C. J. Box’s latest Joe Pickett novel, Off the Grid, is the best one yet in the fourteen-year, sixteen-book series. There’s a lot of backstory that leads to this desolate desert setting, Joe separated from his best friend and crime-solving partner Nate Romanowski, chasing a strange collection of misguided terrorists, but it all comes together in one of the most powerful, most satisfying Joe Pickett novels yet.
When Wyoming Fish and Game warden Joe Pickett tracks a man-killing black bear to the Red Desert, as cover so he can spy on a suspected terrorist who may or may not be up to something dangerous, he doesn’t realize that his estranged buddy Nate Romanowski is involved in the same caper, albeit for different reasons, and that his daughter will end up the terrorist’s next target. Mixed in throughout the story is Nate’s love of falconry and his respect and passion for the predatory birds.
It’s pretty impossible to start a Joe Pickett novel (I’ve read all of them–here’s a review of Badlands and one of Endangered) and takes notes, even though I knew I needed to review it (that’s part of my deal with Amazon as a Vine reviewer). I had good intentions that fizzled into a couple of sentences and a satisfied feeling as I turned the last page. I’ll leave it at that. If you like the wild outdoors, a bias for action, a story driven by loyalty and family, this book–this entire series–is right for you.
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her book at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.