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Free Fire | [C. J. Box]

Free Fire

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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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 02-18-14
    Amazon Customer United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Not a fan of the narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 09-02-11
    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 09-02-11 Member Since 2008
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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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Rangel Edmond, OK United States 04-13-14
    Helen Rangel Edmond, OK United States 04-13-14 Member Since 2004
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    "One of the best Joe Pickett Novels ever!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Free Fire to be better than the print version?

    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.


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

    As with all C.J. Box's novel, the narration is great. Joe Pickett is a man of few words.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of the Old Yellowstone Inn is superb. I can't wait to visit Yellowstone this fall.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Colorado Springs 02-13-14
    Kelly Colorado Springs 02-13-14 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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    "Not my favorite Pickett novel."
    What did you like best about Free Fire? What did you like least?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by C. J. Box before, how does this one compare?

    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.


    What about David Chandler’s performance did you like?

    Everything. As usual.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maurice E. Corman Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA 10-30-13
    Maurice E. Corman Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA 10-30-13 Member Since 2010

    Love to embroider as we listen to the books.

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    "I want to go to Yellowstone!"
    If you could sum up Free Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Mystery, beauty and great fun.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions are outstanding.


    Have you listened to any of David Chandler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not listened to any other performances.


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

    When Joe realizes the drunk on the stool is his father.


    Any additional comments?

    Great unraveling of Joe's personal history as well as the way the park becomes a character in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Peru, IL, United States 05-08-12
    Sue Peru, IL, United States 05-08-12
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    "Joe goes to Yellowstone"
    Would you listen to Free Fire again? Why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.......


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe some day Joe can meet up with Nevada Barr's Forest Park Ranger??? Just a thought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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