Open Season (Joe Pickett Series #1)

Open Season (Joe Pickett Series #1)

by C. J. Box
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Open Season (Joe Pickett Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 146 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading it, I bought the whole series.
Love-2-Read55 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by this author. I thoroughly enjoyed the authors Wyoming settings. I also found the main character very appealing. Joe Pickett is such a normal sort of person. He loves his family, cares about his job and strives to do what's right. I liked him and wanted to see how he handled the situations that arose. The book was a bit slow at the beginning but an easy satisfying read. I'll be trying another in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical at first, but the book took off and kept my interest very well. A little predictable, but worth the read. I'll definitely try the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book i love the entire serise
harstan More than 1 year ago
While still a Wyoming state game warden trainee, Joe Pickett ticketed a man fishing without a license. The man turned out to be the state governor. One week after being assigned to Twelve Sleep County, Joe fines outfitter Ote Keeley for shooting a buck out of season. However, Ote takes Joe¿s gun away and points it at the game warden¿s head before calmly accepting his ticket. Though he continues working hard, Joe has never fully recovered from the Keeley incident.

A few months later, Keeley reenters Joe¿s life when his daughter finds the outfitter dead at the woodpile near the Pickett home. Next to the corpse is a cooler containing pellets of excrement. Joe and fellow warden Wacey Hedeman assist sheriff Bud Barnum with the investigation. However, soon Joe is in trouble with his superiors, his pregnant wife for jeopardizing his job, and with a killer trying to add a nosy game warden to the list.

OPEN SEASON is an entertaining police procedural tale that works because the author steps out of the box by insuring his star is not superman. Instead he is just an average Joe struggling with learning his new job, obtaining a decent standard of living for his family, and still trying to do the right thing. The story line is filled with twists and turns so that the audience into thinking the wrong person is the villain. The endangered species issue is well designed within the plot with C.J. Box cleverly laying it out so that the reader can decide on this complex question. Fans will want more Wyoming mysteries starring a guy named Joe.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this first in the series novel by C.J. Box. The Wyoming setting, wildlife officer, rustic setting, and feel for the culture of the place is true writing. Sometime Box is preachy and when an otherwise laconic, or simple character takes the soap box to render a political diatribe it's a little contrived but I get the point. I enjoyed the book enough to have read the next in the series, "Savage Run" which I have equally well written, but more contrived and am not certain I'll go to series book three, but Open Season was worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm an avid outdoorsman so any book that features hunting and outdoor adventure will get my attention. This book has plenty of outdoor reference and it seems obvious Mr. Box knows what he's talking about, but his writing is simple and fairly predictable. This is my first book with this author and I'll likely try another of his books, but I'm in no hurry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a story it was shocking and scary I would read it again that is how much I liked it.
BobInSanDiego More than 1 year ago
I rarely read modern novels, but an radio interview with the author, in particular the fact that the protagonist was an average "Joe" with a family who loved the outdoors sounded refreshing and worth a chance. It turned out to be well worth it, and for precisely those reasons.  I did not find the plot particularly interesting, and story was very predictable, but I loved the characters and the basic innocence of Joe and his family.  C. J. Box's description of the Wyoming countryside indicates his knowledge and love of that part of the world.  And it makes this city-dweller yearn for the solitude of the back country. Although the writing may not be exceptional, the author's use of adjectives often delight.  I have already purchased and read the second Joe Pickett novel, and I don't doubt I will end up reading the entire series. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy and fast to read - shorter than I expected. I had read one of the later books in the series first and decided to go back to #1. But enjoyed it.
SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
Gave the first in the Joe Pickett series a try and was not at all disappointed. Started a little bit slow, but it is not the norm when it comes to thrillers. Pickett is a game warden - not your regular cop, detective, agent nor "jack bauer" type. He's also quite human - makes mistakes, screws up, but has a great moral compass, as his wife calls it. If you feel it is slow starting out, stick with it. The story and action both pick up and the second half of the book flies by. When you think about it - this is how a "first book in the series" should begin .... create and develop some main characters who are going to be around for awhile. Can't wait to start on the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I began to explore this C.J. box series with book 1, Open Season, and now I'm hooked! I'm reading these books in order because, frequently, the series refers to incidents in previous books. I'm just beginning book 5, Out of Range and, so far, all the books I've read are excellent. Amazing descriptions of Wyoming wildlife and way of life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some language,ordinary guy makes it real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Likeable family. Suspensful fast read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book when it was first published. It was written with men readers more in mind than women. I guess this would make it rooster lit? It has all the basics for a murder mystery and gets a little rough at times. The writing style is blunt, to the point and without a lot of extrennous details. I enjoyed the fact, the hero had a family. The characters, even the dog wre well rounded, personable and seemed real. There is enough detail to keep the story interesting. The book has a good flow. There is cursing, sex, violence and a lot of suspense. Whodunit and whydunit were not immediately recognizable, so this was another plus. I have liked all the CJ Box books I have read so far. This is the first book in a series about the game warden. For ages 18 and up............................. Now for a side note, Harriet Klausner no longer writes paid reviews for B&N. Yes, she was a huge plot spoiler. But if those complaining about her would check the review dates, they would notice her reviews are older ones. She has not written reviews for several years. Before reading a review, just check to see if her name is on it, before reading. Problem solved. Also extremely long reviews are usually plot spoilers. I try very hard to avoid spoiling a plot. I only give basic details and my opinion and a sometimes snarky comment, if I am throughly aggravated by something. I try not to put other reviewers down unless they have been exceeding cruel to other reviewers. AD
smokey_1 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot - I'm in the process of reading the 2nd book in the series (and will definitely read the other Joe Pickett books). Would recommend this to any reader who likes a well-written suspense novel.
EricMenk More than 1 year ago
Open season was a good read .
Guest More than 1 year ago
A cozy mystery set in Wyoming. Bad guys you can see coming a mile away in the beginning of the book. Very young-adult writing. I don't get all the rave reviews from other authors on the cover of this book. Just makes me go, 'Huh?'
Anonymous 4 months ago
Good balance between nature and mystery.
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kayek1 10 months ago
This is the first Joe Pickett Novel by C. J. Box. I immediately liked Joe and his family. As a new Game Warden in an area of Wyoming where everyone hunts, some out of season, and where he is the outsider, Joe struggles to maintain his integrity. He's made a few enemies, and a few friends, but he's not always sure who he can turn to. His daughter Sheridan, is a central character in this book. I plan to read more in this series. I not only loved the very real descriptions of Wyoming, but the characters.
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