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Force of Nature

por C. J. Box

Séries: Joe Pickett (12)

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Having hidden the truth about a past colleague's violation, former Special Forces agent Nate Romanowski is targeted by a determined killer who threatens Joe Pickett's life as part of a violent plot.
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Strong 3 stars, good solid entry in the Joe Pickett mystery series. ( )
  usuallee | Oct 7, 2021 |
The novel opens a few weeks after the previous novel closed. In a way it is the second part of "Cold Wind". Nate's story was the secondary story in the previous novel; he takes the leading role here. After losing Alisha and Big Merle, Nate now knows that his old commander is after him - the three local men who try to kill him kinda make it clearer than ever. So he goes on the run - trying to stay a step ahead of the elite team after him. As it turns out that becomes even more of a problem when the sheriff of Saddlestring also wants him - not that this ever stopped (Nate is a Federal fugitive after all) but 3 dead bodies make it a local matter as well.

Meanwhile Joe Pickett has a trainee and is really trying to teach the young man, Luke Brueggmann, how to be a game warden. Except that a triple murder means that all law enforcing agencies are helping the sheriff's office (regardless of the sheriff's desires).

We rarely see Joe in this novel - it is really a Nate novel and we finally get his backstory - including the reason why he left the army abruptly and why now everyone seems to want him dead. The explanation was a bit under-whelming - while I can see why it can mess with someone's head, it seems almost mild compared to what I expected based on some of the dropped clues and Nate's behavior. The novel is also tied to falconry and C. J. Box uses the birds and the hobby to enhance the story.

As the novel progresses, the two stories merge (as usual) and Joe manages to get in trouble (again). He never learns Nate's story (because he does not want to know it) and as with a lot of these novels, the solution does not come almost to the end.

It will be interesting to see where this series goes next. Nate is a fugitive again (or more than before anyway - he is wanted for a few murders in additional to the older charges) and Joe will probably end up being blamed for a lot of what happened with Luke - even if as usual he has nothing to do with it. ( )
  AnnieMod | Jul 26, 2021 |
This was my first CJ Box novel and I have to say I'm impressed; normally the blurbers exaggerate the quality of the novel I find whereas this novel has the Lee Child quote stating "A solid-gold A-list must read writer" and I can say I don't disagree. I wasn't sure what to expect starting off on the 12th book of the series, often it seems like the characters are hollow shells with not much attention given to fleshing them out but I found here the was enough detail to give you a good sense of each character without having read the prior books.

The story itself was quite enthralling from the get go with a nice mix of mystery, action and law enforcement machinations, this is probably one of the best books I've read so far this year, bested only by Lincoln Child's The Forgotten Room. I think I'll be keeping an eye out for CJ Box novels if any cross my path in the future. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | May 9, 2019 |
Nate Romanowski’s past finally catches up with him in the 12th installment of the Joe Pickett series, Force of Nature.

Summary: Nate Romanowski is a cautious man. On the run for several years from his shadowy past, he is hyper-vigilant and ultra-cautious. He lives simply and mostly off the grid in Wyoming, keeping just the supplies he needs on hand, ready to bolt at a moment’s notice. Nate is also an experienced falconer and his raptors have warned him of approaching danger on more than one occasion.

But while hunting with his falcon by the river, he is uncharacteristically caught off guard when a small boat with a trio of men drift around a bend to where he is standing. One of the men appears to be ill and the others call to Nate for assistance. He recognizes them as locals, which lowers his caution. After a short verbal exchange, all pretense is dropped and one of them shoots Nate with an arrow. He fights for his life, killing the men in the boat.

When the boat with its gory cargo is found, game warden Joe Pickett is summoned by the sheriff. To Sheriff McLanahan, the dead men are a sign that Nate Romanowski must be close by. He’s been looking for Nate for a long time. While he can’t prove that Joe keeps in touch with Nate, he strongly suspects it. And he doesn’t like either of them.

The dangerous men pursuing Nate are getting desperate. They will stop at nothing to get him, including harming anyone close to Nate. Joe must now help his friend while keeping his family out of danger.

Comments: I’ve been a fan of this series since I first encountered it during the first incarnation of The Brown Bookloft in 2002. At the time, I was sent an ARC copy of the book by a publicist. I’m so glad I got it that way as I might not have picked the series up on my own. I became an instant fan! I’m a bit behind in my reading of the Joe Pickett books, but I’ll just use the adage “So many books, so little time” as my excuse.

Force of Nature is an action-packed page turner that answers some questions about Nate’s past. I recommend reading the series from the beginning to understand how all of the characters mesh together. ( )
  Thebrownbookloft | Jun 29, 2018 |
Nate Romanowski’s past finally catches up with him in the 12th installment of the Joe Pickett series, Force of Nature.

Summary: Nate Romanowski is a cautious man. On the run for several years from his shadowy past, he is hyper-vigilant and ultra-cautious. He lives simply and mostly off the grid in Wyoming, keeping just the supplies he needs on hand, ready to bolt at a moment’s notice. Nate is also an experienced falconer and his raptors have warned him of approaching danger on more than one occasion.

But while hunting with his falcon by the river, he is uncharacteristically caught off guard when a small boat with a trio of men drift around a bend to where he is standing. One of the men appears to be ill and the others call to Nate for assistance. He recognizes them as locals, which lowers his caution. After a short verbal exchange, all pretense is dropped and one of them shoots Nate with an arrow. He fights for his life, killing the men in the boat.

When the boat with its gory cargo is found, game warden Joe Pickett is summoned by the sheriff. To Sheriff McLanahan, the dead men are a sign that Nate Romanowski must be close by. He’s been looking for Nate for a long time. While he can’t prove that Joe keeps in touch with Nate, he strongly suspects it. And he doesn’t like either of them.

The dangerous men pursuing Nate are getting desperate. They will stop at nothing to get him, including harming anyone close to Nate. Joe must now help his friend while keeping his family out of danger.

Comments: I’ve been a fan of this series since I first encountered it during the first incarnation of The Brown Bookloft in 2002. At the time, I was sent an ARC copy of the book by a publicist. I’m so glad I got it that way as I might not have picked the series up on my own. I became an instant fan! I’m a bit behind in my reading of the Joe Pickett books, but I’ll just use the adage “So many books, so little time” as my excuse.

Force of Nature is an action-packed page turner that answers some questions about Nate’s past. I recommend reading the series from the beginning to understand how all of the characters mesh together. ( )
  Thebrownbookloft | Jun 29, 2018 |
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The secret is preposterous but serviceable, and the strenuously unnuanced story moves like greased lightning. Box has done much better work, but this high-casualty actioner is just fine.
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Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
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For Gordon Crawford, falconer.

And Laurie, always.
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His name was Dave Farkus, and he'd recently taken up fly-fishing as a way to meet girls.
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