A 12-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of northern Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder - four men who know exactly who the children are and where their desperate mother is waiting patiently by the phone for news of her children's fate. In a ranching community increasingly populated by L.A. transplants living in gaudy McMansions, the kids soon find they don't know whom they can trust among the hundreds of retired Southern California cops who've given the area its nickname: "Blue Heaven".
This program also includes a sneak peak of the first chapter of C.J. Box’s newest novel BACK OF BEYOND.
©2007 C.J. Box; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
"Blue Heaven is one of the best thrillers of the year, and it kept me up most of the night, the way few books have ever done. C. J. Box owes me a night's sleep!" (Tess Gerritsen)
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
Was looking for something to keep my brain busy, and got exactly what I wanted. Plot premise was great, setting interesting and I liked the characters... but I had to suspend my disbelief repeatedly towards the end and it markedly diminished my enjoyment. A little bad language, a whole lot of violence, and just a couple low key sexual innuendos for those who wonder. Has the feel of a "John Wayne" western mixed with "Law and Order." It kept my attention fully, but it will be a while before I choose a rerun.
All mysteries all the time, that's what I read. I joined Audible when I started having a long commute. Now I listen everywhere!
I truly love C.J. Box's Joe PIckett series, but I have to say that I am not so fond of his stand-alone novels. I don't want to give anything away, but it really defied common sense that the "hero" didn't think to "get outta Dodge" with the ones who were in danger near the end. Come on, C.J., you can do better!
I was a little disappointed with BLUE HEAVEN, but then again the pretext is a little silly. A bunch of cops retire in a rural community and a criminal element emerges. If anything I would say this is a pretty good 'young adult' book, kind of G-rated. But not awful. Maybe good for a roadtrip with youngsters...?
Two children witness a brutal execution. One of the killers spots them and the children run with the killers hot on their trail. Great action, believable characters, and a story that will have you reading into the wee hours with nail biting interest.
I highly suggest all of C J Box books. I have read them all - first the Joe Pickett series and then all the stand alones like this one.
It was even better due to the narration of John Bedford Lloyd. He performed many different voices and they were all distinct.
Actually, I didn't want to be kept so very wide awake at night, but the book is a thriller.
The worse-than-you-could-imagine deceptions kept happening, and the setting and characters made it plausible.
C.J. Box kepts coming up with plots so bizarre that you "can't make this stuff up." I just hope he's making it up.
probably not. it was good but not that good
the last 90 minutes
The last 90 minutes would have been a page turner if I was actually reading. What bothered me the most was the hispanic accent on both the latino cops. Not everyone latino has an accent. just like all irish don't speak with an accent. seemed a bit much.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This was a good story, however, I think that the newer Joe Pickett series stories are better. His newer novels have a smoother presentation. I enjoyed the characters and the unexpected ending. It was fun to read this on a buddy read.
Audiobook. The first few pages grab your interest with a grizzly event involving two children witnessing a murder. The remainder of this procedural drama traverses the adventures of a toughened rancher seeking the answers. Bad cops have infiltrated a peaceful Idaho community.
The individual motivations of characters is nicely done, you feel sorry for some, detest others. Empathy is drawn even to peripheral characters caught up in the scenarios created.
No spoilers, but there are a few surprise deaths; the ending of the book is disappointing in that it became a bit ethereal. This isn’t an element throughout the book, only the last chapter.
I had no trouble with the reader; he did very well with a variety of ages, sexes, and ethnicities. No trouble determining who-said-what-to-who. Not what anyone would label as a deep book, simply a nice page-turning mystery. Easy listen.
Living in a log home in the tall trees, surrounded by wildlife and streams, it is easy to find myself enveloped within a great story!
this book would be great for the listener that loves a genre with few twists and can enjoy predicting the next step.
has not turned me away from the genre, but it just made me feel like I was watching a "Columbo" episode. I knew who dunnit.
Too many female leads and JBL doesn't carry a female voice very well.
Though I finished it, I walked away several times and could figure it out if I missed a large section. I did not have to rewind it. I think a bit of disappointment would best describe it.
I order three CJ Box books at the same time, I do hope the other two are less predictable. My father loved Blue Heaven and recommended it to me, just wasn't for me though.
Tell us about yourself! I am a 65 year old attorney licensed in two states with a very active insolvency practice. My Hobbies include training Labrador Retrievers and listenting to tape books.
I am from the town where Mr. Box resides and revel in his local color. This storey is rich, diverse, and the characters are nicely developed. I found it difficult to turn off my MP3 player until the dust settled.
I liked the old rancher, of course, but little Annie and her mom became friends, and all the bad guys really got what they deserved.
To many were well done for me to pick a favorite. Just about every character mentioned was pretty thourghly developed and became recognizable.
No but I quickly took sides with the good guys and found myself anxious to follow their fates.
a must read if intertainment is one of your goals.
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