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Force of Nature: A Joe Pickett Novel, Book 12 | [C. J. Box]

Force of Nature: A Joe Pickett Novel, Book 12

New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box delivers a novel starring Joe Pickett’s sidekick: fan favorite Nate Romanowski.

In Force of Nature, trouble comes calling from Nate’s past in the Special Forces, and the colleague he once called a friend won’t stop until those who know a deadly secret are silenced. Everyone close to Nate is at risk, including Joe and his family. To save them, Nate will have to convince law-abiding Joe to finally break a few rules along the way.

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box delivers a novel starring Joe Pickett’s sidekick: fan favorite Nate Romanowski.

In Force of Nature, trouble comes calling from Nate’s past in the Special Forces, and the colleague he once called a friend won’t stop until those who know a deadly secret are silenced. Everyone close to Nate is at risk, including Joe and his family. To save them, Nate will have to convince law-abiding Joe to finally break a few rules along the way.

©2012 C. J. Box (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Kelly Colorado Springs 03-09-14
    Kelly Colorado Springs 03-09-14 Member Since 2011

    I have always loved to read. As a child my mom actually grounded me from books if I was in trouble. Noone can do that now. Yay!

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    "FinALly, Nate is the star -- but..."

    I have enjoyed the Joe Pickett series -- particularly the novels that feature Nate Romanowski. He is by far my favorite character. So, one might expect that this outing would be my favorite of the series because Nate is the star. And I would hope for the same Unfortunately I don't quite get there. Nate is undermined in this book. His secrets are spilled and he seems like just another anti-hero in just another mystery series. He isn't unique in this book, and his uniqueness is what made me love him. I hope Nate reappears in the next book and we discover that there is much more beneath the surface that wasn't spilled all over the pages of Force of Nature.

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-03-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-03-14 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Propitious Pickett"

    I am very glad to have come across this series. This was my first book by C.J. Box and in the, Joe Picket, series. This book stood on its own and made me want to read more in this series.

    Even though the story is set in Wyoming and follows a game warden, it is not anything like the Walt Longmire series. I enjoyed it very much, it was original, informative and had great characters that I'm looking forward to getting to know better.

    David Handler did an excellent job with the narration. I have listened to him before but this is his niche, his voice fits Joe Picket perfectly.

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    Brian Greenville, SC, United States 02-26-14
    Brian Greenville, SC, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A Exciting Read and a Great Series"
    What made the experience of listening to Force of Nature the most enjoyable?

    It's a rare treat to stumble across a good book. It's even better to find out its one of a large series!


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    Teresa Oneco, FL, United States 02-22-14
    Teresa Oneco, FL, United States 02-22-14 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.

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    "A relaxing yet great mountain mystery."
    If you could sum up Force of Nature in three words, what would they be?

    Close different friendships.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Nate and Joe Picket do help each other but on different sides of the law.


    What does David Chandler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He can bring out their personalities and feelings of each different character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Watch your back


    Any additional comments?

    A great series. I enjoy series and glad when Audible shows them so I can happen upon them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Warrensburg, MO, United States 01-29-14
    Jeffrey Warrensburg, MO, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Okay"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I found the story to be okay, but nothing that would make me say, "You must read this."


    Did David Chandler do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I personally felt that the narrator did an average job but again, nothing above an average rating. I also felt that the voices of some of the characters were unrealistic. He seemed to exaggerate some of their accents.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first C.J. Box book and I found it worth the time to listen to but far from a great read. However, since this was my first Box book, this story was good enough to warrant giving him another listen.

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    Ida Bloomington, IL, United States 01-28-14
    Ida Bloomington, IL, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Going back for more! Will start the series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Force of Nature to be better than the print version?

    I have not read a print version of a relaxing book in years. No basis for comparison.


    What other book might you compare Force of Nature to and why?

    Similar to stories with main characters such as Jack Reacher, Sheriff Joanna Brady, Harry Bosch


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None in particular. While the descriptions were beautiful, sometimes the descriptions were over done.


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

    When Nate said good-bye to his falcon early in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad that this is part of a series. I will want to read more about Joe and his family. I also wish that Nate was back on the scene. I hope that the characters who were killed in Book 12, don't have significant roles in Books 1 - 11.

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    Rhonda Casselberry, FL, United States 01-21-14
    Rhonda Casselberry, FL, United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Now I have a new top 3 of my favorites"

    Fabulous. I loved it from start to finish. Nate is awesome. I will now have to read the rest of the series. Joe P character is wonderful. Narrator has probably the best voice I have heard. I have listened to a great many good narrators, but David C is now my favorite.

    A definite must read!

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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 01-19-14
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 01-19-14 Member Since 2008

    Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy

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    "My first C. J. Box book"

    I haven't read the previous 11 books in this series, and I don't think it mattered at all. While I didn't know the characters as well as a Box fan would, I also wasn't feeling tired of the storyline like a few reviewers complained about.

    Chandler was a very good narrator, in my opinion. He spoke slowly but it didn't detract or annoy me. I think his narration style fit the book just right.

    As for the story, sure, it was not totally believable. Had it been, it probably would have been somewhat boring. I don't think I read fiction for it to be completely believable. I really liked the characters. Joe and Nate were developed enough that I felt I knew who they were and what their moral codes were. The falconry storyline was fascinating to me (especially after recently photographing and observing peregrine falcons at my local marsh). It did add to the enjoyment of the story line, IMHO. Additionally, I felt Box was in good control of the story, the ending was satisfactory, and the book was just the right length.

    That said, I would certainly read another book in this series!

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    Janelle Carter hannie2 01-04-14
    Janelle Carter hannie2 01-04-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Possibly the worst author ever"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one


    Has Force of Nature turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO, just realizing that someone didn't edit this book before it went to press.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Author did not keep our hero above the secondary hero/friend. Hero would answer like he was numb to current happenings, not an experienced, well-rounded, family-man cop. No cop would act like this.


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

    None


    Any additional comments?

    The first CD had three different people, while being introduced, who "chortled." This really got to me. Hello author? There are other words to use from different people in the first introduction to characters? (try "laughed, giggled, grinned, chuckled, twitter, titter, snigger, smiled, was amused") I was really about done at that point; then thought I would overlook the "chortling" just to see if author was worthy, and Mayyyy beeee we'd have a new good series. A few things can be overlooked for want of a good series, etc, but this stuff is just too dumb. Author has not spent any time with real cops; and if he did he is numb not to see they are different than others in trust issues, ways of thinking, ways of protection, etc. duh. Another example: Author states that the secondary hero wanted to tell his secret experience several times to several people, and no one wanted to listen, while at the same time author is explaining how he kept himself hidden and secure in living out in the wilderness because of his past. Hello again? A "covert" experienced person does not share his experiences, but IF, per-chance someone really did want to share (unthinkable anyway) -- but if so -- who in their right mind would not want to hear it all? Everyone would want to hear the stories. And...I already figured out immediately who would be the bad guy plant revealed later in the book. Can't even get to the third disc. Too painful."No can do" any more... not a good author, in spite of cowboy hat and good looks, and from Wyoming. ha

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    carrie Clarkston, WA, United States 12-30-13
    carrie Clarkston, WA, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2012

    A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one. ~George R.R. Martin

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    "Got this book on a wim and love it !!!!"

    This book is a cliff hanger, well written, great plot and very entertaining audio book, great presentation, good reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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