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.
Just too much Hollywood type hype here. In good conscience I cannot recommend this listen.
No, I thought I might enjoy the listen as I am an outdoor person.
Chandler could have brushed up on his pronounciation a bit more.
Story line wasn't bad, just presented in an unrealistic tone.
I am so hooked on his books! They are fantastic as audio books. before you know it you're at your destination when you're traveling while listening.
He develops all of his characters throughout this series.
This one was hard to guess what was going to happen or even what was really happening.
David has the perfect voice for the characters especially Nate.
You're going to love it!
I listen to audio books while working.
We listened to the first book, and jumped to this one because we'd bought it awhile back on sale. I so want to love this author, but probably won't buy another book unless on sale. The problems:
1) Box needs a good editor. An editor should have caught the amazing number of times Pickett grunts, and the intense repetition of certain areas over and over and over again.
2) In the first book we excused it, but this time I have to say it. I don't get the marriage. Perhaps Box isn't married and so doesn't have a grasp on what a good wife does or doesn't do? One minute the she's snarkie, next minute cares, next minute after an unbelievable disaster (which would make any wife ask about that first -- unless she is divorcing the arse) she bitches that he doesn't ask her how she is?
3) Joe also comes off stupid, dim-witted, then bright -- and this is not a complex character. He should be salt-of-the-earth.
4) Animal gore for no apparent reason.
5) He totally does not get kids, either doesn't have them or doesn't know them. He turns Joe, who is portrayed as a pretty good father, into an idiot with one child cahracter, out of character. He doesn't care so much that this child's life is not going to be okay. It is crucial in this book, and what he does is mess up a kid totally.
Retired, living in Montana, enjoying the good life. Favorites: CJ Box; Carl Hiassen and historical non-fiction—Modern European History
Yes. Box is always entertaining. This book was not his best book, although it was interesting. It lacked the usual imagination shown by Box and the "return to Savage Run" seemed to indicate Box has run out of things to write about or imagination to think new things up. The river scenes could have been set in any canyon.
The reveal at the end was, as usual, amazing.
The trip down Savage Run
Probably not. There is no theatre where I live and no movie is worth driving 80 miles over the continental divide to see it.
This book was pretty predictable. It was pretty easy to guess what Butch's connection to Baptiste was. It mischaracterized the Sackett decision, which had solely to do with procedural matters. And the book was predictable in other ways, too. You knew the moment you read it, the main plot event was 'too bad to be true,' as well as impossible. SPOILER ALERT: The EPA does not engage in fugitive hunts. This would have been the sheriff's case. If federal law enforcement was involved, it would have been the FBI or the US Marshal's service. The shooting of the two agents at the beginning of the book was self-defense, from any point of view, so why did the protagonist go to jail? A hell fire missile on a Predator drone? The military wouldn't give him an armed drone for fear he'd do what he did and make the military look like idiots. I'll bet the EPA wishes they had the resources they have in the book. The whole concept of using a hell fire missile to take out one guy, based on a cell phone signal, is so absurd it passes into the realm of fairy tales.
While you are trying to find out the answer you will be on the edge of your seat and get damn mad. A must read.