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Savage Run Audiobook

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 2016

    Reading allows me to travel through time, to visit the world's unique and stunning places, to become somebody I am not... It is glorious.

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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?


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MidwestGeek 02-13-13
    MidwestGeek 02-13-13

    Love a good mystery, but don't care much for pure thrillers.

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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    K. Hewett 05-23-12
    K. Hewett 05-23-12 Member Since 2014

    Mystery Reader

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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.

    4 of 4 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 2012

    Golf Prof

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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    unsatisfied 02-04-16
    unsatisfied 02-04-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent listen"

    I've listen to many Joe Pickett books and this by far my favorite. Great characters, succinct narration, and intriguing story. Well done

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-31-15
    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-31-15 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.

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    "Early Pickett"

    Joe Pickett is a family man and one of the few Game Wardens in Wyoming, he has a steady moral compass and is an intellegent, lawful man. In this second addition to the series Joe gets wrapped up in an environmental feud. After radicals set off an explosion in the deep woods, an investigation reveals that a cow and possibly two people were accidentally killed. Joe knows that there is more to it than that and goes back later to look into it further. When he is shot at with a long range rifle he knows his suspicions were correct and is now on foot and on the run in a heavily wooded, rugged terrain.

    I have read quite a few books in this series and this one was not bad but I think the writing is better in the later books. It was nice to have a little more insight into Joe's personal life and how hard it was for he and Mary Beth, his wife, when he first took the job. I am looking forward to the newest release in this series, "Endangered ".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie 10-18-14
    Bonnie 10-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "On to the next one - it's that good"

    This series does not disappoint. On to the next one. The series is THAT good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest OREGON 06-12-13

    Elle AKA PlantCrone..I'm an organic gardener, quilter, volunteer and elder who enjoys different genres from biographies to si/fi to fantasy

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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rocky Centennial CO 04-30-12
    Rocky Centennial CO 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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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