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Savage Run Audiobook

Savage Run: A Joe Pickett Novel

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Publisher's Summary

An Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Award winner, C. J. Box delivers the second pulse-pounding installment in his critically acclaimed series. While investigating a string of bizarre murders, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is forced to flee across treacherous terrain with a deadly tracker on his trail.

He's game: solve another mystery with Joe Pickett.

©2002 C.J. Box (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Picturesque detailing, admirable prose, and agitating suspense demonstrate the appeal of this follow-up to Box’s Edgar nominated debut." (Library Journal)

"Laconic Joe Pickett returns to his slightly offbeat duties in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains in C. J. Box's Savage Run. Joe is called to the scene when an exploding cow kills a famous ecoterrorist, Stewie Woods, and his bride of three days, who were peacefully spiking trees. A visit to the cow's pugnacious owner leaves Joe defensive, angry, and curious: Why doesn't the rancher ask any questions about the bizarre accident that happened on his land? Then Joe's wife, Marybeth, begins receiving phone calls from her high-school boyfriend - the peculiarly healthy-sounding Stewie Woods. Stewie may or may not be alive, but his old pal Hayden Powell and other environmental activists are all turning up deceased in strange circumstances. As the body count climbs, Joe tries to sort out the bad guys, the good guys, and the truly dead guys in this sometimes funny, sometimes angry [novel]. Box depicts the spare beauty and cussed individualism of the intermountain West with the sure hand of a seasoned writer." (Amazon.com review)

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    bill 05-15-17
    bill 05-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "c.J.Box leaves a picture"

    i have been a fun for a long time his stories of Wyoming always leave a pleasant and peaceful picture in your mind.

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    Rich Tanguy Arkansas 04-21-17
    Rich Tanguy Arkansas 04-21-17 Member Since 2013

    Concealed Weapon

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    "Surprising political commentary in a murder myster"
    Where does Savage Run rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like this series. The characters are clean and simple as is the plot and yet the outcome is not obvious.


    What other book might you compare Savage Run to and why?

    This is a good next step when you have exhausted Craig Johnson and William Kent Krueger.


    Any additional comments?

    As an old man who was once an idealist and ardent EarthFirst! member, I am shocked that there is anyone out there who seriously remembers a time when environmental activism went beyond making signs and chanting slogans. While no longer politically relevant, the story was fun.

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    Marcia M Hammerberg 03-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Graphic violence"

    Too graphic, C J. u r truly a sick man, almost didn't finish the book.

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    Amazon Customer 01-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "love this series! always a pleasure to listen to w"

    always great to listen to while walking or working out, can't wait for winterkill next

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    Melanie V. Simon 01-16-17
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    "Hits on all cylinders"

    Loved the compelling characters and inventive plot, all set against the backdrop of Wyoming nature.

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    Lady Pamela New Mexico 12-23-16
    Lady Pamela New Mexico 12-23-16

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    "Exploding Cow?"

    Game Warden Joe Pickett engages the forces of evil on opposing sides of environmentalists and ranchers in modern Wyoming. Both sets of villains were well developed as their evil, but opposing, plans unfolded. Joe Pickett and his family are honestly good guys. I especially liked the exploding cow as a murder weapon, but thought the author could come up with another imaginative tool when it was used again. I'll devour book #3.

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    Amazon Customer Elmira, NY USA 12-15-16
    Amazon Customer Elmira, NY USA 12-15-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Engaging"

    I can not wait to listen to the next book in the series. The narrator keeps me interested, like not being able to put the book down if I were reading it.

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    Hope 10-03-16
    Hope 10-03-16 Member Since 2011

    I love well-written books in virtually every genre. Quirky characters delight me, and it breaks my heart when a good plot is badly done.

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    "A potentially good plot, but..."
    What disappointed you about Savage Run?

    This is the second Joe Pickett noel I've read. I find Joe Pickett to be an uninteresting and actually stupid hero. As a game warden in Wyoming, he should be skilled outdoorsman yet he continually makes stupid choices or shows lack of knowledge. For instance in one case he needs to pull another person up using a rope; he just pulls, he doesn't use a nearby tree or even his own body as a belay. I could go on, there is much worse, but people don't like spoilers. This book has a basic plot which is actually potentially a very good plot, but it is ruined by turning most of the characters into caricatures. Even the 'normal' people are one dimensional. This is too bad because the challenges of the American West are really important and complex and don't deserve to be treated in this cartoonish way. (I say this as a westerner.)


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I would never choose to listen to a David Chandler narration. I didn't find him unbearable but he was pretty flat and certainly did not add to the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Savage Run?

    It wouldn't be saveable in that way. C. J. Box needs to have a better understanding of people, of the west and of the complex challenges of the Rocky Mountain West. There are so many competing wishes and needs, and perceived as well as legal rights. The allliances that arise from the changing nature of the western United States change often and are unpredictable; it is far from black and white in any area.


    Any additional comments?

    I do wonder if C. J. Box has gotten any better in later books in the series; I won't be finding out. I only finished reading this book to give it a thorough review. If it were up to me, I would add a bunch of 'spoilers' so other potential readers would know it's not just an off day for me.

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    Martin 09-16-16
    Martin 09-16-16
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    "Never got going"

    Like characters but pace was too slow. It was almost painful to make it to the end of the book.

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    Jon 08-07-16
    Jon 08-07-16 Member Since 2017
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    "An insult to any adult's intelligence"

    Open Season by the same author was a pretty decent book, Savage Run also has excellent ratings and I can’t imagine why. In the first twenty minutes I’ve heard half a dozen highly improbable things and at least as many completely impossible things. Suspension of disbelief is one thing. Expecting the reader to be as gullible as a slow-witted five year old is insulting.

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