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Breaking Point: A Joe Pickett Novel Book 13 | [C. J. Box]

Breaking Point: A Joe Pickett Novel Book 13

The recipient of Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box has won almost every honor in his field. In Breaking Point, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is glad to catch up with old friend Lyle Pendergast, but then the man goes missing and is named a suspect in the death of two EPA employees. All signs point to Lyle’s guilt, but the more Joe digs into the case, the more he realizes he’s stepped into the middle of a deadly power play.
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Publisher's Summary

The recipient of Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box has won almost every honor in his field. In Breaking Point, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is glad to catch up with old friend Lyle Pendergast, but then the man goes missing and is named a suspect in the death of two EPA employees. All signs point to Lyle’s guilt, but the more Joe digs into the case, the more he realizes he’s stepped into the middle of a deadly power play.

©2013 C.J. Box (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 02-09-14
    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 02-09-14 Member Since 2015

    No matter where you go, there you are.

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    "Good Writing, Morally Ambiguous Ending"

    With friend/fugitive Nate sidelined for nearly the entire story, Joe had to grin and bear it through this interesting tale of corruption in an US Government Agency, murder, and persecution setting the scene for a manhunt that includes even Joe's archenemy, the ex-sherriff.
    Joe is pushed to his seemingly bottomless limit of patience, but preservers against tremendous, some might say 'overdone', odds to emerge unemployed but victorious. Box writes cluttered novels that stretch plausibility, but entertain very well.
    I often feel like I am running out of quality authors in the mystery genre, but Box has made the cut as I near the end of this series quite satisfied.
    note: Publisher's Note is full of discrepancies and errors. Don't they proof-read their own stuff? Seriously embarrassing!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donald PLYMOUTH, MA, United States 01-28-14
    Donald PLYMOUTH, MA, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "It's a political rant"
    What did you like best about Breaking Point? What did you like least?

    Not much. Who wants politics when reading entertainment especially when nothing in the description leads you to believe that's the purpose


    Was Breaking Point worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a right wing wack job you'll love it. The author rails against the EPA, asbestos removal laws, lead paint removal laws...basically anything that's there to protect the environment because he must figure no regulation is best. So the story is cloaked in this political BS point of view. A real turn off. If I wanted political ranting I would go elsewhere...I don't want it in books I read for entertainment. Had to stop listening. The performance is top rate however.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith Ithaca, NY, United States 12-05-13
    Meredith Ithaca, NY, United States 12-05-13
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    "Absolutely terrible book!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'd be surprised if anyone could enjoy this book.


    What was most disappointing about C. J. Box’s story?

    It is a rant against any type of government regulation and the story is totally unbelievable. I could not bring myself to finish the listen.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No redeeming qualities, unlike earlier Joe Pike books.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tisa Garrison 08-05-13 Member Since 2014

    Tisa Garrison

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    "Government Gone Wrong"

    Joe Pickett is a nice man in a corrupt, politicized system. Joe struggles to hold onto his moral values and his family. Nice details, good character development. Narrator keeps it interesting while capturing Joe's mellow style.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MidwestGeek 06-30-13
    MidwestGeek 06-30-13
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    "A comic book for adults-unbelievable but enjoyable"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    donna Wyncote, PA, United States 04-24-13
    donna Wyncote, PA, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Morality and Politics"

    I have enjoyed C.J. Box over the years, and this is an excellent example of the storytelling. The character is flawed but entirely moral. Some of his decisions get him embroiled in trouble, but he is so real. His relationships with coworkers, wife, daughter, and friends, move the plot along and keep the reader engrossed. His frustrations with those in power and their inability to act logically are mirrored in all our lives.
    He adds the Western locale and the politics of the lone man that I don't usually agree with or think about, but in this context the politics are powerful and moving. It's man against nature, and it's about men trying to do right when all around them men are following rules that don't make sense and abusing power without thought for how their actions affect others or worse, abusing power with deliberate malice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy ROCK SPRINGS, WY, United States 04-21-13
    Sandy ROCK SPRINGS, WY, United States 04-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "another great Wyoming mystery featuring Joe Picket"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Breaking Point to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breaking Point?

    the fire


    Which scene was your favorite?

    floating down the Middle Fork


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the mule deer buck leaping into the rive


    Any additional comments?

    I always enjoy CJ Box's books. He and I are both from Wyoming; he knows the state and the environmental issues we face. He does a great job setting a mystery in this land of "forever west".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Conley Geneseo, IL 03-23-13
    R. Conley Geneseo, IL 03-23-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Hard to beat a Joe Pickett story"

    Trade publications and "professional" reviewers say this is the best book in the series. I'm not sure because there absolutely are no bad installments in the Joe Pickett story. This is the kind of book I try to listen to as slowly as possible, but it never works. In spite of the negative light Box paints the EPA and the federal government in general, the politics are never heavy handled or preachy. I'll listen to this again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Bring 05-01-13
    Jason Bring 05-01-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Disappointment"
    What disappointed you about Breaking Point?

    The story was implausible on so many fronts, and although there was supposed to be a twist at the end, it was telegraphed. Even without the telegraphing, it wasn't much of a twist. The writing was simplistic and lacked description. There were a few good lines, such as the rocks in the river being described as civil war tombstones, but it seemed like these were thrown in. Hard to believe that this got good rankings -- I'm usually a very liberal grader.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M. Bell BAKER CITY, OR, United States 03-17-13
    M. Bell BAKER CITY, OR, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Very dissapointed"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Just too much Hollywood type hype here. In good conscience I cannot recommend this listen.


    Has Breaking Point turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I thought I might enjoy the listen as I am an outdoor person.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Chandler?

    Chandler could have brushed up on his pronounciation a bit more.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Breaking Point?

    Story line wasn't bad, just presented in an unrealistic tone.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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