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Strong at the Break: A Caitlin Strong Novel (Caitlin Strong Novels) Hardcover – June 21, 2011

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“A riveting, fast-paced story that leaves the reader breathless.”—Sandra Brown, New York Times bestselling author

“Caitlin Strong is back, as tough, human and utterly fascinating as ever. Jon Land writes with heart, depth, and precision.”—Carla Neggers, New York Times bestselling author

“Filled with real, tough, characters and a plot that twists around like a Pecos rattler in a whiskey jug. Reading Caitlin Strong is the equivalent to adding a little fresh lime and a taste of salt to your tequila.”—W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear, authors of People of the Longhouse

About the Author

JON LAND is the acclaimed author of numerous bestsellers, including Strong Enough to Die, Strong Justice, and The Seven Sins. Land lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Product Details

  • Series: Caitlin Strong Novels (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1St Edition edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765323370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765323378
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,679,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since his first book was published in 1983, Jon Land has written twenty-eight novels, seventeen of which have appeared on national bestseller lists. He began writing technothrillers before Tom Clancy put them in vogue, and his strong prose, easy characterization, and commitment to technical accuracy have made him a pillar of the genre.

Land spent his college years at Brown University, where he convinced the faculty to let him attempt writing a thriller as his senior honors thesis. Four years later, his first novel, The Doomsday Spiral, appeared in print. In the last years of the Cold War, he found a place writing chilling portrayals of threats to the United States, and of the men and women who operated undercover and outside the law to maintain U.S. security. His most successful of those novels were the nine starring Blaine McCracken, a rogue CIA agent and former Green Beret with the skills of James Bond but none of the Englishman's tact.

In 1998 Land published the first novel in his Ben and Danielle series, comprised of fast-paced thrillers whose heroes, a Detroit cop and an Israeli detective, work together to protect the Holy Land, falling in love in the process. He has written seven of these so far. The most recent, The Last Prophecy, was released in 2004.

Recently, RT Book Reviews gave Jon a special prize for pioneering genre fiction, and his short story "Killing Time" was shortlisted for the 2010 Dagger Award for best short fiction and included in 2010's The Best American Mystery Stories. Land is currently writing Blood Strong, his fourth novel to feature Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong--a female hero in a genre which, Land has said, has too few of them. The second book in the series, Strong Justice (2010), was named a Top Thriller of the Year by Library Journal and runner-up for Best Novel of the Year by the New England Book Festival. The third, Strong at the Break, will be released this year, and the fourth, Blood Strong, will follow in 2012. His first nonfiction book, Betrayal, written with Robert Fitzpatrick, tells the behind-the-scenes story of a deputy FBI chief attempting to bring down Boston crime lord Whitey Bulger, and will also be released in 2011.

Land currently lives in Providence, not far from his alma mater.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Crime Queen on June 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A few years back, I was a big fan of Jon Land's books. He could do no wrong. Then, the excitement just seemed to fizzle out of his books as he seemed to lose direction (at least for me) and I found myself looking elsewhere. I was never a big fan of his Blaine McCracken books. Fast forward a few years. Then I read crime writer Sam Millar's very informative and favorable review of Strong Justice (a Caitlin Strong novel) on New York Journal of Books, where he compared Land's descriptive prowess to that of Cormac McCarthy's No County for Old Men. High praise indeed. I took a chance and went out and bought the first in the series before commencing on Strong Justice. Wow! I love Caitlin. For my money, she is the best creation Land has ever produced in his prolific writing career. These books are going to be perfect for the movies, which no doubt they will be made into in the coming years. Dear Mister Land, please keep this fast-paced and beautifully rendered series going. Forget the rest of your commitments, if need be, to keep the high standard you have set for these damn great books. Welcome back, Jon Land!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RJ Parker on January 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Strong At The Break by author Jon Land is in a word 'Intense'. Caitlin Strong is a kick-ass 4th generation Texas Ranger who takes on the Hells Angels in upstate New York, drug dealers in Mexico and a right-wing militia group in Texas. The author has a few stories happening and he ties them together in the end for an amazing finish. The book is a masterpiece of action, gunfighting and heart-stopping suspense. A well-written book! I haven't written a full page review as there are several already done and they recap the story remarkably. Highly recommended. 5 Stars. ~ RJ Parker, author of 7 serial killer books
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melvin Hunt on July 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Once again the hero of this novel is fifth generation Texas Ranger
Caitlin Strong. When she was a child her daddy Ranger Jim Strong had
led a raid on a church with militia type traits called the Church of the Redeemer. This church was headquartered in Midland, Texas. The
churgh was led by Reverand Maxwell Arno. The raid failed to get Maxwell Arno. He was located at a Bait and Tackle in Midland, Texas.
Ranger Strong winds up killing Reverand Arno and two of his bodyguards. Into the future Arno's son Malcolm has established a new
church called the Patriot Sun. Caitlin Strong and her sidekick Cort
Wesley Masters go to Quebec to stop drug smuggling on the Canadian border. It is also an operation to smuggle weapons to the Patriot Sun. This operation is run by the LaChance brothers a group of Hell's Angels. Upon returning to San Antonio Caitlin is contacted by Mark John Serles. He claims that the army hastried to kill him. He
lost his legs in a roadside bombing. After making contact an attempt
ismade to kill Caitlin Strong with a roadside bomb. She discovers that 4 billion dollars was stolen from Iraq money and funneled to a militia group(Patriot Sun). Cort Wesley and Caitlin discover a child
kidnapping ring that is linked to Patriot Sun. Cort Wesley's son has been kidnapped by the ring. Bescuse Arno is politically powerful Strong and Cort Wesley stand alone. In walks Colonel Guillermo Paz to save the day. This book has an explosive ending. This is another
quality in the Caitlin Strong series.
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"Strong at the Break" by Jon Land

Caitlin Strong is a girl who grows up in the shadow of two Texas rangers, her grandfather, Earl Strong and her father, Jim. Her last name suits her to a `T.' She was in Midland, Texas with her father when he took down Reverent Maxwell Arno and his boys.
With influences like Earl and Jim, how could she grow up to be anything but a Texas Ranger? Caitlin finds herself in Quebec. With the help of six DEA agents and some local and state cops out of New York, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and a tribal policeman, they manage to "shut down" the LaChance brothers who are wanted in Canada and Michigan for murder. She takes down the LaChance's BC Bud--a potent strain of marijuana--operation that's been "growing" in cheap, gutted houses.
Her life is never boring. After the LaChance case, Caitlin finds herself waist deep in the "disappearance" of Dylan Masters, the son of her friend, Cort Wesley Masters. She has a decision to make regarding her friend. The authorities are looking to have Cort extradited because he's wanted for a murder in Mexico. And she's the one who's supposed to bring him in.
Dylan previously saved the life of a young woman who was kidnapped by a man believed to be responsible for four hundred serial murders of woman across the Texas/Mexican border. It involved the Texas Rangers and Cort Wesley Masters in a battle with drug cartels and a renegade Mexican colonel. Dylan emerged with a chip on his shoulder that he felt made him exceptional and invincible. Maybe the apple doesn't fall far from the tree--with many families.
Land pens a story south of the border with lots of little tidbits that all fit together to make up a magnificent puzzle. If you want to read a great story, pick this one up.

Reviewed by Terri Ann Armstrong, author of "How to Plant a Body" and "How to Bury a Body" (Release 2013)
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Format: Kindle Edition
Strong at the Break is the third Caitlin Strong novel in the series. However, this is the first book from this author I have read. I really didn't think I was missing too much though and it read fine as a stand alone book.

The story opens with some backstory of a young Caitlin and her father, a Texas Ranger, supposedly about to go fishing but instead staking out a place. Maxwell Arno has been doing some pretty bad things in the church, and Caitlin's father Jim is there to arrest him. The problem arises though when Maxwell doesn't want to be arrested and a shoot-out transpires with Max dying in his son Malcolm's arms.

Years later, Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong finds herself in several operations that lead her from Canada, to Mexico and as far as Iraq. But the person holding the helm is Malcolm Arno, who took his father's evil place and made it ten times worse. There's a showdown about to go on and it's between Caitlin and Malcolm.

Political unrest, drug trafficking, child slavery and more are key notes in this page-turning thriller! Caitlin is a fierce heroine with her grandpa's Colt and her dogged determination. Action-packed, strong and versatile characters, a strong plot and sensible, yet exciting writing, Strong at the Break is a great thriller!
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