Joe Picket is a newly minted warden in "small-town, big-game" Wyoming.
He is an incorruptible character with high ideals. (enter dirty-dealing friends and big money temptation). He quickly makes a few enemies who would like nothing better than to see Picket replaced and his reputation destroyed - and if they have their way that's exactly what will happen.
To the author's credit he has left out a lot of unnecessary "sensationalism" that most author's are tempted to junk up their writing with. (eg., there is very little, if any, foul language; no grisly details or gory, deranged murders; lusty scenes are mostly replaced with monogamous relationships). Neither does he preach his values, he just tells a story.
However, to be fair review, the storyline is promising, but rather predictable.
Love the book, love Joe Picket and love C.J. Box. This is the first novel in the Joe Picket series and it is simply well written and easy to read and listen to. If your looking for a great story about wildlife, family, Wyoming and mystery then this is the perfect audio book! A+++
Audiobook close to eight hours of listening, narration by David Chandler.
Open Season is book #1 in the Joe Pickett series. Pickett is a wildlife/game warden who’s exploits will bring to mind Nevada Barr’s character, Anna Pigeon. I’ve become a fan of Pickett via accidentally reading book 15, possibly in an Audible Daily Deal, and purchased book 14. I enjoyed the stories enough to revert to the beginning of the series. My initial reaction is sad … in books 14, 15 Joe Pickett's faithful dog is named Daisy, and in book 1, he has an eight-year-old retriever named Maxine. Although Joe’s dog is not a major character, she is a regular companion. Not going to give any spoiler. But … what can I say, I love dogs, and it would seem Maxine’s future is doomed at some point in the series.
Open Season starts this series, and Joe Pickett is a wet-behind-the-ears game officer, the father of two little girls, with a beautiful, pregnant wife. His first adventure surrounds a mysterious wild animal that was thought to be extinct. The little meerkat-like creature is the catalyst for a myriad of characters to show the true colors of greed and not-so-altruistic agendas. A fairly innocuous career of game warden is far more dangerous than one would believe!
No profanity, no explicit sex, a ‘clean’ read. Nice mystery and a pleasant introduction to a lengthy series. Narration by David Chandler is fine; you’ll have no trouble discerning who-says-what-to-who. Enjoy!
Who knew there was so much violence in such a rural place!
New guy in town. New family. New friends and school. Hard to fit in.
The new game warden gets caught up in an intrigue of EPA, animal protection, development, progress and prospects of better than subsistence living for some in the town. He is just trying to do his job, to do the right thing. When he is told to forget about it, and just move on, he knows something isn't right, but then he has to buck all the old hands and the cliques they are in.
This is an enjoyable story and the start of long series that will see the warden's children grow up, the warden's position in town improve, and the town change. It is well-written and realistic.
I was confused at one point since many efforts were made to point out how the warden was such a lousy shot, but at the end he saves the day by actually being a crack shot. Maybe it was a hand gun/ shotgun difference, but I thought it didn't work.
That said, I will still read the rest of the series. The people are real and authentic, and I like the warden, and I like his family. The town has honest folk as well as trash, and the situations are real, although you can see the political timeliness of the plots.
I will read this book again after I read all the other books written by C J Box.
Joe Pickett is all about integrity as a game warden in this Wyoming mystery.
Sheridan, Joe's seven year old daughter.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
The first in a series about WY Game Warden Joe Pickett and his problems....The story is awkwardly written but fairly interesting, however David Chandler is not a particularly sterling narrator. His phrasing is awkward and toneless, his womens voices poorly done and he presents Pickett as a total wimp. Which is pretty much the way Pickett is written BTW.
I purchased 3 of C.J. Box's audio books in the series but doubt I'll buy more unless the character is better developed and Chandler improves as a narrator.
I'm not nearly as enthused about this series as I was about Walt Longmire, thats for sure. If you're interested in reading about Wyoming wilderness and enjoy mysteries then THATS the series to spend your credits on.
I downloaded this one for a long trip, because I like something on the lighter side when I travel. This was a good choice. I couldn't give it 5 stars because it's not a brilliant book that will stay with me forever, but character development is always the most important part of a book for me, and I enjoyed Joe and his family very much. The plot took a while to get started, but before long it got interesting. It was also not too long and drawn out, and the reader was excellent.
Suzanne, avid reader and listener who loves a broad range of genres but, ecpecially authors,T.C. Boyle, Jodi Picoult, Barbara Kingsolver, Lionel Shriver, Sue Miller, Larry McMurty, Bryce Courteran, Lisa Gardner, Brian Haig, Richard North Patterson, Nelson Demille, Robert Tannenbaum, Sara Gruen, Kate Norton, Steig Larsen, Tana French and Gillian Flynn!! Still many more and the number of authors I enjoy continues to grow.
Loved how they used the "endangered species act" to contrast the different animals and humans as they struggle to survive. I had never considered the possibility that hunting may be a more honest approach to the acquisition of food. Also, it was interesting getting to know very different people and to understand their outlook.
I was enchanted with Sheridan and Lucy "befriending" the "hippity hop" and family. Also, the scenes of Sheridan and Lucy reinacting the weasel play were absolutely hilarious. I was waiting for Lucy to spill the beans. The not so subtle negotiations between the sisters and the ensuing play was masterful. The parent's, looking on and completely misinterpreting the play acting was also greatly amusing.
Chandler is perfect for Joe Pike. Chandler and Box are great together. They remind me a bit of Will Patchett narrating for James Lee Burke; both narrators capture a certain male essence with a slight musicality.
The characterizations of the girls and their interior lives was moving, both funny and very sad. I was unhappy when Mary Beth got shot and lost her baby. I was confused because in the following book, Cold Wind, there weren't any new, natural born, children and wanted to find out what happened. He doesn't mention in either book, but, I am sure that a gunshot wound, in that area, would probably obliterate Mary Beth's uterus and possiblity of any more children.
The first C.J. Box book I read was Cold Wind. It was so good that, while reading the literal book I bought the first in the series, Open Season. I listened to it even more than usual for an audiobook and finished it before I finished, Cold Wind. These books are so great and riveting that I have used an aubible credit and bought another. I am having a hard time taking to another audiobook with the same fervor. I hope C.J. Box hasn't spoiled me!I can't wait to see the man who recomended his books and give him a huge, thank you!
C. J. Box has started a good series with the Joe Pickett character. I'm interested to see where it goes.
Box is no Clive Cussler, but someday I hope he gets to that level.
The good thing about this book is it keeps your attention and the story is easy to follow. It's perfect for a good road trip.
I'd recommend Open Season for its interesting characters and setting, but I kept wanting to push the reader to speed it up. I think he added an extra half hour just by his laid-back pace.
If you like to be surprised, this one isn't for you, except for the ending, which was quite satisfying for anyone who doesn't mind violence.
Not unless I hear a noticeable uptick in his reading speed.
I'd be happy to spend more time with Joe Pickett and his family, but I don't think there's much more to add to the Open Season story line. I'd certainly enjoy learning a great deal more about the life of a game warden in Wyoming.
I use Audible books to lure me out of the house for a two-mile walk every day. Despite my dissatisfaction with David Chandler's reading speed, he and the interesting story got me outside and walking every day for two weeks, and for that I thank him and C.J. Box.