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Force of Nature (A Joe Pickett Novel) Hardcover – March 20, 2012

4.6 out of 5 stars 415 customer reviews
Book 12 of 15 in the Joe Pickett Series

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Editorial Reviews


“A rush…an excellent wilderness adventure…a violent, bloody, and quite satisfying thriller.”—New York Times Book Review

“Strap yourselves in, C. J. Box fans…”—Madison County (MS) Herald

“Proceeds at warp speed.”—The Denver Post

“Moves like greased lightning.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A master…Box’s readership will only increase with his latest page turner. Another amazing thriller from C. J. Box.”—The Associated Press

“Perhaps the best in the series.”—San Jose Mercury News

“Violent…Those who love Box’s stunning set pieces will be in heaven.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Absolutely riveting…This is the best Box I’ve ever read, and I’ve read them all.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Reliably brilliant…never to be forgotten.”—Bookreporter

“A breakthrough book.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Brilliant in every respect…Box is a force to reckoned with.”—Providence Sunday Journal

“Edgar®-winner Box’s breakneck 12th Joe Pickett novel…especially impressive…[a] superior entry.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Atmospheric…last-minute tension.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

C. J. Box is the author of twelve Joe Pickett novels and three stand-alones, and has won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38 and a French Elle magazine literary award. His books have been translated into twenty-five languages. He lives outside Cheyenne, Wyoming, with his family.

Product Details

  • Series: A Joe Pickett Novel (Book 12)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; 1 edition (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780399158261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399158261
  • ASIN: 039915826X
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (415 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

C. J. Box is the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen novels including the Joe Pickett series. He won the Edgar Alan Poe Award for Best Novel (Blue Heaven, 2009) as well as the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award, and the 2010 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award for fiction. The novels have been translated into 27 languages. Open Season, Blue Heaven, Nowhere To Run, and The Highway have been optioned for film and television. Over four million copies of his novels have been sold in the U.S. alone.

In 2015, Endangered debuted at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller List in March and Badlands debuted at #5 in August.

Box is a Wyoming native and has worked as a ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, a small town newspaper reporter and editor, and he owned an international tourism marketing firm with his wife Laurie. In 2008, Box was awarded the "BIG WYO" Award from the state tourism industry. An avid outdoorsman, Box has hunted, fished, hiked, ridden, and skied throughout Wyoming and the Mountain West. He served on the Board of Directors for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. They have three daughters. He lives in Wyoming.

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Format: Hardcover
CJ Box's latest Joe Pickett thriller features Joe's friend Nate Romanowski, the ex-Special Forces soldier and falconer who's helped Joe escape several recent scrapes. In "Force Of Nature" Nate is on the hot seat when he learns that his former commander John Nemecek, now a government big wig, intends to hunt down and eliminate the members of their unit in Afghanistan from years ago, before a shameful and deadly secret gets out. When Nate goes on the run and disappears, ditching his home and most of his possessions, including his falcon, he also leaves three bodies behind, whom he's killed in self-defense. With his prey in the wind, Nemecek targets Nate's friend Joe and his family in order to force Nate out into the open. Meanwhile Joe and his new game warden partner and trainee have been drafted into the murder investigation by Sheriff Kyle McLanahan, with whom Joe has tangled in the past. The action in this book is non-stop, and the conflict between helping Nate and protecting his own family adds an extra level of tension to Joe's problems. Joe Pickett's many fans will naturally want to pick this one up.
Also recommended: A Stranger Lies There - winner of the Malice Domestic Award for best first mystery, it features a vivid desert backdrop that should please fans of CJ Box's colorful Wyoming settings.
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Force of Nature is the latest C.J. Box thriller. His stories usually feature Joe Pickett, and while Pickett is present this story is about his enigmatic friend - Nate Romanowski.

Nate has been a presence in the Pickett household for years. But the questions abound - why does he live off the grid? where is he from? what happened to produce the quiet, but lethal man he is?

Force of Nature fills in the back story as Nate is forced to confront the man who made him what he is and face the past. Nate's long love of falconry is front and center to the story and Box laces the history through the story.

Nate's adversary is smart, brutal, violent and without a conscience. Nate's friends, including Joe Pickett and his family, along with friends from the reservation are pulled into the inevitable confrontation.

The storytelling is pure Box - the backdrop of Wyoming and the Northwest provide the perfect backdrop. There is graphic violence, but necessary to the story. The tension builds perfectly.

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Format: Hardcover
C.J. Box has been entertaining his fans with the activities of Wyoming game warden, Joe Pickett, with twelve previous novels.

In the region of the Bighorn Mountains, Joe's friend, Nate Romanowski, learns from a dying friend that Nate's old military group has deployed and is coming after Nate.

Soon afterward, there local men make an unsuccessful attempt on Nate's life. When the bodies of these men are found, in a quiet backwoods area, it stirs a local uproar.

Nate had been a member of a specialized military unit and done some things that he'd rather forget. Unfortunately, the leader of that group now wants to make sure Nate doesn't disclose what he knows.

It is interesting to follow Nate as he travels through the mountain ranges of Wyoming and surrounding areas. It would compare to some of the scenes in "The Last of the Mohicians." We consider if this is one of the few places in America that stands as if was when our forefathers were arriving in America.

Nate and his friend, Joe Pickett, connect paths as we are lead through the phases of this adventurous mystery. In addition, we are given some lessons of life, including the appreciation of loyalty and friendship and see the effects of betrayal.

There were a few loose ends which open the door for future episodes in the series and, although some of the action was predictable, this was an imaginative and enjoyable read.
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Format: Hardcover
Finally, here is a wall to wall great thriller by Box, after a couple of duds. The last two Joe Pickett novels kind of fell apart at the end, building up to exciting climaxes that fell flat. Force of Nature is start to finish an edge of your seat page turner that gets Box back into the familiar territory of the first few books in the series.

One of the best things about the book is that most of the narrative focuses on Joe's survivalist friend Nate Romanowski. Like Robert Crais created his sidekick Joe Pike for his Elvis Cole novels (then spun him off), Box does the same for Nate, except Nate is a more interesting character than Joe Pike (he actually speaks, for one thing). A group related to his activities in special forces begins hunting Nate down, led by one man (his ex-trainer and arch enemy), and the body count starts right in the first chapter as Nate's nemesis is determined to finish off Nate and anyone around him (including Game Warden Joe Pickett and his family).

Taking the focus away from Pickett and his family works well; in my opinion, Joe and his family and their soap opera struggles seem to be getting stale lately (although dumping Joe's idiotic mother in law after the events of the last novel was a great idea, she's a huge bummer anytime she's in one of his books). What frustrates me about Joe's cast and story is that nothing really has changed for him, even after more than a decade and nearly a dozen books: he still gets no respect from law enforcement (despite solving many tough cases), the sheriff (even though he's a different character than the first sheriff) is still an incompetent boob, and his kids are nothing but window dressing.
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