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

4.6 out of 5 stars 463 customer reviews
Book 12 of 16 in the Joe Pickett Series

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“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.
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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 (463 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND
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C.J. Box's latest western thriller focuses on the enigmatic Nate Romanowski--former Special Forces operative, self-imposed wilderness exile, falconer and long-time friend of Joe Pickett and family. In this tautly written story, Nate's past with the Special Forces, personified by his old mentor-turned nemesis, John Nemecek, is out obliterate him and everyone he has been professionally or personally close to. The menace begins with an assassination attempt by three float fisherman as Nate is hunting with his falcon, igniting a chase/pursuit that stretches over several states and most of the book. Joe Pickett and his family are on the periphery of the tale through much of the telling, but the estimable game warden is there for the book's showdown ending.

While the story follows a variation of author Box's familiar formula for many of the Pickett books, it's a formula that works well in this mostly action novel. Some very good secondary characters are threaded throughout the book, but Nate Romanowski is the main player and his resourcefulness and formidable skills with weapons and for survival in the Western wilderness are prominently displayed and vastly entertaining.

At the same time, it has to be said that there are a few threads dangling at the end. Most readers will overlook them in enjoying the rush of the story's ending. This is an engrossing novel that rips along and delivers a satisfying finish.
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In a series, an author is challenged to maintain a level of quality. To keep the faithful happy. This exceeds the average in a fine series. Nate is the center. A device that has worked well in other series (Joe Pike, Virgil Flowers) works well here. The action is fast and furious. The only let down is the big reveal. Is that all? Couldn't that have been cleared up easier? But otherwise, a winner.
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Format: Hardcover
After reading "Cold Wind," I was hoping that my expectations for big things weren't too high. “Cold Wind” caught me by surprise, and then I saw what “Force of Nature” was all about, and man, did it promise a lot! The crazy thing is, you read about what “Force of Nature” is about, and you expect it to be good. But I never figured that the near promise of a stellar read would actually be kept, and I never expected it to be super-great! Yeah. That’s how “good” this one is. Get ready for a ride that you likely can’t handle!

So, we know a lot about Joe Pickett. Right? We just do. I mean, he’s the main protagonist in this particular series, so naturally you’ll get to know him the best, right? But how much do we know about Nate Romanowski? Yeah! We don’t know a whole heck of a lot of Nate, except that his life is a mystery, and that he isn’t easy to find, and that he loves falcons, and can train them like no other. He’s a master falconer, and if you know anything, you’d know that about Nate already. So, what about the rest of Nate’s story? What if there’s somebody out there who might possibly be better than Nate? Would you want to run into that guy? Hey, neither does Nate, but he finds himself having to take him out. Can Nate Romanowski take out somebody better than Nate?

So, there’s somebody out there with military skill known as Nemecek. Who is he? Ask Nate Romanowski, because he might know. What is Nemecek capable of? Bad things. Bad things to the point where he’ll go after your family to get to you, and he’ll just keep on going to accomplish his mission. Unless there’s the slim possibility that you can take this guy out, even acknowledging him or saying “Hello” to the man isn’t the greatest idea.
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