Sentinel (Spycatcher Series #2)

Sentinel (Spycatcher Series #2)

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by Matthew Dunn
     
 

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CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, receives a cryptic message from an agent operating deep undercover in Russia: "He has betrayed us and wants to go to war." Unable to make contact, the Director of Operations is forced to turn to one of his most deadly field officers—Will Cochrane. His mission: infiltrate the remote submarine base in

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CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, receives a cryptic message from an agent operating deep undercover in Russia: "He has betrayed us and wants to go to war." Unable to make contact, the Director of Operations is forced to turn to one of his most deadly field officers—Will Cochrane. His mission: infiltrate the remote submarine base in eastern Russia, locate the agent operating under the codename Svelte, and decode his message—or die trying.

It's a near-impossible task—even for a man who carries the codename Spartan, a title given to the most effective Western intelligence officers. Will successfully locates the base but finds Svelte near death, his last words a final clue: Only Sentinel can stop him. Now it's up to Will to uncover the true meaning of Svelte's message . . . and discover the identity of the legendary operative known only as "Sentinel." An unforgettable, enthralling espionage thriller, written by a real-life former agent.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Dunn’s solid second contemporary thriller featuring MI6 master spy Will Cochrane (after 2011’s Spycatcher), Will (code name Spartan) teams with the only other MI6 spy on his level, the mysterious agent known as Sentinel, in an effort to kill Russian Taras Khmelnytsky (code name Razin), “a colonel and the head of Spetsnaz Alpha,” who’s been murdering Sentinel’s 10 most valuable double agents in Central and Eastern Europe one-by-one. Razin is also training a unit to deliver small nuclear bombs to start a war with America with the ultimate goal of promoting his own political ambitions. Dunn, a former MI6 field officer, skillfully handles the usual spy business—uncovering high-placed traitors, blowing the other guy up, fighting one-on-one, and crossing and double-crossing each other. He has also wisely scaled back the almost superhuman capabilities Will displayed in Spycatcher, matching him with a deadly adversary who’s his equal, though some readers may feel Will has become too emotionally vulnerable. Agent: Logo Bonomi. (Aug.)
Washington Post
“Terse conversations infused with subtle power plays, brutal encounters among allies with competing agendas, and forays into hostile territory orchestrated for clockwork efficiency but vulnerable to deadly missteps. . . . A stylish and assured debut.”
Associated Press Staff
“[Dunn] has created a plot with plenty of action and lots of twists and turns . . . nonstop action and relentless danger.”
Booklist
“An in Spycatcher, Dunn’s action scenes are vividly drawn. Lovers of derring-do will love this series.”
Oakland Tribune
“Dunn delivers insights into a world most of us will never experience—except between the covers of a book, or maybe someday in a movie as good as the best of the Bond and Bourne sagas.”
Jeffery Deaver
“Matthew Dunn is [a] very talented new author. I know of no other spy thriller that so successfully blends the fascinating nuances of the business of espionage and intelligence work with full-throttle suspense storytelling.”
Lee Child
“Great talent, great imagination, and real been-there, done-that authenticity. . . Highly recommended.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Spycatcher makes a strong argument that it takes a real spy to write a truly authentic espionage novel . . . [The story] practically bursts at the seams with boots-on-the-ground insight and realism . . . Dunn is a gifted storyteller.”
The Telegraph (UK)
“Like le Carré and Fleming before him, [Dunn] is the real thing, a former member of SIS turned fictional chronicler of the secret world. . . . Meet Will Cochrane, a one-man weapon of mass destruction; 007 is a cocktail-sipping lush compared with Cochrane.”
Washington Post on Spycatcher
“Terse conversations infused with subtle power plays, brutal encounters among allies with competing agendas, and forays into hostile territory orchestrated for clockwork efficiency but vulnerable to deadly missteps. . . . A stylish and assured debut.”
Associated Press on Spycatcher
“[Dunn] has created a plot with plenty of action and lots of twists and turns . . . nonstop action and relentless danger.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Spycatcher
“Spycatcher makes a strong argument that it takes a real spy to write a truly authentic espionage novel . . . [The story] practically bursts at the seams with boots-on-the-ground insight and realism . . . Dunn is a gifted storyteller.”
The Telegraph (UK) on Spycatcher
“Like le Carré and Fleming before him, [Dunn] is the real thing, a former member of SIS turned fictional chronicler of the secret world. . . . Meet Will Cochrane, a one-man weapon of mass destruction; 007 is a cocktail-sipping lush compared with Cochrane.”
Booklist on Sentinel
“An in Spycatcher, Dunn’s action scenes are vividly drawn. Lovers of derring-do will love this series.”
Oakland Tribune on Sentinel
“Dunn delivers insights into a world most of us will never experience—except between the covers of a book, or maybe someday in a movie as good as the best of the Bond and Bourne sagas.”
Ted Bell
“A real spy proves he is a real writer—and a truly deft and inventive one. This is a stunning debut.”
Library Journal
Back after the pointed and scalding Spycatcher, agent Will Cochrane is on his way to Russia, sent on an impossible mission by the CIA to find an undercover agent who has sent a cryptic message: "He has betrayed us and wants to go to war." The agent is bleeding to death when Cochrane finds him, but he manages to spit out one last word: "Sentinel." And the hunt is on. This former M16 agent gets a 150,000-copy first printing for his second novel; ante up.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062037923
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Series:
Spycatcher Series, #2
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are saying about this

Ted Bell

“A real spy proves he is a real writer—and a truly deft and inventive one. This is a stunning debut.”

Jeffery Deaver

“Matthew Dunn is [a] very talented new author. I know of no other spy thriller that so successfully blends the fascinating nuances of the business of espionage and intelligence work with full-throttle suspense storytelling.”

Lee Child

“Great talent, great imagination, and real been-there, done-that authenticity. . . Highly recommended.”

Meet the Author

As an MI6 field officer, Matthew Dunn recruited and ran agents, coordinated and participated in special operations, and acted in deep-cover roles throughout the world. He operated in highly hostile environments, where, if compromised and captured, he would have been executed. Dunn was trained in all aspects of intelligence collection, deep-cover deployments, small-arms, explosives, military unarmed combat, surveillance, and infiltration.

Medals are never awarded to modern MI6 officers, but Dunn was the recipient of a very rare personal commendation from the secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs for work he did on one mission, which was deemed so significant that it directly influenced the successful conclusion of a major international incident.

During his time in MI6, Dunn conducted approximately seventy missions. All of them were successful. He lives in England.

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The Sentinel: A Spycatcher Novel 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to reading this book after reading "Spycatcher" but was very disappointed. "Sentinel" did not capture the drama, story line and development of characters I found in "Spycatcher".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the worst books I have ever read. A confused and confusing "plot" that mostly features unrealistic travel in Russia and Eastern Europe, a random array of people, none of whom is of any interest, and much nasty violence. If I was not obsessive-compulsive, it would have made more sense to quit about one-third of the way into this miserable tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought "Spycatcher"' the first book in this series from the bargain table at my local B&N store. The authenticity blew me away so I ordered "The Sentinel" figuring for a possible letdown; however, it was a page burning thriller with twists and turns and deceits and intellectual games that started early and lasted to the very end. I have already pre-ordered the third in the series to be released in June 2013. WKCNJ
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VicG More than 1 year ago
Matthew Dunn in his new book, "Sentinel" Book Two in the Spycatcher series published by William Morrow gives us another adventure with master spy Will Cochrane. From the back cover: The United States and Russia are on the brink of war and only Will Cochrane--the master spy introduced in the critically acclaimed Spycatcher--can find and unmask the diabolical double agent responsible for it all in this enthralling espionage thriller, written by a real-life former field officer. Fourteen days ago, CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, received a cryptic message from an agent operating deep undercover in Russia: "He has betrayed us and wants to go to war." Unable to make contact, the director of operations is forced to turn to one of his most deadly field officers--Will Cochrane. His mission is simple: infiltrate the remote submarine base in eastern Russia's Avacha Bay, locate the MI6 agent operating under the code name Svelte, and decode his message--or die trying. It's a near-impossible task-even for a man who carries the code name Spartan, a title given to the most effective and deadliest Western intelligence officers. Will successfully locates the base but finds Svelte near death, his last words a final clue: Only Sentinel can stop him. Meanwhile, political and economic tensions between the United States and Russia are rising by the day, with both sides rounding up known enemy sleeper agents within their borders for interrogation. Now it's up to Will--with the help of the top-secret joint CIA-MI6 Spartan Section--to uncover the true meaning of Svelte's message . . . and discover the identity of the legendary operative known only as Sentinel. I think the best spy stories are the ones that deal with double agents. Double agents work along side of you and look and act just like agents that you feel you can trust. The only problem is they also work for the other side. In this adventure Cochrane's life is great danger as he is charged with bringing down the double agent that is bring the United States and Russia to the brink of war. As a former MI6 field officer, Matthew Dunn was trained in all aspects of intelligence collection, deep-cover deployments, small arms, explosives, military unarmed combat, surveillance, and infiltration, and conducted approximately seventy missions - all of them successful. If anyone can write about spy versus spy missions with authenticity it is Mr. Dunn. "Sentinel" is a wonderful thriller as the tension mounts as Cochrane is undercover in Russia to decode the dying man's message and keep from getting killed. "Sentinel" is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. When you finish this book you will heave a hugely satisfying sigh because you have enjoyed yourself immensely. Mr. Dunn has provided us with a great spy in Will Cochrane. I am already looking forward to the next book in this series from this very talented author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Harper Collins. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."