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Breaking Point (A Joe Pickett Novel Book 13) [Kindle Edition]

C. J. Box
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (596 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Joe Pickett always liked Butch Roberson—a hardworking local business-owner whose daughter is friends with his own. Little does he know that when Butch says he is heading into the mountains to scout elk, he is actually going on the run.

Two EPA employees have been murdered, and all signs point to Butch as the killer. Soon, Joe hears of the land Butch and his wife had bought to retire on—until they are told the EPA declared it a wetland—and the penalties they charged Butch until the family was torn apart by debt. Finally, it seems, the man just cracked.

It’s an awful story. But is it the whole story? The more Joe investigates, the more he begins to wonder—and the more he finds himself in the middle of a war in which he must choose sides.

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Box has always been adept at giving Joe Pickett, his old-school Wyoming game warden, modern issues to confront. Here, Joe finds himself tracking Butch Roberson, the father of his younger daughter’s best friend, after Butch seemingly kills two armed EPA agents and heads for the hills. Armed EPA agents? You read that right. In this nightmarish scenario, the EPA carries guns, the Forest Service has a SWAT team, and an unhinged administrator can target a fugitive with a missile-carrying drone. “Hell had broken open, and hundreds of bureaucrats were gushing out,” laments Pickett, wondering whether he can stand to wear his badge anymore. Should “war” break out between the government and the people, he knows whose side he would be on. His outrage is understandable, but, still, this is a far cry from the thoughtful, balanced takes of previous Picketts. And, despite a fiery, thrilling ending, it’s not as seamlessly structured as usual, either. But, whether you watch the skies for black helicopters or not, you’ll still have a hard time putting this one down and turning out the light. --Keir Graff


“An explosive thriller that careens from one unpredictable twist to another.” —South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“It’s the best installment yet in an already rich series. Grade: A.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“An exceptionally well-told story that will entertain, thrill and maybe even outrage its readers.”—USA Today

“Will raise the hair on your neck and chill you to the bone.”—

“Thrilling wilderness chases, chilling stories of the abuse of power, and Pickett’s indomitable frontier spirit power this explosive novel.”—Publishers Weekly

“Fans of this series will burn through the pages…Another must-read.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Its basis in a real-life conflict makes Joe’s thirteenth case one of his most tendentious, but it’s Box who makes it one of his most exciting.”—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 1222 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425264602
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (March 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008U45T7C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,165 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding. March 17, 2013
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C.J.Box can't write fast enough for me - which is surprising considering his Joe Pickett/Wyoming based writing to this Chicago loving girl. But the Pickett stories are always compelling - the realism and imperfections of the characters, the raw land-based lives of the people. The environment, government regulatory issues and personal agendas always find their way into the mainstream story.

And apart from the story the writing is always perfect - Box writes with a raw edge that puts a favorable light on the lives of his characters. He doesn't imbue his characters with heroic abilities or moral superiority. His long running central figure, Joe Pickett is humble, hard working, and honest but brushes against the gray area of right and wrong when circmstances catch him in the middle of a problem without an easy answer.

Breaking Point brings back the Pickett family - Joe's wife, his daughters, his ward and even Nate. Box gives you key players to hate, some to pity and a few you don't know how to feel about...

Can't put down, wish it would never end good - HIGHLY RECOMMEND
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Checking In With My Pal - Joe & Company. March 20, 2013
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I've read all the Pickett books and enjoyed most of them alot. If you are new to the series, try to start with some of the early books, it helps explain some of the back stories.
As for this book, it was sort of like checking in with an old friend. Can't-shoot-straight Ranger Joe and his gang make for some good reading, if western type murder mysteries are of interest to you.
My one problem with this story is that every "Fed" in this book is portrayed as totally evil, on the take and on the job only for themselves. I deducted a star from my rating because this did seem sort of unbelievable to me. I'm sure there are plenty of bad apples, but not an entire barrel.
That said, I do look forward to seeing where Joe ends up in his next adventure.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive addition to an excellent series April 15, 2013
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Wyoming Fish and Game agent Joe Pickett is on a routine patrol, enjoying a nice day with his horse and his dog, when he meets up with Butch Roberson, a local building contractor whose daughter is a close friend of Joe's daughter Lucy. Butch seems uneasy, but only later does Joe learn that two EPA agents who had been sent to deliver an enforcement notice against Butch have been murdered. Butch is the prime suspect, and he is on the lam. As the last person to see Butch and also someone thoroughly acquainted with the local wilderness, Joe is assigned to help the heavy-handed and unpleasant federal authorities who step in to override the local sheriff to pursue Roberson. After the feds offer a reward for Roberson's capture, former sheriff Kyle McLanahan recruits gunman Jimmy Sollis and local Dave Farkus to capture Roberson, dead or alive. The extremely suspenseful chase through the Wyoming mountains ends in justice...of a sort. The ending was surprising and disturbing. The Joe Pickett series is known for raising difficult ethical issues that the characters have to face. In Breaking Point we see a credible dilemma of the sort to which there is no good solution. I was stunned and disturbed, and I was incredibly impressed by the author's creativity.
Wyoming native C. J. Box does an excellent job of painting a vivid sense of place for the reader, and I lingered several times over lovely descriptions of the wilderness, but his greatest skills are his ability to write sustained suspense and to create believable characters.
I picked up my first Joe Pickett book after hearing several people praise the character of Pickett, a man of strong family feelings and a sense of ethics that often puts him at odds with others, especially those in authority.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking point March 17, 2013
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I have read all C J Box books,just finished Breaking Point.Mr Box is like a good wine,it gets better with time.This book in my opinion is the best of the Joe Pickett novels. I hope he will continue writing about Joe,he seems to find a new subject every year,and every year it gets better.I would also like another book about Nate adventures.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Box Set May 22, 2013
I have just completed reading the entire Joe Pickett series in order. So often, I've become aware of an author, read the latest and then gone back to read the series. This time, based on reviews, I decided I was going to like Box and I started with his first Pickett opus. I would recommend that approach.

This series is particularly well suited to chronological reading because in many ways it's like a soap opera, or a TV docudrama. Once you start it your curiosity about the main characters is strong enough to compel you to read the next installment. I'm not saying that the books can't stand alone. They can. But, they really are best read as an entire set. Try it.

Now, as to the writing... I often eschew books which Kindle readers say have grammatical errors or lapses in logic or overly florid writing style, etc. I can get interested in just about any book, but if I run across any consistent flaw in writing style, I simply can not continue. You can relax on that score with Box. I'm not saying that there were not occasional editing flaws, such as extra or missing words. I think virtually every Kindle book I've read has at least a few of those and the PIckett series is no exception, but they're few and far between and obviously not the result of poor writing, but of incomplete editing. I can live with that.

I also don't want to mislead that somehow I think Box's writing is at the highest level. There are moments of poetic observation and there are some nice author's tricks to keep your attention, but I would put him just below the top of the pack of mystery/adventure type authors and nowhere near the greats. But, very readable nevertheless.

His main characters grow on the reader.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love his novels! This one as good as the others.
Published 1 day ago by gloria nord
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I enjoyed this book. I'm currently working my way through the entire Joe Pickett series by C.J. Box and I've loved them all. Read more
Published 8 days ago by S. Daley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 10 days ago by victoria
3.0 out of 5 stars Low Hanging Villains
I am a big fan of the "Joe Pickett" series. The author usually does a great job of catching the feel of small town rural life in the West, and at times his descriptions of... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Raymond S. Berry
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Joe and his adventures are always interesting and don't always end the way you would think. This one is no exception. Good read.
Published 15 days ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Best C.J. Box Novel Yet
I am working my way through all of the Joe Pickett novels. I enjoy them because of the setting and the riveting story lines. This was my favorite so far. Read more
Published 17 days ago by M. Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Pickett soars again!
Just when I thought C.J. Box couldn't do better he surprised me again with an exciting page-turning story. This was drama at its best and his characters were true-to-life. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Randall G. Shelden
4.0 out of 5 stars needs better proof readers
The typos and inconsistencies continue to grate on my nerves, although the content continues to entertain. C.J. needs better proof readers.
Published 20 days ago by Bullwinkle
5.0 out of 5 stars this story is a mirror image of Drakes Bay Oyster Farm vs the Nat'l...
We need Joe Picket in west Marin California to fight the Point Reyes National Seashore thugs who, now that they have exterminated the oyster farm will swoop in for the ultimate... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jane Gyorgy
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from CJ Box
Another great Joe Pickett novel, certainly didn't disappoint!
Published 22 days ago by Stephanie
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More About the Author

C. J. Box is the author of the award-winning Joe Pickett series of novels, including Open Season (2001), Savage Run (2002), Winterkill (2003), Trophy Hunt (2004), Out of Range (2005) and the upcoming In Plain Sight (May, 2006). He's the winner of the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 Award (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award, and an Edgar Award and L.A. Times Book Prize finalist. Open Season was a New York Times Notable Book and three of the novels have been Booksense 76 picks.

The novels have been national bestsellers and have been translated into 12 languages.

Box is a Wyoming native and has worked as a ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, a small town newspaper reporter and editor, and he co-owns an international tourism marketing firm with his wife, Laurie. An avid outdoorsman, Box has hunted, fished, hiked, ridden, and skied throughout Wyoming and the Mountain West. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.

Box lives with his family outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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