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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mooney21
Dec 03, 2020

Not the same writing as his other books. Author's brother is rather boring with descriptions and too complicated with plot line. Unrealistic plot. Did not finish book.

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writermala
Nov 30, 2020

I hate violence; but at the risk of contradicting myself let me confess that I'm a huge Jack Reacher fan! Reacher books start with violence, end with violence with a lot of violence thrown in between. I guess the reason one pardon's Reacher for being violent is that he is always the champion of the underdog. "The Sentinel," which Lee Child has written with his brother Andrew, is no exception. It has all the drama of usual Jack Reacher books with a cyber plot being the main theme. I really enjoyed it and I love Reacher's sense of humor. It is no wonder that I read it cover to cover.

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Catlady10
Nov 29, 2020

Good book... not as great as Lee Child’s earlier works, but Lee Child’s brother is doing a decent job in carrying on Jack Reacher. Some parts got muddy and I started to glaze over some paragraphs, but overall, I finished the book and enjoyed the story.

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gloryb
Nov 28, 2020

An enjoyable read with lots of action (fisticuffs), guns, and vehicles set in a small town in Tennessee. The formula is the same as in all the other Reacher novels. This novel centers around a current problem in the news - the locking of companies' computers for a ransom. Included in that plot is the mention of software - The Sentinel - needed to block foreign players from manipulating the US mail-in voting system and the mention of "stealing the vote" and "fake news" - all such very current news items that I was amazed these possibilities could be in a novel so recently published. I have read another book by Andrew Grant and liked his style of writing. I can see his influence, as a past CEO of an IT company, in the plot - the computer scenarios - and Child's influence in the description of hand to hand fighting. Also Child's preference for short sentences, often incomplete sentences, and sentence fragments seem to suggest those sections could have been written by Child. I was glad to see that Child's boring descriptions of Reacher's casing of a site - down, sometimes to the number of footsteps - was excluded. Also, Reacher stays in the same town with no need to describe his travels from point to point. I liked that Reacher in this novel is not a skirt chaser, as those descriptions in Child's novels seemed so forced. All in all - a thumbs up for this writing combination.

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jimg2000
Nov 28, 2020

The first third of the book is a yawner. As another reader, noaprof, has commented, similar to the premise in Blue Moon (2019) that Jack Reacher travels aimlessly to a one stop light town and his gut sounds an alarm that injustice is about to befall on a sad sack. Why? Because of dubious hunches and "a signal from some ancient warning system hardwired into the back of his brain." A real snoozer until 35% into the novel when the brothers Lee and Andrew give old JR fans reason to keep reading, waiting for Obama's memoir “A Promised Land.”

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ScottTammy2012
Nov 25, 2020

I have read all the Reacher books. I enjoyed this one too. It is a book of fiction about an unknown stranger helping out someone getting railroaded by the all powerful. Sounds familiar and takes my mind off the problems of the world. This is why I occasionally read feel good fiction stories. This one seems to have a lot of unfair negative reviews. It might just be because it has his brother Andrew as a contributor. A little bias there people? Quit nitpicking like we are professors grading a paper and just enjoy the story.

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noaprof
Nov 23, 2020

So disappointing. Clear early on this is not Lee Child's voice. The plot is both thin and nearly identical to the previous book; set in some nowhere Midwest burg with no attractive features, involving some sort of computer gone wild concept and peopled by the usual villains who are always Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian. Child has admitted he doesn't even like his protagonist, so he just should stop now. There are too many fine previous Reacher books to be savored again, so I'm done here.

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therapymutt
Nov 23, 2020

while accomplishing a goal a fox will act like a dog if need be.

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NRBBrady
Nov 22, 2020

I see very mixed reviews for this latest Jack Reacher tale. I have to confess that it seemed just a tad "off", and once the reader understands that Lee Child is listed for familiarity and association with Jack Reacher, and that Andrew Child penned this particular story, then it becomes a bit clearer. Yes, still the formula Jack Reacher - traveling with no destination in mind, stumbles into a stranger's mess, tough do-it-alone (almost) loner. Is there enough Jack Reacher under the pen of Andrew Child? In my opinion, yes. It's still Jack, maybe not 100% but enough to let me look forward to Andrew's next effort. After all, there was likely some pressure to "get it right" this first time. I expect when the dust settles our dear Jack Reacher will continue to satisfy our need to have the "underdog" (albeit a big dog) step up and do the right thing when confronted with the choice of take the next bus or stay and fight the good fight.

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22950006357453
Nov 22, 2020

3/4 through and I could not go on . reacher is just a bodyguard for a computer (this is what those young folk want in their stories ! ) geek who runs around in circles chasing his macguffin . vague stuff in the backround promising danger . people don't have conversations , they have exposition .

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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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