Savage Run

Savage Run

Book - 2002
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C. J. Box's debut novel, Open Season, with its memorable new hero, thrilling plot, and vivid settings, hit the mystery-book world with the force of a speeding rifle bullet-and put it "on the Best of the Year track" (Los Angeles Times). Now C. J. Box returns with a gripping and suspenseful new novel, as dramatic and brutal as its Wyoming wilderness setting. When a massive explosion occurs deep within the forests of Twelve Sleep County and a colorful environmental activist appears to have perished in the blast, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is called to the scene to help investigate. Pickett soon discovers clues that lead to a deadly conspiracy-one that will test his courage, his survival skills, and his determination to "do the right thing" despite all costs. A richly textured novel, Savage Runis an exciting confirmation of the talents of a writer hailed by Tony Hillerman as "a great storyteller."
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2002.
ISBN: 9780399148873
Characteristics: 272 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jul 27, 2020

It is interesting to read a book where a real western writer/resident of Wyoming in real life tells the real truth about all the endangered species laws, and ecoterrorism. I did not realize that the federal government owns about 50% of Wyoming, and 70% of Idaho. Savage Run lives up to the book title. The wolves are a interesting and polarizing subject. Pro wolf/coyote people seem to think the predators go after the weak, sick, old and help keep the herds down. This is true in part. But, pro predator people are surprised to learn that the predators love to arrive after a deer/elk/cow give birth to literally rip the newborn calf/doe to shreds as they have smelled the birth blood. The poor mother has to flee or be eaten herself. CJ Box does not shy away from natures brutal side. I enjoyed the book.

Jul 03, 2020

We are reading this entire series in one of my book clubs and after thoroughly enjoying book one was looking forward to this one. It was a very disturbing story. Not that what happened to Sheridan and the Miller's weasels in book 1 wasn't upsetting, but this one was more so because of the gruesome and gory killing of animals including Joe's horse. The story would have stood just fine without killing Lizzie in the heartless and senseless way she was killed.

I like Joe. Some of the characters say he's smart. I wouldn't say he's super intelligent, but he knows his stuff and I like is down to earth, pragmatic approach to life and his job. I like how he loves his family and the way he feels about Marybeth. He loves her and lets his fears of not being worth of her show.

Box tells a good story -- one that both men and women can enjoy. There's just enough romance, a good mystery and like I said, Joe is a very likeable character.

May 21, 2020

# 2 of 20 (as of May '20) of Joe Pickett series. Read #1.

Mar 30, 2020

Ecoterrorists vs ranchers is the theme of this book, another enjoyable read in the Joe Pickett series. Joe again finds himself out in the woods facing the opposition without back up, weapons, and cell phone range. The description of his getting away from his pursuer, an invincible tracker, was very tense. The author doesn't present either the ecoterrorist/ environmental groups nor the ranchers in a favorable light.

Oct 31, 2019

Aother great book - found this one even more mesmerizing than his first novel.

Jun 04, 2018

Book 2 in the Joe Pickett series by CJ Box. I enjoyed it as much, if not more, than Book 1, Open Season. Box presents Pickett and his family in a real and compelling way - describing the strengths and vulnerabilities while also detailing a Wyoming setting that is wild, untamed, and unpredictable. Game Warden Pickett finds himself dealing with eco-terrorists and shadowy stockmen along with nature. Read and enjoy.

Komplikator Dec 26, 2012

If this had been the first Joe Pickett book I picked up, I probably would not have read any of the others.

Happily this seems to be the low spot of the series (a problem many second novels seem to have) but Box regains his stride and the later ones are well worth reading

Nov 08, 2007


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