I always get a kick from C.J. Box which is why I've read so many of his Joe Picket books. He takes a straight arrow familiy man through any number of harrowing incidents and leaves him somewhat stronger and more enlightened at the end. Joe is so straight it sometimes hurts but thanks to his completely uninhibited and natural justice driven friend, Nate Romanowski, the bad guys go down and the good guys prevail in the end. The butt of most of the scathing criticism are the agents of those people we mistakenly elect and entrust with serving our better interests. Governor Rulon as a states rights forces is often too devious for his own good.
I always was a great fan of the Joe Pickett series, but the last few installments were somewhat - well - lame. C.J. Box seemed to have lost the spirit, the stories dragged along, plots got more and more bizzare, inconsistent and improbable, with 'Stone Cold' as the low point in the series. So I picked up 'Endangered' with mixed feelings and was utterly pleased to see, that CJ Box has gotten back on track. The storytelling is clear and fresh, all parts fit nicely together with many surprising twists. Great description of the scenery and loving attention to fine details, strong characters and crisp dialogue. The story starts at full pace and doesn't slow down till the end. The ending is such that one can expect the story to continue and I very much look forward to the next installment. Many thanks to CJ Box for the delightful hours of reading !
Typischer, spannender Joe Pickett-Krimi - ich hoffe, es kommen bald weitere Folgen! Endlich war auch Nate Romanowski wieder dabei - ich mag seine gesetzlich sicherlich nicht ganz einwandfreie Art der Selbstjustiz ;-)
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5,0 von 5 SternenOne of the better Joe Pickett novels.
20. Januar 2018 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Box's writing keeps improving and the violence keeps rising. Of course everyone gets their due karma with satisfying violence. This chapter of the Pickett series is excellent reading. Box always resolves the plot in such a way that it's both expected but in such a twist that you feel gratified because this is exactly why we read books in this genre. I like Joe Pickett because he is us. He crosses lines that we would cross too if those situations were presented. Box keeps it "western" but there is always a moral bedrock under it all. The device he uses here of contrasting families is well done . By this time you can feel the cohesiveness of a living family we have been reading about. The other family literally implodes in shocking speed. It's Nate to the rescue yet again. And I suspect a new character for the series that is along unexpected lines but good to see. I highly recommend this one. See done Mr .Box.
I will not take the time to write about the plot and storyline, as you can read this in the book description or in other reviews. Box continues to demonstrate his knack of satisfying long time readers while giving sufficient 'back story' to those new to this series. I did have one minor disappointment, which unfortunately many of the current mystery writers engage in. Using 'Endangered' as an illustration, Box uses most of the narrative laying out a very complex series of characters and events, which is great. However, as I see with some of my other favorite mystery writers, there is a tendency to 'cram' a great deal of facts and events into the final few pages, which always leaves me wanting. As someone that has read the entire Joe Pickett series, I am a loyal reader and can't wait for the next book to be released. But in this case, I would have liked to see Mr. Box use more pages (and depth of discussion) to describe the ending, and tie up all the loose ends. But even with that, I highly recommend 'Endangered'.
5,0 von 5 SternenJoe Pickett's best work as a law dog and a great story
24. März 2015 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
My favorite Joe Pickett story, and I think one of C.J. Box's best works. Now, I must share some things for Box's editors that I'm sure Joe Pickett would tell them if he could. Some readers care about the realism of the details. An entire flock of sage grouse would not stay on the lek while they were all killed. Sage grouse are more wary during courtship than are many other grouse species. Elk shed their antlers by spring green up, and so couldn't be bull dogged by their antlers. One might run down a bull elk on a snow machine in deep snow, but not with just a few inches of snow in the sagebrush hill country. They would run back in the timber given the chance. Running a snow machine wide open through sagebrush is pretty dangerous -- when a ski snags a stout bush the snow machine stops forward progress much quicker than does the rider. Since illegal outfitter camps are in violation for both State and Federal law, the Forest Service cooperates enthusiastically with game wardens on prosecuting those violations. Through two lengthy processes, RARE I and RARE II, the Forest Service inventoried all roads and wheel tracks going onto the National Forests. If you can follow them in an F-150 pickup, you can see them on an aerial photograph -- specially if they go through timber. There a few, if any, secret places left in Wyoming that you can drive to with motorized transportation. By the way, I've been dreaming about that break in the rock wall my entire life and still haven't found it. I'm happy to observe that Joe Pickett is becoming a better cop and not doing as many dumb things that put him in danger. Loved the book.
3,0 von 5 SternenI did enjoy it and could see that having read previous novels ...
23. März 2015 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
This was my first Joe Pickett novel. I did enjoy it and could see that having read previous novels would have given the reader a better background on the characters. Not that that seemed necessary. It was good but I was disappointed in how suddenly everything was all wrapped up in a simple package. Most of the good people survived with out too many problems. I found this a little too simple. I wondered if previous novels were similar. Sometimes I think authors must get tired of the same protagonist novel after novel and after many books they tend to disappoint. I had problems believing that April survived without any complications, I also had problems with Nate and how he was able to be in the right place at the right time considering his condition and how he connects with Liv in the time frame and how he was able to call her when she had lost her cell phone etc. All in all I will try to get the earlier novels and follow this character to see if I like the previous books better. It was good enough to persue that venue
I've really enjoyed these 15 (actually 16, I read "Off the Grid" already, although I'm going to re-read it in sequence) books by CJ Box. I hope there are more by the time I finish number 19.
The narrative flows effortlessly to a startlingly suspenseful climax. Totally recommend this book to anyone who likes the outdoors and action adventure. There were a couple of possible slips. How did Nate get in touch with Viv? She had lost her phone. Then, back on page 180 CJ had a bucket bouncing off rungs of a ladder that had already been removed. But no biggie, excellent work.