Aspen Times Weekly book review: ‘Off the Grid’ |

Aspen Times Weekly book review: ‘Off the Grid’

This book cover image released by G.P. Putnam's Sons shows "Off the Grid," by C.J. Box. (G.P. Putnam's Sons via AP)
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‘Off the Grid’

C.J. Box

G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2016

384 pages, hardcover

After the events of the previous novel “Endangered,” Nate Romanowksi has been living off the grid. He uses his survival skills to stay off the radar to protect both himself and the people he cares about.

One morning, men from a top-secret government agency arrive to recruit him for a mission. If he’s successful, his record will be expunged and he can go back to his normal life. The assignment involves chasing down a journalist who is believed to be planning a terrorist attack.

Joe Pickett’s daughter Sheridan, a college student, decides to go with her roommate to a nighttime rally out in the middle of the wilderness. Joe is investigating another case, but when it leads to the Red Desert of Wyoming, it will clash directly with both Sheridan and Romanowski.

Pickett and Romanowski each have a dream in which they are alone and about to die, but they know the other one is there to assist and save the day. They are brothers in spirit, and it’s compelling to follow their two separate stories up to the inevitable crash when they have to rely on each other to survive.

Picking up a new C.J. Box thriller is like spending quality time with family you love and have missed. The author knows how to create an exciting reading experience for both loyal fans as well as newcomers who have never heard of Pickett or Romanowski, and he does it once again in “Off the Grid.”

It’s a rare thriller series that has characters grow and change without becoming stale.

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