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Breaking Point

(Joe Pickett #13)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  8,446 ratings  ·  681 reviews
It was always good to see Butch Roberson, Joe thought—a hard-working, upright local business owner whose daughter was friends with his own. Little did he know that when he talked to Butch that day, the man was about to disappear. He was heading into the mountains to hunt, he said, but instead he was running. Two EPA employees had just been murdered, and all signs pointed t ...more
Hardcover, 367 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
A thrilling delight, as usual, following the trail of tough sweetheart Joe Pickett who as a Wyoming game warden gets involved with solving some serious crime out in the boonies. I eagerly look forward to the new book in the series each year and devour it I eagerly look forward to the new book in this series each year and devour it when it hits my library. Like Tom Sawyer, who felt good from Sunday school almost until Tuesday, I have to live with inhuman urges again soon.

In this one, a landowner
Dana Stabenow
Mar 08, 2013 rated it liked it
No one born and raised west of the Mississippi River hasn't had a justifiable mad on at the federal government a time or two. Here, C.J. Box fleshes out that mad, mixing a Molotov cocktail of a motive of one part heavy-handed federal bureaucracy to one part political ambition and one part personal revenge. Run an armed drone around the rim of the glass and toss it off in a national forest mostly dead of beetle kill and you've got a conflagration even Wyoming Game and Fish warden Joe Pickett can' ...more
Rex Fuller
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you like plain-spoken rural people, despise bureaucrats, love justice, disdain pretension, respect integrity, long for comeuppance to the prideful...well, the point is made, you will truly enjoy just about every page. As you can tell, I did.

This is my first one by Box and it sure won't be the last.
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I just can't get enough of C J Box's writing! I've often said that a good book for me, is one with a great story line, or one with great writing, Box's books are always the best of both! Each successive Joe Picket, Wyoming Fish and Game Warden, novel just gets better and better. Characterization, descriptions, conflicts between good and evil, and the pull between legal justice and moral justice are enhanced by stories that connect to headlines of the day. Box mixes each mystery, with a continuin ...more
Byron Lord
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won this book on Good Reads and this is my honest review.
C. J. Box is at his best. This is one of those books you can hardly set down. I read it over a weekend and loved every minute. Joe Picket takes us on a mile a minute, white water, adventure. We see the horror of abuse of power and how close it is to striking anyone. C.J Box opens the beauty and vastness of the Wyoming back country.
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, series, 5-star-books
Another great one from C J Box
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I began reading this novel I was bothered by the way the EPA was depicted. Mr. Box showed them to be as evil as the Devil himself (or herself, just being fair). Then I read a bit on the Sackett vs. EPA case and was shocked at how an organization designed and tasked with protection of the environment could go off of the rails so much.

Much of the motives for what happened to Butch Roberson and his family in this novel is from the active imagination of Mr. Box but what happened to the Sackett
First Sentence: On an early morning in mid-August, EPA Special Agents Tim Singewald and Lenox Baker left the Region 8 Environmental Protection Agency building at 1595 Wynkoop Street in downtown Denver in a Chevrolet Malibu SA hybrid sedan they’d checked out from the motor pool.

When Joe finds a cut fence and his neighbor, Butch, on Wilderness land, he doesn’t think too much about it. However, when the EPA and Feds come in and insist on taking over an investigation of two murdered EPA agents foun
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Prior to reading this book, I had just finished a book that was very disappointing so, I looked for an author who had never disappointed me. An author who consistently wrote books that I enjoyed. And I am kind of a picky, pain-in-the-ass type who isn't all that easy to please. Looking through my list of books to read, I came upon Breaking Point by C. J. Box.

I have no idea why I read my first C. J. Box book. I'm not a hunter or fisherman or camper or outdoors-man but, nonetheless, perhaps becaus
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-wyoming
Couldn't put it down. Lots of contemporary themes straight from the news are included. Joe Pickett goes up and down in his career and literally as well while on a mountain as he deals with overzealous Feds and yet another new boss. Joe ends up guiding a SWAT team of EPA guys into the mountains pursuing a local man who killed two of their agents and had been hounded by them. It's almost comical as these commandoes have never ridden a horse. We meet some guys from Joe's past too; to include the go ...more
Susan Grace
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Consistently good mysteries...consistently good writing and great characters. LOVE LOVE LOVE Joe Pickett, his family, his friend Nate and his "adventures"! The title of this book is prophetic in many ways...I am very curious as to where Joe will go now...
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a pretty entertaining Joe Pickett novel. It provides an easy villain to dislike, the federal government.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finished this C.J. Box book in record time, this literally being a firestorm that you can't put down!! I find that a lot in his series about Joe Pickett Game Warden. Joe has a knack for getting himself into the middle of things, outside of his normal duties as a game warden, which mostly is never good. I have been reading his novels in order and mowing them down quickly. Most involve his good friend Nate Romanowski who adds a nice twist to things. This involves an odd circumstance as head scratc ...more
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
It was time for some Joe Pickett and Wyoming. Box seems to be taking on the EPA, maybe the government (in some vague fashion), but the problem/"bad-guy" is actually more abstract and omnipresent. Said bad-guy is way out of control in this one--it's a sort of paranoid circus of power and corruption that you can't wait for Pickett to solve. And there is a forest fire (no spoiler, given the cover photo).
jennifer oconnor
Awesome read.

Oh my god this book got to me. I read it in one day n 2 sittings. I will recommend this book to all my peeps an anyone else who likes a good clean read. Oh an didn’t expect the ending to be as it is. Shocking is what comes to mind. My husband also enjoys Christmas box books . He actually who got me reading his books. This is the 18 book I’ve purchased an read.
Brian Andrews
Box goes a bit off the rails with this tale. . . bordering on the absurd with some of the action scenes. The character of Pickett, however, is still our favorite game warden.
Randy Tramp
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Two EPA employees are killed, their bodies buried. Lyle Pendergast is the suspect.

Lyle and his wife planned to build their dream house. Until the EPA declared it a wetland.

A war develops and of course, Joe Pickett is in the middle of it. Loaded with politics that'll make you spitting angry.

Each book in this series gets better. Joe Pickett doesn't care about political correctness. He just wants to do his job as a game warden. He's a family man which makes the book so much better.

She had a tight s
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
As with all Joe Pickett novels, you can be sure of a couple things. Laconic Joe is going to answer "Yup" when asked a question and he is going to get himself involved in this thick of things even though his position as game warden in 12 Sleep County would seem to be a fairly innocuous one.

When good-guy Butch Roberson seemingly commits two murders Joe investigates and finds that Roberson likely reached his--you guessed it--breaking point. But wait, maybe there is more to it. To find the answers
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book deserves a solid five stars. Not only does Mr. Box weave a tale in tense and dramatic fashion, easy enough to follow, characters well developed and their places in the story well defined and consistent, but the afterword and acknowledgments, which took me completely by surprise, lent that much more to an otherwise tremendous book.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This guy just gets better and better....In the 13th book of his Joe Pickett series, Joe is on the job, counting elk herds when he sees a cut wire fence. On investigating, he discovers a friend of his, who says he stopped for lunch and then some hunting. On arriving back in town, Joe discovers that Butch is wanted for the murder of two EPA agents. Joe has to accompany several law officials back to where he last saw Butch, and try to follow his trail. As he is doing this, he sees the political "di ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-books
I always love a good Joe Pickett book. It takes me to Wyoming for a few days and that is NEVER a bad thing :)
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyable entry in Joe Pickett series. Best part is closer to middle so ending is a disappointment. Reasons behind murders kind of ridiculous but okay.
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
I had a few problems with this. It's a good story, but with some serious, and some not so serious, errors that made it really hard to buy the whole plot. I'd give it 3 stars for the story, if not for the fact that the circumstances that kick it off are so unbelievable.

We start with two (armed) EPA agents travelling to small town Wyoming to serve papers—papers that should have been served a year earlier—the men promptly turn up dead. The crime that the EPA is fighting is supposedly the ille
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
#13 in the Joe Pickett series. I highly rate this entry because it's part of a great series and is engrossing in its own right, but being highly readable and very exciting does not mean it is without fault. A local contractor has his vacation property condemned by the EPA with supposed repairs exceeding the value of the property and with no prior paperwork or notice, penalties accrue on a daily basis until they amount to he millions of dollars. That scenario is based on the true story of Nordman ...more
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A top-notch thriller. Joe Pickett becomes involved with a manhunt run by the EPA. It seems that two of their agents were shot while attempting to deliver a compliance order. Joe knows the suspect and thinks that the case is more complicated than meets the eye. Especially when the EPA starts things off by putting a bounty on the head of Butch Roberson, the suspect.

Apparently this case is based loosely upon an actual case that went to the Supreme Court. If it weren't for that fact, the case would
Virginia Campbell
Once I started reading "Breaking Point" from author C.J. Box, I kept reading until I turned the final page. The flow of the writing, the vivid descriptions of the setting, and of course, the terrific lead character, Joe Pickett, kept me entangled in the suspenseful story line until the very end. A longtime Wyoming game warden, Pickett is a man who loves his family, loves the land, and has a job which finds him looking at both sides of how the government rules the country. Nearing fifty, with ach ...more
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
After slipping a bit with some earlier entries in the series, C. J. Box got back on track with Cold Wind then slipped back a little with Force Of Nature but he's back on track again here. This is probably the best Joe Pickett book I’ve read.

Partly it’s the general theme of the book – the federal government run amok – and partly it’s the main plotline – one man’s life destroyed by the government’s actions. The reason behind it is one of the most intriguing I’ve ever encountered.

Box starts the ten
Maria C.
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
In this book C.J. Box displays a tendency which always existed throughout his books, which is of moral relativity.Its not that everyone is good, or everyone is bad; but that everyone doesn't act 100 percent good. In my opinion, no one in this book wears an absolutely white hat; but eveyones hat is tinged with black. There is the person who committed the crime initially, there is the Federal Government (EPA) who really, does get punished; and then there is the state (Joe Pickett) who despite sayi ...more
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Inspired by a true case of abuse of power by the EPA

Published March 12, 2013 by Putnam

I really enjoy C.J. Box's Joe Pickett series but I freely admit that I sadly just sort of forget about these great books. There's no reason for that because this series is every bit as good as the ones I never forget about (Michael Connelly and Robert Crais) but I just do.

Breaking Point is an excellent addition to the series. The book features a local landowner and his family who are told by the Environmental
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Federal abuse of power

I am a C.J. Box fan and have been since his first Joe Pickett book - "Open Season." I love Wyoming and spent part of my younger years there and Box lets his love for his home state show through in every Pickett novel.

Per the chart supplied by Box at the end of "Breaking Point," 49.7% of the state of Wyoming (30,902 SQUARE MILES) is federally owned land. This includes: US Forest Service; Bureau of Land Management; National Park Service; plus many more entities. Then you have
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C. J. Box is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels including the Joe Pickett series. He won the Edgar Alan Poe Award for Best Novel (Blue Heaven, 2009) as well as the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, two Barry Awards, and the 2010 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award for fiction. He was recently awarded the ...more

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“FEDERAL LANDOWNERSHIP (TOP 12 STATES) STATE TOTAL SQUARE MILES % OWNED BY FEDERAL GOV. 1. Nevada 61,548 87.6 2. Utah 35,723 68 3. Alaska 244,627 67 4. Idaho 34,520 65.2 5. Oregon 34,084 55.5 6. California 49,842 49.9 7. Wyoming 30,902 49.7 8. Arizona 32,228 44.3 9. Colorado 25,851 38.9 10. New Mexico 28,143 36.2 11. Washington 13,984 32.8 12. Montana 29,718 31.9 Source: National Wilderness Institute” 2 likes
“there's nothing worse on this earth than privileged bureaucratic assholes who work the system. they never get caught, and if they do, there are no real consequences.” 0 likes
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