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Force of Nature (Joe Pickett 12) [Hardcover]

C. J. Box
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1 April 2012 Joe Pickett 12
"Joe Pickett's outlaw falconer companion, Nate Romanowski, faces the battle of his life and one he may very likely lose. His mysterious past comes back in the form of his former special forces colleague, an utterly ruthless soldier/homeland security official who knows his rise through the military and intelligence community will be derailed if Nate ever tells what he knows about their time together in Afghanistan in 1995. After years of dispatching fellow special forces team members to take him out, Nate's nemesis decides the time has come to end the threat to him once and for all. And he does it by incorporating many of the same tactics that served their unique and secret unit well in the Middle East: by recruiting locals. Nate can trust no one except Joe Pickett, who is constrained by his oath and duty to the law and the state. But Nate must involve Joe because he knows his enemy will strike at his friends in order to draw him out and the entire Pickett family will be a target. Because of Nate's fugitive status he can only fight back outside the law, and Joe must make a choice: help his friend or adhere to his principles?"

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus; First Edition edition (1 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857890840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857890849
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* 'I love Joe Pickett.' - Michael Connelly * 'One of the most talented thriller writers at work today.' - Daily Express * 'Terrific plots, muscular writing, unlikely heroes and wild terrain ' - Daily Mail * 'A non-stop thrill ride.' - Harlan Coben" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

C. J. Box is the winner of the Anthony Award, the Prix Calibre .38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award, the Edgar Award and an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist. He has even been nominated for the IMPAC prize. His novels are US bestsellers and have been translated into 21 languages. Box lives with his family outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another cracker! 4 April 2012
By cjs
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Yet again CJ Box has proved that Joe and Nate make a double act to rival other great american landscape crime series such as James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcel.

Starting off with the seemingly indestructible Nate being ambushed, this novel finally lifts the lid on some of the secrets that he has been habouring over the series. The story builds beautifully with a few, not altogether unexpected twists and turns, smoldering to a suitably violent crescendo. This novel concentrates more on Nate that our main hero Joe, but keeps the mythical wilderness of Wyoming as the common denominator and mother nature as the master.

The uncluttered story telling is both evocative and addictive and I was unable to put the book down until finished (yet again). I never thought I would care about a game warden in Wyoming, but this is great crime fiction and I would thoroughly recommend the series to others.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
Although a "Joe Pickett" series novel (# 12), Force of Nature is mainly about falconer Nate Romanowski. Nate is Joe's best friend and has been involved in several of the earlier books, a mysterious character with an unknown (but dark) past. Here, readers learn of that past as Nate takes centre stage to resolve his unfinished business. Hence, for readers new to this author, Force of Nature is a good introduction to the series. Regular readers such as myself will, of course, enjoy the book both for its narrative and for the ongoing development of familiar characters.

Nate has for some years lived "under the radar" of society, hiding out in various wild, mountainous areas of the northwestern United States. He is technically a deserter from a special operations unit in the Army. In the opening scenes of Force of Nature, as Nate is flying his falcons, he is asked for help by some local fisherman whose boat is out of control. They attack him, he responds, and once again finds himself on the run. Soon, it becomes apparent to Nate that a figure from his past is behind this and other lethal events. The mystery at the core of Nate's character and way of life, when revealed, explains why violent incidents are occurring, and why Nate has little option in deciding what to do about them.

Joe Pickett is a US game warden in the small Wyoming town of Saddlestring. Although he is Nate's good friend, as a dedicated law-enforcement officer he has always distanced himself from knowing too much about Nate's past and present actions. Here, though, he realises that it isn't that easy to separate friendship from support, and has to make decisions for himself and for his family about whose side he is on, and how far he will go to help his friend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as his previous titles 23 April 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Sadly for me, this new title by CJ was a book that felt like nothing new and whilst I was happy at the return of Romanowski, I felt that the overall plot lacked decent pace, solid arc and felt more like a rushed filler than anything else. Add to this a sadly lacklustre use of prose, a disappointing lack of development and when compared to the previous two offerings, almost felt like a title that was there to allow the author to sit back for breathing space rather than a serious release for the reader.

With luck the next title will pick up and give the readers more of what they want but it is going to have to be something spectacular as this title will, in my opinion, damage the authors writing credibility due to, in my opinion, a fall in standards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-racingly real 21 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This was the first Joe Pickett novel I read and, while I can understand that it doesn't exactly fit into the moralising characteristic of the standard Joe Pickett series, I was completely absorbed by the racy, go-for-it character of the main protagonist, Nate Romanowski.

From the first few paragraphs the pace of this book is astonishing and I was caught up in a whirlwind of action and reaction as this master falconer battled his way against what seemed like superior forces to both clear his name and keep his life. Nate's position is very dramatic, in contrast to Joe Pickett whose role here is more of supporting cast but no less valuable and interesting for that. But, at times, there is a serenity about Nate's involvement with nature and the countryside in which he operates that fills one with awe.

By the look of the critics who didn't go overboard about this book, it is the contrast to Joe Pickett's more moral tone that has upset them. But I'd ask the reader of this novel to look further. Nate is a one-off, a seat of the pants character who lives as much by his feelings as through his wits and tends to solve problems by violent action. His 'shoot first, ask questions after' nature is precipitated by his opposition and, as the story unfolds, we find out exactly why his opponents are ganged up against him.

Make no mistake, this is still a Joe Pickett story. In fact I got completely drawn into Joe's domestic and work situation through this novel to the point where I'm going to start at the beginning of the series and work my way through. Joe puts his family and job on the line in this story and, while he doesn't get directly involved in much of the thrills and spills, his part, as Nate's friend and confidant, is woven into Nate's fate in a natural and unforced way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very readable
Published 11 days ago by mr j l kellett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really love the Joe Pickett character, and would definitely recommend reading the series in order.
Published 17 days ago by Dave Ashcroft
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a very good book
Published 21 days ago by Raymond Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars great reading.
I have read about 5 books in this series so far this is his most gripping, great reading.
Published 1 month ago by A. RUSSELL
5.0 out of 5 stars The best so far
I read a lot of books and I hardly write reviews because if I did it for all the books I read, I will be doing this for a very long time. I had to write a short one for this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by fhanif
5.0 out of 5 stars Comments on book
Very good book. Found it difficult to put down. Now reading other books by same author. Want to eventually read all the books.
Published 4 months ago by David Bramble
4.0 out of 5 stars Nate comes to the for
Joe takes a back seat for once and let's Nate and his .500 do the talking. It amounts to a gripping read.
Published 4 months ago by Rymlia
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
amazing end to a group of books based on the same characters. all of them worth reading. exciting from start to finish
Published 4 months ago by Carole Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars THE TOPS
As always another great book from c.j. box.Keep them coming.Make certain you keep the price down on KINDLE SO THAT WE PURCHASE THEM
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
It is a great read. Very gripping, you aren't sure who has done it. Lots of red herrings too which is enjoyable. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jane
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