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Good, but not top of the shelf stuff
on 4 August 2011
Apologies for adding to the confusion here as I provide a 3 star rating next to the existing 4 and 5 star ones. (I am actually at three and a half though!).
A dying criminal and his environmentalist son wreak havoc across America as the father, in a make-good effort, supports his son in attacks on those considered to be responsible for environmental damage. The pair is also thought to be responsible for the kidnap of Joe Pickett's foster daughter who was assumed to be dead. Joe is a game warden who acts more like a policeman or FBI agent although not always strictly within legal boundaries.
This is an OK novel but it is not sensational. Most will like Joe and his family members and will sympathise with them for the predicament they find themselves in. The father-son pairing is more difficult to understand and, to me at least, was a strange ingredient in the plot. I was not blown away by the story, which effectively is a long chase, despite the twist which is delivered. The writing doesn't really inspire although Box does well in describing rural America where much of the story takes place. There are messages on environmental issues but none is over-powering, nor do these matters dominate the book.
There are typos and formatting problems but nowhere near as bad as they can be in many Kindle versions of books.
The novel rolls along pretty well but is more of a beach read than the thrilling or intriguing crime story I was expecting. 7/10