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.
Say something about yourself!
This was my first C J Box novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot held me from the beginning and the twist in the ending was wonderful. I like how he has a character to stand up to the EPA, the symbol of a government out of control and tyrannical, as it appears to actually be with this administration.
It's little guy against the government thugs and politicians. Wonderful plot. Great story line and the picturesque background make for a great read. .
The outdoorsman and hunter elements connected with me. I could feel the cold, heat, and the suspense.
David Chandler wasn't bad but not much variety or distinction in his characters. C.J. Box on the other hand reminded me of a bad Louis Lamoure. What a far-fetched story, the EPA using missile firing drones and game wardens running rapids & waterfall on a log. This book goes to the bottom of my list.
The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie King
Living in Idaho, near the Wilderness Area, I run across a lot of people with the same attitudes as the author. Gun-totters with cowboy hats, their mouths full of chew and throwing Coors Lite beer cans out their Ford pickups windows. They think that because they were raised there, that God's Country is their own personal property and treat it as such. If it wasn't for the EPA there would be a lot more damage done to our public lands.