The Sentry (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, Bk 14)
The Sentry - Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, Bk 14 Author:Robert Crais Five years ago, Dru Rayne and her uncle fled Louisiana to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina hit, but now they face a different kind of danger. A neighborhood protection gang savagely beats Dru's uncle, but Pike witnesses it and offers his own brand of protection. Oddly enough, neither of them seems too want it -- and neither do... more » the federal agents mysteriously watching their storefront, men who appear quite willing to let the gang have its way.
None of that deters Pike -- there's something about Dru that touches him and he won't back away, whether she wants his help or not -- but as the level of violence escalates, and Pike himself becomes a target, he and Elvis Cole begin to discover some things. Dru and her uncle are not who they seem, and everything Pike thought he knew about them, their relationship to the gang, and the reasons they fled New Orleans -- it's all been lies. A vengeful and murderous force is catching up to them ... and it's perfectly happy to sweep Pike and Cole up in its wake.« less
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reacherfan1909 reviewed The Sentry (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, Bk 14) on
Helpful Score: 5
Not equal to The Watchman, but a very solid, well above average entry in the Joe Pike series. While Crais's prose is leaner, sharper and better than ever, and his plot has plenty of twists and turns, it lacks the depth of character shown in the first Pike book. There were times when I thought it read like a cleaner, sharper version of A Time to Hunt by Stephen Hunter.
The plot here is one of Crais's best so far. Complex and surprising, but his 'villain' creates some confusion in the opening chapter. It took a bit of trust in Crais to wait and see where he was going with that bizarre start. It's worth it - and if you miss the key sentence that explains everything about this character late in the book, it will stay confusing.
A really good, rather fast reading thriller devoid of clutter and distractions. Liked the ending.