The Sentry (A Joe Pike Novel)


I Think Robert Forgot To Include The Story    ***


There seems to be a trend among authors of series recently to produce a book that is weak in story line. Lee Child did this in “Worth Dying For”, Michael Connelly did it in “The Reversal”, and now one of my favorite authors has followed suit.

As a fan of Pike, I would expect more than reading about him driving his Jeep from place to place and watching for the bad guys. This book is light on plot, character development, and ending. Like James Patterson’s “Cross Fire”, the final showdown between Pike and Daniel doesn’t live up to what we would have expected. Daniel is able to kill Columbian drug muscle with ease yet puts himself in an amatuerish situation when finally confronting Pike.

Let’s hope all these authors come back from their “rest” with renewed commitment to writing a page turner.

Taken (Elvis Cole/ Joe Pike Novels)


Taken For Granted    ****

Having read all of his books to date, I will say this isn’t Crais’ best or worst. The reader knows going in that the two main characters, Cole and Pike, are going to be okay and that they will find the people they are looking for. But it is the story of how that makes this a good read. The subject of human trafficking is a sad one and this is a decent expose of it.
Some reviewers did not like the multiple points of view and the changing time line, after watching three seasons of “Damages”, I had no problem with either of those. To expect every book of a series to be a knockout is probably a little unrealistic but as many have said we know Robert can do better.