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Free Fire Audiobook
Free Fire
Written by: 
C. J. Box
Narrated by: 
David Chandler
Free Fire Audiobook

Free Fire

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2007 C. J. Box (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC

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    David mesa, AZ, USA 07-14-10
    David mesa, AZ, USA 07-14-10 Member Since 2005
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    "A very fun read!"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    ftmgal 01-23-13
    ftmgal 01-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Worth a Read, But Not His Best"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Allen Anthony 01-24-16 Member Since 2013

    Listening to good books from around the world, in the comfort of home....

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    "The Greatest stumbling block $$$$$$$"

    Welcome to the creative world of C J Box even though he has the foundation of 5 characters ; Nick, joe's wife, 2 daughters, and Joe, the story line s almost always about honor and doing the right thing. But the setting is always interesting and moves all around a 3 state area. The chain of events has been totally different in everyone of the books I have listened to and it is always a treat to complete one book and begin the next and find out what the next miss adventure is going to turn upL

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    G. Minott Cardiff by the Sea, CA United States 08-07-14
    G. Minott Cardiff by the Sea, CA United States 08-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Yellowstone will never look the same to you"

    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....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    HeartsOpenWide California 07-28-14
    HeartsOpenWide California 07-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Where is Nate's voice?"
    What did you love best about Free Fire?

    I loved that Joe got to try something new


    What three words best describe David Chandler’s voice?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Ridley San Deigo, CA USA 09-02-11
    Gail Ridley San Deigo, CA USA 09-02-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Pretty good"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Doc Holliday 05-22-16

    Retired, living in Montana, enjoying the good life. Favorites: CJ Box; Carl Hiassen and historical non-fiction—Modern European History

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    "Another great CJ Box book"
    What made the experience of listening to Free Fire the most enjoyable?

    This entire review contains SPOILERS:

    David Chandler's narration was outstanding. Because Chandler has done all the CJ Box books I've listened to, he IS Joe Pickett, et al, to me.

    The story was wrapped around a bizarre legal point about venue and the requirement for local juries–there are no courts, so no venue, and since no one lives in that part of the park, so a local jury could not be found. The book made the complicated legal mess pretty simple and worked the story into the framework of the laws, or lack thereof.

    The guy who believed the Yellowstone "volcano" (actually, the Yellowstone Caldera, there are six other super-volcanos hiding under caldera in the world) wasn't crazy, everything he mentioned is supported scientifically. The caldera erupts about every 600,000 years and we are overdue for an eruption.I live about 4 hours away from Yellowstone and will be one of the first to get wiped out by the eruption; most of us here think that's better than having to live with the aftermath of the eruption.

    The discussion of the thermophiles and the fact they are legally mined in the park was a good center point for the plot to hinge on. It really made you hate the bad guys without revealing who they were until the end.

    Overall a great book, with a great narrator. A good book to add to any CJ Box enthusiast's collection. This, and Savage Run, are Box's best books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Free Fire?

    Any of Box's books where Nate Romanoski plays a significant part are among his best. SPOILER: When Nate showed up in the 'Free Fire Zone' and shot the guy with his .454 Casull to save Joe. As an paramedic, I can tell you that the guy probably wouldn't have survived. Each .454 slug is about as big as your little finger. It would have torn the guy apart, but the 'never kill' anyone unnecessarily (Nate's definition of 'unnecessarily.') meant the guy got to live.

    Nate's moral relativism is one of the things that makes the books. He sets himself up as judge, jury and high executioner. But, somehow, you have a hard time disagreeing with him. I guess there is some vigilante in all of us.


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

    Voice characterizations. When I "read" a "real" book, I never thought about putting voices to any of the characters. Chandler is very good at it.


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

    When the director of the park snuck up behind the female law enforcement ranger and shot her. That came at me out of nowhere.


    Any additional comments?

    The Park Service guy who had ___________ (no spoiler) engraved on the back of his fake eye was pretty gross.

    Buy the book, even if you're not a Joe Pickett/CJ Box fan you'll love it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles C. Wright Avalon, Calif. 05-20-16
    Charles C. Wright Avalon, Calif. 05-20-16 Member Since 2013

    CW 26 mls.

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    "So disrespected"

    How can such a good man who solves so many crimes have so many people hate him and so many people doubt him? Makes no sense. Too much "poor Joe"!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret United States 03-18-16
    Margaret United States 03-18-16 Member Since 2010
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    "One of the best Joe Pickett books"

    All of the Joe Pickett books are great, but this one is exceptional. Wyoming Game Warden Joe is on temporary assignment to Yellowstone Park, where he comes face to face with part of his traumatic childhood which has not been revealed before. He is also traveling with his bad-ass mirror image, Nate Romanowski, who shows him some of his black ops secrets of Yellowstone. You'll never look at a visitor's center or national park hotel the same way.

    Another skillful plot by Box, which ties up good-guy local rangers, corrupt bureaucrats, bad/good feds, a very weird legal loophole making murder legal in a corner of the park, and bio-mining skullduggery. Box has an amazing way of capturing the potential for good and evil at all levels of government & the private sector.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Adkins 03-07-16
    Sara Adkins 03-07-16 Member Since 2015

    Former teacher, technology professional development facilitator, gardner, crafter, and avid reader

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    "Action packed story. Too much strong/vulgar language."

    This is a very good story in the Joe Pickett series however once again I am disappointed at the level of vulgar language used. I don't care for the "f" word or the "GD" used. Would have been just as good or better without.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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