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Stone Cold: Joe Pickett, Book 14 | [C. J. Box]

Stone Cold: Joe Pickett, Book 14

Everything about the man is a mystery: the massive ranch in the remote Black Hills of Wyoming that nobody ever visits, the women who live with him, the secret philanthropies, the private airstrip, the sudden disappearances. And especially the persistent rumors that the man’s wealth comes from killing people. Joe Pickett, still officially a game warden but now mostly a troubleshooter for the governor, is assigned to find out what the truth is, but he discovers a lot more than he’d bargained for. There are two other men living up at that ranch. One is a stone-cold killer who takes an instant dislike to Joe.
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Everything about the man is a mystery: The massive ranch in the remote Black Hills of Wyoming that nobody ever visits, the women who live with him, the secret philanthropies, the private airstrip, the sudden disappearances. And especially the persistent rumors that the man’s wealth comes from killing people. Joe Pickett, still officially a game warden but now mostly a troubleshooter for the governor, is assigned to find out what the truth is, but he discovers a lot more than he’d bargained for. There are two other men living up at that ranch. One is a stone-cold killer who takes an instant dislike to Joe. The other is new - but Joe knows him all too well. The first man doesn’t frighten Joe. The second is another story entirely.

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    Kelly Colorado Springs 03-18-14
    Kelly Colorado Springs 03-18-14 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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    "my favorite Pickett book!"

    The last couple of Pickett installments almost made me give up on the series, but because I had pre-ordered this book I decided to give Joe, Nate and company one more chance. I am glad I did! In this novel Joe again leaves home but somehow MaryBeth and Sheridan stay involved in the storyline. And although I would like more of Nate, he was there and somehow his minor involvement felt more than minor. Same with Lucy and Missy.

    The plot line was believable and intriguing. And Joe was less perfect than in the last book. It was nice to have the flawed, and genuine Joe back. He is much more likable when he isn't too perfect. Last novel he felt like a caricature; this time he is character. So much better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Minott Cardiff by the Sea, CA United States 03-18-14
    G. Minott Cardiff by the Sea, CA United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow. Realistic Characters Keep the Interest High"

    C.J. Box is the best modern twister of plots who maintains credibility. I love the characterization, especially the supporting cast of recurring functional and dysfunctional characters like Sheridan or Dave Farkus. Settings are fabulous and adventure is realistic, but one caution here: the series provides a catalogue of ways that you wouldn't want to die; these books are not for the overly squeamish. The narrator is especially good with these characters, and this is one of the best in the series. It leaves us with some issue to reflect upon as we eagerly await the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Mansfield Louisville, TN 03-16-14
    Denise Mansfield Louisville, TN 03-16-14 Member Since 2010

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    "CJ Box knocked it out of the park once again!"
    What made the experience of listening to Stone Cold the most enjoyable?

    The quality of writing.


    What other book might you compare Stone Cold to and why?

    The other books in the Joe Pickett Series.


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

    Yes. Incredible!


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

    The moment Nate made "a choice".


    Any additional comments?

    This is an awesome book. I highly recommend it as well as the entire series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kalista jupiter, FL, United States 09-04-14
    kalista jupiter, FL, United States 09-04-14 Member Since 2005

    bibliophile

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    "I LOVE THIS SERIES"
    What made the experience of listening to Stone Cold: Joe Pickett, Book 14 the most enjoyable?

    This is my first venture into the series. the narrator is spot on.. the information on falconry, hunting, and the state of Wyoming is informative. The story lines are tight, It is a mind movie. I have downloaded my next listen already. , I cant wait to get into it....


    What other book might you compare Stone Cold: Joe Pickett, Book 14 to and why?

    LONGMIRE


    What does David Chandler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he varies his voice enough to separate the characters and Nate's whispery voice makes him seem very mysterious


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The West Is Wild


    Any additional comments?

    I hope to find a book about Nate

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronna United States 04-23-14
    Ronna United States 04-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Sometimes being industrious is killing!"

    It's been a while since Wyoming Game Warden, Joe Picket, returned to service as a game warden, but he's gotten his job back because Governor Rulon likes Joe's determined skills at finding criminals. Now the Governor has a new job for Joe. In an little outpost of Wyoming, there is a new man in town. He seems to be building an empire but where is his money coming from. The Governor suspects foul play and "commands" Joe to go there to check things out.

    At home, Joe's family has a couple of problems of their own. Adopted daughter, Alice, is sullen and obstinate. She has a new boyfriend that her parents are none to pleased with. But worse still, their eldest daughter and dorm RA, Sheridan, is extremely concerned with a darkly dressed and secretive male student on her floor. But Joe must fly off to check out the Governor's concerns. He soon finds that there is a whole community that seems to be under the orders of one man-- Wolfgang Templeton. He's rich, threatening, seemingly owns the local law, and has the services of "stone cold" killers. But Joe realizes that one of these men is his friend, Nate.

    Once again, CJ Box has written a fast passed and thought provoking thriller. Box has become my favorite author, as his books are always winners! His characters are blends of good and evil. Decisions are never easy for these characters as justice almost always comes with a price. Though this book could be read as a stand alone, this book is best read as a series since the characters grown with every book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer California 04-17-14
    Amazon Customer California 04-17-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Somewhat disappointing"
    What made the experience of listening to Stone Cold the most enjoyable?

    David Chandler - he is awesome!


    What other book might you compare Stone Cold to and why?

    None - this book was a disappointment to me. I loved all of his others.


    Which character – as performed by David Chandler – was your favorite?

    Nate - he breaks my heart.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not necessarily.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was disappointing and the Sheridan story line seemed unnecessary and even odd. This is the first book in the series (I have them all) that I would not listen to again.

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    Amazon Customer Jasper, TX United States 04-06-14
    Amazon Customer Jasper, TX United States 04-06-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Love C.J. Box's Books"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stone Cold to be better than the print version?

    It's the same. It's unabridged.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a good book, but it didn't seem to carry the last story forward. Joe Pickett was at a crossroads - especially concerning the overreach of the federal government and state government to a certain extent - but he seemed to digress. Anyway, still a good book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not one in particular.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carole Sarasota, FL, United States 03-22-14
    Carole Sarasota, FL, United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2010

    Mystery lover from waaaay back when.... Especially love those dark police/detective procedurals and the comic caper. I'm pretty tough as a reviewer. Writing must be smart and well-edited. Plots must be credible and a bit of twistiness and surprises are always welcome. Favorite authors [partial list]: Donald Westlake, Tana French, David Rosenfelt, Ruth Rendell, Ed McBain,

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    "Good but getting a bit Predictable"

    Well performed with some interesting moral dilemmas.

    Plot was a little predictable but it did have a slight variation....no spoilers here....
    I hope the author realizes he's getting dangerously close to a formula and gets a new approach soon. I like the way the characters are developing but they need some new challenges!

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