Sentinel: Book summary and reviews of Sentinel by Matthew Dunn

Sentinel

A Spycatcher Novel

By Matthew Dunn

Sentinel

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A New Spycatcher Novel Featuring Will Cochrane

Fourteen days ago, CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, received a cryptic message from an agent operating deep undercover in Russia. "He has betrayed us and wants to go to war."

Unable to make contact electronically, the DO turns to its most deadly field officer - special agent Will Cochrane.His mission is simple: infiltrate the secret submarine base in eastern Russia's Avacha Bay, locate the agent operating under the codename "Svelte," and decode his message - or die trying.

But after successfully penetrating the base, Will finds Svelte bleeding and near death, his last words a final clue. Now, Will must find out what they mean... and discover the identity of a mysterious figure known only as the "Sentinel."

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"As in Spycatcher, Dunn's action scenes are vividly drawn. Lovers of derring-do will love this series." - Booklist

"Dunn delivers insights into a world most of us will never experience - except between the covers of a book, or maybe someday in a movie as good as the best of the Bond and Bourne sagas." - Oakland Tribune

"[Dunn] has also wisely scaled back the almost superhuman capabilities Will displayed in Spycatcher, matching him with a deadly adversary who's his equal, though some readers may feel Will has become too emotionally vulnerable." - Publishers Weekly

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Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Cassandra E. (Fort Myers, Florida)
Sentinel by Matthew Dunn
As a spy novel this was very good. It was easy to follow- although the Russian names and places were hard to follow at first. I haven't read the first in the series and I lost some of the background. But I really enjoyed it. It was a fast moving story that kept me wanting to read the next chapter. The story of a disgruntled spy that decided to start a war between the U.S. and Russia was different and kept you wondering who, what and why. I now want to read the first in the series. I hope the hardcover has included maps- I always feel that maps let you know where you are going in the story.

Rated 3 of 5 of 5 by Judith M. (San Diego, CA)
Cold Spies
I just could not get interested in Sentinel. The first few pages were exciting, but afterwards the story dragged on until I finally gave up. Although the author seemed to know his facts, I just did not care about the characters so failed to form any emotional attachment to them. I gave it a 3 because I felt real dedicated espionage readers might find something to their liking that I did not.

Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Mary O. (Boston, MA)
Page turner
Will Cochrane is a memorable Cold War character and you feel like you know him as you are ensconced in the book. A typical British spy thriller that makes you want to read it in one sitting. A perfect summer beach read!!

Rated 3 of 5 of 5 by Judith P. (Rosebud, Missouri)
Not enought character development
This is one of my favorite genre of book. This author has not created a main character that the reader care about or wants to know what is happening next. There is a lot of technical detail but very little of the human element.Perhaps the authors share too much in common with his main character. Deal well with situations but not in touch with people.

Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Darlene C. (Woodstock, IL)
A tired premise
Spy books about the cold war with Russia seem dated and out of sync to me. I enjoy spy books and this one was well written if that is your bag. It is fast-paced and gives a view of the unglamorous side of being an undercover agent. f you don't mind the old Russia vs. US theme this would be a great summer read

Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by LiteraryLinda Wyoming
Sentinel and His Surprise
Yes, there is a surprise ending which I never expected. I must admit I had trouble getting "into" this book. It probably had to do with being so busy that I read only a few minutes at a time. Once I was free of commitment, I began to like the book and ended up enjoying it. Reading spy thrillers is my forte; hence, my surprise at having trouble getting into it. Will Cochrane is quite a spy and I enjoyed his abilities. He seems to be well-trained in his various skills, yet he does have some warmness, though not much. He is such a harsh and evil-seeming man whose harsh methods could only be honed to efficiency by his hard work and his loyalty to his country. I think anyone who enjoys spy thrillers will enjoy this book. Thanks for the opportunity to read it.

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As an MI6 field officer, Matthew Dunn coordinated special operations, and acted in deep-cover roles throughout the world. He was trained in all aspects of intelligence collection, deep-cover deployments, small-arms, explosives, military unarmed combat, surveillance, and infiltration. During his time in MI6, Dunn conducted approximately seventy missions - all of them successful. He lives in England.

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