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It took me 2 months to finally finish this book. I read all the prior Reacher books in two days. Just not the same. Never again.
A bit disappointed in the book. Way to much detail with a lot less action. A storyline that twisted so much in the middle I could not follow it.
But the plot is staged, trite, and there are many leaps of fortune and thought that lead to the plot’s resolution. Great, but typical - and sort of pat - Reacher action, fights. Dad should have done more than be lead author, he should have polished the rhythm and story. Too bad it’s come to this.
I must admit I was almost swayed not to buy this book by all the bad reviews I’d read about it, but in the end I bought it, read it and liked it. It wasn’t the best Reacher novel by far, and I’ve read them all, but it was good. I gave it 4 stars because it kept me entertained. But to Mr. Child, Sir, if you do read this, I’d love to see classic Reacher again in the style of Killing Floor, which really got me hooked.
This was the worst Jack Reacher book in the series. It was uninteresting and did not keep my interest.
Andrew needs a little work but this joint venture was pretty good. Although I felt there was too much conversation and not enough brawls. I am always fascinated by the geometry that goes into the way Jack Reacher meets opponents. There was very little of that in this book.
I read that Lee Child had written his last book (the last one) and that his brother would continue the Reacher series. I think this book is the first work of a new author who remembers that Reacher like coffee and presses his clothes beneath any sort of mattress he can find. The excitement is good. I’ll finish it but with the slow moving filler and page long paragraphs it’s an easy book for me to put down. Half way through. I made myself finish the book. It’s horrible. I wonder how Lee Child was persuaded to allow the book to be published under his name.
Sad day, I’m done with Jack Reacher. Never though I’d say that. The pilot is confusing and Reacher is a nothing like previous books. Bring back Lee or retire the series.
Not like any other Reacher book. The character is different, the thoughts are different, the skills are different. Not the Jack Reacher we pay for
Disappointing. That does not look like Reacher
After 20+ Reacher books that I would rate as good to very good (and extremely re-readable), this one falls flat. It is trying too hard to be current/topical with components like Russian interference, ANTIFA, and punching Nazis. The Reacher series has done a great job of remaining current while also being apolitical. Even when Reacher was trying to prevent the assassination of a politician, we got to be engrossed in the story, not the politics. Additionally, the physical confrontations were not as fast paced and taut as I was used to. They were drawn out, verbose, and almost boring. A real letdown. Seeing Andrew Child on the byline was reminiscent of seeing the Clancy books go steadily downhill as his involvement waned and then disappeared. Hopefully Reacher gets back on track while Lee is still alive. This ranks as the weakest Reacher novel of all by a wide margin.
I read many books similar in genre and still believe Child is the best of the bunch when it comes to writing. While saddened that Lee is stepping down from the series, any changes in style due to the two Child’s collaboration in Sentinel were subtle and carried on the short, quick witted quips that make me laugh. I was captivated from the start and enjoyed the complicated plot. The cast of characters were again unique, believable, and developed appropriately for their role in this adventure. I’m not a writer, just a reader. And if everyone took the perspective that change is necessary and change is good, there will be many 5-star reviews in future Reacher novels.
The story isn’t too bad but some of it reads like it was written by a 7th grader. I don’t know if Lee’s younger brother is in 7th grade or if he wrote those parts but they are pretty terrible. If you can ignore those sections then it’s a half decent Jack Reacher book.
Long on words short on action. Very difficult to make to the end since so many pages were all words that filled space. Big fan of Lee Child but losing faith. Not a book that holds your interest.
I could not even finish this. Don't waste the time or money on this one.
Many authors have writers take over for them - usually posthumously but it is very obvious that Andrew “Child” aka Andrew Grant wrote the majority of the dialogue as it sounds nothing like Reacher. I was so looking forward to a new Reacher story but while it was good, it didn’t reflect Reacher...kind of like Tom Cruise playing Jack NMI Reacher .. too far fetched.
Confusing,boring and l had to force myself to finish it— There wasn’t a sentence with more than 4 words— such a disappointment.
Jack is, as usual, a thinking man’s Neanderthal. A fun read, and timely in a way.
Of all the Jack Reacher books, this is the least Jack Reacheriest. The plot line is cumbersome, the story involves single dimension double agents and undeveloped side characters. It’s not a bad read, but it’s not a Reacher novel. Reacher is an unusual character. He learns nothing during our encounters with him. He is a force of nature who follows his own set of rules and applies them to the setting where we join him. Then he departs. Suddenly. Abruptly. Immutably. Like a tornado, Reacher is there and then he is not. But this time, Reacher talks about the dark web like he knows what it is. For a guy who barely reads a newspaper and shuns property and technology, his sudden development of IT skills is at odds with his Jack Reacherieness. When he departs, he heads back to Nashville and breaks another of his few rules. This story has a “ripped from the headlines” vibe that just doesn’t serve it well. Still, it’s a Jack Reacher novel and so I bought it and read it. For the first time ever, I’m going to wait before buying the next one. I hope the author doesn’t treat us like Lucy.
The beginning of the end for one of the greatest series and characters ever created. This book was terrible......the style, language, and plot made it impossible to get into and want to read. The characters were boring with no effort to build them out throughout the book. Lee Child has always done an amazing job of saying more with less when it comes to Reacher.....he was a chatterbox in this book and came across as way too friendly. My favorite character and series of all time.....extremely disappointed. If this is the future of Jack Reacher, then do the right thing.......with Lee Child writing one final glorious novel, taking Reacher out in style.
Yes, Lee Child’s name is first and largest but the writing style is not, in my opinion, anywhere near as good as the old Reacher books actually written by Lee Child and no one else. The prose is awkward and the storyline confused. The characters have no real personalities (yes, even the Reacher character) and every aspect of the book is flat. Save your money. This is the worst “Reacher” book ever. Books that are “co-written” are rarely as good as those written solely by the original author but this one really lowers the bar. Shame on Lee Child for letting his name be associated with this “Reacher” book.
I’ve been a fan of the Reacher series since their inception. This was the only one I was unable to finish. It’s almost as if the “he saw the man on the left so he pivoted and kicked him in the knee” or “he knew if he went east toward town he would find a diner” scenes were taken from previous books. Tedious, sadly, and predictable.
This most recent of my Jack Reacher thrillers was a fast paced story of Jack again befriending and saving a stranger's life then getting all mixed up in this Computer Nerd's troubles. We meet several protagonists, a few beautiful women, and several ruthless thugs, but Jack can handle them. Surprising ending. All in all I liked it, although Jack's amazing strength was not as believable this time.
Has the author been watching CNN for the last four years? I used to enjoy this series but this is the last time I’ll read one. Russian collusion and a right wing conspiracy to impact our elections?
The plot is too complicated for pleasure reading.
Good book with good Jack Reacher style story. A positive of this book is that there are fewer boring 5 page soliloquies describing just one punch thrown by Reacher. I get so tired of those. Reacher fans will enjoy this book. One question, what happened to the $15k Reacher got from the old guy?
I started reading the Reacher series shortly after the first one was released and have enjoyed just about all of them. While some story lines are better than others Reacher’s behavior and character have been consistent which has been part of the appeal of the series. This is the first book where it appears Reacher’s character has been altered to better reflect how an actor might portray Reacher in a badly acted movie. Such a shame
Worst he has written and I've read them all
Your foreword has many, many typography errors. Shame on you. Just started the ebook version.
This is my favorite author - though I’m becoming concerned that the books are becoming almost rote. In my experience, this happened with Dean Koontz and, frankly, Stephen King. After a while, the pace, rhythm and circumstance seems to become predictable.
This is a terrible book. I have read all of the Jack Reacher books and the last two are poppycock. They are full of “filler” material with very little story. The Reacher franchise seems to be cranking out books for the money only while resting on their laurels! Disappointing .... don’t spend your money on this book. A former Reacher fan.
Not the same. Reacher is gone forever.
Awful. The worst Jack Reacher book ever. Is Lee Child ready to give it up?
This is an awful book. The story is week and disjointed. The characters are even worse - Reacher is nowhere to be seen. I have enjoyed every other Reacher book but this has killed the franchise and there will be no more for me.
I was also apprehensive about reading this book, but it held my attention the whole way through.
I was looking forward to reading this but about halfway through I had to set it down. Never thought a novel could have too many twists but this one made me dizzy.
The Sentinel is a disappointment. Another co-authored book that doesn’t live up to Lee Child’s standards.
This is easily the worst Jack Reacher book in the series. Slow, plodding, and inert would best describe the plot, and the action sequences are so poorly written you might find yourself laughing at their utter implausibility. The book's real issue lies in the ridiculous combo platter of tired tropes it trots out. Seriously, please save your money and pass on purchasing his book.
Disappointing read. Poor story line and none of the typical Reacher. I have read many other Reacher books several times, this one wasn’t worth the first read.
I’ve read every Jack Reacher book and this is by far, the worst. It’s even more stupid than Tom Cruise playing Reacher in movies. This is the first Reacher book ever, that I almost stopped reading after 100 pages. The book reads like a stranger to Jack Reacher wrote it. After years of creating Reacher’s personality, habits and proclivities, he’s suddenly a new person … a “kinder, gentler Jack Reacher”. Andrew Child should stick to being a “rich guy’s son” and forget about his writing career … he can’t write a lick.
Sorry I bought this.
I enjoyed the story until chapter 16 when The Russians Are Interfering With American Elections trope trotted out and dashed all the seriousness out of the story. Child may be a Bolshevik under all that money. I’m finishing the story because I paid for the privilege to hear it, but I’m sorry I did, and won’t recommend this to anyone else.
I’m disappointed to advise that this was an all time low. It was like a bowl of spaghetti where nothing hung together. Weak storyline and characters. I hope the future holds better.
Long been a fan, but right away felt something different. The flow of the prose was awkward...not the norm. Over all, it felt contrives, tired and Reacher seemed forced in character and thought. It felt over written and I felt the book took advantage of the long history of good work. Not so anxious to read the next installment.
Having the son co-author really made for some simplistic writing. A shame, because anything by Lee Child would always be top notch. I guess we all get older.
Reacher is a man of action - too wordy too many times. Did not like plot or storyline. Did not really become suspenseful until about the last 50 pages. Advice- write your own books by yourself. Let your brother write his own and NOT about Jack!
Probably the worst book Lee Child has written. It’s so boring and almost a total copy of one of his previous books. Don’t waste your money or time!
Loved all his other books, this one did not measure up. I always get a chuckle about Reachers antics but not this time.
Subject matter in this book seemed to conflict with Jack Reacher’s character. Was not my favorite read.