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Savage Run: A Joe Pickett Novel | [C. J. Box]

Savage Run: A Joe Pickett Novel

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.
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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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    Kelly Colorado Springs 01-30-14
    Kelly Colorado Springs 01-30-14 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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    "Box brings the West alive!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I found the plot interesting and the characters well-developed. Yes, it isn't a traditional mystery as we already know who the bad guys are, but Mr Box develops the setting so well that it becomes another character. I live in the mountains of Colorado and life is quite similar to life in WY. Hunting, fishing, ams... I think Mr Box does a great job of illustrating the type of lives that are lived in the rural West.

    Some reviewers said they found Joe Pickett to be too weak. I don't think of him as weak. He is a pacifist, a lover of nature, and a family man. He does the job he does because he truly believes that the animals and land should be protected. He carries a weapon only because it is required and would much rather not do so. To me, that isn't weak, in fact, it is the opposite. He has strong convictions and isn't swayed by outside sources. I respect that in people and I respect it in this character.


    What other book might you compare Savage Run to and why?


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    MidwestGeek Ann Arbor, MI, United States 02-13-13
    MidwestGeek Ann Arbor, MI, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "21st century range war! Adventure not mystery."

    Instead of the cowboys against the farmers (Oklahoma!,) it's the gentleman ranchers against the environmentalists! It's a good story, and Box's descriptions of the wild country in Wyoming are marvelous. This is not really a mystery, since we know who the bad guys are and it isn't hard to guess who is behind their killing spree. As a result, the plot seems thin, too slow and stretching beyond the limits of credibility at times. I read this after reading Force of Nature, book #12, which I liked better but also suffered from some of the same plot defects. I like the protagonist Joe Pickett, but he can't possibly be so naive as he sometimes says or acts. The environmental activist, Stewie Woods, is a more multi-dimensional and believable character than Joe Pickett. Toward the end, too many rabbits are pulled out of the hat to make the denouement fully satisfying.

    David Chandler adds a lot to the pleasure of listening, his narration and portrayal of characters are terrific.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Hewett Dallas TX 05-23-12
    K. Hewett Dallas TX 05-23-12 Member Since 2008

    Reacher Fan

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    "Savage Run by CJ Box"

    I thought the book was well written and well preformed. There was some bloody details involving animals that seemed sensationalized. I think the book would have been just as strong without those parts. The ending left me cold. I could think of half a dozen ways to end the story that might have made our hero more of a hero. I do like the character of Joe Picket, he is humble and understated. He reminds me a little of the Jim Chee character in the famous Tony Hillerman books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rocky Amarillo, TX, United States 04-30-12
    Rocky Amarillo, TX, United States 04-30-12
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    "Good Series"

    I intent to continue this really good series. The narrator did a really good job keeping interested in the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    O. Gilley Ruston, LA USA 03-19-12
    O. Gilley Ruston, LA USA 03-19-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Great series for outdoor types"
    Would you listen to Savage Run again? Why?

    I almost never listen to a book more than once, but that is because there are only 24 hours in a day and so many books. I would listen to this one again in a few years.


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

    The plot was a bit of a stretch, but it was seldom dull.


    What about David Chandler???s performance did you like?

    I found the performance to be very good.


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

    With all the twists, there wasn't a particular point that moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love the outdoors, like to hunt, fish, hike, or just enjoy the challenges of nature, you will enjoy this book if you like mysteries.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 06-12-13
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2011

    Love internet shopping, from audio books to nail polish to silk scarves. Audible & Amazon are my go to places.

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    "Second in a series-a bit more enjoyable"

    Savage Run is set on an interesting historical premise, C.J.Box's writing leaves his protagonist Joe Pickett coming off as a real wimpy guy. Pickett can't seem to speak up or express himself when confronted by bad guys. He just seems to cower in corners and Box doesn't get much into Picketts personality or motivations, other than the families lack of funds.

    I purchased 3 audio books in this series and doubt I'll buy more. I wouldn't waste my credit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 03-21-14
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Exploding cow?"

    Good old boy ranchers hire hitmen to silence ecoterrorists. Joe Pickett's investigation into poaching pulls him into the "war" and he ends up running for his life.

    I do enjoy the series' western setting and mindset. It's a nice break from a big city with rampant crimes and hardened detectives. I will continue on to the next book.

    David Chandler's narration is well suited to these books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tisa Garrison Corcoran, CA 10-22-13
    Tisa Garrison Corcoran, CA 10-22-13 Member Since 2009

    Tisa Garrison

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    "Another great wilderness adventure"

    Joe does it again. Best thing about Joe is that he's not perfect. He is hopelessly honest about his failures, which dog him from book to book, just as OURS do...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Nampa, ID, United States 09-07-13
    William Nampa, ID, United States 09-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "GREAT SERIES"
    What made the experience of listening to Savage Run the most enjoyable?

    This series always keeps your interest always on every book. I look forward to each book to listen to. The reader is also very good. You never wonder who is performing as.


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    Betty Houston, TX, United States 05-24-13
    Betty Houston, TX, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2003
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    "A little preachy"

    I didn't feel like this was as good as the first one, but still an enjoyable read. Some surprises, but if the entire series is going to be environmentalists vs. ranchers, I'm not sure I'll continue.

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