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Wolf Pack

(Joe Pickett #19)

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  1,028 ratings  ·  98 reviews
Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett encounters bad behavior on his own turf--only to have the FBI and the DOJ ask him to stand down--in the thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times-bestselling author C.J. Box.

The good news is that Joe Pickett has his job back, after his last adventure in The Disappeared. The bad news is that he's come to learn that a drone is killing wildlif
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Cindy Burnett
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

Joe Pickett is back in his 19th adventure in the series, and C.J. Box shows no signs of slacking off even the slightest bit. Wolf Pack is an outstanding addition to the series, and Pickett tackles dual issues as he frequently does – one timely (often environmental) issue and one more straightforward mystery. The current issue in Wolf Pack is the use of drones to herd animals, sometimes to harass them and other times to lead them to their slaughter. When Joe identifies the drone operator a
Rex Fuller
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, that went fast. Probably Box's best written. Very tight and smooth.

Not sure what I can say about the content without spoilers. Maybe a couple of teases: there are two eponymous wolf packs, and only one is of gray wolves. Nate Romanowski's birds play a key role. And Joe and and Marybeth's last daughter remaining at home, Lucy, is in the line of fire.

If you're a fan, you'll like it a lot. So will you if you're new and it'll probably start you on the whole series.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Wolf Pack (G.P. Putnam 2019), C.J. Box's nineteenth in the wildly-popular Joe Pickett series, Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett is back to work patrolling the beautiful loneliness of the Wyoming wilds thanks to the legal efforts of the former Wyoming governor and the ineptitude of the new one.

"...cold hard rain to Winchester with dark storm clouds pressing down on him and obscuring the mountains."

"The stream had jumped the banks, and water pooled within stands of willows and around the trunks o
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 19th in the author's series featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett, and having read them all, it's one of the best, I think. Granted, it leans a bit more toward the dark side with some really nasty characters, but the story was so intriguing - and moved along so quickly - that I kept pushing to get to the conclusion as fast as I could.

After losing his job at the conclusion of the previous book, Joe is back in the saddle again, this time out in the wilds investigating leg hold trap
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"...the wolf, which hunts in a pack, has a greater chance of survival than the lion, which hunts alone. - Christian Lous Lange

I love this series and I love this author. I've read almost everything written by him, including all of this lengthy series, and he never disappoints (and I'm working on catching up on the couple of books I've missed after I finish this review). Wyoming happens to be one of my favorite states too so that adds a lot of appeal.

This is book #19 in the Joe Pickett series abou
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been waiting on this latest book to come out for a year and I am not disappointed!

Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett has been re-instated in his job since the last book with a raise, a new state residence and a new pickup truck. For those who follow Joe, let me reassure you that he doesn't wreck the truck in this book. Give him time.

The neighboring game warden Katelyn Hamm spots a drone herding mule deer into a frenzy and alerts Joe that the pilot headed in his direction. Katelyn makes some i
Freda Witt
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
A new family has moved into Joe's area. They are using a drone to spook the animals, causing some to die. To make matters worse, Joe's daughter, Lucy, is seeing the son. When Joe starts looking into their history, he finds that before 2 years ago, they didn't exist. The FBI hears about the enquiries, and come to town to warn Joe to leave them alone. They are for ed to explain that they are I the witness protection. Nate comes to visit, and to tell them the good news. Live is pregnant. The Wolf P ...more
LInda L
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Joe Pickett and I love that he got his job back. Lots of bad stuff was going down in his county, most of which I cannot even allude to without giving something away. C.J.Box did a fantastic job of tying together wolves in the wild with Wolf Pack, the people. As usual, Nate is there for whoever needs him -- and thank goodness for that, especially in this case -- and he and his raptors are just wonderful, as is his girlfriend. Marybeth is perfect -- as always -- and only one daughter is sti ...more
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Being that this is the 19th entry in this series I keep thinking that the next one is not going to be as good as previous ones. Well boy was I wrong again! This series just keeps getting better and to have Joe Pickett back on his home turf and in his old job is perfect for what he finds himself up against this time. There is an evil set of killers roaming the mountains and Joe finds himself right in the middle of a situation he doesn’t understand at first.

Another incredible read and let me leav
L Moreno
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My thoughts on this one are a little scrambled. I love all of the Pickett series but I'm not sure this would be considered my favorite. Forget the bloodshed, the torture of unlikable characters, etc - I'm not really sure I like where our main beloved characters are heading! I realize they grow older and kids move on to college and people change. But Nate? Seriously? Nate is supposed to continue being our vigilante, violence-solves-everything anti-hero! I was also VERY disappointed with what happ ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel like I'm riding next to Daisy, Joe's faithful dog, in the front seat of his truck out in the wilds of Wyoming searching for the next thug who is up to no good. I read Disappeared first, based on a friend's recommendation of this author, then got Wolf Pack which was a loose sequel. C.J. Box treats the female characters unlike most authors, they are strong, determined and pretty capable with weaponry or leading specialized cartel hit squads.
I'm someone who can never figure out mysteries or
J.J. Rusz
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Wolf Pack” is C. J. Box at his absolute best. I thought the long-running series was in decline after “Vicious Circle” and “The Disappeared.” But this latest book represents a full turnaround. Most readers will finish this compelling novel in one or two sittings.

Its plot is intricate, relentless, and up-date; the good guys are nuanced; and the villains come in various forms—some plain evil, others merely contemptible. No surprise then that there’s lots of violence in the story. But killing—whet
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Had to give Box five stars on this one. I think maybe his best novel to date and I have read all nineteen in the Joe Pickett series. Joe is getting older and he and Marybeth will be alone with the last daughter going off to college soon. Joe got his job back..again. Someone is using a drone to harass the wildlife and some strangers have come to town keeping Joe and Nate on high alert.
Laura Rash
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very exciting and a whopper of an ending!
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Are you a good wolf or a bad wolf? That's the question in this book. It turns out that both types of wolves play a role in the story. There was a lot of action in this book and Joe seemed to be dealing with issues coming at him from every direction. But everything gets sorted out after the predators (human and animal) take their prey. I will miss the old Nate, though -- the guy who sat naked in trees, who was independent and kind of scary. He was distinct from Joe and I wish the author had kept ...more
Ross Clevenger
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Continued Excellence

Most series that get to this point start to lose steam....but not this one! This series shows no signs of slowing down. Joe Pickett is a visit every Spring from an old friend that I will never get tired of.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wolf Pack (Joe Pickett, #19)
by C.J. Box

Joe Pickett and crew ride again!!! Lots of action and a few surprises. Can't wait for what's next.

The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed by David Chandler.
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I have been counting the days for CJ Box to release a new Joe Pickett, since attending his appearance/Author Night at St. Louis County, MO Library last year for Disappeared.

As a librarian, I have recommended him to many friends and patrons that we have Joe and Nate talks. I was ecstatic to get an advanced copy. I already have shelf prepped and ready and told library patrons that Wolf Pack is coming. Many are rereading the previous books in the series in anticipation.

I started reading and I cou
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Joe has his job back and the Ten Sleep territory that has always been his, plus his badge number. Ex-Gov. Rulon, now a practicing attorney has taken Joe's case which was prompted by the vilification that Gov. Allen heaped upon Joe, vilifying Gov. Allen in order to reinstate Joe. Not only did Joe survive all this, he and Marybeth got a new state home with more bedrooms and bathrooms, just in time for their youngest daughter to be heading off to college in the near future. They will soon be empty- ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aty52-2019
Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden, is one of my favorite characters in print. He is honest, straight forward, loyal, and smart. He loves his family and does the right thing, which usually causes trouble. He drives a truck, wears a cowboy hat, and can't shoot a handgun to save his life. He has a dog and a horse and a good friend named Nate who isn't nearly as squeaky clean.

In Wolf Pack, Joe is contacted by the game warden from the next county over to help investigate a drone that is terrorizing
Charles Castell
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is definitely one of the most morbid books of the Joe Pickett series but the story is certainly heartwarming at times. If you love ongoing excursions of death dealing activities, then you will be completely satisfied. Joe and Nate were at their very best!

Never read a Pickett book that wasn't five stars worthy, and this one is definitely worth five and more, if they were available. Joe is not the normal easy going Game Warden he normally portrays, as he and Nate are more in the justice
The Joe Pickett series is one of my favorite series I read. I can never put an order to what my favorites are, but a new Joe Pickett comes out, it is my next read. Hopefully, none of my other favorites come out at the same time. That would just be pure hell.

Without getting into spoilers, wolf pack has different meanings other than just being the title. At the end of the last book in the series, The Disappeared we find Joe fired from his Wyoming warden job by the Governor, but this being a Joe Pi
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Let me start by stating that C.J. Box has developed into a master storyteller. I've been a fan of the Joe Pickett series from the beginning. I've read all nineteen installments. I have attempted to read Box's other series, but didn't take to the carnage in those. I felt safer with Joe Pickett.

My goal is to enjoy my reading experience, not cringe and turn pages to avoid the grisly violence scenes. These types of stories can be written without the intense grisly killing descriptions. Daniel Silva
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I'm pretty sure there's not an emotion the latest Joe Pickett novel didn't evoke. Not only that, it was packed with action and suspense from beginning to -- literally -- the end.

It starts with Joe and female game warden Katelyn Hamm trying to figure out who is operating a drone that she saw run a mule deer and elk herd, exhausting the animals to the point that some of the died. As they get closing to getting information about the mysterious drone operator, things get really complicated as the FB
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Joe Pickett is back at work after being reinstated. If you follow this series by C J Box you know that Joe is often trying to get himself out of hot water and back on the job.

This time he’s learned from Katelyn Hamm, a neighboring district game warden, that someone is chasing deer and elk using a drone and it seems like they are doing it simply for sport. The animals run until exhausted or they drop and are trampled by the herd. This devastating discovery has Katelyn furious and determined to f
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As game wardens Joe Pickett and Katelyn Hamm go after a drone operator who is illegally herding deer and elk, they are warned by FBI agents to let the issue die. Joe can’t and goes to talk to Bill Hill, who operates the drone. He is talked down to and told to leave. Nate Romanowski, Joe’s friend and falconer, tells Joe about four Hispanics at the motel who were acting suspiciously. A deputy director for the FBI comes and meets with the local sheriff, county prosecutor, Joe, and her agents. Bill ...more
Marge Anderson
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I guess you know why I'm here."

Another rip-snortin' read about Joe Pickett, his family and his deliciously outside-the-rules-buddy, Nate Romanowski. The only thing wrong with C. J. Box's books is that they're too dang short.

This book has a real psychopath as the main bad guy - and it's not a guy. It's a beautiful and impulsive assassin for a major Mexican drug cartel. And cartel-style methods blow into Saddlestring with a boom. Nothing fancy, just straightforward plotting and lots of action. B
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars. I've read all the Joe Pickett series and found this to be one of the edgier, darker tales in the group. Yet, despite it's darker aspects, WOLF PACK retains the characteristic Box emphasis on family, the characters aren't static but continue to grow and change (loved what has developed for Nate), and, as always, the Wyoming backdrop comes alive. Perhaps Box's finest touch was the "mirroring" of the two wolf packs that carried throughout.

It's that "mirroring" aspect, however, that eventua
Kenneth Barber
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Joe Pickett has gotten his job back as game warden along with a new house and truck. He is notified by another game warden of a drone that is flying over wildlife and causing them to panic and run themselves to death. While investigating this Joe is lead to a compound that for some reason doesn’t show up on his GPS. Suddenly Joe and the other game warden are ordered off the investigation by two obnoxious FBI agents. As Joe tries to find out who these strangers are, he discovers that his daughter ...more
Don Gorman
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
(4). C.J. Box hits it out of the park.....again. Joe Pickett continues to be an ace of a protagonist, and this story shows him off at his best. Fighting for what he thinks is right, regardless of the foe, separates Joe from the rest. That being said, I always think the involvement of his counter-culture buddy, Nate Romanowski, is the spice that makes this meal the best. We have a wonderfully evil group of bad guys, led by an especially bad girl. What a deal. Throw in the Feds, interesting family ...more
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