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Could have been much better
Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2017
As a Midwesterner, I like getting the western perspective set through the eyes of Joe Pickett, a good and eminently reasonable man. Joe is still Joe, but the book has a caricature of a plot.
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.