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Savage Run Audiobook

Savage Run: A Joe Pickett Novel

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Publisher's Summary

An Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Award winner, C. J. Box delivers the second pulse-pounding installment in his critically acclaimed series. While investigating a string of bizarre murders, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is forced to flee across treacherous terrain with a deadly tracker on his trail.

He's game: solve another mystery with Joe Pickett.

©2002 C.J. Box (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Picturesque detailing, admirable prose, and agitating suspense demonstrate the appeal of this follow-up to Box’s Edgar nominated debut." (Library Journal)

"Laconic Joe Pickett returns to his slightly offbeat duties in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains in C. J. Box's Savage Run. Joe is called to the scene when an exploding cow kills a famous ecoterrorist, Stewie Woods, and his bride of three days, who were peacefully spiking trees. A visit to the cow's pugnacious owner leaves Joe defensive, angry, and curious: Why doesn't the rancher ask any questions about the bizarre accident that happened on his land? Then Joe's wife, Marybeth, begins receiving phone calls from her high-school boyfriend - the peculiarly healthy-sounding Stewie Woods. Stewie may or may not be alive, but his old pal Hayden Powell and other environmental activists are all turning up deceased in strange circumstances. As the body count climbs, Joe tries to sort out the bad guys, the good guys, and the truly dead guys in this sometimes funny, sometimes angry [novel]. Box depicts the spare beauty and cussed individualism of the intermountain West with the sure hand of a seasoned writer." (Amazon.com review)

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    Roger Idaho Falls, ID, United States 05-11-16
    Roger Idaho Falls, ID, United States 05-11-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Irony in Wyoming"

    Classic conflict between city slicker "ranchers" and environmentalists. The irony is using animals that an environmentalist is supporting to kill those same environmentalists (with plenty of human help).

    I liked the presentation of all sorts of bad guys on all sides of the political spectrum. Wolves presented as the killers that they are. Fisherman taking far more fish than needed to have a meal of fresh caught trout. Good people doing bad things because the payday is just too good. Lawyers who know how to game the legal system so that laws apply to everyone but them.

    I would like to see all parties out in the forest to see things for themselves away from cities and technologies. Only then can good laws be made that find a good balance among the parties. Fat chance.

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    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 05-07-16
    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 05-07-16 Member Since 2006

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    "A Little Bit of Horrible"
    If you could sum up Savage Run in three words, what would they be?

    Shocking. Believable. Good.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    There was one night in the middle of the book that I stayed up till dawn just to listen.


    What aspect of David Chandler’s performance would you have changed?

    He really doesn't do females very well. I think he'd be better off just reading the female part or softening his voice a bit rather than try to BE a female voice. It annoyed me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. But it sure was tense there a few times!! And I couldn't shut it down.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I'm going to like this series a whole lot.

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    brian smith Amarillo, TX United States 04-21-16
    brian smith Amarillo, TX United States 04-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Keeps you on cliffs edge"
    Where does Savage Run rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Savage Run?

    When Joe was leading his wife's ex boyfriend thru the canyon wall climb


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The cabin scene


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nervous


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    AAA Niagara Books USA 04-07-16
    AAA Niagara Books USA 04-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Predictable but still fun. "

    Great narrator with enjoyable plot. Good balance on relevant issues. Story moves smoothly and relatively predictably.

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    Margaret United States 02-01-16
    Margaret United States 02-01-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Another rock-solid mystery/adventure by Box"

    Another rock-solid mystery/adventure from C.J. Box.

    This one pits radical environmental saboteurs and a newly-revived group of ranchers and wealthy landowners against each other, with the methodical but values-driven Joe Pickett and his family caught in the middle. The wealthy ranchers, tired of losing most of their battles to encroach on wilderness through ranching and development, have hired a "cattle detective" to hunt down infamous environmental activists. The cattle detective is right out of the past of the American West - 100 years ago they were lethal Pinkertons hired to deliver ignoble deaths to cattle rustlers and take the romance out of being an outlaw.

    As in his previous books, Box paints unflattering portrayals of corrupt exploiters of the land and also of privileged environmentalists who don't see the nuance and real people behind the land and water issues in the West. He doesn't like extremists on either end of the political spectrum.

    Box does a great job with his characters - even 10 year old Sheridan is thoughtfully drawn. His eco-terrorist/ex boyfriend Stewie Woods is particularly interesting - both exasperating and funny. Pickett himself is a likable Everyman with both courage and integrity, and he's also doggedly stubborn which is what it takes in these novels to beat the bad guys.

    I haven't decided yet what to think about his wife, Marybeth. She's likable enough, but she's also definitely a side kick - while she's a fine alter-ego to Joe, it is difficult to see how such an allegedly interesting woman gave up a legal career and hinted-at other adventures to live in ramshackle government housing and work part time, low-paying jobs, all for love. I hope in future books Box draws out her inner life and gives us something else to like about her other than as lover-of-Joe.

    Performance is as solid and interesting as the story.

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    Ashley Trudo 07-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    Loved it because it keeps your attention and has a great storyline. Thanks. Wow this is awesome can wait to read the next one!

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    Joe 07-22-15
    Joe 07-22-15 Member Since 2011
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    A great Western story . CJ Box brings a new Louis L'Amour style hero into the 21st century. Joe Pickett combines Walt Longmire with a shy Chick Bowdrie.

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    Will 06-25-15
    Will 06-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting from environmental aspect"
    What would have made Savage Run better?

    Tighter writing construction and better character development.


    Would you recommend Savage Run to your friends? Why or why not?

    No... I feel time could be better spent with other novels.


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

    The environmental aspect of the story line was worthwhile and the descriptions of the landscape otherwise the action drug along especially in the middle sections


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    Dan Anthony Hurst, TX 06-23-15
    Dan Anthony Hurst, TX 06-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "This is a series worth reading."

    My brother, a tree-hugging liberal, tuned me in to the Joe Pickett novels. Joe Pickett is more politically neutral than my brother, in an inter-mountain west outdoor-loving sort of way. Joe doesn't hunt but doesn't demonize those who do, and he enjoys meat as a part of his diet. If there are any Democrats in his portion of Wyoming, you wouldn't need to take your shoes off to get an accurate census count, and you wouldn't count Joe as one of that rare Wyoming breed, but if Joe chose to never vote that wouldn't surprise me. All of his family, the protagonists, are three-dimensional and seem worth caring about, a prerequisite for any series of novels. The narration is excellent, and the stories are interesting. Having now finished the first 2 books in this series I feel comfortable giving this author and this series my highest recommendation.

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    J Jaeckle Granbury, TX, US 04-16-15
    J Jaeckle Granbury, TX, US 04-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Story! Moves along well!"

    Interesting detail on the "eco" movement , it's militancy and the counter militancy against it.
    I like the way the author weaves the impact of
    restoring natures balance and ties in the history of the old west.

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