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Breaking Point (Joe Pickett Novels) Paperback – 4 Mar 2014

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  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books; Reprint edition (4 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425264602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425264607
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.4 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 599,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An explosive thriller that careens from one unpredictable twist to another." --"South Florida Sun-Sentinel"
"It's the best installment yet in an already rich series. Grade: A."--"The Cleveland Plain Dealer"
"An exceptionally well-told story that will entertain, thrill and maybe even outrage its readers."--"USA Today "
"Will raise the hair on your neck and chill you to the bone."--Bookreporter.com
"Thrilling wilderness chases, chilling stories of the abuse of power, and Pickett's indomitable frontier spirit power this explosive novel."--"Publishers Weekly "
"Fans of this series will burn through the pages...Another must-read."--"Library Journal" (starred review)
"Its basis in a real-life conflict makes Joe's thirteenth case one of his most tendentious, but it's Box who makes it one of his most exciting."--"Kirkus Reviews "

An explosive thriller that careens from one unpredictable twist to another. "South Florida Sun-Sentinel"
It s the best installment yet in an already rich series. Grade: A. "The Cleveland Plain Dealer"
An exceptionally well-told story that will entertain, thrill and maybe even outrage its readers. "USA Today "
Will raise the hair on your neck and chill you to the bone. Bookreporter.com
Thrilling wilderness chases, chilling stories of the abuse of power, and Pickett s indomitable frontier spirit power this explosive novel. "Publishers Weekly "
Fans of this series will burn through the pages Another must-read. "Library Journal" (starred review)
Its basis in a real-life conflict makes Joe s thirteenth case one of his most tendentious, but it s Box who makes it one of his most exciting. "Kirkus Reviews ""

About the Author

C. J. Box is the author of thirteen Joe Pickett novels and three stand-alones, and has won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38.


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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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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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"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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Usual high standard of writing from cu box. Have read all his Joe Pickett books. Very good exciting read. Recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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