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Overseeing the soldiers is John Porter: But before the Fan Dance can begin, six masked gunmen carry out a devastating attack. Whatever or whoever attacked the animal was ruthless: Shaken by the sight, Joe starts to investigate what he hopes is an isolated incident. Days later, Joe discovers a small herd of mutilated cattle. Local authorities are quick to label the attacks the work of a grizzly bear, but Joe knows otherwise. The cuts on the moose and the cattle were too clean, too precise, to have been made by jagged teeth. Are the animals only practice for a killer about to move on to another, more challenging prey?
The bodies of two men are found within hours of each other, in separate locations, their wounds eerily similar to those found on the moose and cattle. Respect to Game Wardens, fighting the good fight. Another winner from CJ Box. His easy listening style describes characters and scenarios in great detail while compelling you to turn pages. This one kept me guessing and second guessing while the main character, game warden Joe Picket, struggled to keep pace with the unlikely events unfolding around him. Narrator David Chandler is just right for these tales and I look forward to the next one.
What did you like most about Trophy Hunt? What did you like best about this story? Marybeth is the kind of wife any man would dream of: Sheridan continues to fascinate for the way her adult-like complexity is captured. This go-round's crimes are highly gory and hard to comprehend. A slew of red herrings is tossed to Gee, every time I finish a Joe Pickett mystery, I just wanna keep living with him and his family!
A slew of red herrings is tossed to the alert reader, but i was fooled until the end. The penultimate scene in which Joe rams the perp with his pickup and the inscrutable Nate blows the head off of the accomplish satisfies. It takes another 30 pages for Box to tie them all up neatly.
As always, I can taste the dust and smell the sage of Joe's world, having spent so much time in the West's high deserts. I always learn something about game animals, too, from Box. Nov 23, Shannon rated it really liked it. Wow - this is my favorite Joe Pickett so far. Joe has to deal with the jerk Sheriff Barnum, self-centered FBI agent Portensen, some suspicious returnees to Saddlestring, aliens, a wandering grizzly, a deeply disturbed sexually wild 'abductee', weird pressure phenomenon and a whack-a-do "scientist".
Yes, it mostly all comes together and quite surprisingly. I don't believe some of the animal mutilations were ever quite resolved but the gist of the human murders were definitely solved and in quite Wow - this is my favorite Joe Pickett so far.
I don't believe some of the animal mutilations were ever quite resolved but the gist of the human murders were definitely solved and in quite a surprising manner. I liked this author. I thought I was getting the first book in the Joe Pickett series. Of course I didn't. I was still able to follow and really enjoyed the story. May 22, JoAnn rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was my favorite in the series so far. It had a spiritual element although some would consider a paranormal element to it that I love to associate westerns, whether historical or modern.
Normally you get that element with books like the Longmire series that deal a lot in Native American culture, and although there has been little of that in this series, our friend Nate and Joe's daughter Sheridan bring it to us. Another thing I enjoy about Box's writing is he brings actual events that This book was my favorite in the series so far. Another thing I enjoy about Box's writing is he brings actual events that those of us in not only the Rocky Mountains, but across the country, and the world for that matter, have dealt with.
And not only does he bring them to life but he reminds you of how import things are to our history and current events. In the first book it was the endangers species act, the second environmental activism, the third militias and events like Waco and Ruby Ridge, and in this one oil, gas a mineral rights for things like drilling for oil, or in this case methane. All things and events that have been important now and in the past and all things that have people on both sides of the fence. Like now there is huge controversy here about drilling for natural gas, in fact many wells here have shut down here recently due to a home explosion, and now here in Colorado, this is a huge topic of controversy because most people don't realize just how many of these wells are actual around and how close they are to our everyday life I know I was rambling there for a bit, but I just respect the fact that brings these things to life and gives your a great deal of information on them and still gets you to enjoy his book.
I am not going to go into a great deal of the story because I think the blurb is enough to put you in the right mind frame for the book.
Jun 03, Peggy rated it liked it. Joe Pickett is a game warden in Saddlestring, Wyoming. In this episode Joe comes across a moose that has been mutilated. As strange and disgusting as this is, it is only the beginning. Soon cattle are found similarly mutilated. When the line is crossed from animals to two men who are also found mutilated, the stakes go sky high.
Joe is put on a task force of local law enforcement and the FBI to look into the deaths. It seems other worldly, and, in fact, there are those who think aliens have come Joe Pickett is a game warden in Saddlestring, Wyoming. It seems other worldly, and, in fact, there are those who think aliens have come to Wyoming. A paranormal expert arrives and only muddies the waters. In the meantime, gas and mineral rights on local ranches are being sold and the discovery of natural gas has brought in big time players digging wells.
How these two disparate stories dovetail is interesting. I found myself guessing until near the end. Joe is out on his own, as usual.
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He is an independent thinker and regularly ruffles the feathers of the sheriff and FBI. Joe puzzles through the goings on and has most things figured out before the explosive ending. May 26, Randy Tramp rated it really liked it. Packed full of politics, Game Warden Joe Pickett goes against popular opinion. When animals turn up mutilated, then humans, authorities believe it's a Grizzly. Joe Pickett thinks something more sinister is happening. Is there a "Jack the Ripper" loose?
Sheriff Barnum dislikes Joe a lot. This conflict sparks tension. Nate Romanowski had pledged his loyalty to Joe in exchange for proving his innocence in a murder. After getting past the politics, the story picks up. The build-up in the first part of Packed full of politics, Game Warden Joe Pickett goes against popular opinion.
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The build-up in the first part of the book, set up the unrevealing of the second. I love the "feeling" of the outdoors, that this series gives. Add that to the family of Joe Pickett, his personality, and a great story is made. All makes for a great read. May 01, Ellen rated it liked it Shelves: Joe Pickett, Saddlestring, Wyoming's game warden, stumbles upon a dead moose decaying by a serene fishing stream.
This particular carcass has been mutilated but in a precise, surgical manner. Pickett hopes this is an isolated incident, but a small herd of cattle are found with the same wounds. Joe is mystified but when two men are killed in a similar manner, the FBI steps in and a task force is assembled. There seems to be no connection between the human and animal deaths but the local citizens Joe Pickett, Saddlestring, Wyoming's game warden, stumbles upon a dead moose decaying by a serene fishing stream. There seems to be no connection between the human and animal deaths but the local citizens are understandable nervous as strange and unexplainable events continue.
Well, they can't all be winners. I have enjoyed this series quite a bit, but this installment is just strange. While the culprit is eventually caught, too many other things are left unexplained. I'm hoping the next book will be better. Apr 09, Michael rated it really liked it. It's odd to say but the early Joe Pickett novels by Box are virtually as good, as well written as the later ones. I don't mean that as a backwards compliment; it's just that early novels by an author usually are less refined than novels which show how much they've learned as they practice their art.
That learning would be, in CJ Box's case, minimal. That is not to say that he hasn't learned anything but it does say that he started off with a bang. Trophy Hunt is a prime example of that. Box's lat It's odd to say but the early Joe Pickett novels by Box are virtually as good, as well written as the later ones. Box's later works are excellent but then so are his earlier ones like Trophy Hunt.
You were intrigued from the beginning with all of the characters; Joe's daughters, his wife and of course Nate Romanowski. Exciting, intriguing and you worry for the protagonists. This is a book that draws you in. Mar 13, Tonya Lucas rated it it was amazing. Oh my goodness, C.
Trophy Hunt a Joe Pickett novel was exceptional and the ending I would never have dreamed would or could happen, happened. Absolute and confounding ending. Jul 05, Jill Kenna rated it it was amazing. This book was so good!! I did not see the twist coming and I did not figure out the mystery! Love when a book actually surprises me! Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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This is a pleasant enough series on audio though the lead character, Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett, drives me crazy sometimes. The narration by David Chandler was well done and kept me engaged with the story even when it seemed to get a bit strange. Apr 20, Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it Shelves: There are odd overtones to the discovery, but all Joe knows for sure is that someone or something has mutilated the corpse. A grizzly is known to be in the area, and while at first glance, this may seem to be the work of a bear, there is something about the kill that doesn t sit right with Joe; the corpse has been mutilated but not fed on.
Joe, reluctantly, becomes part of the investigation. Nate is not particularly original as a character, but Box uses him well. Box is at his best in action scenes, very much less so in emotional situations, but overall the book is an excellent read. And then comes even worse news: A prominent female British executive never came home from the high-end guest ranch she was visiting, and the British Embassy is pressing hard.
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