C.J. Box’s Open Season is a rare debut mystery that “immediately sets itself apart from the crowd” (Booklist). This thrilling novel stars Joe Pickett, a game warden in Wyoming who finds his life in danger after he looks into a murder investigation and discovers a conspiracy involving an oil pipeline and its threat to an endangered species.
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Loved Open Season. It was honest about life in small town in Western States like Wyoming. I thought the book was going to be about a macho ranger that loved and was an expert in multiple guns. Thought it would be a story about about glamorized modern day cowboys that make us sissy men insecure and ashamed. Instead it was about a ranger that couldn't shoot straight, didn't have ninja fighting skills, and lived in the real "west" not a Hollywoodized one. I saw many reviewers say it was predictable but I disagree. Sure it had a limited cast so the bad guys could only be one of a few but it still had surprises. Finally the message on endangered species was balanced, characters development said a lot about people, and the politics of Western "conservative" states with tiny populations was interesting.
This story was a little predictable in a few places, but for the most part it was original and well paced with a likeable hero and interesting supporting characters.
C.J. Box,No David Chandler yes. Some time ago, I read one of his mid series books and found it forced and Joe Pickett to be a weak self absorbed character then I picked this book up on sale to give him another try. While the story line surrounding this Wyoming Game and Fish officer (we call them fish and game further west) was credible and even creative at times, he is an irritating caricature of the enlightened environmentalists popular in todays culture. I have read and appreciated many writers from the left and the right, who clearly indulge their political and ideological beliefs but do it in a sophisticated, humorous, adventurous and or enlightened way, but not so with this writer. He lost me when he created his main character as weak and unsure of himself both in work and in his marital relationship, untrustworthy in his professional competence, lacking in discretion in choosing friends or sharing information, then tops it off by clumsily calling out the "far right" for supporting one of the villains of his story who's aim was to purposely wipe out an endangered species strictly for financial gain.
I am guessing that if I were to read any more of this authors books, I would just be left feeling guilty for not being able to give him some of the hugs that he seems to need. Check out Craig Johnsons character, Walt Longmire, if you want a deeper more satisfying modern day western.
I recently listened to Cold Wind and really enjoyed it. Great story and great characters. So I went to the first in the series - Open Season. Another great listen. Aside from the great book, they picked the perfect narrator. On to the next ...
CJ has the uncanny and truly brilliant ability to weave what would seem like valid causes; aka agendas, to be convincingly mixed like poison cocktails within the minds of both the evil and the utterly morally confused.
I greatly appreciate the fairness and clarity brought to bear in his stories. Keep them coming CJ! I'm on your 4th book as of tonight. Love everything about them! :-)￼
Learning about the characters and their back ground
When Mary Beth got shot
On my seats edge. I didn't want to turn it off.
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