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Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett's job has many times put his wife and daughters in harm's way. Now the tables turn as his wife discovers something that puts the Pickett family in a killer's crosshairs in this thrilling new novel in the best-selling series.  

A day before the three Pickett girls come home for Thanksgiving, Marybeth Pickett finds an unmarked package at the front door of the library where she works. When she opens the package, she finds a photo album that belonged to an infamous Nazi official. Who left it there? And why did they leave it with her?  

She learns that during World War II several Wyoming soldiers were in the group that fought to Hitler's Eagles Nest retreat in the Alps - and one of them took Hitler's personal photo album. Did another take this one and keep it all these years? When she finds the name of a deceased local man who was likely in the unit, Joe visits the man's son - only to find him brutally tortured and murdered. Someone is after the photo album - but why? And when a close neighbor is murdered, Joe and Marybeth face a new question: How will they figure out the book's mystery before someone hurts them...or their girls?  

Meanwhile, Nate Romanowski is on the hunt for a younger and more ruthless version of himself - the man who stole Nate's falcons and attacked his wife. Using a network of fellow falconers, Nate tracks the man from one city to another, learning that his target is an agitator and a financier of anarchists. Even as he grasps the true threat his quarry presents, Nate swoops in for the kill - and a stunning final showdown.

©2022 Joe Pickett (P)2022 Recorded Books

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Absolutely Horrible- Stay Away

This used to be a good series about a Wyoming game warden.

This story was awful. Two Hungarians trying to get a Nazi picture album. An ex-special forces operator gone rogue, arming antifa after stealing birds???

Meanwhile, Joe Pickett sits on the porch with a cigar and a glass of bourbon, as his ever-so-clever wife solves everything by doing an internet search.

No characters had any depth or resemblance to reality. The "action" scenes were one dimensional.

The narrator is the worst I have heard, and I have other Pickett books in my library. He uses the same voice for every character, except the women, where he uses some odd cadence that no normal human uses. I had to run the speed up, as others have noted, just to make it somewhat listenable.

I am stunned by how bad this was. I never ask for a refund but this garbage has me fuming.

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Very disappointed in the latest Joe Pickett

Politically skewed with gross information about events he obviously obtained information for on far right wing conspiracy news sources. His depiction of troubles in Portland, OR during the summer of 2020 is incorrect and insulting. He ranted against violence as the main characters exhibited the very actions he disdained.

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Not up to the standards of the previous books

The two different story lines in this book were both weak . Not having anything to do with the outdoors and the Game Warden life was a big failure for us fans of Joe Pickett .
The reader of the book was also terrible, my wife gave up listening after 4 chapters . Not worth the 1 credit I wasted

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Wherefore art thou, Joe Pickett?

The author's increasing obsession with the unappealing secondary character of Romanoffski over the supposed lead character, combined with a really skewed and unpleasant view of political reality, means that I can't read this series any more. It was one of my favorites for a long time, with Pickett striving against bureaucracy, low salaries, and immoral villains—he was a flawed, imperfect hero. I liked watching the family grow up and find their way. But even squinting I can't see that hero anymore, and the cartoonish and unstoppable secondary character is unrealistic and not worth reading about.

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Lame and Lackluster

I've listened to all the Joe Pickett books. This is by far the worst. There were two storylines and neither provided any suspense or surprises. The Nate Romanowski portion of the book was ruined by constant references to BLM and Antifa and, of course, the now obligatory dig at Trump that seems to be in every novel I pick up. I ended up fast forwarding through all of Nate's stuff because I didn't even care if he got his birds back. Joe's storyline wasn't even interesting---and it involved Nazis! There was a lot of emphasis on Mary Beth being the smartest person in the room which was nauseating. I feel that Box peaked with Wolf Pack and it's been steadily downhill since then. David Chandler's narration is best listened to at 1.5 speed.

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No escape

I listen to audible books in order to escape the rampant news cycles of civil unrest, environmental catastrophes, international strife, etc. for short periods in an effort to recharge. I’ve listened and enjoyed all of the Joe Pickett novels to date. This book is the exception. If you enjoyed the BLM, ANTIFA riots you’ll love this installment of Joe Pickett. I did not. Throw in the Nazi angle and you don’t have a mystery, you have a depressing rehash of history past and present. I have no enthusiasm for finishing this book. I’m giving this title 3 stars only because of the nostalgia I hold for the author’s previous Pickett series.

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This is a horrible book!

Don't waste your money on this one. I have read all C.J. Boxes books and loved them all, this is all trash and written by a madman. So disappointed...

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Great Book!

After reading some of the reviews, I almost didn't continue the series. I am so glad I gave it a chance. It was typical Joe and family action, including a truck crash.

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Another great book!

I always anticipate his upcoming books and they don’t disappoint! If you have never listened to any of the Joe Pickett novels and are on the lookout for a great series, this is the one. Great characters, subject matter that can make you think and just great storyline! Thank you C J Box - please keep them coming!

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Not the best Joe Pickett. But still good 👍

I liked both storylines for Nate and Joe, but some details surprised me - and not in a good way. I was hoping for exciting changes because of the conclusion of the last book. At least, this time, Joe can't be held responsible for bringing trouble home......that was an interesting twist.

In my opinion, the families of these men are important to the overall, continuing plot. I thoroughly enjoyed the conversations between the girls and their mother. More of these interactions would have been a good way to expand the series.

I felt the same enjoyment that all the prior novels have brought me. Unfortunately, it wasn't at the previous levels.
Treading carefully, to avoid revealing spoilers, I think the book was missing an important element. There was something lacking in the context --this time.

I don't believe this is the book for people who are new to the Joe Pickett series, for a long time fan it's still good.

David Chandler was terrific, as always. He did a great job bringing the characters to life. In my mind, Joe, and Nate and all the people in the book are speaking.

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