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Breaking Point (Joe Pickett Series #13) [NOOK Book]

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Joe Pickett always liked Butch Roberson—a hardworking local business-owner whose daughter is friends with his own. Little does he know that when Butch says he is heading into the mountains to scout elk, he is actually going on the run.

Two EPA employees have been murdered, and all signs point to Butch as the killer. Soon, Joe hears of the land Butch and his wife had bought to retire on—until they are told the EPA declared it a wetland—and the penalties they charged Butch until ...

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Overview

Joe Pickett always liked Butch Roberson—a hardworking local business-owner whose daughter is friends with his own. Little does he know that when Butch says he is heading into the mountains to scout elk, he is actually going on the run.

Two EPA employees have been murdered, and all signs point to Butch as the killer. Soon, Joe hears of the land Butch and his wife had bought to retire on—until they are told the EPA declared it a wetland—and the penalties they charged Butch until the family was torn apart by debt. Finally, it seems, the man just cracked.

It’s an awful story. But is it the whole story? The more Joe investigates, the more he begins to wonder—and the more he finds himself in the middle of a war in which he must choose sides.

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To game warden Joe Pickett, Butch Robertson seemed like a serious, honest, hard-working guy nearing retirement age. Then he suddenly disappeared and the media began to hum with stories that he was a wanted killer. As an armed government manhunt springs up to trap his friend, Joe Pickett begins his own probe into what seems like a double homicide born of rage. As always, C.J. Box has produced a mystery thriller with the feel of the Wyoming wilds, strong characters, and a sturdy plot.

Library Journal
In his 13th outing (after Force of Nature), the Wyoming game warden must weigh his devotion to law enforcement versus his personal values and integrity. This conflict is ignited by the murder of two Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agents, the flight of accused murderer Butch Roberson, and the reappearance of Joe's old nemesis, ex-Sheriff McLanahan. Joe faces powerful forces who want Roberson dead and his family ruined, while the feds use all resources at their command, including unmanned drones, during the ensuing manhunt. Relying on reason and his strong will, Joe unravels the complicated puzzle and finds corruption and abuse of authority that cause him to re-evaluate his life. VERDICT Like the forest fire described in the book, fans of this series will burn through the pages to discover who-dun-it and why. With each book, Joe Pickett has evolved as a complex, deep character, richly described by Box. Another must-read.—Patricia Ann Owens, Illinois Eastern Community Colls., Mt. Carmel
Publishers Weekly
Bureaucracy run amok drives Wyoming construction company owner Butch Roberson to the breaking point in Box’s excellent 13th Joe Pickett novel (after 2012’s Force of Nature). When game warden Pickett investigates a cut fence between private land and public land, he comes across Roberson, who says he entered the public land to scout elk. Before leaving, Pickett delivers a friendly warning to Roberson, who resents the laws restricting his access to public land, to repair the fence. Later, Pickett learns that Roberson is the prime suspect in the killing of two armed EPA agents. Vindictive EPA regional director Juan Julio Batista, who quickly arrives on the scene, calls in a lot of manpower, while Pickett leads a team on horseback into the mountains after Roberson. Former sheriff Kyle McLanahan goes gunning for Roberson, too, prompted by hopes of a reward. Thrilling wilderness chases, chilling stories of the abuse of power, and Pickett’s indomitable frontier spirit power this explosive novel. Agent: Ann Rittenberg, Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
Wyoming Fish and Game Warden Joe Pickett, who attracts trouble the way carcasses attract maggots (Force of Nature, 2012, etc.), gets in the line of fire between an old friend and the Feds. When two EPA agents, sent all the way from Denver to take contractor Butch Roberson into custody. are shot to death, Butch himself is the obvious suspect. But Joe, who saw Butch only hours before he disappeared, can't help wondering why the EPA was so interested in Butch, whose attempt to build a new house for his family in Aspen Highlands blew up in his face, and why the new, race-baiting EPA regional director Juan Julio Batista has taken such a personal interest in the case. Joe has no time for any speculations, though, before he's pressed into service to lead an ill-equipped EPA party searching for Butch up the mountain where he was last seen. Little does Joe know that he's not the only one on the hunt. His old nemesis, ex-Sheriff Kyle McLanahan, has heard the rumor of a big reward for bringing in Butch and has gotten Dave Farkus, a clueless employee Butch fired, to lead him and Jimmy Sollis, the no-account brother of slain deputy Trent Sollis, to Butch first. Box doles out complications and misfortunes with masterly control; each time you're convinced things can't get any worse for Butch or Joe, they do, usually in unexpected ways. And every twist tightens the analogy between the shiftless vigilantes after Butch and the Feds determined to capture or kill him, two parties that are not only equally villainous, but villainous in exactly the same way. Its basis in a real-life conflict makes Joe's 13th case one of his most tendentious, but it's Box who makes it one of his most exciting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101609279
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Series: Joe Pickett Series , #13
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 8,251
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Spellbinding!

    Kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't stop reading!

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    I just can't get enough of C J Box's writing!  I've often said t

    I just can't get enough of C J Box's writing!  I've often said that a good book for me, is one with a great story line, or one with great writing,  Box's books are always the best of both! Each successive Joe Picket, Wyoming Fish and Game Warden, novel just gets better and better.  Characterization, descriptions, conflicts between good and evil, and the pull between legal justice and moral justice are enhanced by stories that connect to headlines of the day.  Box mixes each mystery, with a continuing family story, and a fictional accounting of non-fiction reality. 




    When one of Joe's friends is accused of murder, Joe becomes involved in ways that he'd never imagined.  Lyle, and his wife, have finally gotten a piece of land on which to build their own home.  Permits in hand, Lyle begins grading the land when EPA employees come and demand that he return the land to exactly as he's found it previously.  The fine for not doing so will be $70,000 a day.  And why is this happening?  Lyle is told it's because his land has been declaimed 'protected wetlands'. With no water at all on his land, he questions this declaration.  But no one at the EPA has any paperwork , nor are they answering his repeated phone calls.  So this story begins, and ends in disaster when two EPA agents are murdered, and an all out man hunt is begun by the EPA to "kill the murderer."




    This case is based on a real case in North Dakota, that bends credulity.  There are other actions , also based on "truth" that just may blow your mind.  Joe is caught up in the manhunt, as determined by the Governor, but the more and more that things progress, Joe begins to realize that there is something more that just doesn't make sense.  An edge of your seat story keeps the suspense until the very last page!!  I think I love you C J Box!!!!  Never stop telling stories in books!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2013

    Big disappointment

    Caution: Contains spoilers

    Both of the avid readers in our house have enjoyed C.J. Box's books for years, especially enjoyed his Joe Pickett books, which we keep and occasionally re-read. The everyman Joe Pickett has been an appealing character -- a family man who gets involved in complex situations and constantly doubts if he is bright enough to solve them. The stories have incorporated balanced views of the often conflicting interests and concerns in the American West -- ranchers, hunters, tourists, environmentalists, developers, individual freedom, community responsibility. However, the last two books in the Pickett series have been major disappointments.

    The latest, Breaking Point, reads like some right-wing anti-government pamphlet. The preceding one, Force of Nature, which focuses more on Nate Romanowski rather than Joe Pickett, could have been titled, Jason Bourne Wreaks Havoc Across the Mountain States. Force of Nature comes with a bullet tossing sequence that would work nicely as a comic-bookish, slow motion scene in a John Woo action movie and even includes a close encounter with Osama Bin Laden, of all people.

    In Breaking Point the federal government is the primary enemy, although any level of government above Twelve Sleep County, WY is not to be trusted. Environmental regulations are excuses for destroying the dreams of average folk, including Pickett's wife Marybeth. Affirmative action puts unqualified, out-of-touch people into positions of authority. Most of the bureaucrats care only about promotions or holding on to their positions until retirement, and in either case, they will amorally follow even the most destructive orders without question. The main villain, a regional EPA official, is vindictive and evil, and he is able to pull off incredible feats. At one point, he completely flusters the maverick, out-spoken, strong-willed Wyoming Governor Rulon with merely a suggestion that the governor is showing ethnic bias. At another point, just by dropping a few names, he is able to convince the military to send in an armed drone for a missle strike against a fugitive murder suspect who is hiding out in the Wyoming mountains (with disastrous consequences, of course). Another of the breaking points in Breaking Point was the cameo appearance of Nate Romanowski near the end of the book, showing up to conduct some torture -- perhaps of the reader. It is almost as though Box's editor had advised that Romanowski is a popular character in the book series so working him into the story would improve marketability.

    We still enjoy mysteries set in America's wilderness areas with solid protagonists who are not immune to human self-doubt and who have to balance their mystery-solving with family and work issues. Evidently a lot of other readers do too. Fortunately, those who were similarly disappointed with the latest offerings in the Joe Pickett series can find excellent alternatives, such as William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor series, Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon series, and Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Bad

    It is oppsite day

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    I loved it

    If you think that having a drone takes out a sniper is to far fetched than I suggest you wake up. Today the FBI uses drones! Loved the book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    I can't leave C.J.'s books alone. I was in the middle of another book and quit to read his and finished it in 2 sittings in one day. Can't wait for Highway in July. Joe Pickett and his family are wonderful examples of a hard working American family doing the right thing with a tight family bond. Keep up the good work C.J. as I'll be out here waiting for your next episode.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Stunning, passionate and haunting thriller

    Wow

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    I love this book and the reality of the scenarios that are takin

    I love this book and the reality of the scenarios that are taking place in our real world, right now. I must take issue with "SGT Jim" and other anonymous high-talking, low stand-up folks that don't like the reality for real working folks of the government running amok, but if they feel that strongly about that then they should list their names and not hit and run behind Anonymous. There is no justification for rating C.J. Box's books at a one star just because they aren't happy about others real working folks belief that the EPS, Homeland Security, etc. are working against the citizens. If they believe they can defend them then do so and give valid reasons in a stand alone environment and not rate an author of great merit at a one star because they don't believe the book put forward their Progressive agenda. Very unprofessional. Typical Liberal with their panties in a wad. I bet they couldn't camp with a 5th wheeler. Tell the truth or go home to mommie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Exciting reading!

    Like all the Joe Pickett books, lots of action, fighting for what is right, and love of family!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

    I have loved the entire series, starting with #1

    The Joe Pickett series has been my very favorite series ever! I started with one and have read them all this winter. Breaking point did not let me down. The characters have all aged and matured in a profound way. I have already pre-ordered # 14. I must say, I have learned a lot about the north west and the animals that inhabit the area. The stories take place in the present but they still have a feeling of the old west. I have loved all of the Joe Pickett series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Fine read- Give it a try.

    I am a fan of C.J. Box. He's not a complicated writer yet he has a few twists in his books that throw you off. Never expected what the end would be in this book. I like that he is a family man. Loves his wife and kids. Joe's friend Nate, loyal and tough. Descriptions of the Wyoming country that Joe patrols makes the books even more appealing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2013

    I have to agree with SgtJimG and his review.  I have long been a

    I have to agree with SgtJimG and his review.  I have long been a fan of CJ Box and have read the entire Joe Pickett series.  However this latest book really disappoints and angers me.  I won't be redundant as to SgtJimG's review.  I too was bothered by the attack on EPA and the negative portrayal of Feds.  I went back to reread what Gov. Rulon said that could be taken as racist and just couldn't see it.  And yes, using a military drone to take out a suspected shooter was too far out there.  This book really left a bad taste in my mouth.  I usually write a note to CJ Box but this time I won't.  In the past I always hated Box having Nate shoot ravens because "he hated them".  Ravens are protected.  In Breaking Point Box has Pickett mentioning collecting an ancient Cheyenne doll while out on a trail.  This too is protected; but under archaeology laws. At the very least Pickett should  have been returned it to the Cheyenne Nation rather than Joe Pickett's shelf at home.  CJ Box influences many of his readers.  I am bothered by his anti-Feds attitude in his latest novel as well as his past in condoning certain wildlife violations (because Nate does it) and now archaeology violations.  Sorry.  This book was a huge disappointment to me.  Even more so because I was so looking forward to reading it when I heard it was coming out.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    Very enjoyable!

    I like Joe Pickett. I have read several of his stories and find them highly readable and enjoyable. C.J.Box really brings the Wyoming mountains to life with his descriptions and very likeable characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Always riveting storylines, from the first paragraph.

    Can't praise this series enough. I only wish Mr. Box could crank them out faster.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Awesome.. absolutely awesome.    C. J. Box is still on his game.

    Awesome.. absolutely awesome.    C. J. Box is still on his game.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Highly recommend

    I started the C.J.Box series this spring. A good friend and author recommended that I read his books and I haven't been able to stop reading! Joe Pickett is so real. The descriptions of the natural surroundings and events are highly detailed. You feel as though you are in the middle of the action. This is a great series for problem solvers who want plots that reveal human and animal nature.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Another great read

    And a reminder that there are still good caring people as well as how important our land and wildlife are

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Joe Pickett does it again

    Joe Puckett is an outdoors-man who has managed to tick off many of the bureaucrats in his agency by obstinately doing the right thing instead of the politically expedient thing. He has been able to gain a place on the governor's list of people to go to when he needs an honest assessment. As a result, the governor is willing to help out when Joe needs to be pulled out of a jam. A couple of Joe's acquaintances are being framed by a shadowy agency, and Joe is not about to stand still for it.

    It is difficult to put this book down once the reader gets started on it - constant movement teases you onward.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Box at his best!!

    The last couple of Joe Pickett books have been formulaic and without the "tang" of the Wyoming mountains and the clarity of prior books in the series. This one is different! It captures your attention and you will not be able to wait for the next page or the next chapter. It is well written, direct and once again, justice triumphs over government run amok. NO ONE does it better!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Another great read!

    C.J. Box writes another exciting plot with twists and turns that keep you hungry for the next chapter. Characters are all believable... the good guys are really good and the bad guys are really bad. A sad but noble ending.... Loved this novel

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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