The Sentinel: A Jack Reacher Novel

Version: Unabridged
Author: Lee Child , Andrew Child
Narrator: Scott Brick
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: October 2020
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 11 hours
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#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.

Reviews (13)


Written by Jim M. on January 26th, 2021

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Tiresome and predictable. Like author was trying to drag out events to fill space. Story progressed by pop up FBI agent to provide needed explanations.

Written by Anonymous on January 24th, 2021

  • Book Rating: 5/5

a bit less mistery than usual.


Written by Regina S. on January 22nd, 2021

  • Book Rating: 4/5

scott Brick is a great narrator, but i really only like Dick Hill for Jack Reacher...he's the best voice voice for Reacher. This book was not a favorite of the series.

Written by Derek R. on January 4th, 2021

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The narrator was not the best in my opinion.. he sounds worried all the time

Written by Chris A. on December 29th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Another great Teacher novel.

Written by Anonymous on December 4th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Another great Jack Reacher story although it did get a little bit convoluted and nonsensical near the end.


Written by Robert C. on December 1st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Not this one :) Maybe it's just me. I see other positive reviews.. This last Reacher adventure just didn't do it for me. The story was soft and Reacher was soft in it. The Jack Reacher edge is missing.

Written by David H. on November 29th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

great book as usual. Can't get enough Reacher!

Written by Don Oosterveen on November 24th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Jack Reacher doesn't have the believability of the earlier books. Either I've grown older or he has.


Written by Anonymous on November 15th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Another good Jack Reacher novel, but put a couple too many hurdles in the plot, making it unnessicarily a little long. Narration, Scott Brick does a great job with all his reading, I like th raspy voice reader used in many of the Reacher novels, better for the Reacher books.

Author Details

Author Details

Child, Lee

Lee Child was born in the exact geographic center of England, in the heart of the industrial badlands. Never saw a tree until he was twelve. It was the sort of place where if you fell in the river, you had to go to the hospital for a mandatory stomach pump. The sort of place where minor disputes were settled with box cutters and bicycle chains. He's got the scars to prove it.

But he survived, got an education, and went to law school, but only because he didn't want to be a lawyer. Without the pressure of aiming for a job in the field, he figured it would be a relaxing subject to study. He spent most of the time in the university theater - to the extent that he had to repeat several courses, because he failed the exams - and then went to work for Granada Television in Manchester, England. Back then, Granada was a world-famous production company, known for shows like Brideshead Revisited, Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect and Cracker. Lee worked on the broadcast side of the company, so his involvement with the good stuff was limited. But he remembers waiting in the canteen line with people like Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Natalie Wood and Michael Apted. And he says that being involved with more than 40,000 hours of the company's program output over an eighteen-year stay taught him a thing or two about telling a story. He also wrote thousands of links, trailers, commercials and news stories, most of them on deadlines that ranged from fifteen minutes to fifteen seconds. So the thought of a novel-a-year didn't worry him too much, in his next career.

But why a next career? He was fired, back in 1995, that's why. It was the usual Nineties downsizing thing. After eighteen years, he was an expensive veteran, and he was also the union organizer, and neither thing fit the company's plan for the future. And because of the union involvement, he wasn't on too many alternative employers' wish lists, either. So he became a writer, because he couldn't think of anything else to do. He had an idea for a character who had suffered the same downsizing experience but who was taking it completely in his stride. And he figured if he brought the same total commitment to his audience that he'd seen his television peers develop, he could get something going. He named the character Jack Reacher and wrote Killing Floor as fast as he could. He needed to sell it before his severance check ran out. He made it with seven weeks to spare, and luckily the book was an instant hit, selling strongly all around the world, and winning both the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel. It led to contracts for at least nine more Reacher books.

Lee moved from the UK to the US in the summer of 1998. He lives in New York and France with his American wife, Jane. They have a grown-up daughter, Ruth. Lee likes to travel, for vacations, but especially on promotion tours so he can meet his readers, to whom he is eternally grateful. His latest thriller, Nothing to Lose was published in 2008.