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Good moments, but disappointing overall
, January 14, 2011
This review is from: The Sentry (Joe Pike Book 3) (Kindle Edition)
Looks like I am in the minority among the first dozen or so reviewers, but I don't find this book up to Robert Crais' usual high standards. The problem, I think, is the character of Joe Pike himself. The guy is just too elemental to carry all a novel's dimensions, and while Elvis Cole has in the past supplied the emotional center in the Cole/Pike novels, it's too heavy a load this time. When Cole finally sheds tears over a situation, it is simply not credible. Pike, for all his seeming interest in one of the lead characters, is pretty much the same as always. An automaton in love (assuming that he is in fact in love, or even capable of heading in that direction) is still an automaton.
Several scenes are not credible. Pike climbing a Sunset Blvd. billboard to look down into gangbanger's lair needed a rethink. So did the actions of the assassin who deliberately takes a bad sniper position because he knows Pike will be looking for him in a better one. Way too many of the characters turn out to be somebody or something different from what they seem to be. The main bad guy, who until the last few pages is seen only through his own perceptions and observations, is creepy, all right, but not in a successful way.
A lot of followers of Pike and Cole will probably find this one worth reading; judging from the early reviews here, a lot of them already have. I won't advise Crais fans to skip it, but if you go into it expecting a lesser performance you will perhaps enjoy it more than I did.
My downgrading of this book has nothing to do with the Kindle price. That's a market issue, and people know what they are willing to pay for a product. This would not have had a higher rating from me at half the price.
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