You know a story is damn good when it emotionally moves you, and let me say C.J. Box’s BREAKING POINT had my blood roiling.
BREAKING POINT hits upon a sensitive nerve that many Americans feel, government agencies and the bureaucrats who misuse their powers and positions for personal gain. The story revolves around Butch Robertson and how the EPA pushed and broke the man to his breaking point where everything goes to hell in a hand basket. Box did a great job showing how self serving bureaucrats wreaked havoc on Butch and his family by enforcing outrageous regulations. Seriously as I read what that family had to deal with, I was gripping the book with anger. However Joe Pickett gets involved and I knew that he would do what ever it takes to solve this problem and make it right.
Box usually balances his books with a view point on both sides of an issue, but in this one he clearly defines the government as the enemy. We see Joe having to work with them because he is part of the organization. I was biting my bottom lip a few times as he dealt with Juan Juilo Batista, the arrogant and evil face of the EPA. I wanted Joe to kick his ass in some scenes because of the way Juan talked down to him and the law enforcement people of Twelve Sleep County.
BREAKING POINT is story filled with political intrigue ad corruptness, family dreams being crushed by our government, despicable government bureaucrats, and a game warden who does all he can to make it right. An enjoyable read that may make your blood roil.