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Off the Grid Audiobook

Off the Grid: A Joe Pickett Novel

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box returns with a suspenseful new Joe Pickett novel.

Nate Romanowski is off the grid, recuperating from wounds and trying to deal with past crimes, when he is suddenly surrounded by a small team of elite professional special operators. They're not there to threaten him but to make a deal. They need help destroying a domestic terror cell in Wyoming's Red Desert, and in return they'll make Nate's criminal record disappear. But they are not what they seem, as Nate's friend Joe Pickett discovers. They have a much different plan in mind, and it just may be something that takes them all down - including Nate and Joe.

©2016 C. J. Box (P)2016 Recorded Books

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    Christine L. Frederick 03-15-16 Member Since 2013
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    "I love this series! I have to admit,"

    I have to admit that David Chandler started off a little 'off'from his usual narration. It only took me a few minutes to get back engaged in the Joe Pickett series that I have missed so much. Surprisingly, this entire Series has become a companion to me that I have listened to repeatedly. Not being the type of person who listens to anything twice, it's surprised my husband and family to know that I was listening to the series again, as I felt that it was a ' friend' was missing from my life. I think CJ box and David Chandler for another companion that has engaged and entertained me for hours. I continue to fantasize about visiting Wyoming, and I look forward to the next book in the series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    W. Brooks Seattle, WA United States 04-03-16
    W. Brooks Seattle, WA United States 04-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Tight writing. Strong characters. Good plot"

    I've now read several in the series by C. J. Box. They are always a good read. Always worth the credit.

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    kitcat 03-26-16
    kitcat 03-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Never a Doubt"

    I am a fan of Joe and Nick and this book confirmed why. Great story! I can't wait until the next!

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    Sheryl Menlo park, CA, United States 03-14-16
    Sheryl Menlo park, CA, United States 03-14-16 Member Since 2017
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    "On target"

    I always look forward to CJ Box's Joe Picket novels and he didn't disappoint. Of course now comes the wait for the next one.

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    Kris 03-11-16
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    "Another Solid Joe Picket Read"

    An interesting, creative plot with old friends Joe and Nate. Vivid descriptions of Wyoming. Character development continues. Narrator does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. One of the best in this series.

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    Doc Holliday 08-29-16
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    "A disappointment"
    What disappointed you about Off the Grid?

    The story was completely unbelievable. Had nothing to do with the premise of the Joe Pickett series. The book should have been called book #1 of the Nate Romanowski series because Joe didn't even play a significant part in the story until the last two chapters. Sheridan's part in the book was minimal and insignificant; she could have been used as a foil. Instead she was left to cower behind rocks with the rest of the non-characters.Box is a good writer, he just isn't a good writer about Islamic terrorism, electromagnetic pulse technology (what is described is a HERF-high energy radio frequency cannon-not EMP and I am sure some of the billions spent on the NSA's UT data center was spent shielding it from terrestrial sources of HERF/EMP) or how the Posse Comitatus Act would have prevented the Apache attack helicopters from showing up. Not to mention the absurdity of anyone in the government sacrificing an intelligence asset such as the UT data center to keep it from being used by politicians in an election year and managing to keep it all secret.Pickett is a game warden, not a government agent who chases people with high energy weapons through the desert and withstands assaults from truckloads of sociopaths.


    Has Off the Grid turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Probably not. I'll give Box the benefit of the doubt that this was just an 'off' effort. If the book had not been written by Box, I doubt I would have finished it.


    What didn’t you like about David Chandler’s performance?

    Probably the worst of any of Chandler's performances I've listened. A lot of it had to do with the material he had to work with, which wasn't very much. However, his voice characterizations are becoming cliche as he is limited to around 5 different ones total. His changes in tone, to me, are almost 100% predictable and therefore boring.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Off the Grid?

    The part between the beginning of their sojourn into the Red Desert and the part in the Homeland Security building in Cheyenne. There was no story. Not much of it made any sense. It was technically inaccurate. The motivations of all the players-esp. Joe-are extremely thin and largely unbelievable. A group of "6 year seniors" college students manage to build a piece of cutting edge technology not even the government can figure out in an abandoned and burned out ghost town in the middle of the desert and no one actually sees them do anything?

    Then the government allows this same group of people to destroy a $4 billion asset and hopes everyone will keep their mouths shut about it? All of them would have been shut up by being sent to jail for the rest of their lives for aiding and abetting a terrorist organization. Or for all the stuff they stole or swindled for their project.


    Any additional comments?

    Hopefully, Box's next Joe Pickett book will be within the parameters and premise of all the other Joe Pickett books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sherylsplace 04-09-16
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    "Superb!"

    Outstanding as usual. C.J. Box delivers a complex and timely story. And, after 14 or so Joe Picket novels, David Chandler has become as familiar as a best friend. He IS Joe Picket.

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    MikeMayberry United States 04-06-16
    MikeMayberry United States 04-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Whew, that was a close one÷"

    Yet again, Joe and Nate prevail over evil! I was worried about Sheridan. Great antagonists!

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    rhoda skeet 04-05-16
    rhoda skeet 04-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "interesting and great"

    Story was good I enjoyed the story line.
    I was on the edge of my seat.

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    G. Minott Cardiff by the Sea, CA United States 03-31-16
    G. Minott Cardiff by the Sea, CA United States 03-31-16 Member Since 2012
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    "One of C J Box's best ( and they're all good.)"

    Box takes current news issues into a very wild west setting. Red Desert, falcons, helicopters, techno geeks, horses, bears-- and wouldn't we all like to get western with Isis? It's gory-- so is our evening news.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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