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Breaking Point (A Joe Pickett Novel) Paperback – March 4, 2014
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“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.”—Bookreporter.com
“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
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The story was apparently based on the real case of Sackett vs. EPA, which from what I could find on the web, did not involve an EPA administrator who was insane enough to commandeer a missile and shoot it into a mountain forest filled with dead wood. This is a book that will be loved by Alex Jones fans.
So much more could have been done. When I think of people who are staunchly anti fed land ownership and anti environmental regulation, I think of the Bundys, who to my mind, are thieves, vandals, and disrespectful of burial grounds. However, I’m sure there’s a lot more to the tension between Westerners and the federal government, and I wish this book had given the reader a something to chew on.
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!
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