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Dark Sky

Dark Sky

A Joe Pickett Novel

Book - 2021
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Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett must accompany a Silicon Valley CEO on a hunting trip--but soon learns that he himself may be the hunted--in the thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author C. J. Box. When the governor of Wyoming gives Joe Pickett the thankless task of taking a tech baron on an elk hunting trip, Joe reluctantly treks into the wilderness with his high-profile charge. But as they venture into the woods, a man-hunter is hot on their heels, driven by a desire for revenge. Finding himself without a weapon, a horse, or a way to communicate, Joe must rely on his wits and his knowledge of the outdoors to protect himself and his companion. Meanwhile, Joe's closest friend, Nate Romanowski, and his own daughter Sheridan learn of the threat to Joe's life and follow him into the woods. In a stunning final showdown, the three of them come up against the worst that nature--and man--have to offer.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2021]
ISBN: 9780525538271
Branch Call Number: M BOX, C.
Characteristics: 351 pages ; 24 cm.


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Jul 15, 2021

C.J. Box never disappoints me! Dark Sky is a fast hard ride full of action and suspense, but, as always, there are characters we either love or hate and subtle humor throughout. My favorite moment was when Joe Pickett, chased on foot up and down treacherous freezing mountain sides by men on horses who intend to kill him, says he wants to take a moment to appreciate seeing a rare magnificent animal up close. He's referring to the wolverine who just clawed deep gouges in his back and legs. The animal panicked when Joe hid in the entrance of its den.

May 17, 2021

I don't usually read for suspense but this story line really grabbed me and kept me going to see what would happen. I really liked the setting and enjoyed the main character though I really don't like hunting and all the people in the story choosing to kill animals for any number of reasons. The violence in the story (to animals or between people ) is well handled though, so I wasn't put off by it and tempted to stop reading as sometimes happens for me in crime fiction that seems to glorify or revel in violence.

May 03, 2021

Another enjoyable Joe Pickett novel. Joe takes the founder of a social media app on an elk hunt in eary Autumn, but becomes hunted himself due to a local's belief that the death of his daughter was related to the social media commentaries made on Joe's client's app. The local wants revenge for his daughter's death. Instead of car chases, this novel has, for most of the story, a race of life and death between a mounted tracker and his 3 boys versus Joe and his client who are on foot. Joe is disadvantaged because the tracker has relieved him of his horse, his food and cold weather survival gear, his weapons, and his cell/sat phone. It was interesting to read how Joe's knowledge of the woods and his survival skills helped him to keep clear of his pursuers. The tension throughout the novel is quite high from Joe's first encounter with and escape from his attackers/pursuers to the closing where Joe and his pursuers have a final clash. Box likes to insert contemporary issues into his novel. Instead of environmental issues that he has inserted into his other stories, this one takes on the negative aspects of social media. Box seems to emphasize a disconnect between the head CEO's vision of how his program can be positively used versus the negative ways users of social media make use of such programs.

Apr 28, 2021

I watched the Series Big Sky. What a terrible disappointment. It is nothing like the books. I thought the four book series was good, but as for the TV series Big Sky, forget it.

Apr 28, 2021

I have read all of the C.J. Box book. There certainly is a formula that we all recognize but probably have a difficulty putting into words. This is the first of the Pickett stories where I am feel a distance from Nate Romanowski. He's a very meaningful character but I would not want to spend any time around him. Given the nasty characters to Joe Pickett has to deal with year in and year out I wonder why he continues in the job of game warden. It must be quite exhausting to see yourself confronted and forced to solve some of the worst problems of some really bad people. But Pickett's getting older and showing wear and tear. What will be his future?

Apr 20, 2021

I've read all of the novels in this series. Dark Sky does not live up to Box's previous books in this series. It follows a contrived formula of mountain challenges, followed by ( of course) a rescue by his friend, Nate. And somehow his daughter, Sheridan, is along for the wild finish. Box should come up with a more complex story, and interesting character development. An old and tired book.

Mar 25, 2021

DARK SKY, another great Joe Pickett novel by C. J. Box. Joe finds himself in a pickle right from the get go in this one. A politician forces him to do something he really doesn't want to do. Then he has to take some never-hunted-before well-to-do's on a wintertime elk hunt. Only he becomes the hunted. This is a great story of survival under some really harsh conditions. And in the book you will find a great head-butting on the pros and cons of social media, which sounds a little weird for a survival novel involving a game warden. Can't wait for the next Joe Pickett novel, which was set up throughout this one, but came to a crescendo in the last 4 pages.

debwalker Mar 01, 2021

First week of March 2021 and this title leads the holds lists in public libraries across the U.S. A hunting trip where you turn out to be the hunted rather than the hunter.

lcasper Feb 08, 2021

I had an advanced reading copy of this and it was a wonderful read. Read it in one sitting. Joe is forced to guide rich man who created a new app like Facebook, on an Elk Hunt. What could possibly go wrong. Always great when Nate and Sheridan and Mary Beth become involved. Wonderful visuals - I could see it all clearly.

Feb 06, 2021

I haven't read it yet--hard to comment on it without reading it--I agree with hooperswish--its a Joe Pickett novel, what's not to like, on the other hand, I also agree with romale in that it would be nice if there was an intro to the book to give the reader an idea of the plot--frankly, for me, I would like to have more Pickett novels with his kids included

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Apr 22, 2021

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