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Breaking Point (Joe Pickett series Book 13) [Kindle Edition]

C.J. Box
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Book Description

Butch Roberson was known to all as a hard worker, a family man, a local business owner. Now he's disappeared, leaving two dead bodies in his wake.

Joe Pickett cannot believe the gentle Butch is a cold-blooded killer - but when he hears the story of how Butch was bullied by the authorities, of how his longed-for retirement home was taken away from him, of how it tore his family apart - he starts to wonder if perhaps the man just cracked.

It's an awful story. But is it the whole story? When Joe investigates further, he finds himself in the middle of a war he never expected and never wanted. Powerful forces want Roberson not just caught, but dead - and the same goes for anyone who stands in their way.

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'I love Joe Pickett' Michael Connelly.

'Solid-gold A-list must-read' Lee Child.

'Heart-stoppingly good' Daily Mail.

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 is an Edgar Award and L.A. Times Book Prize finalist. He lives in Wyoming.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1873 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (12 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00APDW2I0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,045 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars! 22 Mar. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I love, love, love the landscape in these books. I just don't think there is a more unique setting for a thriller series than this lost world of vast plains, lush meadows and endless forest, with the towering mountains looming on all sides! it's vast and strangely claustrophobic at the same time - awesome, with the emphasis on the awe. But, if being able to convey that weren't enough, Mr Box goes even further. The twists and turns just keep you ripping through hte pages, desperate to finish but terrified to continue. I just can't recommend this highly enough. Please keep writing!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, another Winner 22 Mar. 2013
By Nicolas
Format:Kindle Edition
Another scorchingly good read from C.J. Box. I discovered this series a few years ago with FREE FIRE and haven't looked back since. Strong characters, real dilemmas and great settings. I think this highly original crime series is one of the best around.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine trail chase action makes this novel - 3++ 31 Mar. 2013
By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"Breaking Point" is recognizably a C.J. Box work for mostly good reasons. Steadfast protagonist Joe Pickett is front and center through most of the book. The evocation of the Wyoming wilderness and the struggles of mere humans to survive in it, are matchless. And further along that track, one of author Box's classic chase/escape vignettes carries the book to its climax. Regular readers of the Joe Pickett series will rejoice in the splashy removal of one of the admirable fish and game warden's perennial enemies--justice served at last.

What I liked less about "Breaking Point" was the misfire of the author's usual attempt to balance perspectives on issues like the use/preservation of the Western wilderness, gun ownership and use, etc. In this book, which is clearly inspired by a real case of apparent government regulatory abuse, the author takes a very wide swing at all Federal government employees as well as the regulations that they enforce. In my opinion, he goes way overboard on this question. There are too many straw men at work here. And at the same time, Box seems to forget that most of us ordinary citizens' beefs in the U.S. are with local authorities--like Fish and Game Wardens, local cops, meter maids, EMT services, corrupt city council members, etc. To be fair, Box does include a sub-story about a gun fanatic who represents the population segment that believes "that you can never own too many guns". But even with this inclusion, I didn't see any useful addition to the discussion on Second Amendments rights vs. reasonable control to ensure that psychopaths can't get guns.

When all is said and done, C.J. Box (and Joe Pickett) are at their best when on the trail and in service of Wyoming wildlife and the wilderness. The more there is of that kind of action and the less there is of general demonizing of government, the better the books are. Meanwhile, I remain a real fan of this writer and his series and look forward to the next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4420 pages later.... 22 Aug. 2014
By Strv 74
Two weeks ago I read C.J.Box first Joe Pickett novel, "Open Season". I did not like it very much. A weak three star in my opinion. But I was traveling and the only other book I had was #2 in the series so I read that too. It was much better and when I came home I started with #3. Yesterday I finished #13, "Breaking Point", having read all 13 books during two weeks.

Why? Well starting with #2 all of them turned out to be at least four stars and often five stars. "Breaking Point" is a solid five stars book. The Story is very well constructed and have a lot of twists and turns, the characters are believable and the environment in Wyoming is as far as I can tell very well described. Having read all books in such a short time you feel as if you are part of the Joe Pickett family and you sort of age with them.

The Hero Joe Pickett is far from perfect but he has matured and is easier to like than in the first book. For once his "side-kick" Nate and his big gun is not part of the story and Joe has to do almost everything by himself. He is more than capable to do that.

This is a solid series of books and C-J-Box is a great writer. I am glad I read on after the first book. #14 is already on it's way to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
First Sentence: On an early morning in mid-August, EPA Special Agents Tim Singewald and Lenox Baker left the Region 8 Environmental Protection Agency building at 1595 Wynkoop Street in downtown Denver in a Chevrolet Malibu SA hybrid sedan they'd checked out from the motor pool.

When Joe finds a cut fence and his neighbor, Butch, on Wilderness land, he doesn't think too much about it. However, when the EPA and Feds come in and insist on taking over an investigation of two murdered EPA agents found on the neighbor's land, Joe seriously questions their motives and methods. In order to keep things as controlled as possible, he agrees to lead the agents into the mountains to track Butch down.

Boy, can this man write!! The story is completely engrossing; all the more so as the premise is taken from a true story. If anything, I can't quite understand why he is not as popular and widely read as other, similar authors. It's certainly not for lack of storytelling. Perhaps it is because he calls out the wrong-doing of some who work for public agencies and misuse their positions. I appreciate it, as it is one way to keep such agencies in check.

Box's characters rank among the best. Joe is a man of strong morality and integrity, but knows there are times when justice must prevail over the letter of the law. He's also not perfect, which makes him even better. His marriage has gone through rough patches, but they're stronger for it. His daughters are growing up and are written very realistically for their ages. I like that Nate, a favorite character of the series' fans, makes an appearance, albeit a small one. For those who've not yet read the series, there is enough information to jump in and not feel lost.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roller Coaster Ride
Once you get into the story there is no putting it down and the story twists and turns until a climactic finale. A really exciting read
Published 13 days ago by Bev Usher
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Author
I started reading C J Box novels about a year ago. Absolutely fabulous writer. From plot to characters I can't fault them so far. Just downloaded another. I have read eight so far. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Penragon
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking Point(Joe Pickett series) by C.J.Box.
If this book is based on a true story,the only word i can think of is outrageous.
Having not read any of Mr. Box's work before all i can say is i enjoyed his story. Read more
Published 28 days ago by George Clandon
4.0 out of 5 stars Got story line kept me interested
Different story line for a murder mystery very Google must read his earlier books
Published 1 month ago by lawrence
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well written.
Published 1 month ago by Mr A J Goodwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Box book!
I am just over half way through the book and finding it difficult to put down. I have read a few others in the Joe Pickett series and have enjoyed some more than others - though... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Noreen Taggart
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoy C J Box
Published 2 months ago by Agnes Wylie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good read as usual, must get more of C J Box's books.
Published 2 months ago by chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a good read.
Good fast moving adventure story But don't expect too much. Value for the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
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