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Stone Cold (Joe Pickett Series #14)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Joe Pickett is one of my favorite characters, and his performanc

Joe Pickett is one of my favorite characters, and his performance in this book was all that I look for. The part that I don't like is having to wait until the next book comes to have the story continue!!

Without any spoilers, what I can say about Stone Cold is that par...
Joe Pickett is one of my favorite characters, and his performance in this book was all that I look for. The part that I don't like is having to wait until the next book comes to have the story continue!!

Without any spoilers, what I can say about Stone Cold is that part of the book's storyline deals with the difference between what is seen on the outside....of a person, a persona, a business....etc....and what is true and real. Some theme of this is always in a Pickett story, because that's Joe...getting to what is true and real. I thought Stone Cold was especially good in it's pace and action. I always look forward to the next read by C.J. Box.

posted by ConR on March 23, 2014

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

C. J. Box has run out Joe Picketts string.  His last book was a

C. J. Box has run out Joe Picketts string.  His last book was a cowboy version of Deliverance with an improbable twist Box threw in for political effect.  I forgive a writers loss of originality and even a political statement  a time or two.  This  book was Boxs second,...
C. J. Box has run out Joe Picketts string.  His last book was a cowboy version of Deliverance with an improbable twist Box threw in for political effect.  I forgive a writers loss of originality and even a political statement  a time or two.  This  book was Boxs second, in a row.  Stone Cold was a page turner,  but with each turned page I thought:  What?  Improbable.  At the end  I felt cheated and foolish to have turned the pages.  Not only was the whole story horribly implausible, in the telling Box had ruined all his good characters.  As the Pickett books were turned out, instead of developing his characters he depleted them.  Picketts family and friends were  sacrificed for  cheap thrills and  incongrous political  statements.  I was tempted to go back to Boxs earlier novels to see if I had been hoodwinked into enjoying them, too.  No.  Live and learn.  R.I.P. Pickett family and friends.

posted by 3887615 on March 22, 2014

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

    This book should embarrass Mr. Box.  I have enjoyed the previous

    This book should embarrass Mr. Box.  I have enjoyed the previous Joe Pickett stories, but this one just does not measure up.  The plot is verrry tired (mysterious rich stranger comes to town, buys up lots of land, has a sinister motive); the characterizations are limp.  There's a weird sub-plot involving Pickett's daughter at college, that is completely unrelated to the main story.  My opinion: Plenty of better choices out there for less money.   

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    C. J. Box has run out Joe Picketts string.  His last book was a

    C. J. Box has run out Joe Picketts string.  His last book was a cowboy version of Deliverance with an improbable twist Box threw in for political effect.  I forgive a writers loss of originality and even a political statement  a time or two.  This  book was Boxs second, in a row.  Stone Cold was a page turner,  but with each turned page I thought:  What?  Improbable.  At the end  I felt cheated and foolish to have turned the pages.  Not only was the whole story horribly implausible, in the telling Box had ruined all his good characters.  As the Pickett books were turned out, instead of developing his characters he depleted them.  Picketts family and friends were  sacrificed for  cheap thrills and  incongrous political  statements.  I was tempted to go back to Boxs earlier novels to see if I had been hoodwinked into enjoying them, too.  No.  Live and learn.  R.I.P. Pickett family and friends.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2014

    Cj box fan

    This was not one of hs best. It was too predictable. I did not like how it ended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    I'm a big fan of the Joe Pickett series, but this book comes up

    I'm a big fan of the Joe Pickett series, but this book comes up short. 

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  • Posted April 4, 2014

    Not For Joe Pickett Fans.

    Stone Cold could easily have been titled Stone Dead. This is truly not one of C.J. Box's better efforts. Joe Pickett, a game warden and now somewhat of a trouble shooter for Governor Rulon is assigned to an area to investigate a powerful land owner who happens to control just about everyone in the neighborhood including the local game warden. Pickett is sent there under false pretenses and instructed to gather information, lay low, don't attract attention and report his findings to the FBI. Pickett being himself apparently did not hear the instructions or chose to ignore them. Seems everything he does is only to let all know that he is the new tough guy on the block. Early on Pickett encounters some nighttime poachers. He knows who they are and instead of confronting the bad guys he simply leaves his business card on their vehicle windshield. So much for not attracting attention. The whole book moves along such lines and concludes with an ending that is disappointing. Don't know what Box was snorting when he wrote this loser but it is not up to his usual standards. I have all of his other novels and I really enjoy reading the Joe Pickett series. I just hope Box can regroup his thoughts and give us some more good books to read. He is a very talented writer but Stone Cold is not one of his better reads.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Books have become like cold pizza

    And not even warmed up needs a fresh series

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 9, 2014

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    Posted March 23, 2014

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