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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I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (game warden/detective) - This is Book 14 in the Joe Picket series, but it's my first. From reading other reviews, I learned that the series has great characters and that you're missing out if you don't start with Book 1. I agree and disagree. I loved the characters in the book even though I just "met" them, but I can see how the experience would be greatly enriched by starting from Book 1...which I plan to do!
The story is set in rural Wyoming, present day. Joe Picket, the main character, is a game warden but is working for the Governor in this book, trying to spy on someone accused of major crimes. What follows is a nice, easy listen that kept me coming back every second I could. There is mystery, action and suspense, but it's not constant or gut-wrenching. Everything that happens is believable as opposed to "over the top." And in between are wonderful descriptions of the wintery Wyoming countryside.
PERFORMANCE - I love it when narrators are able to give different voices to most of the main characters. And in this case, they're all very realistic. Great job! (And I especially love the husky voice given to the mysterious Nate Romanowski.)
OVERALL - There is no sex, but there is cursing and violence. There are a couple pretty gnarly descriptions of bodies as well. Not recommended for kids except MAYBE older teens. I'm squeamish, but these descriptions were fairly short so I had no problem hearing them. The story stands alone. I think this would be a great book for a husband/wife road trip.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
I love this series, the writing is fantastic and the characters are great.
Game Warden Joe Pickett is asked by the Govenor, (off the record), to go to a small Wyoming town to Investigate the mysterious death of his undercover representative. The representative was originally sent in to find out, just why, a millionaire mogul would build a ranch in the middle of nowhere. Joe uses his status as a neighboring Game Warden as a ruse that he is there to observe and report on their local Game Warden. Immediately upon his arrival he finds out that almost everyone in the town is either indebted to, or on the payroll of the millionaire rancher, including the town Sheriff and Judge. As he digs deeper he is disappointed to find that his friend and ex special ops., Jake, is somehow wrapped up in whatever is going on. With little help from anyone in town and time restricted by the Governors office, Joe must execute his complicated plan with precision and perfect timing, in order to come out of it alive.
Needless to say when things don't go just right, chaos ensues, and all heck breaks loose. This was a fast paced story with a few clever twists that made it hard to put down. David Chandler did an excellent job narrating. I love when I can't wait to get back to a book. The Joe Pickett series is among my favorites.
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.
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.
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.
This installment of C.J. Box's Joe Pickett series mmediately draws the reader into a suspenseful episode from the point of view of the paid assassin. Unfortunately, the story deflates quickly with cartoonish stereotypes of young people, Westerners, families, and Bad Guys.
The series continues to be popular with my book club, but not with me personally. This particular title was hyper-violent and the self-righteous interior dialogues were tiresome. I guess if I had to choose an element of the story that I found to be original, I would have to say that it was the appearance of not one but two loner-type paid assassins in this story. Their relationship and their separate stories drove the plot when the other Bad Guys were just not interesting.
Pretty solid Joe Pickett novel and worth reading. Box returns to his themes about the exploitation of the Western wilderness, with decent Everymans and wily mountain men standing against the wealthy exploiters. Throw in a corrupt but sympathetic game warden colleague and a Governor who would be at home ruling Louisiana, and you have a good read. Daughter Sheridan is also back, as RA on a floor in college that has a trenchcoat-wearing anti-social weirdo who attracts concern. While the plot and characterization are as tight as readers expect from Box, the overall conspiracy behind the villans was a little harder to believe than normal. That doesn't mar the enjoyment, though.
Reader does the usual competent job.
Listening to good books from around the world, in the comfort of home....
To me CJ Box and his creative mind in telling a story is a leader of the 20th and 21st century mystery writers.
There always are new bad guys with a sprinkling of somewhat good guys. This story features the ultra rich trying to rewrite the rules for society, only to find that people generally cling to certain ways of thinking that aren't self correcting by spreading around cash rewards.
Joe's daughter is featured in this story, along with overzealous thinking exemplified by all players in her first major emergency that is built totally by a series of assumptions
My first listen to Joe Pickett, and my last. In truth, the narration by David Chandler was so annoying I cold not finish the book. The plot could not compensate for the almost humorous attempts by Mr. Chandler to affect different personas with his voice. He would do better narrating a children's book. The book might appeal to someone with a ninth grade education.
By having a better narrator.
Sorry - I gave up after about 3 hours of listening. No redeeming qualities.
I love to ride-along with Joe as he patiently does his part to make this world a better place. However, unless I have been pronouncing the word incorrectly All my life (at least since I was VERY young having been raised in Iowa growing up with "blood sports" (including boxing actually)). The word carbine is pronounced "car" and "bine" rhyming with the words wine and twine. car and then fine white wine NOT car-BEAN! The word was probably used half a dozen time "references to John Wayne carrying a CAR BEAN" for gods sake! A relatively common word - ay t least in Joe's and my worlds! I was also unpleasantly surprised to hear a professional narrator pronounce "en masse" as "on moss" or a similar bastardization of the word that is pronounced as it is spelled "in mass". The narrator's voice has PERFECT timbre and pacing (even the ideal essence of masculinity) but for Pete's sake man, care enough about your work (art, whatever) to consult a dictionary ( in case u are unaware they are helpful tools dictionary.com an on-line, free version let's, you even LISTEN to the pronunciation of the word in question).
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