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Cold Wind Audiobook

Cold Wind: A Joe Pickett Novel

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C. J. Box's newest best seller, Cold Wind, marks his 11th visit to the popular Joe Pickett series. When we are first introduced to the world of Cold Wind it seems to be this wide expanse of big Wyoming emptiness. The events and characters look to be products of small town thinking and petty local politics. Yet you quickly learn that there's much more going on here. Wind turbines are coming to dominate the landscape and the economy. Unlikely new players are amassing huge fortunes and influence. Where you have money and power in play, you've got just the elements you need for conflict, mystery, and murder. It's against this backdrop that Joe Pickett works as a ranger. Ostensibly his job involves counting wildlife and keeping an eye on the local hunters, yet his role also allows him unique leeway to act both as the law — as well as outside the law.

David Chandler has now narrated 10 of the Joe Pickett books, so he's very familiar with the New West tone and feel for the series. He has a bit of challenge with the number of characters here, but Joe’s friend Nate stands out. Nate plays counterpoint to Joe — they're two sides of the same coin. Where Joe is the thoughtful family man, Nate is the badass wild card unfettered by society and living by his own moral code. You see this particularly in Chandler's voicing of the characters. Where Joe is the everyman voice of reason, Nate is the low menacing whisper of raw emotion and animal drives.

In many ways Cold Wind is reminiscent of an old established genre of storytelling that's populated Western literature for generations. It used to be the promise of the gold rush, then conflicts over cattle, then it was the oil boom; now the next big thing shaping the Western provinces is wind power. With Cold Wind, C. J. Box helps continue this proud American tradition of individualism and justice. —Cleo Creech

Publisher's Summary

When Earl Alden is found dead, dangling from a wind turbine, it's his wife, Missy, who is arrested. Unfortunately for game warden Joe Pickett, Missy is his mother-in- law, a woman he dislikes heartily, and now he doesn't know what to do - especially when the early signs point to her being guilty as sin.

But then things happen to make Joe wonder: Is Earl's death what it appears to be? Is Missy being set up? He has the county DA and sheriff on one side, his wife on the other, his estranged friend Nate on a lethal mission of his own, and some powerful interests breathing down his neck. Whichever way this goes... it's not going to be good.

He's game: solve another mystery with Joe Pickett.

©2011 C.J. Box (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 03-26-11
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 03-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent, edge of my seat the whole time"

    The action starts right from the beginning and the suspense is tight and keeps you glued to the audio long after you should be doing something else. Literally listened to this book every chance I got until it was finished and right to the end was captured by it. C.J. Box is a very talented writer and this latest installment in the Joe Pickett saga may be the best in the series, which says a lot since the series is so good. The narration is great, the story spellbinding I would recommend this book without a single reservation. Already looking forward to the next in the series.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jacque Lander, WY, United States 03-26-11
    Jacque Lander, WY, United States 03-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "New West"

    We could always count on C.J. Box for great plots and his characters are unforgettable. Now, in COLD WIND, he also nails the nuanced ambiance of the real Wyoming, geographically and politically. As a native of that great state, I can't wait for his next offering.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Allen Anthony 01-31-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Joe is a 5 star investigator"

    Boy o boy what a great story. CJ Box is a master when it comes to putting the pen to the paper and grind out a truly creative work. This murder mystery appears to finally enable Joe to give his snake in the grass mother-in-law a final good bye, but , yea there is always a but. This is a really good one and it takes Joe pickets stories to the next level

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 06-25-16
    Calliope 06-25-16
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    "It ain't no Longmire, that's for sure."

    There are often comparisons drawn between Joe Pickett and Walt Longmire (author Craig Johnson), and after reading this, my first Joe Pickett novel I can say it doesn't hold up to the great Longmire books. Is it the character, or the writing (style/skill), I'm not sure.....I lean towards a little bit of both. The dog that is occasionally there, then never mentioned again for half the book. Or the cliche of the war vet gone native and living in a cave. I personally find Joe's personality is too vague and uninteresting -- I'm struggling not to use the word "milquetoast", and I think it's actually about how he's written;

    There are obviously a lot of C.J. Box and Joe Pickett fans, so I'm kind of glad I tried it, but I'm also glad I bought this one on sale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Cronin Belfast, Maine USA 05-31-16
    Susan Cronin Belfast, Maine USA 05-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good mystery"

    Excellent bag guys. Excellent heroes. No melodrama. Interesting murder. Nice location. Believable narrator. Moved right along.

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    Cheryl Branham 05-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow start. Builds slowly"

    I would like for the story to build faster, maybe with more detail and move quicker.

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    Karen Kleiv 05-16-16
    Karen Kleiv 05-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Suspenseful"

    I liked this book because C J Box is a suspenseful writer. He keeps you off guard. You think you know the answers but he keeps throwing curves to keep you off guard.

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    Carol Bailey, CO, United States 03-14-13
    Carol Bailey, CO, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "His best one yet!"
    Where does Cold Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my top ten.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nate. I love this mystery bird man.


    Which character – as performed by David Chandler – was your favorite?

    Nate again. I love that sexy voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen in the car and when I am hiking. I really do hate to take my ear buds out.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Nampa, ID, United States 04-23-11
    Nancy Nampa, ID, United States 04-23-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Maybe the best yet!"

    This book was the best. Full of things going on, new things happening to our favorite characters. Can't wait for the next one.

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    Kindle Customer Charlotte, North Carolina 08-11-16
    Kindle Customer Charlotte, North Carolina 08-11-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Cold wind with no chill at the end"

    I listened this book even though the subject matter wasn't really my cup of tea. I have never lived in Wyoming and never really cared to because of the politics in that 'part of the world'. This book did not disavow me of any of my conceptions about life in Wyoming. The characters were interesting and the plot moved along at a good pace. The mystery was good although I had figured out who and why long before the book ended. I don't like that in a book, particularly a mystery. To make matters worse it was the writer's inability to maintain constant doubt and intrigue that made it possible to figure out the plot and the end. The other problem was that the writer never fully explained how the antagonist got that body 250 feet in the air. It was more for sensation than for plot development.
    I don't recommend this book, save your money/credit for something better.
    The reader was okay. He did not enhance the suspense but he was not objectionable to listen to. His voice is easy and did not put me to sleep or interfere with the story.

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