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Breaking Point (Joe Pickett Series, 13) MP3 CD – Unabridged, August 18, 2015
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The recipient of Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, New York Times bestselling author C. J. Box has won almost every honor in his field. In Breaking Point, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is glad to catch up with old friend Lyle Pendergast, but then the man goes missing and is named a suspect in the death of two EPA employees. All signs point to Lyle’s guilt, but the more Joe digs into the case, the more he realizes he’s stepped into the middle of a deadly power play.
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Charles James Box Jr. is an American author of twenty-one novels. Box is the author of the Joe Pickett series, as well as several stand-alone novels, and a collection of short stories. The novels have been translated into 27 languages. Over ten million copies of his novels have been sold in the U.S. alone.
- Publisher : Recorded Books on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (August 18, 2015)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1501258990
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501258992
- Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.63 x 5.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,342,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
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!
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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.