 20+ Reacher books that I would rate as good to very good (and extremely re-readable), this one falls flat. It is trying too hard to be current/topical with components like Russian interference, ANTIFA, and punching Nazis. The Reacher series has done a great job of remaining current while also being apolitical. Even when Reacher was trying to prevent the assassination of a politician, we got to be engrossed in the story, not the politics. Additionally, the physical confrontations were not as fast paced and taut as I was used to. They were drawn out, verbose, and almost boring. A real letdown. Seeing Andrew Child on the byline was reminiscent of seeing the Clancy books go steadily downhill as his involvement waned and then disappeared. Hopefully Reacher gets back on track while Lee is still alive. This ranks as the weakest Reacher novel of all by a wide margin.