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Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett must accompany a Silicon Valley CEO on a hunting trip—but soon learns that he himself may be the hunted—in this thrilling novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author C. J. Box.
**Winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for contemporary novel**
When the governor of Wyoming gives Joe Pickett the thankless task of taking a tech baron on an elk hunting trip, Joe reluctantly treks into the wilderness with his high-profile charge. But as they venture into the woods, a man-hunter is hot on their heels, driven by a desire for revenge. Finding himself without a weapon, a horse, or a way to communicate, Joe must rely on his wits and his knowledge of the outdoors to protect himself and his companion.
Meanwhile, Joe's closest friend, Nate Romanowski, and his own daughter Sheridan learn of the threat to Joe's life and follow him into the woods. In a stunning final showdown, the three of them come up against the worst that nature—and man—have to offer.
Joe Pickett gets a miserable assignment in bestseller Box's well-paced 21st novel featuring the Wyoming game warden (after 2020's Long Range): to guide Steve Price, the multibillionaire CEO of Aloft, a social media company, on an elk hunting trip. The executive wants an "actual experience," albeit one he can flog on social media. But Price gets more than he bargained for when a local man, Earl Thomas, and his thuggish sons seek vengeance on him; Thomas blames his daughter's suicide on the trolling culture of social media and Aloft's platform. A suspenseful conflict between hunter and hunted in the rugged, unforgiving mountains ensues, along with an intense battle between man and nature. A subplot involving Pickett's daughter, Sheridan, and Joe's sidekick, Nate Romanowski, a zealous falconer trying to figure out who's stealing valuable birds of prey, feels tacked on, and Price, an entitled entrepreneur who will remind readers of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, comes across as something of a caricature. Still, this is another page-turner for Box, who writes lyrically about big sky country. Correction: An earlier version of this review misidentified the character Nate Romanowski as the boyfriend of the protagonist's daughter.
C J Box The Dark Sky
I have read the entire series of Joe Picket books. It takes an Author with diversity and Creativity to hold my interest and a vast historical knowledge of Wyoming and surrounding States.
A great read
A great read with astonishing contemporary relevance.
Great character development
Modern twist, pulse pounding!