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4.0013435828877 out of 54.0013435828877 out of 54.0013435828877 out of 54.0013435828877 out of 54.0013435828877 out of 5 4.00 (1,496 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. J. Box Narrator: David Chandler Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Joe Pickett Series Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9781449832605
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Joe Picket returns, this time to the wilds of Yellowstone National Park. Deftly plotted and full of intrigue, Free Fire is C. J. Box’s best novel yet. 

Joe Pickett, having recently been fired from his job as a Wyoming game warden, is working on his father-in-law’s ranch when he receives a call from the governor’s office. Governor Rulon—a devious but down-home politico—has a special request, one Joe knows he can’t refuse. For weeks, the headlines have been abuzz with the story of Clay McCann, a lawyer who slaughtered four campers in cold blood in a far-off corner of Yellowstone National Park. After the murders, McCann immediately turned himself in at the nearest park ranger station. It seemed like a slam-dunk case for law enforcement—except that the crimes were committed in a thin sliver of land with zero residents and overlapping jurisdiction. McCann had taken advantage of a loophole in the law: neither the state of Wyoming nor the federal government can try him for his crime, so he walks out of prison a free man. 

Governor Rulon, sensitive to the rising tide of public outrage over the McCann case, wants his own investigation into the murders. The governor will reinstate Joe as a game warden if he’ll go to Yellowstone to investigate. Joe, happy to get his badge back even under these circumstances, agrees. However, it quickly becomes clear to Joe that McCann is deeply involved with some illegal activity taking place in the park—something tremendously lucrative and unusually dangerous. As Joe and his partner Nate Romanowski search in the unlikeliest places to find the key to the murders, they find out that it may be hidden in the rugged terrain of the park itself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[C. J. Box] skillfully weaves ominous scientific phenomena and legal loopholes peculiar to Yellowstone into his story of corruption, greed, and deception. The author vividly evokes Yellowstone’s natural beauty, but the book’s real power emanates from Pickett’s (and Box’s) passion for preserving the wilderness and stopping those who would cynically destroy it.” 

    Publishers Weekly
  • “Box knows how to turn on the nail-biting suspense and violence until the cliff-hanger of an ending…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Box is a master at working New West issues into his stories…Once again, recommended for practically everybody.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 Carol | 10/16/2017

    " My husband is a CJ Box fan so when we made plans to attend a wedding 7 hrs from home I decided we definetly needed an audiobook for the ride. The plot was very good and kept our interest the whole time. I’m now interested in this character and will try to find his earlier work to get a better idea of how he can possibly get into so much trouble without even trying! Ha! Sounds like one of my kids. Highly recommend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 2/20/2014

    " Joe Picket gets into a mix of things with his assignment...but he pulls through and gets his man/men. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 2/19/2014

    " I really like Box and his character Joe Pickett. I especially liked this book because it is set in Yellowstone NP and I know many of the places he talked about. Box is great at creating suspense and developing his characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 2/10/2014

    " As a reader of Nevada Barr's books, I was interested to read a book by C.J. Box and the Yellowstone National Park setting. This was a quick read and I enjoyed it. He did highlight the park well, especially the beauty and huge scale of the Mammoth Hotel and the Old Faithful Inn. It was fascinating learning about the geology of the area. I was taken aback by the ending of the book, it felt like it was cut short, but my interest has been sparked in learning more about bio-mining and microbes and coal seams. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 2/10/2014

    " His best book so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessie P | 2/9/2014

    " Best one so far, I think. Loved it, and loved the subject of the crime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler Standish | 2/8/2014

    " A nice quick read with an interesting story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K | 1/22/2014

    " Listened to it on CD and the reader was good. I had not read any CJ Box books before so I came into the series cold. Still very readable and if they made the others in the series into audio books I probably would read them too. There was action and mystery (couldn't tell who was really bad to the end). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 1/18/2014

    " This is a book that gives you many things to think/ponder about. WOW!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 1/18/2014

    " Audiobook: It was a good book. That is all I have to say :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marion | 12/26/2013

    " great as always. a thrill ride and another great plot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fredrick | 12/21/2013

    " Ex=game warden is given a second chance to redeem himself investigating the mysterious killing of moose, cattle and humans. To accomplish his aim he has to take on the FBI, his former supervisor, and the local law. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Glass | 12/21/2013

    " a new mystery series for me. Suspenseful with twists. A solid protagonist. set in Yellowstone Park. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 11/19/2013

    " These Joe Pickett books just keep getting better. I love the characters, and the pacing and tension in this novel is tight. Can't wait to start Blood Trail! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loie | 10/19/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book. We listened to it on a long trip and both my husband and I thought it was very good. Does that loophole really exist? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Levine | 10/2/2013

    " Well paced.Much info concerning the geology of Yellowstone park,but not obtrusive to the pace and thread of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Momruns5 | 8/17/2013

    " Just another Joe Pickett book. Boy, his luck is terrible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Damian Hope | 7/29/2013

    " Great boom with a great twist. Joe Pickett is like a thinking mans Jack Reacher! love it can't wait to read the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 6/24/2013

    " One of the best in an outstanding series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beverly Straneva | 5/6/2013

    " Interesting descriptions of Old Faithful Inn and Yellowstone. Enjoyable mystery, quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 3/20/2013

    " First I've read of this series. I like the game warden main character and his family, as well as the settings between mountains and reservation. Does this guy know Longmire? It is a thriller, with Nate the government trained killer, falconry, and shoot me up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 2/25/2013

    " I enjoy the Joe Pickett novels because of the location and Joe's job. One of the reasons I like to read is to find out about lifestyles and places I don't know about or would like to know more about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmy Ranieri | 12/24/2012

    " Awesome book, had everything I like, starting from the scenery, Yellowstone Park, action, adventure, mystery, murder, law, good guys and bad guys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Beck | 10/3/2012

    " The first of the Joe Pickett novels that I have read. I liked this story a lot, there are some odd story lines but overall a great procedural set in Yellowstone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alleycatfan | 9/23/2012

    " This was great but the lawyer guy was really annoying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 7/10/2012

    " Again, C.J.Box manages to mix a detective story with an interest in nature and the environment. Good story, even if we kind of guess before the end. But we like Joe Pickett because he is not perfect and always destroys the car he is driving. ,. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 6/20/2012

    " I can't wait to visit Yellow Stone Park and tour some of the places mentioned in this book. As always, C>J>Box leads you down a path at a steady clop clop until you are running so fast after Joe you simply loose your breath. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/12/2012

    " Interesting plot with a few good twists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/3/2012

    " I'm reading through C.J Box Joe Pickett series in order and so far this is the best. An interesting storyline set in a fascinating area of the world. The story has a number if twisting turns and you want to keep reading to find out who did what and why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 6/10/2011

    " I was a little hesitant to pick this up after my disappointment with Dull Knife. However, it may have been the best Joe Pickett story that I've read yet. The raven shooting by Nate I could have done without though!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marysha | 6/5/2011

    " The best of the series; made me want to revisit Yellowstone in the fall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fredrick | 5/30/2011

    " Ex=game warden is given a second chance to redeem himself investigating the mysterious killing of moose, cattle and humans. To accomplish his aim he has to take on the FBI, his former supervisor, and the local law. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita Kay | 5/12/2011

    " Probably my favorite Joe Pickett so far. I like the whole cast of characters: his family, his unorthodox friend Nate, his rugged good sense, and the Wyoming setting. Great package! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janne | 5/3/2011

    " I need to start more at the beginning of the series, howeer, this book was great! It kept me interested, guessing and I liked the Yellowstone setting. Great plot and great characters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 2/9/2011

    " I like Joe Pickett.. and his sidekick Nate Romanowski. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Avary | 2/2/2011

    " Good story. Wrap-up took a little too long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/19/2011

    " This one centered in Yellowstone - not my favorite - but have learned each book has to be read in sequence - or you lose the whole story line! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 1/7/2011

    " This book was loaned to me by a male coworker, based on the fact that I liked John Maxim. It was manly, but still a really good story and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 10/7/2010

    " An interesting book with some strange twists and turns. It was a little confusing at first, but got easier to follow as I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 8/24/2010

    " Great setting in Yellowstone, exploiting the real life "Zone of Death." Enjoyed it all, excepting the weak, half-hearted jabs at "foolish, hypocritical, environmentalists"--underscores a comon rift as Box clearly loves the land--and this is what makes the book such a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 8/5/2010

    " Joe Picket gets into a mix of things with his assignment...but he pulls through and gets his man/men. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scout | 7/24/2010

    " I especially enjoyed the setting, Yellowstone Park. Lots of interesting details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 6/29/2010

    " These Joe Pickett books just keep getting better. I love the characters, and the pacing and tension in this novel is tight. Can't wait to start Blood Trail! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 6/21/2010

    " Well paced.Much info concerning the geology of Yellowstone park,but not obtrusive to the pace and thread of the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beverly | 6/7/2010

    " Interesting descriptions of Old Faithful Inn and Yellowstone. Enjoyable mystery, quick read. "

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About the Author

C. J. Box is the author of the award-winning Joe Pickett series, including Open Season, Savage Run, Winterkill, Trophy Hunt, Out of Range, and In Plain Sight. He has also written numerous other stand alone novels, short stories, and essays. He is the winner of an Anthony Award, the Macavity Award, the Barry Award, and an Edgar Award for Best Novel. An avid outdoorsman, Box has hunted, fished, hiked, ridden, and skied throughout Wyoming and the mountains of the West. He lives outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming and serves on the board of directors for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.

About the Narrator

David Chandler is an audiobook narrator who has read numerous titles for William Kent Krueger and C. J. Box, among others. He is the winner of two AudioFile Earphones Awards.