Best-selling author C. J. Box—an Anthony and Macavity Award winner—earned starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist for this exceptional mystery. Taking advantage of a legal loophole, a lawyer kills four people in Yellowstone National Park and walks away a free man. As the public outcry intensifies, the governor hires former game warden Joe Pickett to conduct a private investigation.
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Free Fire is the best of the three Joe Pickett novels I've "read" so far. The plot is complex, yet not convoluted. The characters act believably. Most of all, it's a fun read.
I am a real fan of C J Box, but this story was a bit far-fetched, compared to his normal plots. The whole conspiracy thing, the corrupt lawyer, the rivalry within and between agencies, the exploited legal loophole, the undercurrent between Joe and the female officer, was somehow a bit off the mark. Those who regularly read Box will enjoy it, but I wouldn't recommend this for a first-time Box reader. So many of his are better.
I would have enjoyed this, and other CJ Box books, with a different narrator. I can't help but get the feeling he's condescending in his approach and that the characters are all sniveling twits, at least that's how I feel while listening. I have the book in Whispersync and enjoy reading on the Kindle and then I groan through the Audible.
It was pretty good overall. It did drag in a couple of areas and the ending was flat. I do like CJ Box and will continue to listen to his books.
I loved all the Joe Pickett novels, and this is a favorite; The description of the inner structure of the lodge is great; however, this story isn't for the even moderately squeamish. You'll never look at a hot springs quite the same way again, and the exit roads from Yellowstone can be lonely and dark....
I loved that Joe got to try something new
I really like David Chandler and that he has been reading for all of the Joe Pickett stories...my only complaint is that he changed his voice for Nate! He voice in the previous books was much more recognizable and I liked the consistency in the past.
It amazes me how CJ Box can just put you in the setting of Yellowstone Park. I could just imagine the geysers and hotpots. He builds the suspense little by little and you never know who's the bad guys until the very end. I couldn't put it down.
As with all C.J. Box's novel, the narration is great. Joe Pickett is a man of few words.
The description of the Old Yellowstone Inn is superb. I can't wait to visit Yellowstone this fall.
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!
Best -- the setting. I love the National Parks of our country -- particularly those in the west. My husband is a seasonal Ranger and it was fun to escape into Yellowstone and see the Rangers in a new (and sometimes despicable) light.
I didn't feel as though the plot was as fully developed as other novels. Plus, moving the setting to Yellowstone made the family, the town of Saddle Stream and Nate less relevant. I missed their deeper impact on Joe as he moved throughout the story.
Everything. As usual.
Love to embroider as we listen to the books.
Mystery, beauty and great fun.
The descriptions are outstanding.
Have not listened to any other performances.
When Joe realizes the drunk on the stool is his father.
Great unraveling of Joe's personal history as well as the way the park becomes a character in the story.
How does C.J. Box manage to write a book about gruesome murders and still make you want to visit Yellowstone all in one chapter? Someday, I hope to visit Yellowstone and would definately re-listen to this book again so I could take notes on what places to visit.
Joe feels so much like a living person to me that I almost hesitate to finish the series. It will feel like an old friend has gone away.
I like that Joe and Marybeth are able to put the past behind them. Joe is so honorable, I hate to see him being tempted by a woman. But his is also very human.......
Maybe some day Joe can meet up with Nevada Barr's Forest Park Ranger??? Just a thought.
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