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Force Of Nature by C.J. Box
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bookshelves: 2012, arc, favorites, law-enforcement, series, mystery
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This is the twelfth book in the Joe Pickett series and CJ Box once again provides a riveting story with a pace that will have you believing in Wyoming a New York minute is considered slow. Don't expect to put this one down until you turn the last page.

Focusing on Nate Romanowski, falconer, ex-special forces, sworn friend of the Pickett's, and an escaped convict, the authorities quickly conclude Nate's responsible for three dead bodies found in the bottom of a boat floating downstream. Only Joe seems somewhat convinced of his friends innocence, and sets out to prove it.

While Joe is chasing errant leads, with the assistance of a new trainee, we begin to follow Nate's investigation into the killing of member's of his former military unit, and his own assassination attempt. From Wyoming to Colorado, the hunted becomes the hunter, leaving a lot of dead bodies in his wake. Uncovering not only a plot to systematically eliminate those who served together, but providing back story to a very enigmatic character, we finally catch a wide glimpse into the events and history that forged Nate's outlook. His cold demeanor matches that of the harsh, snowy landscape, and provides the determination and fortitude to carry him through using any means necessary for survival.

Joe's loyalty is called into play when he struggles with his conscience trying to determine if putting friendship above the law is the right thing. And who can he trust when his family is threatened? Always pushing the line while trying to maintain his balance on the precipice Joe forges ahead trusting instinct and sometimes bull-headedness to accomplish his goals.

Amidst all the bloodshed and violence depicted in this book, there is an underlying theme of loyalty, perseverance, and looking out for those we care about.

Not only a highly recommended series, but one of the top books of the year.
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