From C. J. Box, the New York Times-bestselling author of the Joe Pickett novels, comes a thrilling book of suspense stories about the Wyoming he knows so well - and the dark deeds and impulses that can be found there.
Over the course of eighteen books, C. J. Box has been consistently hailed for his brilliant storytelling and extraordinary skills at creating character, suspense, and a deep sense of place. All of those strengths are in the ten riveting stories - three of them never before published - that make up Shots Fired.
In "One-Car Bridge," one of four Joe Pickett stories, Pickett goes up against a "just plain mean" landowner, with disastrous results, and in "Shots Fired," his investigation into the radio call referred to in the title nearly ends up being the last thing he ever does. In "Pirates of Yellowstone," two Eastern European tough guys find out what it means to be strangers in a strange land, and in "Le Sauvage Noble," the stranger is a Lakota in Paris who enjoys playing the "noble savage" for the French women - until he meets Sophie. Then he discovers what "savage" really means.
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An intriguing collection of short stories by C.J. Box, masterfully read by David Chandler. I particularly enjoyed the stories which contain Joe & Nate because I have read the entire Joe Pickett series and these could each be a chapter or two in one of the novels. However, each story stands alone so reading the series is not a prerequisite! The other stories clearly demonstrate C.J.'s imagination, writing style and 'dark side' in a couple. I liked the explanation of where he got some of his ideas and when and why he wrote each one.
I am not certain how someone would react to some of these short stories if they were not already acquainted with C. J Box and his Joe Pickett series set in the Big Horn area of Wyoming. Certainly, knowing many of the characters and their backstories make the short stories richer. So if you are looking for guidance on whether or not to buy this book, my answer is twofold. If you are already a Joe Pickett fan then by all means, get the short stories. You will not be disappointed. If you have missed C. J. Box but are a fan of books set in the modern west, then consider the purchase. However do yourself a bigger favor and start the series in order. David Chandler does a fine job of narrating all of the C. J. Box novels and the characters will grow on you with each installment.
If you're a fan of CJ Box like I am, you must read everything that he writes. I'm generally not a fan of short stories, but every one of these is a winner. Especially appreciated the one that was a required 1000 words--no more and no less. Box's efficiency with just the right words made it interesting and complete.
There are also a few that were previously only released for e readers, and I know a few people who were disappointed in not being able to read these before. A couple revolve around Joe Picket and Nate. Also a very interesting one "Pronghorns of The Third Reich" that was written around an actual picture from history.
Great listening to them on Audible. David chandlers continues to do an excellent job narrating Box's works.
Not trying to harp on this ONCE again, but this trend of people POORLY rating audiobooks that came out less than 3 hours ago is RIDICULOUS! Not only is it UNFAIR & MISLEADING to the publishers, the Audible site, the author (likely trying to support themselves financially)...but MOST importantly, us the CONSUMERS.
I listen to around 4-5 audiobooks from Audible PER week, so I understand getting a DUD of an audiobook now and then. With Audible's No-Hassle Return Poiicy in effect, there is NO reason to poorly review a book based simply on first impressions, and that you have NOT completed (since cramming a 7+ hour audiobook into 2-3 hours is impossible last time I checked).
If you are like myself, the most IMPORTANT aspect of whether I use a hard earned credit on an audiobook, is BASED on the REVIEWS...There is a reason Audible's rating sytem is starred in 3 distinct areas; to allow a FULL and knowledged review of the ENTIRE production. There is NO star-rating category for anything like "first minute impressions" or "How good was the INTRO" lol. If you dont like the book after an hour, FINE. If you know the narrator isn't great early on, FINE. But don't come handing out ONE-STAR ratings in categories you HAVE ZERO ground to give out...you MIGHT be able to rate the "perfomance" but your creidbility to rate the Overall & Story categories is NULL in any case...because you did NOT finish the BOOK!
FYI - As to NOT be partial in my rating of this title, I will update and provide a FULL REVIEW once I have completed this title. But something had to be said about the unfair, early reviews posted for so many new books lately :)
I love all of his Joe Pickett stories. Every story was good. This is with out a doubt worth reading.
C J Box is a very unique yet wonderful author who is perfectly paired with his narrator Mr Guidall. No one else could possible bring Joe Pickett and Nate alive as well as these two greats!! Thank you and please don't stop here!
This book is short stories and overall they are pretty dark.
I loved Blood Knot.
Hated Pirates of Yellowstone.
REALLY hated The Noble Savage..
Loved the Master Falconer. Hey do you suppose Nate would run for President?
Guess that would be impossible for a fictitious character.
Anyway, this was an OK book. Not great.
Yes, there is violence and profanity in it. About typical Box in those categories.
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