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STORY (game warden/detective) - This is Book 14 in the Joe Picket series, but it's my first. From reading other reviews, I learned that the series has great characters and that you're missing out if you don't start with Book 1. I agree and disagree. I loved the characters in the book even though I just "met" them, but I can see how the experience would be greatly enriched by starting from Book 1...which I plan to do!
The story is set in rural Wyoming, present day. Joe Picket, the main character, is a game warden but is working for the Governor in this book, trying to spy on someone accused of major crimes. What follows is a nice, easy listen that kept me coming back every second I could. There is mystery, action and suspense, but it's not constant or gut-wrenching. Everything that happens is believable as opposed to "over the top." And in between are wonderful descriptions of the wintery Wyoming countryside.
PERFORMANCE - I love it when narrators are able to give different voices to most of the main characters. And in this case, they're all very realistic. Great job! (And I especially love the husky voice given to the mysterious Nate Romanowski.)
OVERALL - There is no sex, but there is cursing and violence. There are a couple pretty gnarly descriptions of bodies as well. Not recommended for kids except MAYBE older teens. I'm squeamish, but these descriptions were fairly short so I had no problem hearing them. The story stands alone. I think this would be a great book for a husband/wife road trip.
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Joe Pickett is the man. It's hard not to like a man who works hard, loves his family, & has unquestionable integrity.
I really enjoyed the book as I have all the Joe Pickett stories written by CJ Box. David Chandler does an excellent job narrating.
If I had to suggest an area for Improvment it would be that the author might have included just a little too much anti-federal government rhetoric this time.
Then, of course, there is the obvious complaint that the book is too short ;)
Great book, clean, and entertaining! Highly recommended!
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