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Blue Heaven [Kindle Edition]

C. J. Box
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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THEY WERE RUNNING AWAY FROM HOME, NOW THEY'RE RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES

If twelve-year-old Annie hadn't been angry with her mother, she would never have taken her younger brother William on a secret fishing trip deep into the North Idaho woods and they would never have witnessed the execution nor looked straight into the eyes of the four executioners.

Now they're running for their lives.

They can't go home: the killers know exactly who they are. And where they live. They can't turn to the law: the killers are four respected Los Angeles policemen. There's nowhere for William and Annie to hide. And no one they can trust.

Until they meet Jess Rawlins.

Rawlins, an old-school rancher, knows something is wrong with the law in Blue Heaven. But he is only one against four men who will stop at nothing to silence their witnesses...



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Review

"A non-stop thrill ride - a provocative suspense novel that has you rooting for the characters every step of the way." - Harlan Coben"

About the Author

C.J. Box is the winner of the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award and the Edgar Award and an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist. His novels are US bestsellers and have been translated into 21 languages. Box lives with his family outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Visit his website at www.cjbox.net.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1009 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus (1 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V4ASZY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,483 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Code of the Modern West 22 July 2010
Format:Hardcover
C.J. Box sets up his plot like a classic western movie, framed by the stunning scenery of North Idaho where the local farming community is being shouldered aside by incomers retiring to the country and real estate agents trying to sell their land for development. One grizzled rancher,Jess Rawlins, a 63-year-old lonely divorcee, sticks to the old ways and his self-reliance (as well as a fair number of guns!) is vital to the survival of two local children who are thought to have been abducted, but are in fact on the run having witnessed a cold blooded murder. As Rawlins befriends - and shelters - the two runaways, he discovers that the bad guys have not only ridden into the nearby town, but have taken it over. A violent, classic western shoot-out is the inevitable outcome. With all its feelings of homage to the traditional Western, where one brave man stands tall in defence of the weak and innocent, this is a very modern thriller, scoring highly on plot,suspense and pace and with characters you believe in and are sometimes terrified by. Blue Heaven also sheds light on the contemporary problems facing the ranchers out in the still pretty Wild West. A cracking read, which will finally establish C.J. Box on this side of the Atlantic.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing 10 Nov. 2008
By Zoe
Format:Hardcover
This is a very good book by CJ Box and the first i have read by him. The storyline doesn't drag at all, so you find yourself not putting the book down. The storyline of retired bent police officers, who kill somebody as two children watch is really gripping. You feel really sorry for the children, Annie and William, because you wonder who is going to believe two kids of 12 and 8 over four retired LAPD officers? They start to beileve they can trust no-one.
I love the characters in this book, as soon as the badguys appear you can feel yourself want to boo and hiss like at the pantomine!! I would definitely recommend this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't argue for £1! 30 Dec. 2010
By A Customer
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first book I have read on my kindle and a book I'd certainly recommend. It is fast paced and doesn't get stuck im a rut throughout, with most of the characters creating a high level of intrigue.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A can't put down book 27 Jan. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is worth reading. A tense tale set against a backdrop of incomers to an old fashioned way of life, old -v- modern and atmospheric descriptions of the Idaho landscape. The characters are well developed, the plot has a couple of twists and you feel a steady build up of tension as the book progresses. Would def buy more by this author. Almost gave this book my first 5 star! Praise indeed
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Read 27 Jan. 2011
By MC
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I selected this book for my Kindle because it was cheap - I hadn't heard of the author before and the story sounded okay. I was very surprised that it was such a gripping read. The characters are intriguing and they drive the story. I definitely recommend and will buy another title from this author.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't fulfil its early potential 12 Feb. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I have given this novel three stars as I enjoyed three fifths of it. It started so well, this multi-stranded story, whose threads weave together a quarter of the way through. The picture of a small rural town in idyllic countryside is skilfully constructed and characters are developed effectively, bringing to mind the wonderful author, Mary Lawson (The other side of the Bridge, and Crow Lake). The plot races from the start and the book is difficult to put down.

Sadly, just as the tale builds towards the climax, the hero, Jess starts behaving in an inexplicably unintelligent way. Knowing the bad guys are bound to come back, why would he leave the children alone in the house - having given 12 year old Annie a loaded gun and brief theoretical lesson on how to use it - against armed murderers? Why would Jess, a single man in his sixties, think he could go to his local supermarket and fill his trolley with Kids food and think no one would notice? Why didn't he just take the kids to the TV News stand that was pitched in the centre of town and let the kids tell their story on TV? Why did the good guys choose to "hole -up" at his ranch knowing that the murderers were on their way, when they could have just driven away? Yes, the possibility of a road block was considered but, bizarrely, dismissed as the more dangerous option.

I feel CJ Box has great potential as an author, but I think the publisher ought to have sent him away and told him to reconsider his conclusion. Having loved the story so much to start with, I felt cheated by the weak ending.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Maskahl
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm off on a road trip to the American Northwest this autumn, and came across this book - set in Idaho and Washington - when doing my research. I had not heard of C. J. Box before.
The book involves a simple suspense story - two children on the run from a bunch of bad retired LA cops, with no-one on their side but a few local has-beens. But the author provides a rich social and geographical backdrop which offers up the stories of the main protagonists' lives as a complex complement to the rip-roaring chase narrative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an entertaining and gripping story 9 Mar. 2011
By I. B. Pitbladdo VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This was my first C J Box story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a refreshingly different sort of page turner in that it takes place in what I suppose used to be called the wild west. The writing flows easily the characters are likeable and the action seldom flags.
I did think the hero made a couple of ropey decisions late in the story but not to the extent that my enjoyment was in any way spoiled. I just applied the 'we all make mistakes' excuse.

I am pleased to note that there are quite a few other C J Box stories in print and I will certainly be sampling more of them.
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