"The enemy shall not outwit him,
Nor the son of wickedness afflict him." -- Psalm 89:22 (NKJV)
I am reviewing the Recorded Books audio version narrated by David Chandler.
This is my first C.J. Box novel about Joe Pickett. I was so impressed that I started reading the series from the beginning.
Joe Pickett's friend Nate Romanowski becomes the target of his former superior in Special Forces, who wants to silence any hint of a horrible misdeed. Although Nate expected to be attacked at some point, he finds himself woefully unprepared for what faces him. Joe Pickett would like to help, but Nate knows that Joe would probably just become collateral damage. When the threat draws near, Joe prepares to leave. But how can he abandon his friend?
The story is a bit slow in places, but the points of tension are almost overwhelming in their power. You need some release from their grip to get through from one horrifying scene after another. Mr. Box really knows how to display savagery well.
I especially liked the use of falconry in the story as an overall theme.
I would have graded the book higher, but I felt that it could have been condensed to good effect.
The reading is well done and adds to the story. I recommend listening rather than reading the book for the greatest enjoyment.