Force of Nature by C.J. Box

Nate Romanowski’s past finally catches up with him in the 12th installment of the Joe Pickett series, Force of Nature.

Summary: Nate Romanowski is a cautious man. On the run for several years from his shadowy past, he is hyper-vigilant and ultra-cautious. He lives simply and mostly off the grid in Wyoming, keeping just the supplies he needs on hand, ready to bolt at a moment’s notice. Nate is also an experienced falconer and his raptors have warned him of approaching danger on more than one occasion.

But while hunting with his falcon by the river, he is uncharacteristically caught off guard when a small boat with a trio of men drift around a bend to where he is standing. One of the men appears to be ill and the others call to Nate for assistance. He recognizes them as locals, which lowers his caution. After a short verbal exchange, all pretense is dropped and one of them shoots Nate with an arrow. He fights for his life, killing the men in the boat.

When the boat with its gory cargo is found, game warden Joe Pickett is summoned by the sheriff. To Sheriff McLanahan, the dead men are a sign that Nate Romanowski must be close by. He’s been looking for Nate for a long time. While he can’t prove that Joe keeps in touch with Nate, he strongly suspects it. And he doesn’t like either of them.

The dangerous men pursuing Nate are getting desperate. They will stop at nothing to get him, including harming anyone close to Nate. Joe must now help his friend while keeping his family out of danger.

Comments: I’ve been a fan of this series since I first encountered it during the first incarnation of The Brown Bookloft in 2002. At the time, I was sent an ARC copy of the book by a publicist. I’m so glad I got it that way as I might not have picked the series up on my own. I became an instant fan! I’m a bit behind in my reading of the Joe Pickett books, but I’ll just use the adage “So many books, so little time” as my excuse.

Force of Nature is an action-packed page turner that answers some questions about Nate’s past. I recommend reading the series from the beginning to understand how all of the characters mesh together.

4 books out of 5.

4 out of 5 books