The Sentinel

The Sentinel

Large Print - 2020
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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 Nashville. Reacher is in no hurry. He has no appointments to keep. No people to see. No scores to settle. Not yet anyway. But in the early morning hours, under particular circumstances, a familiar thought will be snaking through his sharp, instinctual lizard brain: A voice in his head telling him to walk away. Of course, this wouldn't be the first time he listened to his gut instead. Meanwhile, seventy-five miles south and west of Music City is a sleepy little town where a recently-fired guy nurses a grudge that will fester into fury--and a desire for payback. But who is watching him, standing guard over a long-buried secret, ready to strike before it can be revealed? If you don't have a sense of the danger you're in, then it's best to have Reacher"--
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, ©2020.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780593295144
Characteristics: 465 pages ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Grant, Andrew 1968-- Author

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normwatt
Apr 13, 2021

Well, I finished "The Sentinel" last night, and must admit I was quite disappointed in it (as I see from other comments, many other Reacher fans were as well). Over the last 2-3 years I've read Lee Child's other 24 Reacher books, and this one would rank at or near the bottom of the list.
The writing style is noticeably different (not that there's anything wrong with that; I guess it's to be expected when there are two authors). For example this book makes common use of short, choppy 2-3 word sentences, but for what effect? Also, the plot, characters and action just don't reach the level of those in earlier Reacher novels. I doubt that I would want to read any future Reacher books from now on.

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johnintx
Apr 12, 2021

Ok, Easy read

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jag7
Mar 28, 2021

Easily the worst Reacher book ever. You can tell it was not written by Lee Child. I hope this author never writes another Reacher book.

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nancylynn1948
Mar 17, 2021

So, Lee Child is handing over the reins of his Jack Reacher series, to his brother Andrew. This book is a disappointing start. My only hope for this beloved character is that Andrew is still teachable, willing to do some hard work, and incorporate the essence of our beloved Jack. Maybe the editors & publishers will step up to protect Jack and do the heavy guiding that Andrew needs. Otherwise, they've lost Jack Reacher and we readers have lost an important relationship. They even named the book after a computer--not at all an aspect of Reacher.

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FirstAmendment
Mar 12, 2021

I’ve read all of the 20+ Reacher books. This one continues the decline evident in the past several books, with increasing attention to political correctness, but now diving deeper into the swamp.

It continues with the basic Reacher formula: Reacher + accidental encounter + weak innocent person needing help + powerful villains + lots of fights + location picked randomly from atlas = novel. But this one falls apart due to its thin plot and villain stereotypes.

Supposedly this was co-authored with the brother of author Lee Child. It appears more likely that Adam Schiff, known for his fictional conspiracy fantasies, helped Mr. Child.
The basic story line: Russian spies want to manipulate future election counts. A cyber-dweeb and secure voting software are in their way. The dweeb and America need the help of Reacher, but bad cops and neo-Nazis get in the way. Fortunately, Reacher and the always trustworthy-FBI are on the job.

Perhaps the manuscript was completed before the historical events of 2019-21, when that plot might have seemed more believable, and it was too late to re-write it? I charitably gave this book one star.

However, using a little word substitution exercise, you can make the book more enjoyable and the plot much more credible. When you read it, just make these mental word substitutions (but DON’T mark a library book):
Substitute the word Republicans for the word Antifa, when it’s found in the novel.
Substitute the word Antifa for Nazi
Substitute Marx for Hitler
Substitute Silicon Valley for Moscow
Substitute Big Tech for Russia
Substitute the anarchist A symbol for the swastika
Substitute FBI agent for cop/police and vice-versa.

I was disappointed with this book as this did not convey the persona of Jack Reacher that I looked forward to reading about. I find that when the regular author retires it is difficult to re- capture and depict the main character properly. Sadly, this is the last Jack Reacher novel that I will read.

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Incorrct64
Feb 08, 2021

Well not the jack I know and loved. I am ok with the this jack. However, will not be my first choice read, if this becomes the jack reacher now.

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NedSu
Feb 06, 2021

It's a Reacher novel, which means page after page of action. It's also back in small town USA, where the town itself sets the mood. The characters are never forgotten- everything ties up in the end. It isn't literature but it is entertaining. Reacher is a land shark, forever moving across the landscape. As long as he moves, I'll be following him.

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dopdav
Feb 03, 2021

One week ago had you told me that I would have zero interest in finishing the final one hundred pages of a jack Reacher novel I would have said you were crazy. But that is just what happened and I will never regret that I will never know the ending, BTW I will not be reading any more of Lee Child's.

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hthomas49
Jan 27, 2021

Quick and to the point action. No unnecessary words and no deep thoughts, just entertainment. A good change from a Clancy read.

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jimg2000
Nov 28, 2020

Reacher held up his hands, palms facing out. He was aware of the effect his appearance could have. He was six feet five. Two hundred and fifty pounds. His hair was a dishevelled mess. He was unshaved. Children had been known to run screaming at the sight of him.
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‘I’ve been told I can be very persuasive.’ ‘You could get hurt.’ ‘Someone could. Not me.’
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Reacher hit him in the temple and he bounced off the wall and dropped like a puppet with its strings cut.
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Ransomware. If you don’t pay to get the key, you have two choices. Start again from scratch, which is slow and super expensive.’ Rutherford hesitated. ‘Or wipe everything off all your computers and load a clean copy from your backup.’
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A lot of these attacks are state sponsored. They have giant warehouses full of people. It’s their only job. They have endless resources. Then there’s me, on my own, cobbling together repurposed parts salvaged from wherever I can find them.’ ‘Like David and Goliath. Only Goliath won.’

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jimg2000
Nov 28, 2020

‘They didn’t look great to start with.’ ‘I’m not disputing that. But get a few mothers on the jury? Get them imagining you doing that kind of damage to their sons? You’d be taking a gamble.’
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There was a blue and white eagle in the centre. It was clutching a bunch of thirteen arrows in one talon. An olive branch with thirteen leaves and berries in the other. There was a shield with mountains on the left and water on the right. The words US Department of Homeland Security were in a ring around the outside.
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‘It seems like he was trying his best to do the right thing and got screwed by the people above him. Something similar happened to me once. It doesn’t feel good. And now he’s got a bunch of assholes on his tail for some reason he doesn’t understand and you people are in no hurry to help him. Someone’s got to.’ ‘And that someone’s you?’ ‘I guess so.’ ‘Why is that?’ Reacher shrugged again. ‘I’m the one who’s here.’

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jimg2000
Nov 28, 2020

Someone had sent six guys after him. It would be wrong to let the day end with only two of them in the hospital.
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‘The cops are running you out of town for a reason. You think if you were found in a ditch, full of bullets from a gun registered to a punk who died when Reagan was president, anyone would give two shits?’ ‘I certainly wouldn’t be happy about it.’ ‘Who cares about your happiness?’
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Get the lie of the land. Draw maps for when your main force arrives. Find out where all the good stuff is hidden. And see if there are any traps to avoid. In our case, for traps read backups. Backups are kryptonite to ransomware. There’s no point in locking a bunch of data if your intended victim has a clean copy.
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Denisov had started out as an interrogator. The human polygraph, he was called. Due to his appearance. And his temper. His ability to loosen tongues. And bowels.

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jimg2000
Nov 28, 2020

Just please, keep my name out of it.’ ‘How could we bring your name into it?’ Reacher said. ‘We’ve never met.’
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The computer memory thing they tried to use was too small so halfway through the process they raised some extra money and got a bigger one. They copied everything, then you as the IT manager took the old one into storage until it was needed for something else.
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He couldn’t see them. Yet. Or hear them. Or smell them. But he knew. Eyes were on him. He could feel them. He could feel a chill on his neck. Some kind of primal response to being watched. A warning mechanism hardwired into his lizard brain, as finely tuned as his ancestors’ had been millions of years ago. Then, forests. Now, a factory. Either way, evading predators. Not getting eaten. Not getting shot. Living to fight another day. Plus ça change …
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‘Or the Russians could have had some kind of tripwire in place. Something to alert them if anyone was close to finding whatever they wanted to keep hidden.

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jimg2000
Nov 28, 2020

Have you heard of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory?’ ‘Near Knoxville. Where they develop the supercomputers?’ ‘They do many things there. Supercomputing is one of them. Another is cyber security. The United States is facing a lot of threats. We have a lot of defensive programs running. And the Russians have an agent in place who’s attempting to steal a copy of the most critical one. Its official name is project C02WW06BHH21.’ ‘Snappy name.’ ‘Only the geeks call it that. Everyone else calls it The Sentinel.’
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It’s been running for years. On social media. Conspiracy theories. Attempts to undermine the mainstream media.’ ‘Fake news? I’ve heard about that.’ ‘This time they’re specifically trying to erode faith in the election system itself. We know they’re serious. They already had a dry run four years ago, in Kentucky. What happened was, on election day, they sent out a phishing email.

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jimg2000
Nov 28, 2020

For a start, the election. Yes, it’s a while away. But for thirty days leading up to it there’s what’s called a systems freeze. Nothing computer related can be changed in any way. It’s the same kind of thing the credit card companies and online retailers do heading into Black Friday and Christmas. It makes sure no one loads new software which turns out not to work properly and screws everything up at their most critical time.
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Word is, about four years ago there was a major brain drain out of cyber crimes. A bunch of the top guns all upped and left, out of the blue. At first people thought one of the big Silicon Valley corporations was on a recruitment rampage. Then there was a theory that some start-up was throwing crazy money around. But finally someone found out the government was behind it. An emergency response. To the Russians having a new weapon that could totally shred our election systems. Everywhere in the country was vulnerable. No results could be trusted.

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jimg2000
Nov 28, 2020

‘So you are homeless.’ ‘No. My situation is not the same at all. It’s like the difference between being alone and being lonely. Two separate, distinct things.’
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They’re dull as ditchwater.
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They were edelweiss. Adolf Hitler’s favourite.
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Reacher set his guy down. Waited a moment to make sure he was steady on his feet. Then punched him full in the face. It was a massive, savage blow, landing like a sledgehammer, smashing all kinds of bones and cartilage and teeth. The other guy was trying to crawl away so Reacher went after him and kicked him in the head. Normally he would have used his left foot in a situation like that, where the guy was already down. His weaker foot. But this guy was a Nazi. So he used his right. And he didn’t hold back.

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jimg2000
Nov 28, 2020

He’s reenacting the Nuremberg Rallies. Complete with his own Cathedral of Light.’
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I heard two of them talking. They were speaking Russian. I know a little because my grandparents were from St Petersburg. Anyway, one of the people used the word бункерный. It means bunker. Where
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High voltage, low current. That’s the secret. So it can cause more pain. For longer. The steel wool goes up inside … well, you can probably guess. And the probe goes wherever I like.’
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He took the SOCOM from his waistband, aimed and fired three shots. Going for her centre mass. But hitting the end wall, high and left. The suppressor must have gotten bent when the gun tumbled down the steps. His instinctive side screamed: Chase her! His rational side said: She’s too fast. Forget her. She’s gone.

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