Since this series is so different from the other crime investigation and police procedural novels that I favor, is very difficult to rank. It really stands by itself. Stands out really.
When Joe Picket rescued the stranded men from the raging forest fire.
I've listened to most of the novels in this series and to me Chandler has become Joe Picket.
The last few minutes, when Picket reveals what really happened that awful day in the Wyoming mountains.
When I was heard about this series, I thought Joe Picket was a forest ranger (fire look-out type) and it did not seem to be very interesting. But I was told I would probably like the novels. they were different than the usual crime fare. So I listened to "Cold Wind" (#11). Boy was I mistaken. Joe Picket is a game warden that is a first class detective and police officer. Now I wish that I had started in the beginning. The series is very chronological and I'm not sure I'll be able to go back and start at the beginning. C.J. Box keeps writing a new one and I don't have time to listen to any older ones.
The goverment, EPA, timely.
All of C J Box's books
I couldn't but I would have liked to.
When you read the news paper expect to get a Joe Picket Book. This book was well done in every way.
It was an enjoyable listen - and not bad. But I am such a huge Longmire fan I just kept finding myself a bit "bored" by Joe Pickett. Not his fault - or C. J . Box's.
The plot was well thought out and well executed - felt like the story line held together very well - made sense and seemed possible.
Yes - the changes in voice were close to perfect and made it easy to follow.
I actually was thinking how good Timothy Oliphant would be in the Joe Pickett role - but he is already busy. Yes it would seem to be a good candidate for either TV or Movie...
Abuse of Power.
The rancher trying to assert his private property rights against an abusive federal government agent. The Governor of Wyoming in the story found out how coercive the federal government could be. This is eerily similar to present day IRS agents who used their positions to assist groups they agreed with politically and harm groups that they did not agree with.
The incident where Joe and his boss stop at a home to discuss a routine wildlife issue and accidentally discover a meth lab. This scene reminds us of the risks law enforcement agents can be exposed to in the course of a routine day and why they need to be ever vigilant. I also especially enjoyed the escape from the fire through the canyon and riding the rapids down the river.
Wyoming is still a frontier, beautiful and free and settled by a hardy independent people.
Wyoming must have plenty of crime since Walt Longmire and Joe Pickett are always so busy. George Guidall and David Chandler are both exceptional with their narration and this definitely adds to the excitement in the stories in both series. I love them both. Keep them coming.
The whole Joe Pickett series, from novel #1 through #13 was one of my favorites. All interesting stories, good characters and a very talented narrator. I stated at #1 and listened to all of them one right after another. I loved it. I'm only sorry that it ended..for now.
I always enjoy C. J. Box, but this book was incredible. It seemed to start slow but once it got going, holy cow, hold onto your hats because it's a bumpy ride. One crisis after another, non-stop action, believable tension, awesome narration. And a surprise ending too - didn't see that coming. As soon as I finished this audiobook, I wanted to start it again right away. I'll wait a month or two, but I won't forget that enjoying this book again is on my to-do list.
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. .