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The Sentinel: Vengeance of Memory 1 | [Mark Oldfield]

The Sentinel: Vengeance of Memory 1

In 1953, Comandante Leo Guzmán is head of a secret police unit whose job is to hunt down enemies of the state. Guzmán's brutal tactics are simple and effective: everyone is suspect. In 2009, on a blazing summer's day in the hills near Madrid, Ana María Galindez, a Guardia Civil forensic scientist, examines what she thinks is just another Civil War grave. Fifteen bodies are hidden in an abandoned mine shaft, and forensics reveal that the killings took place sometime in the early 1950s. The identity of the suspected murderer? Comandante Leo Guzmán.
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The action in The Sentinel alternates between the present and the dark winter of 1953, where Comandante Leo Guzmán is head of a secret police unit whose job is to hunt down enemies of the state. Guzmán's brutal tactics are simple and effective: everyone is suspect.

In 2009, on a blazing summer's day in the hills near Madrid, Ana María Galindez, a Guardia Civil forensic scientist, examines what she thinks is just another Civil War grave. Fifteen bodies are hidden in an abandoned mine shaft, and forensics reveal that the killings took place sometime in the early 1950s. The identity of the suspected murderer? Comandante Leo Guzmán.

Intrigued by Guzmán's disappearance, Galindez becomes obsessed with tracking down this shadowy killer. As she investigates, she disturbs things which have lain dormant for almost 60 years. Things so compromising that those concerned will stop at nothing to destroy them-and her.

©2012 Mark Oldfield (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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    Gavin Dunbar, United Kingdom 01/11/2012
    Gavin Dunbar, United Kingdom 01/11/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "Simply Unbelievable and fantastic. Easy 5 Star"

    I took a gamble on this one. Something caught my imagination. Oh that was a good move. What a book, brilliant and totally absorbing. The story is demanding, gruesome and relentlessly draws you in. The main character is truly Shakespearean, hard, bad and tragic. There a three linked stories and each is powerful and important. I kept wanting to get back to each one, frustrated when the book took you the next. The narrator is brilliant and adds so much to the book, his skill with voices is a delight. Read it and pay attention. It all matters.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    bennieblue Cardiff South Wales 17/11/2012
    bennieblue Cardiff South Wales 17/11/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book"

    Not normally my type of book but the reviews were good. This book is great. Although it was longer then normal it held my interest from the first page. It covers three time zones but you always knew where you were. I recommend it. The narrater Nigel Carrington was very good and I enjoyed listening to him.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rita HORSHAM, United Kingdom 14/04/2013
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    "Fascinating tale of post civil war Spain"

    Set in both post revolutionary Spain and contemporary Spain, this first of a trilogy. Leo Guzman is a brilliant creation, one of Franco's enforcers a methodical killer. Ana Maria Galindez is the lead in the present day a forensic scientist who is perusing Guzman from the present. Although complicated the story is fascinating especially as I knew very little about Spain in 1953. I look forward to the next instalment

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    andrew bath, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
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    "Long, indulgent and gloriously brilliant"

    This book was a little slow to get going due to jumping forward and backward in time, however stick with it as its truly brilliant. I really did a turnaround with this book wishing it would not finish as I was sucked into the story, and wanted to stay with the characters.



    I can't recommend this book enough and truly can't wait for the next Mark Oldfield book as its the first of three!

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    N. S. Scott UK 31/01/2013
    N. S. Scott UK 31/01/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant"

    Ignore the poor reviews this is a brilliant book, one of the best audio books I have ever listened to. The narration was very good, and even had in not been the fantastic story would have made up for it. Get it now & you’ll be hooked!

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    graham keston, United Kingdom 15/01/2013
    graham keston, United Kingdom 15/01/2013 Member Since 2008
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    "Utterly riveting"

    One of the best novels I've listened to in a long time . Informative , exciting and a good story told over three eras of Spanish history; I was genuinelu sorry for it to end. I really have no idea why some reviewers are on about the narration , it was excellent and the accents were more than adequate to convey the story. There were enough twists and turns to keep me with it over it's considerable length and I await part 2 with keen anticipation.

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    mr benfleet, United Kingdom 18/02/2013
    mr benfleet, United Kingdom 18/02/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "the sentinel"

    quite hard topic but this went on, and well told loved it again only use audible in my car to and from work.

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    Trish New Malden, United Kingdom 01/01/2013
    Trish New Malden, United Kingdom 01/01/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Phoney accents"

    I was disappointed in this book. The narrator was required to throw in odd words and phrases in Spanish which he did poorly. There were very unlikely story lines and some of the main characters were hard to visualise as their descriptions were inadequate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Norwich, United Kingdom 08/12/2012
    David Norwich, United Kingdom 08/12/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "The Sentinel"

    I had high hopes of this book but was disappointed by the old fashioned tied sexual politics and the thinly drawn characters, I carried on to the end but saw no improvement. I was hoping the world had moved on from this type of book not my type of read at all

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    Reader United Kingdom 26/10/2012
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    "Worst thing I've listened to for a long long time"

    Where to begin? Well firstly, I suppose, as I haven't read or heard this story through to the end I had better not say too much about the authorship. Although that said first impression are of formulaic overblown characters, using unconvincing and historically and geographical unauthentic dialogue, inhabiting a poorly realised world. If this is 1950's Spain then I was born in the Netherlands…………..…. but it is hard to really get a handle on anything here, either plot or characterisation, because of the truly terrible production.



    I cannot blame the narrator for not having a suite of fairly convincing Iberian accents to draw upon but I can blame the pathetic production team for employing him. If you think hearing what is a Spanish plot, set in Spain with Spanish characters using voices that range from East London hard man to Scottish by way of god knows where then buy this. Otherwise steer well clear. If it's still on offer (oh I how I regret this spending this money) it might be worth a fiver to you to hear something truly humorous, of the most painful kind that is.



    Actually there is something here that interests me, this is an American Audible release of an American production. I have noticed before with these that there seldom appears to be any attempt to utilise authentic or semi-authentic voice. I have heard many a Scandinavian policeman talking in broad American accents. Perhaps this is the American market, perhaps few American know or care about regional accent. Remember the pain of Kevin Costnor as Robin Hood - this is actually much much worse - and I am far from Spanish.



    The previewed piece has little dialogue and the narrator voice for description is not too bad - even with some inflection for Spanish words. The reality is very different - there is something almost enchanting, in a charmless brutal way, about hearing Comandante Leo Guzmán speaking in an East End voice.





    Awful.





    For completeness Audible have refunded my money.



    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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