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5.0 out of 5 starsFederal Bureaucrats Descend on Saddlestring
Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2019
In this CJ Bos Joe Pickett book, Federal Bureaucrats descend on Saddlestring and the result is not pretty. The EPA decides, for some unknown reason, that the new homesite of a citizen of the town is on wetlands. The organization sends two armed agents to enforce their position and the result is tragic on more than one level. CJ Box mentions in the Epilogue that this book is based on an actual event in Idaho - what the EPA has done to the Sackett family. Like most of his books, this one has the same excellent story line that kept me interested from the start and the same excellent character development.
As a Midwesterner, I like getting the western perspective set through the eyes of Joe Pickett, a good and eminently reasonable man. Joe is still Joe, but the book has a caricature of a plot.
The story was apparently based on the real case of Sackett vs. EPA, which from what I could find on the web, did not involve an EPA administrator who was insane enough to commandeer a missile and shoot it into a mountain forest filled with dead wood. This is a book that will be loved by Alex Jones fans.
So much more could have been done. When I think of people who are staunchly anti fed land ownership and anti environmental regulation, I think of the Bundys, who to my mind, are thieves, vandals, and disrespectful of burial grounds. However, I’m sure there’s a lot more to the tension between Westerners and the federal government, and I wish this book had given the reader a something to chew on.
5.0 out of 5 starsI do not understand what happened here, as I read this story before, and stated my feelings then. I can say, as all Joe Pickett books I read, that the stories are well written and very descriptive. I am definitely a C. J. Box reader, having read all of all the Joe Pickett series, some of The Highway Books, plus a couple of his other stories.
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2018
Worthy of the five stars and more. As always, I was impressed with the storylines and the character selection. Joe always finds a way to maintain my interest and Nate did shat Nate does best: Just being Nate. I can never express the anticipation I enjoy throughout this series of novels, as each one has its own individual standalone storyline.
As always, I can, without hesitation, recommend this entire series to anyone loving a great western mystery. There is romance, some espionage, a lot of gunplay, and the mysterious outcome isn't full reconciled until the end of the story.
I don't usually write book reviews. But since I've got money invested in 13 of these books, I'm going to write what I think of "Breaking Point." First, I love the Joe Picket series. I love the regular characters. I love the wild and crazy outdoor adventures. I can swallow the author's politics. I really don't care because I read these books for the good writing of adventure and the outdoors in the mountains and I like the surprising twists and turns of the plots. However, the ending on this one stopped me. It was just too unreasonable. I recognize it's fiction (and at times, outrageous fiction), but sometimes even fiction has to come to a logical ending. I won't write about it in this review because I don't want to be a spoiler. Let me just say I hope Box fixes this in a later book. I'm still a fan.
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2020
"Breaking Point" starts out with a bang and I found myself racing through the pages. I love the stories in the Joe Pickett series created by C. J. Box! I can't believe his imagination in coming up with such great stories. He takes you on a nature trip with each book and story, as well as integrating interesting characters. This book makes me wonder about the EPA and some of the things they have tried to do to landowners. Butch and his wife, Pam are intriguing characters, and of course, there is a great trail through the mountains looking for Butch! I highly recommend this book to those who have already read some Joe Pickett novels as well as to those who are just starting this series!
Wow we had a similar thing happen but not as intense as this. A family lost their family land to intimate domain. This happened about 20 years ago. Till this day the property is still vacant. If they would have allowed the people to stay on their property till they passed on but no the county condemned it and took it from them. They didn't live long as they we older people. So what was the purpose other than bullying. The government can be evil. Thanks for a great read.
5.0 out of 5 starsShort and Sweet Review: Breaking Point by C.J. Box
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2015
This is the 13th installment in the Joe Pickett series and for a while there the reader may be worried that 13 is not Joe's lucky number! But it is Box's, because this book, as with all the others, is one hell of a ride.
Once again Joe is dealing with his wife who worries about him, his girls who think he's a relic of another time and federal agencies that don't respect him, let alone the rights of the citizens of Saddlestring, Wyoming. Or any citizens, for that matter.
When Joe is forced to help hunt down the father of his daughter's best friend, things don't go well. They go south. And they go up into the mountains with their rough terrain and vast expanses of beetle kill pines.
Fans of this series are used to watching the moral and physical battles Joe wages with not only criminals but all levels of the law and government. This installment finally finds common sense at the helm of the local sheriff's office, but that can't help Joe when the guys from the EPA decide to makes up the rules as they go.
Joe, of course, will be Joe. And that's what we love about him. Watching Game Warden Pickett 'go rogue' in the name of what's right is what keeps me coming back. And did I worry about all that beetle kill that's as dry and combustible as Joe's almost absent friend, Nate? I live in the Rocky Mountain west and totally appreciate it's ramifications...and of course I appreciate Nate.
Nate and Joe's relationship has taken a beating over the course of the last few books, and they are both changed men. But I'm hopeful future installments will bring them closer. We'll see. On to #14!
3.0 out of 5 starsStory is well-written but flawed.
Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2020
I really liked the story as a whole. What happens in the canyon is nerve wracking! However, the premise behind the story is flawed. The Corps of Engineers issues wetland permits and would normally give a landowner the chance to mitigate any wetland disturbance. I find this disingenuous in that they wouldn't show up and start fining people without giving them the opportunity to make this right. That being said, I can see how a federal bureaucrat would abuse their authority to punish someone because I have personally seen this.
I really love this series of books. I picked up one accidentally in my local library and I was hooked. I would recommend reading them in order because, whilst each book is stand alone, Joe's family feature in each of them as well as other characters, savoury and unsavoury. I love the way that Joe's family evolves in each book and Joe is getting older. Whilst I am racing through each book and start on the next in the series immediately, I know I'll be bereft when I come to the end of the series. Nate plays a small part in Breaking Point as does Ex-Sheriff McLanahan, Dave Farkus, Sheriff Reed, County Attorney Dulcie Schalk and of course Governor Rulon, which makes the books more enjoyable when you know the back stories of other people that feature. I agree with other reviewers that the setting for the stories, the mountains, the animals etc. makes the books magical
5.0 out of 5 starsJust as you think these can't get any better, you read another one and it does
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 16, 2020
Another stonkingly good Joe Pickett tale from Mr Box. They just keep getting better and better. I love his character and these books - if he was running America, both that country and the whole world would be a much better place!! This story starts and the tension and the questions just keep ramping up, and you are hooked needing to know what comes next until the last page. I also liked the fact that another, less savoury character from previous books finally gets some come-uppance in this one.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 16, 2013
I've read one Joe Pickett novel, in[loaned] paperback form, so seeing a new one on Kindle at an attractive price meant a very quick decision to click the order button and download it. Just finished yesterday, this proved to be a wise investment.
For the uninitiated, Joe Pickett is a game warden in Wyoming who has a very firm sense of right and wrong that sometimes puts him at odds with the deskbound bureaucrats (Joe loves the outdoors aspect of his job). In this book two Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agents are shot while delivering a notice to a local man clearing his land to build a home for his family. Assumed guilty without a trial, the man heads for the hills he loves and a huge, EPA-led, manhunt ensues. Joe senses something essentially wrong in the whole affair but is unable to escape involvement, with individuals vying for position and power instead of justice. The truth of the matter gradually unfurls, but not before events escalate alarmingly to a really shocking, satisfying conclusion, preceded by a roller-coaster sequence of events and excitement as nature shows her raw power. Even more dreadful is the author's note that the basis of the plot is a true story of big-brother manipulation (though not in Wyoming). C.J. Box lives in Wyoming and his descriptive skills all but transport the reader to the mountains and forests. A wonderfully absorbing series to delight the cowboy in us all. For under £3.00, this is a gem that could be a great introduction to a new protagonist and an author's work worth exploring further.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother enthralling novel from Mr.Box.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 9, 2019
Brilliant writing, I just can't stop reading about this miraculous game warden who solves all crimes and survives all shootings. I also like the continuance of his family's lives, it's been a very interesting journey, and only 4 more books to go. Well worth reading and following Joe Picketts very exciting life, albeit not counting many animals.
C. J. Box just keeps getting better! Joe Pickett is such a believable character. Honest and always anxious to do the 'right' thing, but also very human and humane, with a conscience that gives him a lot of problems at times. I am only part way through this latest novel but already feel that it is one of the best so far. Having said that I could not fault any of the previous books in this series. Having initially been inspired by the novels of Craig Johnston, to visit the part of the world where these tales are set, I discovered CJ Box in a book review in a Wyoming tourism publication. Descriptions of the terrain and shockingly beautiful scenery are so well brought to life. A fitting backdrop to the age old struggle of good versus evil, and all the grey areas in between. A modern western that deserves time on the big screen!