The Sentry (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series #14)

The Sentry (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series #14)

by Robert Crais
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The Sentry 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 295 reviews.
tottman More than 1 year ago
I received this book from an early reader program and wow, what a ride! The Sentry is an exciting page-turner that will keep you up late into the night. Joe Pike is an action hero with some real depth. When Pike observes a shopkeeper being beaten, he steps in to save the day. This good samaritan act draws him into to a mystery involving killers, gangsters, drug cartels, and people on the run. The more he learns, the more the mystery deepens. Pike charges through with a moral compass that stays pointed true north, regardless of the personal consequences. The action starts fast, stays fast, and has an ending that is both satisfying and poignant. This book is more than just a mindless thriller. The characters are well-developed, the writing is crisp and there is an emotional payoff for the time you invest in the story. This was my first introduction to Robert Crais and the character of Joe Pike. Both have won a new fan. Clear your schedule when you pick up this book, because you won't want to put it down. Highly recommended.
Twink More than 1 year ago
Robert Crais is firmly planted on my list of favourite authors. He has written some great stand alone novels, but it is the recurring characters of Elvis Cole (self proclaimed World's Greatest Detective) and his partner Joe Pike that I can't get enough of. "Cole was a licensed private investigator Pike met back in the day when Pike still worked the badge. Not the likeliest of pairings, Pike being so quiet and remote, Cole being one of those people who thought he was funny, but they were more alike then most people knew." The Sentry opens with a prologue featuring a truly creepy killer in New Orleans in 2005. Fast forward to present day in L.A. Joe Pike is just filling up his jeep with gas and the tires with air when he notices two gang bangers heading into a small sandwich shop. Instinct sends him across the street in time to stop the beating the two are giving the shopkeeper. But that simple good Samaritan acts leads to a whole lot more...gang wars, drug cartels, a deranged assasin and....a woman. Who has her own secrets... "If Pike had not stopped for air, he would not have seen the men or crossed the street. He would not have met the woman he was about to meet. Nothing that was about to happen would have happened. But Pike had stopped. And now the worst was coming." Oh, how's that for great foreshadowing! And the plot Crais has crafted absolutely delivers. Page turning, riveting, non stop action. But those of us who have come to love these characters have been waiting for Crais to reveal a little more of the enigma that is Joe Pike. In The Sentry, we get a glimpse behind Pike's ever present sunglasses into what makes him tick. The relationship with Elvis is explored in more depth as well. What is the appeal of Joe Pike? Well, he's fearless with a strong moral compass that he can't help but follow. It doesn't hurt that he's strong, attractive and sexy. But he's everything you wouldn't expect as well - he's a vegetarian who practices yoga. Just a great character that I can't get enough of. The Sentry kept me turning pages non stop. Robert Crais is one of the best thriller/crime writers out there. Fans of the Jack Reacher books would enjoy this series.
jam526 More than 1 year ago
I so enjoy reading about Joe Pike! And this one is the best so far. Can't wait for this one to come out in paperback. He doesn't say much but his actions are expansive! What a storyteller this Robert Crais. Give us more Joe Pike!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE joe pike. he has such a deep sense of honor, and will do anything to protect those he loves. if I were to ever need rescuing I would want joe. if you really want to get to know him you should start with what I consider to be the first joe pike novel, L.A. Requiem. you learn so much about his background, and how he came to be joe. it's my very favorite book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Robert Crais and Joe Pike is my favorite character. Having said that, I did not feel that Joe Pike stayed true to the character we have come to know throughout the years. It was hard to understand why he continued to fixate on this woman as we became more and more aware of her lies and deception. As a reader I did not invest in the Dru and Wilson's character so could not understand Joe's obsession. As always I truly enjoyed the engaging writing style of Robert Crais and look forward to the next Joe Pike and Elvis Cole book.
OCGIRL More than 1 year ago
I love Robert Crais and eagerly awaited this novel. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The book was good, but I felt it wasn't as good as his past efforts. I didn't really feel a connection with the Dru Raines character, and the antagonist was just farfetched and bizzare. Not a bad read, but not a compelling, page-turner like his past Pike/Cole novels.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
The Sentry is the latest novel in Robert Crais' Joe Pike series. In this one Pike is a Good Samaritan and steps in when a local sandwich shop owner is attacked by two gang members. Pike has a thing for Dru, the niece of the shop owner and offers to help then, but then she and her uncle go missing. Before you know it, the LAPD, FBI and the Mexican Mafia are involved. Pike recruits his friend Elvis Cole and soon bodies start emerging; none of which are Dru or her uncle. I enjoyed the story, the writing and the characters. Another good book by Robert Crais.
Dan Greene More than 1 year ago
Keep 'em coming Robert. Another great JP thriller!
hardcharger More than 1 year ago
I started reading the first book and became addicted to this. Great read
Mrjohnnybuck More than 1 year ago
Crais once again delivers a powerful Joe Pike experience, with non-stop action and thrills. Full of twists and turns this novel will not disappoint, and it leaves you ready for Joe's next adventure and more of Elvis' one-liners.
spartacusMG More than 1 year ago
Joe Pike is the coolest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Centered around Pike this time which was a nice change up. Helped get a better picture of the intriguing partnership of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great Cole/Pike story. I like it better when Elvis is the main character. Crais had Pike talking too much and it took some of the mystery away from the mysterious Joe Pike. I hope this will be the one and only " Joe Pike talks" book Crais writes.
JCD2 More than 1 year ago
Joe Pike's the man!  He's quiet and dangerous and doesn't go out looking for relationships.  But when he meets and falls for an interesting woman, he doesn't let go.  After saving Dru Rayne and her uncle from gangbangers, Pike makes a date with her and promises to look out for them and their little shop.  When they disappear, the action moves into high gear.  The police, gangs, the FBI and Joe Pike all race to find Dru and her uncle, all working against each other.  This story is one of Robert Crais' best.
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Mavsfan More than 1 year ago
Pike and Cole,once again, to the rescue!! Couldn't put The Sentry down. Keep me in the dark until the very end. Must add The Sentry to your collection.
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