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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I listen to audio books while working.
We listened to the first book, and jumped to this one because we'd bought it awhile back on sale. I so want to love this author, but probably won't buy another book unless on sale. The problems:
1) Box needs a good editor. An editor should have caught the amazing number of times Pickett grunts, and the intense repetition of certain areas over and over and over again.
2) In the first book we excused it, but this time I have to say it. I don't get the marriage. Perhaps Box isn't married and so doesn't have a grasp on what a good wife does or doesn't do? One minute the she's snarkie, next minute cares, next minute after an unbelievable disaster (which would make any wife ask about that first -- unless she is divorcing the arse) she bitches that he doesn't ask her how she is?
3) Joe also comes off stupid, dim-witted, then bright -- and this is not a complex character. He should be salt-of-the-earth.
4) Animal gore for no apparent reason.
5) He totally does not get kids, either doesn't have them or doesn't know them. He turns Joe, who is portrayed as a pretty good father, into an idiot with one child cahracter, out of character. He doesn't care so much that this child's life is not going to be okay. It is crucial in this book, and what he does is mess up a kid totally.
Retired, living in Montana, enjoying the good life. Favorites: CJ Box; Carl Hiassen and historical non-fiction—Modern European History
Yes. Box is always entertaining. This book was not his best book, although it was interesting. It lacked the usual imagination shown by Box and the "return to Savage Run" seemed to indicate Box has run out of things to write about or imagination to think new things up. The river scenes could have been set in any canyon.
The reveal at the end was, as usual, amazing.
The trip down Savage Run
Probably not. There is no theatre where I live and no movie is worth driving 80 miles over the continental divide to see it.
This book was pretty predictable. It was pretty easy to guess what Butch's connection to Baptiste was. It mischaracterized the Sackett decision, which had solely to do with procedural matters. And the book was predictable in other ways, too. You knew the moment you read it, the main plot event was 'too bad to be true,' as well as impossible. SPOILER ALERT: The EPA does not engage in fugitive hunts. This would have been the sheriff's case. If federal law enforcement was involved, it would have been the FBI or the US Marshal's service. The shooting of the two agents at the beginning of the book was self-defense, from any point of view, so why did the protagonist go to jail? A hell fire missile on a Predator drone? The military wouldn't give him an armed drone for fear he'd do what he did and make the military look like idiots. I'll bet the EPA wishes they had the resources they have in the book. The whole concept of using a hell fire missile to take out one guy, based on a cell phone signal, is so absurd it passes into the realm of fairy tales.
While you are trying to find out the answer you will be on the edge of your seat and get damn mad. A must read.
Plenty of time to listen while waiting in airports around the country and then in rental cars gettin me to my destinations.
narrator very good for all the different characters. not as good as Jim Dale but still very good
All mysteries all the time, that's what I read. I joined Audible when I started having a long commute. Now I listen everywhere!
Although the whole government angle is depressing and frustrating, it's satisfying to ride along with Joe and Mary Beth as their story unfolds.
Linda in Omaha
In he beginning, it seemed like it was going to be a cowboy tale. Then there was a mystery about what happened to a friend and neighbor. Then there was murder. There were twists and turns with the EPA getting involved and overstepping the boundaries. This story kept my attention to the end. I really enjoyed listening to it, and would recommend it highly.
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...
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