Below Zero

Below Zero

Book - 2009
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Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is forced to relive the tragedy of his foster daughter April's apparent death six years earlier when his daughter Sheridan starts receiving text messags from someone claiming to be April. The nightmare rachets up a step when whoever is sending these messages is discovered traveling with suspected environmental terrorists.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2009
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY BOX
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780399155758


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Aug 25, 2020

I commend Box bringing out in this book, the weakness of the foster care system. I am afraid too few social workers, too many children. Old fashion orphanages do not have the family setting the social system strife's for, but they do have structure and more safety than many foster homes it seems. I have observed first hand how foster parents struggle to help their badly damaged foster children. I have seen how the social workers have deliberately withheld vital information about the children in order to place them in families where ultimately the children are rejected, and send back. April Joe's foster daughter plays a major role in this book, last seen dying in a fire six years ago. I enjoyed Nate coming along for the ride to help Joe as usual.

May 31, 2020

Box has apparently found a new format for his novels: crazy environmentalists are killing people to protect the environment. I didn't have to read very far to see that the characters of the killers were just an excuse for Box to demonize people concerned about climate change. Nowhere near the quality of previous novels.

May 16, 2019

Pickett believes that a daughter died six years earlier, but now it appears she is alive. She is traveling with a pair of environmental terrorists, heading west, leaving murders in their trail.

Aug 04, 2018

CJ Box's Joe Pickett series is so good that is hard to hold a relative dud against him. Compared to its predecessors in the series Below Zero is a dud, for me anyway. Skip this one with no worries about too much interruption of the continuing storyline.

This time and insane environmental terrorist and his criminal father must be pursued and thwarted by Joe Pickett, and his vigilante sidekick/partner Nate Romanowski (who Joe has just sprung from prison). And in the midst of this, Joe's daughter Sheridan, gets e-mail from her sister April, thought to have perished in flames some 6 years before. And April is travelling with the terrorists.

Kris--Pt. Roberts

Jul 14, 2013

The title "below zero" appeared suddenly in the final pages of the book; and its tie-in to the story became immaterial almost as sudden. Often tedious and pointless twists slowed its pace so much that I almost gave up after a third in. A bit of editing would have done wonders to the story as the basic plot lines were very good.

Jul 04, 2013

Many reasons to like this one: Joe Pickett's eldest daughter, Sheridan, comes along on the mission; interesting family details about Marybeth, Lucy and April Pickett; Nate Romanowski plays a crucial role - I want to know more about him! - and Joe gets help from the FBI without compromising his principles.

Jul 11, 2012

This is somewhere around the eighth or ninth thriller by C.J.Box I've read and not one has been bad. How does he do it? I've read a lot of the mystery writers dotting the landscape these days and a lot of them have hit the wal and burst into flames! Sue Grafton, Michael Connelley, James Lee Burke, are unreadable and Robert Crais of late has been flirting the edge; Joseph Wambaugh is back on form after years of mediocrity or lassitude. But Box just keeps cranking out the good stuff! "Below Zero" is proof!

333abilene Oct 26, 2011

C. J. Box is one of my favorite authors for action novels. I have not read a bad or even mediocre one yet, and that includes BELOW ZERO. Again, he has come across with a new and interesting theme.

Oct 17, 2011

This was a random pick out from the library shelf. It is a mystery novel with a rural backdrop which is something I wouldn't normally read. Some of the author's other novels aluded to blood and gore but this one wasn't as graphic as I thought it would be, in fact on a par with any other novel in the genre. I will read another of the author's books.

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