In the third adventure in C. J. Box’s engrossing series, Joe Pickett finds himself at the center of a confrontation between a special investigative team and a group of government-hating survivalists camped out on federal land. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Joe lays his life on the line to protect an innocent girl before a wave of violence surges over the Bighorn Mountains.
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This was a good story. To begin with I did not think that I would be a fan of CJ Box, but I really enjoy his Joe Pickett series.
The explosion of the compound and the death of little April.
Nate Rama..... I enjoyed his characterization. I hope we see or hear from Nate again.
Joe appears to be a good guy who tries to do the right thing regardless of the outcome. Very, very, very few people live life this way.
I won't give any spoilers since the whole April issue starts right off. Mary Beth is an educated woman, Joe maybe naive but not dumb SO WHY didn't they get a lawyer the minute April's 'mother' appeared in town. Then unless Wyoming foster's system is 50 years behind the times: you can't just go right in and take your child back. There are hearings, especially in the case of abandonment. That was my main problem with this book. If that had been done in the beginning then the whole April situation probably wouldn't have had the same outcome.
Its a good story on the corruption of parts of our government-they partake in cover ups all the time as we the public eventually hear about well after the fact.
Obviously there are 'survivalists' every where but they are not all bad, not all gunslingers. There are some that just want to be left alone but then step-in the others that want to blame them for every thing.
And about Joe's balls: everyone else steps right up and says what they are thinking so why can't Joe open his mouth and just speak, stand up for himself and others.
I enjoy the series for the wilderness aspect: the animals. I have been to Wyoming and Montana, camped there for extended periods years ago and loved it, when I was younger I wanted to move there. I just hope that as the series goes along that Joe becomes more confident and stands up for himself, speaks his mind.
Sheridan is favorite character-I was her as a child- tomboyish-caring for the animals. I had a friend who was like Lucy who couldn't and still can't see past the makeup and the dolls.
In this book my fav was Nate. I hope he comes back since they can't prove anything. He needs to teach Sheridan falconry, I know Joe says he will but that's Nate's job.
My husband and I really enjoy these stories while driving. They are well written and very descriptive and aren't easy to figure out "who done it" which we like. Unpredictable and very enjoyable.
I loved the tragedy, I loved the ending and outcome. I was thankful for it.
I especially loved Nate, the outlaw.
The ending. I wanted to cry.
I can't really believe I made it through this book. If I hadn't had a long day of mind numbing, tedious chores it wouldn't have happened.
So what's wrong with "Winterkill"? Shallow characters, a scattershot plot line, unbelievable technical details, descriptive phrases that made me cringe, and a marginal reader.
The book seems to start out OK, an interesting premise, a beautiful location and steps in a big pile before the first scene is even over. I mean, if a character is so drunk he can't tell cigarets from bullets it isn't likely he can shoot well enough drop seven fleeing elk, but maybe...and I'd really like to see someone remove a steering wheel with just a leatherman tool, but still..., and then, our intrepid hero tracks the escaped bad guy through the snow, realizes the villain must be hiding behind a tree because the tracks stop at the tree, then, lo and behold, finds the fellow pinned to the other side of the tree by two arrows with..... his throat cut, (by the longest armed murderer in the history of crime literature?). No.
Add to this a description of the rugged, silent, tortured, sidekick's enormous revolver that is nearly pornographic, then later in the, just in case you missed it, he describes it again in the same orgasmic tones. Ugh.
Now include a well stereotyped, bitchy female victim, a schizophrenic attitude toward a group of separatists, (They're worth admiring- they can escape from a shootout in a fleet of old motorhomes and campers, down a forest road which the authorities could only navigate in snowcats and on snowmobiles, Wish I could drive like that), and a host of characters who are only memorable because they aren't.
To be fair to the narrator, he didn't have a lot to work with, but it would have been easier to keep track of the players if he didn't use the same voice for the stalwart sidekick and the evil FBI agent. And, while this is unfair, I just didn't like his voice, he sounded like an extremely "untough" character trying hard to sound tough. Not really something he could help, but it was distracting.
I admire anyone who can write well enough that other people want to read his work, (I certainly can't), and a lot of people like to read Mr. Box's work, so I realize that my opinion is likely to be challenged. If you like this style, go for it, but if you're looking for an intelligent, well crafted, western mystery, approach this book with caution.
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!
I don't know as I did not read the print version However, Mr Chandler's narration was so good that I can imagine it is better.
From the moment we learned April's mother was in town it was obvious what was about to happen. Still, when April described her "dream" to the family my heart filled with compassion for this child. She was obviously happy in the Pickett home and wanted to remain there. Still, she was torn as it was her mother that she dreamt of.
Then she saw her mother from the bus window and before she could tell Sheridan it was her mom, the girls made comments about the woman they had seen. It must have torn at April's heart. I felt all my motherly instincts fire up and from that moment I felt angry with the biological mother, and with the federal officers who refused to listen to Joe.
I enjoyed Nate. I hope he makes appearances in some of the next novels. He isn't quite a good guy, but he makes a great sidekick for Joe.
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