The Sentinel - Lee Child & Andrew Child

The Sentinel

By Lee Child & Andrew Child

  • Release Date: 2020-10-27
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 4,270 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Jack Reacher is back! The “utterly addictive” (The New York Times) series continues as acclaimed author Lee Child teams up with his brother, Andrew Child, fellow thriller writer extraordinaire.

“One of the many great things about Jack Reacher is that he’s larger than life while remaining relatable and believable. The Sentinel shows that two Childs are even better than one.”—James Patterson

As always, Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there. One morning he ends up in a town near Pleasantville, Tennessee.

But there’s nothing pleasant about the place.

In broad daylight Reacher spots a hapless soul walking into an ambush. “It was four against one” . . . so Reacher intervenes, with his own trademark brand of conflict resolution.

The man he saves is Rusty Rutherford, an unassuming IT manager, recently fired after a cyberattack locked up the town’s data, records, information . . . and secrets. Rutherford wants to stay put, look innocent, and clear his name.

Reacher is intrigued. There’s more to the story. The bad guys who jumped Rutherford are part of something serious and deadly, involving a conspiracy, a cover-up, and murder—all centered on a mousy little guy in a coffee-stained shirt who has no idea what he’s up against.

Rule one: if you don’t know the trouble you’re in, keep Reacher by your side.


  • Great!

    By nmoneybdish
    All comes together in the end good novel !
  • New writer. Just ok.

    By jmit22
    After several pages into this it was plain there was a new writer. Same Reacher character but just enough differences to make it slightly off and kind of weird, disconcerting. Definitely not as good as Lee Child historically. I’ll try one more and may have to move on to other authors. Kind of like when Clancy passed and they’ve had other authors continue with his characters.
  • Not A Good Transition

    By Brianrmc
    That did not seem like a Lee Child at all: too rushed, sloppy dialogue, clunky plot. I hope the second book is better. It is so sad, really. I really enjoyed the Reacher series. Lee Child got better with each book. It is not like his brother is a bad writer, but he is not the master of suspense I have become accustomed to reading.
  • Sadly annoying

    By Wyndsurfer
    Diarrhea of the keyboard. Who needs a complete description of every person place thing and thought. Started thinking child was getting paid by the number of words.
  • Good one; who is lying to whom?

    By mroam
    Amuses with the hoped-for mix of cleverness, evil, kindness, surprise, and action... some modern tech is a challenge for an aging MP, and there’s even a cameo of wanna-be Nazis thinking a tall guy is antifa.
  • Disappointing

    By $bag$
    This seems to be mostly written by Andrew Child. The words and phrases are different from his past 20 something books. The story is more far fetched than the usual Reacher story, and not as gripping as usual. I’m a huge fan but this is by far my least favorite book. Hope this isn’t a sign that Lee Child is out of ideas or getting lazy like John Patterson.
  • The Sentinel

    By Reader#18
    Slow going! Thought I would never finish it, and I was saddened by the deterioration of Child’s talent.
  • Disappointing

    By Macon is Music
    I’ve enjoyed the Jack Reacher series, up until this book. What a disappointment. Probably the last Jack Reacher book I will read.
  • Reacher series deteriorated

    By grtday88
    Couldn’t even finish with 100 pages left. No interest in this story.
  • Overly complicated with very little action

    By AGReko
    I have read most of the Jack Reacher novels, and liked them. This one, i stayed with it for 2 months, hoping it would get better. It never did. Hard to follow, too much detail, little action, uninteresting and unlikable characters. I gave up before finishing it. Time to move on from this series, maybe from Lee Child altogether.