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Book review: 'Sentinel' by Matthew Dunn

Retired British intelligence field officer Matthew Dunn delivers another thrilling read with “Sentinel.”
BY JOHN HARRINGTON Published: October 21, 2012
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“Spycatcher,” author Matthew Dunn's first novel, introduced us to Will Cochrane — known as Spartan by the British and U.S. secret intelligence forces that handles him.

In “Sentinel” (William Morrow, $25.99), he is called on again. The CIA received an unfinished note from one its agents in Russia that talks of betrayal and war.

Spartan, specially trained and one of a kind, is sent to a secret Russian submarine base to meet another agent. The agent is dying, but he is able to give Spartan a clue when he tells him, “only Sentinel can stop him.”

But who is Sentinel? Cochrane finds out Sentinel was the original in the Spartan training program and is running a group of agents who are mysteriously being murdered. Cochrane and Sentinel begin their countermeasures and learn their opponent, a Spetsnaz colonel intent on starting another Russian-U.S. war, has their skills and maybe a few more.

Author Dunn, a retired British intelligence field officer, gives us another thriller and an inside look at the espionage game.

— John Harrington