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Savage Run: a Joe Pickett Novel Mass Market Paperback – May 6, 2003
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"No sophomore slump from the remarkable talented Mr. Box.... His plots, centering on issues of land management but filled with Old West-style action, are rich in both complexity and narrative drive.... The "outdoor mystery" was a thriving sub-genre before Box arrived on the scene, but he has taken it to new levels of substance and style." —Booklist
About the Author
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons (May 6, 2003)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425189244
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425189245
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.15 x 0.8 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #447,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anyway, the pace of his books are not hurried so it goes at a comfortable pace where you can keep up. Joe Pickett as a character is like a neighbor you have that you can count on to help at any time. However, his job involves some danger and you kind of feel for him at those times. He's likeable and somewhat vulnerable and I like that in a novel character. He's not Jack Reacher or some of the super human variety in other genre of books written for adventure and murder spree. A killing machine he is not. He is methodical, he is safety conscious and most of all, he uses his experience and intelligence to solve problems.
Overall, I have been enjoying the novels written from 15 years ago and I'm trying to move as quickly as I can. There are a lot of books to read in my future so in a way I'm glad. I have enjoyed reading his first 3 novels and I bought a couple more after that. I might just keep on reading about Joe Pickett for a while longer.
Good for you having values yourself. Read these books you will love them. Can't wait for the next.
"On the third day of their honeymoon, infamous environmental activist Stewie Woods and his new bride, Annabel Bellotti, were spiking trees in the forest when a cow exploded and blew them up. Until then, their marriage had been happy."
Even in Wyoming, this must be unusual.
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Joe Pickett is a well written character, here we see him in his earlier career, he has a strong sense of right and wrong, is a bit hot headed at times and can be intimidated by bullies who take advantage of his gentle character.
Here, eco sympathisers are being killed off, seemingly at random, but they are being deliberately killed (to reveal why might spoil the plot) and some of the action takes place in Joe's beat of Saddlestring County. He ends up in a life and death struggle, helping one of the eco 'terrorists' as they both flee for their lives. Savage Run, in the title, is the name of a fast flowing, very deep canyon, that impedes their escape.
Atmospherically written, the plot keeps moving forwards taking the reader with it. Good one to read
The author does not take sides, though his evident love for the land and its natural resources are very clear, and represented by his simple, direct hero Joe. Joe is perpetually torn between his instinctive sympathy for those in his community who are increasingly struggling to make ends meet as the land is bought out by rich corporations or magnates, and his strong disapproval of those who break the law he is employed to enforce, for example by hunting or fishing out of season.
In Savage Run, extremist environmentalists are being ruthlessly targeted in various parts of the country. Joe and one of them, an entertaining (though initially irritating) character who turns out to have a previous friendship with Joe's wife Marybeth, find themselves in an unlikely alliance, being pursued across the ravines and mountains by an adversary who seems to be a reincarnation of the legendary Tom Horn. Unfortunately there is some violence, but toned down compared with the first novel - I hope the start of a trend.
I found this novel to be pleasantly engaging, telling a good story in an undemanding fashion. I liked the moral message and the small but important domestic dilemmas that Joe, a rather serious-minded character, constantly faces. His struggle to become accepted by the community in which he lives seems to be destined to failure, given his policing role - which he carries out with an assiduousness not shared by the sheriff or with other authority figures.
This novel was first published in the USA in 2002, and is being published in the UK later this year (2011) by Corvus, together with the others in the series.
Well, number two "Savage Run" is better. There is more story and more things are happening. We have a number of bad guys and Joe Pickett finds himself in a very complicated situation. In the end it all turns out quite well but more by chance and bad/good luck than by what our hero does.
There is still a lot of focus on the environment and how fantastic Wyoming is. It is almost as if the story itself is second to this. But the story is much better crafted than in the first book and it is not as easy to see the ending as in Open Season.
Unfortunately Joe Pickett is still a character I have a hard time liking. He is quiet, has no humor and no interests outside of his work. Appears to have no friends. Have a tendency to blush when people talk to him and seams to "loose" any conversation due to his inability to find words or counterpoints. The Man is boring and a very unusual hero of a book. He is a great family man and father but why push him into the role of crime fighter?
Anyway, this one was an improvement and the story was well crafted.