C.J. Box,No David Chandler yes. Some time ago, I read one of his mid series books and found it forced and Joe Pickett to be a weak self absorbed character then I picked this book up on sale to give him another try. While the story line surrounding this Wyoming Game and Fish officer (we call them fish and game further west) was credible and even creative at times, he is an irritating caricature of the enlightened environmentalists popular in todays culture. I have read and appreciated many writers from the left and the right, who clearly indulge their political and ideological beliefs but do it in a sophisticated, humorous, adventurous and or enlightened way, but not so with this writer. He lost me when he created his main character as weak and unsure of himself both in work and in his marital relationship, untrustworthy in his professional competence, lacking in discretion in choosing friends or sharing information, then tops it off by clumsily calling out the "far right" for supporting one of the villains of his story who's aim was to purposely wipe out an endangered species strictly for financial gain.
I am guessing that if I were to read any more of this authors books, I would just be left feeling guilty for not being able to give him some of the hugs that he seems to need. Check out Craig Johnsons character, Walt Longmire, if you want a deeper more satisfying modern day western.
I recently listened to Cold Wind and really enjoyed it. Great story and great characters. So I went to the first in the series - Open Season. Another great listen. Aside from the great book, they picked the perfect narrator. On to the next ...
CJ has the uncanny and truly brilliant ability to weave what would seem like valid causes; aka agendas, to be convincingly mixed like poison cocktails within the minds of both the evil and the utterly morally confused.
I greatly appreciate the fairness and clarity brought to bear in his stories. Keep them coming CJ! I'm on your 4th book as of tonight. Love everything about them! :-)￼
Learning about the characters and their back ground
When Mary Beth got shot
On my seats edge. I didn't want to turn it off.
Old Broad with Keyboard
Yes. I already have.
The last couple of chapters were a real surprise. Without telling, the action was good, the surprise was great & it made me go out & buy the next one in the series.
there's something just a little dull about the beginning of the book & his narration is part of it.
It was a slow starter. I almost gave up on it but, I was working on something that I couldn't turn off so I hung in there. Then it changed into an action thriller. I enjoyed the last two thirds of the book immensely & would recommend it - you just have to get past the dull beginning.
I really enjoy the "wilderness law enforcement" genre. My favorite is Walt Longmire (Craig Johnson.) I also enjoyed the early books in the Cork O'Connor series. But Joe Pickett has become a wonderful discovery.
This first offering in the series introduces us to a brave, interesting, dedicated but all too human Wyoming game warden. We become familiar with his struggle to remain an honest man, provide for his growing family at poverty wages and successfully do the work he loves.
Also brought into her own is Mary Beth, Joe's wife, and his daughter, Sheridan. Her behavior at seven years old strained my credulity a bit, but not so much as to spoil anything.
The murder mystery is well-crafted and intriguing and C. J. Box brings the Wyoming landscape into sharp focus as a character unto itself.
David Chandler's narration is outstanding and his work has definitely helped bring these characters and this story to life.
Highly recommend and I'm now moving on to the second book, Savage Run.