My husband and I are both fans of C.J. Box’s Joe Pickett series. As soon as a new book in the series comes out, one of us will pick it up. Recently, my husband came home from a trip with the latest, Below Zero. As soon as he finished reading it, I snatched it up.
I like settling into my reading chair with an old friend. And by old friend, I mean a series character that I like and look forward to meeting up with again. And that’s the way Joe Pickett feels. He’s not a Rambo kind of guy. He’s an everyday man, a Wyoming game warden, who does the best he can, lives by his morals, stays true to his friends, and, when punched, punches back. In Below Zero, the punches are personal.
Pickett is not all that complicated. He’s rather like you and me. We are what we are and most of us don’t have a lot of hidden agendas or skeletons in the closet. We can identify with Pickett. But, of course, Pickett comes up against some really bad guys. In Below Zero, he’s up against Stenko, a Chicago mobster, and his son. The stakes are high, really high, as well as dear to Pickett and his family. There’s not much Pickett won’t do or endure this time.
For someone who’s read every book in the series, there’s a bit of a drag when Box tells some back story, but it’s necessary. So if this is your first in the Joe Pickett series, you could pick up Below Zero and not be lost. But the back story will make you want to read the earlier books, so you might as well start from the beginning.
It’s a fast-paced book with a good guy and some really bad guys and with stakes about as high as they can get.
I liked it and recommend it.
5 weeks ago