Old Broad with Keyboard
Shocking. Believable. Good.
There was one night in the middle of the book that I stayed up till dawn just to listen.
He really doesn't do females very well. I think he'd be better off just reading the female part or softening his voice a bit rather than try to BE a female voice. It annoyed me.
No. But it sure was tense there a few times!! And I couldn't shut it down.
I think I'm going to like this series a whole lot.
When Joe was leading his wife's ex boyfriend thru the canyon wall climb
The cabin scene
Another rock-solid mystery/adventure from C.J. Box.
This one pits radical environmental saboteurs and a newly-revived group of ranchers and wealthy landowners against each other, with the methodical but values-driven Joe Pickett and his family caught in the middle. The wealthy ranchers, tired of losing most of their battles to encroach on wilderness through ranching and development, have hired a "cattle detective" to hunt down infamous environmental activists. The cattle detective is right out of the past of the American West - 100 years ago they were lethal Pinkertons hired to deliver ignoble deaths to cattle rustlers and take the romance out of being an outlaw.
As in his previous books, Box paints unflattering portrayals of corrupt exploiters of the land and also of privileged environmentalists who don't see the nuance and real people behind the land and water issues in the West. He doesn't like extremists on either end of the political spectrum.
Box does a great job with his characters - even 10 year old Sheridan is thoughtfully drawn. His eco-terrorist/ex boyfriend Stewie Woods is particularly interesting - both exasperating and funny. Pickett himself is a likable Everyman with both courage and integrity, and he's also doggedly stubborn which is what it takes in these novels to beat the bad guys.
I haven't decided yet what to think about his wife, Marybeth. She's likable enough, but she's also definitely a side kick - while she's a fine alter-ego to Joe, it is difficult to see how such an allegedly interesting woman gave up a legal career and hinted-at other adventures to live in ramshackle government housing and work part time, low-paying jobs, all for love. I hope in future books Box draws out her inner life and gives us something else to like about her other than as lover-of-Joe.
Performance is as solid and interesting as the story.
Tighter writing construction and better character development.
No... I feel time could be better spent with other novels.
The environmental aspect of the story line was worthwhile and the descriptions of the landscape otherwise the action drug along especially in the middle sections
My brother, a tree-hugging liberal, tuned me in to the Joe Pickett novels. Joe Pickett is more politically neutral than my brother, in an inter-mountain west outdoor-loving sort of way. Joe doesn't hunt but doesn't demonize those who do, and he enjoys meat as a part of his diet. If there are any Democrats in his portion of Wyoming, you wouldn't need to take your shoes off to get an accurate census count, and you wouldn't count Joe as one of that rare Wyoming breed, but if Joe chose to never vote that wouldn't surprise me. All of his family, the protagonists, are three-dimensional and seem worth caring about, a prerequisite for any series of novels. The narration is excellent, and the stories are interesting. Having now finished the first 2 books in this series I feel comfortable giving this author and this series my highest recommendation.
Interesting detail on the "eco" movement , it's militancy and the counter militancy against it.
I like the way the author weaves the impact of
restoring natures balance and ties in the history of the old west.
This is a satisfying story. I love the characters of Joe Pickett and his family. This story pulls in someone from Mary Beth's past in an interesting way. I especially enjoy the descriptions of Wyoming's natural landscape and its beauty. The plot moves at a good pace. If you liked the first book in the series, you will like this one too. I'm about to download the next one.