Long Range (Joe Pickett (20)) Audio CD – Unabridged, March 3, 2020
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- Publisher : Recorded Books, Inc.; Unabridged edition (March 3, 2020)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1980067619
- ISBN-13 : 978-1980067610
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 5.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #749,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Before the wheels come off, however, Box keeps things spinning with his usual superlative skill. A lot of mysterious new characters are introduced, and a handful of former ones make appearances. Somehow LONG RANGE makes room for a vengeful FBI agent, a Mexican cartel hitman, an eccentric film producer, an inscrutable sheriff, a Florida millionaire and a lawyer named Kink. And things always gent interesting when Joe's biggest nemesis — his mother-in-law — comes back to town to wreak more havoc in his family's life. And there's a number of other equally interesting characters. But most of them don't get satisfying character arcs — they feel more cauterized than tied off and up — and overall, LONG RANGE reads like a book that was meant to be about 150 pages longer but was hastily rewritten or edited down to a more conventional page count. Why else would the last several chapters — and several plot lines — get wrapped up at 78-rpm speed?
Box is good, and LONG RANGE is well worth the read, but he's better than what he delivered here, and I have no doubt he'll deliver it. Twenty book into the series, there's no sense that he's losing interest in Joe Pickett, Nate Romanowski and Co. — if anything, LONG RANGE indicates that he's so over-interested in them that he doesn't know how to deal with all his good ideas. If that's the case, someday I hope to read a "director's cut" of this book—if, as I suspect, a lot of pages were left on the cutting-room floor.
Small, rural communities often end up with more than their share of misfits, often in positions that even mild vetting would prevent - the people just aren't exposed to evil as reliably as people who are in contact with more people are.
That's the painful bottom line that creates this book.
The characters are wonderful. It is best, of course, to read this series in order, as events of previous books tend to cause events in subsequent books, and changes the characters.
And these characters, are characters. They are unique, wonderful people. Some have quirks, some are bland, but none are extras. Each creates swirls in the smoke that covers the stage, and causes the others to move.
This was an extraordinary book.
I just finished ‘Long Range’ and, like I told my brother, I wanted to know what was going to happen ,but at the same time I didn’t want the story to end.
My one question is, when is the next book being released?
Spoiler alert! Mr. Box, it is time to find someone to blame for everything other than Nate Romanowski. You have beaten this dead horse long enough. Please move on and allow this man to live in peace. Surely someone as imaginative a writer as you are can come up with a new scapegoat. Please. That ruined this one for me.
Obviously, IMHO, far from the best of the bunch.
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It's all lovely and quiet until an attempt on the judges life results in the death of his lovely and popular wife. Ok this leads to several different plot lines going on.
For those of you who don't know, Joe is prone to losing the states trucks, either by theft whatever. I was relieved to find that the truck in this case was left behind in a very safe place at the start of the story. Oh boy, I relaxed too soon.
Three plots, murder of judges wife, killing of guide by crazy grizzly bears and attempted murder of attorney.
These all fall together absolutely beautifully. Of course we have the incredible Nate who has now settled down and has a good job, a beautiful wife and a child, but we can't leave him out of the story, in fact he is a very big part of it.
Oh CJ Box how do you it. You pull me in every time. Don't stop writing. You're the best, (and Joe and Nate).
What is amazing to me is how little CJ Box and his hero Joe Pickett is known in the UK.
My mother refuses to have a Kindle but, like me, loves Joe Pickett stories. I’m trying to buy the books in paperback but finding difficulty. Come on publishers get them released in UK!