No matter where you go, there you are.
With friend/fugitive Nate sidelined for nearly the entire story, Joe had to grin and bear it through this interesting tale of corruption in an US Government Agency, murder, and persecution setting the scene for a manhunt that includes even Joe's archenemy, the ex-sherriff.
Joe is pushed to his seemingly bottomless limit of patience, but preservers against tremendous, some might say 'overdone', odds to emerge unemployed but victorious. Box writes cluttered novels that stretch plausibility, but entertain very well.
I often feel like I am running out of quality authors in the mystery genre, but Box has made the cut as I near the end of this series quite satisfied.
note: Publisher's Note is full of discrepancies and errors. Don't they proof-read their own stuff? Seriously embarrassing!
Not much. Who wants politics when reading entertainment especially when nothing in the description leads you to believe that's the purpose
If you're a right wing wack job you'll love it. The author rails against the EPA, asbestos removal laws, lead paint removal laws...basically anything that's there to protect the environment because he must figure no regulation is best. So the story is cloaked in this political BS point of view. A real turn off. If I wanted political ranting I would go elsewhere...I don't want it in books I read for entertainment. Had to stop listening. The performance is top rate however.
I'd be surprised if anyone could enjoy this book.
It is a rant against any type of government regulation and the story is totally unbelievable. I could not bring myself to finish the listen.
No redeeming qualities, unlike earlier Joe Pike books.
Joe Pickett is a nice man in a corrupt, politicized system. Joe struggles to hold onto his moral values and his family. Nice details, good character development. Narrator keeps it interesting while capturing Joe's mellow style.
I can't really explain why I love this series. Joe is a superhero in disguise-the last man standing in a world of principle corrupted by bad guys and politicized bureaucrats. The author's descriptions of the great outdoors are wonderful, and his extreme characters lovable, despicable, and unreal. This is a good mystery, and we are given enough hints that, if one is paying attention, one won't be so surprised by the turn of events. On the other hand, when I see what some Members of Congress believe and how they behave, how cynical government workers become, how greed trumps the common good, I begin to think that the so-called real world has come to resemble this comic book.
The book mentions and is loosely based on the SCOTUS case, Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency. It was decided in March 21, 2012, in favor of Sackett's right to appeal the EPA compliance order. I have not heard about further developments since the case was remanded to district court.
I have enjoyed C.J. Box over the years, and this is an excellent example of the storytelling. The character is flawed but entirely moral. Some of his decisions get him embroiled in trouble, but he is so real. His relationships with coworkers, wife, daughter, and friends, move the plot along and keep the reader engrossed. His frustrations with those in power and their inability to act logically are mirrored in all our lives.
He adds the Western locale and the politics of the lone man that I don't usually agree with or think about, but in this context the politics are powerful and moving. It's man against nature, and it's about men trying to do right when all around them men are following rules that don't make sense and abusing power without thought for how their actions affect others or worse, abusing power with deliberate malice.
I haven't read the print version.
floating down the Middle Fork
the mule deer buck leaping into the rive
I always enjoy CJ Box's books. He and I are both from Wyoming; he knows the state and the environmental issues we face. He does a great job setting a mystery in this land of "forever west".
Trade publications and "professional" reviewers say this is the best book in the series. I'm not sure because there absolutely are no bad installments in the Joe Pickett story. This is the kind of book I try to listen to as slowly as possible, but it never works. In spite of the negative light Box paints the EPA and the federal government in general, the politics are never heavy handled or preachy. I'll listen to this again.
Another good Joe Pickett adventure. We have read all the books in this series and felt like this one quit a chapter or two too early, with many loose ends for the next book to resolve. Anyone reading this book would certainly be left wondering what happened to key players. This book ends like a "soap opera". However, the reader was excellent! and I will be waiting for the continuing saga.
The story was implausible on so many fronts, and although there was supposed to be a twist at the end, it was telegraphed. Even without the telegraphing, it wasn't much of a twist. The writing was simplistic and lacked description. There were a few good lines, such as the rocks in the river being described as civil war tombstones, but it seemed like these were thrown in. Hard to believe that this got good rankings -- I'm usually a very liberal grader.