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 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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