Dark Sky

Dark Sky by C. J. Box Book Summary

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 the thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author C. J. Box.

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.

Dark Sky by C. J. Box Book Reviews

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- Back on stride5 star

Im a big fan but I didn't find his last book as good as the others. I was afraid he was losing his passion for the Picket novels. But Dark Sky is a wonderful read! The only problem was coming to the end and knowing I would have that long wait again.

- Dark Sky5 star

C.J. Box is getting better. Truth.

- Great book5 star

He really can keep your attention. You can’t wait to turn the page.

- Dark Sky5 star

I have read all of the books in this series and this one doesn’t disappoint.

- Fun Read5 star

Another in the Joe Picket series. A fun and exciting read

- Dark Sky5 star

Well done. Another great Joe Pickett adventure. The book is thoroughly enjoyable!

- Another great book!5 star

Fast paced and exciting to the very end!

- AMAZING ! Could not put the book down!5 star

I love the book. There was nothing about it that I did not like; it moves so fast that you could not put the book down you wanted to keep reading faster and faster!

- Thumbs Up5 star

One of his best

- C J Box The Dark Sky4 star

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. MC

- Disappointment3 star

This story came to an abrupt end leaving me looking for chapters that were certainly missing. Definitely not worth the money this time.

- Dark Sky5 star

It’s hard to imagine C.J. box writing any better than his previous novels, but he has done it!

- Mr. Box mailed this one in2 star

I have read and loved the entire Joe Pickett series, but this one was mediocre at best. I greatly anticipated this book but was so disappointed. Very predictable, no mystery, no intrigue, just a very lazy rehash of previous plots. Joe gets in trouble, Nate somehow finds him, blows the bad guys heads off, end of story. It felt like Mr. Box hastily wrote a book to fulfill a contract or something. If this had been the FIRST book in the series, I never would have read the rest.

- Dark Sky5 star

Another wiinner from Mr. Box. I keep wating for him to lose his edge and start “mailing it in” as so many before him (i.e Grisham, Stuart Woods, and even some by Lee Childs). Thankfully it has not happened yet.

- Dark Sky5 star


- Dark Sky5 star

There were a number of threads that seemed a bit disconnected at first, but I literally couldn’t put the book down as the threads began to overlap and begin to connect to the theme of the story. Loved/hated the characters in it. Evil vs good scenario. So descriptive of the elements in nature, the location and the real possibility of something like this that could remotely happen. And it being the here and now in time element as well. I’m a grandma and retired cop...FYI EXCELLENT READ!!

- Dark Sky5 star

Hard to put down. Easy to get into the book and the Wyoming locale! Great story!

- Not Box’s best!3 star

The usual story ... Joe get in trouble, Nate comes to the rescue, blah, blah, blah! Voluminous descriptions of mountains, etc. I’ve read every book in the Pickett series and this is the poorest of them all. Box does tease us in the last page setting up the next novel to highlight Nate and his relentless drive for revenge!

- Another good read of Joe Pickett5 star

I’ve read every Joe Pickett book. It’s really a great series and I pray CJ Box keeps them coming.

- Not his best2 star

I’ve been a loyal reader of C.J. Box and really was looking forward to the release of this book. I guess I expected too much. There wasn’t the usual suspense. Everything was predictable.

- Dark Sky5 star

Simply. I could not put it down. Have not had that experience for a very long time.

- Disappointing1 star

So much effort in laying out the characters and story, with repeat explanations of the characters’ histories. And then I got to the last pages with an abrupt conclusion, unbelievable scenario and weak bait for the next Nate Romanowski installment. Why did you even bother to introduce the raptor poacher? You could’ve saved it for the next installment and still had Nate rescue Joe Pickett.

- Nate hunting5 star

I usually dislike being left hanging but Nate deserves an entire book to exact his revenge. Hope Joe goes with him.

- Great book. Read them all and they just keep getting better.5 star


- Great Read5 star

I’ve read them all, this is one of my favorites.

- Short on Plot. Long on Gratuious Murders.3 star

Not believable. Caricatures not characters. Here a murder. There a murder. Everywhere a murder murder. Good ol boys of Wyoming not believable. Billionaire of Silicon Valley not believable. Plot not believable. Preachy. Millenials. Anti-fa. GOP. Have to say that this is the first time I haven’t enjoyed one of his books.

- Dark Sky Review5 star

This was an excellent book, one of his best. The next one will also be great as Nate extracts his revenge. Don’t miss this one.

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About C. J. Box Wiki

Charles James (C.J.) Box Jr. is an American author of more than twenty novels. Box is the author of the Joe Pickett series, as well as several stand-alone novels, and a collection of short stories. The novels have been translated into 27 languages. Over ten million copies of his novels have been sold in the U.S. alone. The first novel in his Joe Pickett series, Open Season, was included in The New York Times list of "Notable Books" of 2001. Open Season, Blue Heaven, Nowhere To Run, and The Highway have been optioned for film and television, the latter being adapted into the television drama series Big Sky, which debuted in November 2020. In March 2016, Off The Grid debuted at #1 on The New Y...

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