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Where is the real C.J. Box????,
This review is from: Cold Wind (A Joe Pickett Novel) (Hardcover)
All I could think as I forced myself to finish "Cold Wind" is that body snatchers had sucked old C.J. off the planet and that an alien life form wrote this one so we wouldn't know C.J. was missing.
I am in the same position as a couple other reviewers here that are so unpleasantly surprised we don't know what to say. The story line starts out alright...Missy, Joe's Wicked Witch Mother in Law, gets accused of murdering her latest husband and hanging him on a wind turbine like a Christmas ornament. So Joe Pickett gets involved in clearing Missy's name and finding out who really did it.
To start with, even Joe Pickett seems to have been whisked away by the Mother Ship....he is boring, dry, and completely un-Joe like. He is literally just going through the motions. The only sign of life we see is when he "discovers" that we are being sold a bill of goods by the government about renewable energy...then we see a spark of life. It quickly ebbs, though, and we are left with dry, toast like Joe.
Woven throughout this is a totally unbelievable scenario where the wife of some bad guy from Chicago that Nate killed in the last book has decided to come avenge her husband. Never mind that trackers, FBI agents, Special Forces, police, etc. can't find Nate and his hiding place....a girl from Chicago who admittedly has been doing nothing but shopping and Pilates for the last few years can drive a couple of bar bums right up to his hideout entrance. Stolen RPG's from returning vets from Afghanistan???? Hello??? I don't think that the weapons come home with the soldiers on their duffel bags, much less their carry on luggage.
In the end when Joe realizes all of a sudden who had done it...our Joe, who loves justice, doesn't care about it anymore. He is more worried about the feelings of his wife and children than justice being served. He is more concerned that he can get something out of it...as in his kid's college tuition getting taken care of rather than the murderer's money being caught in probate and wasted by the evil government. Justice doesn't prevail in this Joe Pickett novel.
And then the gasping, dying friend of Nate's coming to warn him that "The Five" have been deployed to come and get them....reminiscent of the movie "Red" but without the benefit of a hunky Bruce Willis or deliciously eccentric John Malkovich...just Nate with yet a bigger and badder gun...letting us know what the next book will be about. I for one plan to skip it altogether.
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Initial post: Jan 29, 2014 11:17:40 AM PST
I've been reading these books one after another, ignoring the stuff that sort of jars me out of suspended disbelief. But I have to agree that this one re-e-e-ally stretched it to the breaking point.
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