C.J. Box has yet to write a bad book, and the Joe Picket series continues on as a solid literary effort. C.J. has a great way of working current rural issues into his stories, as a person who lives in the rural west I appreciate that perspective. The stories and persona of Joe Picket make one feel as if they are a friend of the family, and if you have been reading the series from the beginning (highly recommended) you have seen the kids grow up and have been with the family through some tough times and some great times, and it builds a chemistry between reader and character that few authors are able to create. Joe is still the hard working game warden of twelve sleep county, still the unshakable straight arrow and still able to walk through fire to do the right thing. There are some real events in this issue that will change things for the next in the series, many of the previous players were back in form with their roles fresh and anew. There is a lot of excitement, a well thought out surprise ending and a good cameo or two from previous favorite characters.
As with the rest of the series, highly recommended.
In the first book a lot of character development took place, and it laid the foundation, albeit a tad methodically, but competently - it was an excellent read. In this book the second in the series the action takes off, good guys and bad guys are taking stage and they are great characters, there are several story lines developing and they are all solid attention getters. The story is thrilling and well told, I am hooked and cannot wait to listen to the third book in the series, so far this has been a great find. Highly recommended, if you like the genre this is exactly what you are looking for.
I am into this genre - and go through some poorly written books in an effort to find a series just like this. This, the first book in the series starts out flat, and I am putting it kindly, I almost stopped reading the book (I had bought it in real page turning book form first as it was not available on audio) if it was not for a really bad movie my girlfriend was watching and that book on the table, collecting dust, I would have tossed it after the first few chapters of character development, but I kept on and before long was hooked. I ordered the audio version because the print version had a bunch of blank pages in the crucial last 1/3 of the book - and have been obsessed with it since. The author works in state government and goes to great length to conceal his real name - he has inside information and brings that to the page as he reveals the story, it is the realism of events, the total development of certain characters, both hero and villain, their position in the story and who acquires power and by what means that lays the groundwork for some great action and suspense. This may be one of the best books in this genre out there, certainly in audio format.
Highly recommended, you will be looking for every excuse to listen to this until it is done, and you will rip into the next book in the series the second you finish this one, and will be happy it is available.
This is the sequel and the story does not slow down one bit. I am already into the next book into the series and cannot wait to continue with it. The best part of this story is that the events are believable, the story is woven from the fabric of daily events and if the path we are on is not changed some of the events of this story are going to come to pass, it is not that this book is prophetic, it just deals with events as they unfold and takes things to the conclusion that the author sees as unfolding in a totally realistic manner.
Highly recommended, this is a great series.
This book is based on real events - and the scenario presented in this book although fiction is so realistic that should the dominoes fall in the order described the outcome would closely follow the storyline of this book. I liked the writers style he is a talented author, characters are developed well, and overall the events have that ring of truth to them that allows the reader to get deeply into this storyline. Of note is that this is a series, as are most in the genre and you will not find an ending at the finish of this book, but the story is so well done that you are actually happy there is more to come when you get to the end. If you are into TEOTWAWKI books this will be a great listen, if you are new to the genre then you will like this as a great action, adventure story, either way highly recommended.
Okay, I like the Teotwawki genre but it has a problem that is epitomized in this book, it starts out great, then as the world falls apart so does the story, it seems to be a problem for this book and the genre as a whole. I like the writing, the characters are good and are really starting to get developed when things end, I know we are being set up for a sequel but I am tired of a story ending almost in mid sentence. That said I will listen to the sequel when it comes out so maybe I am the problem here. If you like "the end of the world as we know it" type of books you will find you like this book in spite of yourself, recommended but with the caveat that you are not getting the ending in this book.
I started to write a review for each title in the series and then realized that I had to wait for the end of the series to write a review because the story is one long one broken up by separate titles. Each segment is fairly long so actually this works out well. Now for the breakdown, solid writing, great characters, well done dialog and action action action - and a great amount of suspense. This genre has a weakness and that is that as the crisis ramps up the books are exciting and action packed, then the survivors hole up and, well, just kind of survive. This book blasts past that sticking point and never looks back, there are plots and subplots and all of it is exciting, not to mention that the 'infected' are more than just props for lots of gore. I have listened to a lot of books in this genre and this is in the top 1%. The one problem, the last book is not the last book, there is more, which since this is such a good series is good, but Audible does not have it available yet, which means I will have to wait for it, :( -
Need to mention that for this book and the characters in it the narration is fantastic, great match.
This is a fun series, as the genre goes there are quite a few poorly written books out there, finding a book that is well written goes a long way in this category, and this is one of them. The action is tight, the pandemic that causes the 'plague' interesting and the cast of characters well done, developed, believable. Dialog is actually good dialog and not something comic book like. The main character seems to loose his weapon a lot for a special forces guy but then nothing is perfect, he is great character and does the right thing when the chips are down. I like this book and am already into the 3rd book in the series as a result, Highly recommended.
There are a lot of moments in this book that had me right there with it, I was involved and thought the writer was on the right track, and the book takes off in that direction from the start and you are pretty sure you have a winner. The narration is solid, the writer has skill at describing a scene and bringing it to the listener (reader) in a plausible manner. Here comes the "but"- the author pens the scene of societal collapse of the urbane fairly well, the characters are diverse and have each some skill which comes into play after the collapse, the mode of the collapse, a cyber attack is well explained and actually plausible, BUT this is written from an urban centric point of view and the description of people in the countryside is horribly derogatory, they are painted as rapists, cannibals, and in one scene are shown to be chasing a cow down with machetes and hacking it to pieces. Nobody in the rural section of the story is presented as anything other than an ignorant villain. Oh, but in the enlightened city, violent acts are stopped by a group of people holding up their phones and taking pictures, that is all it takes. The people who leave NY city for the country side are forever haunted by that stupid move, of course the city would be much safer than farm country once food becomes scarce in the city. There are some well done sections in this book and if the author had stayed within his comfort zone it would have been a good book. The storyline describing the method of cyber attack is done well and the author has knowledge of the subject matter and is able to bring it to the reader in an entertaining manner, as in the degrading situation in the city. The problem with the book comes in the section after they leave the city, things just begin to fall apart from there.
As far as a recommendation the subject matter is interesting and brought to the reader in a well done manner, the story has some holes in it but works at the base level and the narration is well done as well. If prepper grid down subject matter is your genre then you might like this book, if tech suspense it your thing this might be okay but a bit of a departure and not deep enough into your subject matter to be a total thumbs up.
I would recommend it with just a few grimaces.
I cannot understand how this book gets a good review from anybody - one bad cliche after another, poor writing, no, terrible writing. Good narration. Sentence after sentence that does not logically follow the one before it. No character development at all. The head of the the drug cartel is described as "deciding he would not be poor, and soon he became the go to guy for people to get anything they want" done - total character development. I tried to like this book because I like the genre, impossible, it is a bad book and nothing redeems it.
Not recommended, not one second of it.
This book picks up the story line of the last novel five years into the future. Where the last book was action packed and moved very quickly this second book in the series takes a look at the current trends in demographics and political expediency and builds society as the main character for this book. The character Ragna Bartewell is back and one of the only characters from the first book to carry the story forward, but it is the condition of society itself that is the star of this story. If one pays attention to events it is possible to see how the author developed this storyline and it is a compelling case that he makes, the writing is solid and the dialog well done, the ending is exciting as are other turning points in the story. Where the last book moved from one action scene to the next this book builds tension to the end in a more classic thriller style, and does deliver an exciting ending. I rated this book a bit below the first only because the development phase of this book delved on a bit, it was well done but a bit overdone at times, although in the end it did make for very well established characters and a solid storyline.
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