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Breaking Point (A Joe Pickett Novel) Hardcover – March 12, 2013
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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
Praise for BREAKING POINT
“Like the forest fire described in the book, fans of this series will burn through the pages to discover who-dun-it and why. With each book, Joe Pickett has evolved as a complex, deep character, richly described by Box. Another must-read.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Thrilling wilderness chases, chilling stories of the abuse of power, and Pickett’s indomitable frontier spirit power this explosive novel.”—Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
"Box doles out the complications and misfortunes with masterly control . . . One of [Box's] most exciting [novels]."—Kirkus
“Thrilling . . . [You’ll] have a hard time putting this one down and turning off the light.”—Booklist
“The tension starts early and never stops . . . [Breaking Point is] the best installment yet in an already rich series.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Box's high standards have never been more evident than in the 13th novel in his series about Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. "Breaking Point" skillfully shows how government can enhance lives and preserve the environment while also portraying the legal system run amok. But "Breaking Point" is no treatise pitting an individual vs. the big bad Goliath of government. The tense plot of "Breaking Point" provides edge-of-the-seat suspense filled with unpredictable twists and realistic characters worth caring about set against the vivid wide open spaces of Wyoming.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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Since January I've just completed 'Endangered' the 15th book in the series and like each book before it this one certainly hasn't failed to please, challenge and exilerrate you at every twist and turn.. The characters are authentic, the plots are plausible yet in many ways deviously cunning. But totally plausible all the way through.
If this is your first CJ Box novel and you read this review, put it down and grab book 1 instead and like myself you won't regret it for a moment.
I didn't knock off anything, but I believe Marybeth is way to functional for a gal raised by a weirdo like her mother. He needs to give her a few negativism in the future.
I didn't find any wacko or extreme "right wing" thoughts towards the government like some had said. I worked for them for 19 years and believe me there are some real A-H's that work there who just love to flex their small muscles and give the average person a hard time. Even co-workers like me who use to try and "fix" problems. The age old "It's not in my job description" *G* if I had heard it once I heard it a million times when I worked.
Back to the book. All the characters were there, love Nate he has a special place in my heart. He did a fine job of getting rid of the old sheriff character in the best way an idiot would do himself in.
And I have been stalked by someone who hated my husband, so that part of the story was truly realistic. The usage of this in a government setting does not make it extreme.
So all in all, I would go with the positive reviews on this book and skip the negative ones. I believe those are people who live in a Pollyanna world.
Once again Joe is dealing with his wife who worries about him, his girls who think he's a relic of another time and federal agencies that don't respect him, let alone the rights of the citizens of Saddlestring, Wyoming. Or any citizens, for that matter.
When Joe is forced to help hunt down the father of his daughter's best friend, things don't go well. They go south. And they go up into the mountains with their rough terrain and vast expanses of beetle kill pines.
Fans of this series are used to watching the moral and physical battles Joe wages with not only criminals but all levels of the law and government. This installment finally finds common sense at the helm of the local sheriff's office, but that can't help Joe when the guys from the EPA decide to makes up the rules as they go.
Joe, of course, will be Joe. And that's what we love about him. Watching Game Warden Pickett 'go rogue' in the name of what's right is what keeps me coming back. And did I worry about all that beetle kill that's as dry and combustible as Joe's almost absent friend, Nate? I live in the Rocky Mountain west and totally appreciate it's ramifications...and of course I appreciate Nate.
Nate and Joe's relationship has taken a beating over the course of the last few books, and they are both changed men. But I'm hopeful future installments will bring them closer. We'll see. On to #14!
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