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
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.
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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.
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.
One of my top ten.
Nate. I love this mystery bird man.
Nate again. I love that sexy voice.
I listen in the car and when I am hiking. I really do hate to take my ear buds out.
This book was the best. Full of things going on, new things happening to our favorite characters. Can't wait for the next one.
This book is nothing more than a diatribe against wind power. I might have been able to overlook that if anything else ever happened in the story. The main character is nobody you want to know, like or listen to. Characters pop up at random. Ove half way through the book and still nothing has happened except a guy was killed and hung from a wind mill.
I will never buy a Box book again.
The author doesn't understand the difference between characters and caricatures. His mother in law was the only child of a man who owned numerous car dealerships in California? Box wants us to believe she lies and connives to get money from her husbands? She would be the rich one. It does not make sense. Then the plot twist at end was silly. A character that has outsmarted four men, would find a way to outsmart the fifth. Finally it is hard to accept Nate as a good guy when he shoots kids in the back. I have read plenty of eye for an eye type books, but they always kill really bad guys, not stupid kids. I think this is my first and last C. J. Box.
I like well written fiction, a good story that keeps me guessing and well developed characters.
The plot and the writing are good for this genre but when the author passes judgement on wind energy, he should get his facts straight. Natural gas, coal et al puts large heavy trucks on the roads and causes excessive wear and exceeds that of turbine installation. Trust me, big oil and natural gas has government subsidies cornered. NO ONE is putting up turbines because it's the popular thing to do. Sorry, but the governor is wrong about the extent of the underground resources and the neighbor who won't open his windows because of the sound describes a creaking rusted old water pumper. Wind farms prefer to work with communities so everyone benefits and discourage the divisive arrangement Box describes. Also cats and skyscrapers kill more birds than turbines--that argument was spread and funded by oil industry with buy in by birders
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