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  • Audio CD: 9 pages
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio; Unabridged edition (2 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427211345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427211347
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 68.4 x 386.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,659,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

Praise for the novels of "New York Times "bestselling author

C. J. Box

BACK OF BEYOND

"May be his best yet...a roller-coaster ride of unexpected twists and turns...one of the most suspenseful wilderness thrillers since "Deliverance."" --Associated Press

"Once again, Box provides the complete suspense package." --"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)

"A great creation." --"Houston Chronicle"""

"Grade A...page-flying suspense with superior character portrayal...a great adventure." --"Cleveland Plain Dealer"

"Terrifically entertaining stuff that comes together with a bang in the end." --"Booklist"""

"A perfect introduction to the novels of C J Box." --"Petrona" (UK)

"Tough, gripping...[with] atmospheric volatility." --"The Australian"

"Sprawling, ambitious...palpably compelling." --"Publishers Weekly"

"Timeless...gripping...resemble(s) an Agatha Christie closed-community whodunnit but with horses, bears, wolves, and hunting rifles." --"Sunday Times" (UK)

"Box...knows life and death in the backcountry like few other writers today." --"Library Journal"

"The type of entertainment and escapism that drives us towards crime fiction in the first place."

--Bookgeeks.co.uk

"A taut tale...that hooks you." --"USA Today"

"If Box isn't already on your list, put him there." --"Toronto Globe and Mail"

"The best of Box's novels that I have read."--Powerline

"A brand-new stand-alone thriller which may just clinch it for [Box]." --"The Daily Mail" (UK)

"May be his best yet...a roller-coaster ride of unexpected twists and turns...one of the most suspenseful wilderness thrillers since "Deliverance."" --Associated Press

"Once again, Box provides the complete suspense package." --"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)

"A great creation." --"Houston Chronicle"""

"Grade A...page-flying suspense with superior character portrayal...a great adventure." --"Cleveland Plain Dealer"

"Terrifically entertaining stuff that comes together with a bang in the end." --"Booklist"""

"A perfect introduction to the novels of C J Box." --"Petrona" (UK)

"Tough, gripping...[with] atmospheric volatility." --"The Australian"

"Sprawling, ambitious...palpably compelling." --"Publishers Weekly"

"Timeless...gripping...resemble(s) an Agatha Christie closed-community whodunnit but with horses, bears, wolves, and hunting rifles." --"Sunday Times" (UK)

"Box...knows life and death in the backcountry like few other writers today." --"Library Journal"

"The type of entertainment and escapism that drives us towards crime fiction in the first place."

--Bookgeeks.co.uk

"A taut tale...that hooks you." --"USA Today"

"If Box isn't already on your list, put him there." --"Toronto Globe and Mail"

"The best of Box's novels that I have read."--Powerline

"A brand-new stand-alone thriller which may just clinch it for [Box]." --"The Daily Mail" (UK)

"The type of entertainment and escapism that drives us towards crime fiction in the first place."

May be his best yet...a roller-coaster ride of unexpected twists and turns...one of the most suspenseful wilderness thrillers since "Deliverance." "Associated Press"

Once again, Box provides the complete suspense package. "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

A great creation. "Houston Chronicle"

Grade A...page-flying suspense with superior character portrayal...a great adventure. "Cleveland Plain Dealer"

Terrifically entertaining stuff that comes together with a bang in the end. "Booklist"

A perfect introduction to the novels of C J Box. "Petrona (UK)"

Tough, gripping...[with] atmospheric volatility. "The Australian"

Sprawling, ambitious...palpably compelling. "Publishers Weekly"

Timeless...gripping...resemble(s) an Agatha Christie closed-community whodunnit but with horses, bears, wolves, and hunting rifles. "Sunday Times (UK)"

Box...knows life and death in the backcountry like few other writers today. "Library Journal"

The type of entertainment and escapism that drives us towards crime fiction in the first place. "Bookgeeks.co.uk "

A taut tale...that hooks you. "USA Today"

If Box isn't already on your list, put him there. "Toronto Globe and Mail"

The best of Box's novels that I have read. "Powerline"

A brand-new stand-alone thriller which may just clinch it for [Box]. "The Daily Mail (UK)""

-May be his best yet...a roller-coaster ride of unexpected twists and turns...one of the most suspenseful wilderness thrillers since Deliverance.- --Associated Press

-Once again, Box provides the complete suspense package.- --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

-A great creation.- --Houston Chronicle

-Grade A...page-flying suspense with superior character portrayal...a great adventure.- --Cleveland Plain Dealer

-Terrifically entertaining stuff that comes together with a bang in the end.- --Booklist

-A perfect introduction to the novels of C J Box.- --Petrona (UK)

-Tough, gripping...[with] atmospheric volatility.- --The Australian

-Sprawling, ambitious...palpably compelling.- --Publishers Weekly

-Timeless...gripping...resemble(s) an Agatha Christie closed-community whodunnit but with horses, bears, wolves, and hunting rifles.- --Sunday Times (UK)

-Box...knows life and death in the backcountry like few other writers today.- --Library Journal

-The type of entertainment and escapism that drives us towards crime fiction in the first place.- --Bookgeeks.co.uk

-A taut tale...that hooks you.- --USA Today

-If Box isn't already on your list, put him there.- --Toronto Globe and Mail

-The best of Box's novels that I have read.- --Powerline

-A brand-new stand-alone thriller which may just clinch it for [Box].- --The Daily Mail (UK)



"May be his best yet...a roller-coaster ride of unexpected twists and turns...one of the most suspenseful wilderness thrillers since Deliverance." --Associated Press

"Once again, Box provides the complete suspense package." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A great creation." --Houston Chronicle

"Grade A...page-flying suspense with superior character portrayal...a great adventure." --Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Terrifically entertaining stuff that comes together with a bang in the end." --Booklist

"A perfect introduction to the novels of C J Box." --Petrona (UK)

"Tough, gripping...[with] atmospheric volatility." --The Australian

"Sprawling, ambitious...palpably compelling." --Publishers Weekly

"Timeless...gripping...resemble(s) an Agatha Christie closed-community whodunnit but with horses, bears, wolves, and hunting rifles." --Sunday Times (UK)

"Box...knows life and death in the backcountry like few other writers today." --Library Journal

"The type of entertainment and escapism that drives us towards crime fiction in the first place." --Bookgeeks.co.uk

"A taut tale...that hooks you." --USA Today

"If Box isn't already on your list, put him there." --Toronto Globe and Mail

"The best of Box's novels that I have read." --Powerline

"A brand-new stand-alone thriller which may just clinch it for [Box]." --The Daily Mail (UK)

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description

C J Box's BREAK OUT book. A stand-alone thriller in the vein of THREE WEEKS TO SAY GOODBYE and BLUE HEAVEN --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I REALLY LIKE THIS AUTHOR'S BOOKS. HIS STORIES FLOW AND I AM ENTRANCED FROM THE FIRST PAGE. BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO VISIT THE AREA HE PORTRAYS IN HIS STORIES SEVERAL TIMES I FEEL I CAN FOLLOW THE ACTION SO MUCH BETTER. I HAVE READ A LOT OF BOOKS BY C J BOX AND I HAVE REALLY ENJOYED EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM!
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Another brilliant thriller from C.J.Box and an interesting diversion from the usual Joe Pickett story line. The setting is similar, the characters definitely are not! You know from the very first sentence that this is going to be good.
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This had me there from the beginning. The plot, the characters, everything, was fantastic. Shall now look for another by this author
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Good read enjoyed the book would read more by this author pick it up give it a read you'll enjoy it
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Cody Hoyt is a troubled cop, at the edge of control, with the threats of alcohol abuse and violence only ever a step away.

When he receives word that his friend and AA mentor has been burnt alive in a fire Hoyt goes to the scene. First impressions are of an accident, but Cody Hoyt realises that not everything is how it seems, and sets to work investigating his friends murder.

A recovered computer hard-drive from the scene leads Cody on the trail of the murderer and to a backcountry outfitter and a trip into Yellowstone National Park. Can Cody stop the killer before he strikes again, and perhaps his next victim is Cody's son who is on the same backcountry trip with his stepdad.

C. J. Box starts this one out at what seems like a perceptively slow pace, but the initial investigation rapidly leads to a rattling pace that sees the story expand and lay out a great narrative, in one of the most stunning locations on the planet. Box doesn't stint on using the backdrop as a part of the tale, using wolves, bears and hot springs as part of the story.

The tale can be tricky to follow if you're not paying attention, and if you're planning to work out the who, what, why before the end you'll need to be playing close attention.

C. J. Box is probably best known for his Joe Pickett series, but this stand alone (although Hoyt has appeared before), is just as good as any of the Pickett series, and well worth a read this summer.
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Well, I found this book extremely exciting and interesting.
More to the point, I don't often feel that a 370 page thriller is too short! I had to stop several times to do something else to string out my enjoyment of the deftly handled plots.
After the final shoot-out, I did feel that the loose strands of the story were dealt with in rather a hurry - there's quite a comical moment when the hero asks if those listening have heard enough, when actually really the only person speaking is himself! Maybe the author was being hassled to deliver the manuscript?
No matter. This is a very enjoyable page-turner. I think one secret of its success may be that CJB creates a number of attractive likeable characters (whatever their incidental faults) with the result that you do care. I haven't read any of his other books yet, but in that regard he reminds me of the great Michael Connelly.
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First Sentence: The night before Cody Hoyt shot the county coroner, he was driving without a purpose in his county Ford Expedition as he often did these days.

Cody Hoyt was a brilliant cop. But that was before he was thrown out for breaking the rules and being an alcoholic. By tiny steps, he is trying to work back to his own life, as those of his ex-wife and son. He has now been sober for two months. The murder of his AA sponsor and friend risk his sobriety and, even more, the safety of his life and his sons'.

From the opening sentence one is intrigued by the protagonist. He is not an admirable character; in fact he's more anti-hero, than hero. Having lived with one however, Cody is a classic alcoholic and son of an alcoholic. Unfortunately the son, Justin, seems almost too good. Gracie, sister to Danielle who considers herself to be Justin's girlfriend, is a character one can't help but like. The relationships have the ring of truth--Walt, Cody's ex-wife's fiance who is trying to form a bond with her, and Cody's son Justin; Ted, who doesn't know quite what to do with his own two teenage girls, Gracie and Danielle, who have the classic relationship of siblings who know just how to push each other's buttons. The complexity of today's relationships is very well depicted.

Box has an excellent ear for dialogue. Even at a gruesome crime scene, there is realistic banter. He has an eye for detail that becomes almost too much, when it comes to crimes scenes, yet provides an appropriate feeling of revulsion for what has happened.

This is not Box's best book, but I loved seeing him branch beyond the almost too moral character in his other series. There were some problems with the premise, but I was never tempted to stop reading.
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The slow understated start to this book very effectively sets the scene for the rest of the book, establishing the main character Cody Hoyt and his relationship with colleagues and family. Detective Cody investigates the circumstances of a body found in a burnt cabin. As his investigation develops the pace quickens, and tension mounts as the story splits into two strands, the continued investigation by Cody, and the assorted group of people including his son travelling on horseback into the lesser travelled parts of Yellowstone park. The characters in the group are interesting and well developed and there is little clue as to what they have gotten into. All in all this makes a fantastic read with exciting conclusion as the strands converge in the depths of Yellowstone. My only criticisms would be on the plausability of some aspects of the plot, and as another reviewer points out the exposure of the final villain - which does not actually seem to actually expose him! But still a really enjoyable read.
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