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Breaking Point (A Joe Pickett Novel) Hardcover – March 12, 2013

4.6 out of 5 stars 738 customer reviews
Book 13 of 16 in the Joe Pickett Series

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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

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“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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Product Details

  • Series: A Joe Pickett Novel (Book 13)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; 1 edition (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399160752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399160752
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (738 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By MED on 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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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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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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I've been reading C. J. Box's books for some time now and some of them are really very good. Blue Heaven for example is an excellent crime/mystery book. I've always had trouble with Box's 'Joe Pickett' books due to consistent inaccuracies on how a game warden interacts with other law enforcement agencies (I was a game warden in many years ago). This one is simply as bad a depicting of how law enforcement works as can be imagined. Box has armed EPA agents drawing their guns without announcing themselves and all agencies, including the FBI, turning a murder investigation over to an EPA Regional Director! I can tell you the FBI never gives up anything, at any time, under any circumstances and he has the Department of Defense giving an drone armed with a Hellfire over to the same Director. I won't do any spoilers here, but the plot is simply absurd and maybe that is why Joe Pickett is so disgusted in the end.
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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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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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