The most violent and bloody the series yet. Bad language in the series is growing as well. IMHO Mr Box can write a very intriguing novel, but the nastiness really isn’t needed to this level. Stay with the story and ease back on the “shock” value.
From Greg -- really high body count!
This book was submitted for consideration for the 2019 Southwest Books of the Year list in the Fiction category!
This is the 19th book in the terrific series about Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett, his family, and his good friend, falconer Nate Romanowski (who is a fascinating character). While you might not think a series about a game warden would be very interesting or exciting, you would be wrong; Joe somehow encounters a wide range criminal activity. He has both friends and enemies in high places. And he always strives to do the right thing, even when it costs him mightily. Nate calls him “Dudley Do-Right”, which is not far off. This series is set in the beautiful state of Wyoming, where the wildlife are plentiful and the environment is glorious. Many of the books deal with current issues, and this one does too, though we don’t find out what the issue is until the end of the book nears.
Most of the books in this series are 4-5 star books. This book has an interesting plot, but I am sorry to say that this book contains so much gruesome violence that I found it stomach-turning. Way too many people end up dead, which is bad enough, but the graphic descriptions of the murders are grotesque. So I have to give this book a lower rating—maybe 2-2.5 stars.
Bottom line: I highly recommend reading this excellent series in order (start with Open Season), but you ma
I love the Joe Pickett/Nate Romanowski characters. This one had almost non-stop action throughout the book, without going too far over the edge of being just death and destruction. I think this was one of my favorite C.J. Box books yet.
Very good, quick read. Difficult to put down. Much action, tension and excitement.
The "mysteries" of the tale are easy to figure out very early, but the action in the book keeps you interested and moving forward.
Game wardens Katelyn Hamm & Joe Pike find themselves facing off with the FBI over a drone owner terrifying deer and elk herds. What they don't know is a cartel hit squad, the Wolf Pack, is after the whistle blower and anyone the Wolf Pack cross paths with tend to be wiped out too.
Constant action made this a page turner I couldn't put down.
I always like CJ Box's series with Joe Pickett, but this one felt a bit rushed, formulaic and not quite up to the level of other books in the series. I hope this isn't the one that jumped the shark. Hopefully the series will get back to more character development. With a long series it can be hard to jump into but I really didn't want the first 1/4 of the book to be a general recap of the earlier books in the series.
I'm always curious to see what topical issues make it into the plot. Here we have witness protection, Mexican cartels, fentanyl, drones harassing animals in the wilderness, and the thorny issue of reintroducing wolves. That is a lot but maybe focusing on just a few would have been better...or expounding more on some of the topics.
I would really like to see a stand alone series with Nate Romanowski. It would be a departure, but would allow for something different. For that matter, aside from mentioning some people in the family we don't know what they are really doing now. Too bad, they were colorful and this could use a little more color and less carnage.
Whew! What a book!! This novel's murderous wolf pack is two-legged kind. Joe finds himself in the most violent and dangerous predicament he’s ever faced. I don't want to write anything that would give the plot of this book away so I'll leave it at that.
I have to say that reading one of Box’s new books and following Joe, Marybeth, and Nate Romanowski, is like catching up with old friends one hasn't seen in a while.
I highly recommend this book AND this series!!
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