Berkley, Feb 2003, 7.50, 384 pp.
President Jordan is elated that his second term in office is winding down though he knows he will miss the illusion of power. He is tired of the terrorists who have blown up five public buildings in the past eighteen months and looks forward to divorcing his First Lady and marrying his top security advisor.
However even in the final laps, the deadly Aryan Disciples provide a direct threat to Jordan starting with the killing of a Secret Service agent. Now head of the First Lady protection unit, Agent Pete Garrison has a credible threat to Jordan through a reliable (at least in the past) but extremely nervous and somewhat shaky informer. However, Pete has his own problems as someone has photos of he and the First Lady making love. As Pete concludes that his opponent is deep inside the concentric circles surrounding the President, he works closely with Agent Breckinridge on stopping the clear and present danger to the head of the United States as well as keeping himself clean.
Though at times the tale seems a stretch, fans will relish this strong look at the Secret Service. The story line is fast-paced and filled with much irony and characters one cares deeply about. The actual attempt on the President seems incredulous though the audience is warned to “trust no one”. Still, readers will immensely enjoy the look at the agency's operations through the eyes of the key characters. THE SENTINEL is an action packed thriller that keeps the heart pumping and the adrenaline flowing.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner