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Product Details

  • Series: Caitlin Strong (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 2 edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765369567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765369567
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #915,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Land (The Seven Sins) introduces a tough original heroine, Caitlin Strong, a fifth-generation Texas Ranger, in the first of what hopefully will be a long crime series. Hyperpatriot Harmon Delladonne runs MacArthur-Rain, a corporation with tentacles in all areas of the U.S. government's security apparatus. Delladonne's project Fire Arrow threatens both the privacy of all Americans and their very lives. Strong, the only gun-totin' female in the legendary Texas Rangers, stumbles onto this plot when she finds her supposedly dead husband, Peter Goodwin, in an institution devoted to treating torture victims. She teams with a dangerous former foe, Cort Wesley Masters, to fight not only Delladonne but Emiliato Valdez Garza, the phantomlike head of the Mexican mafia, and the giant Guillermo Paz, a Delladonne henchman who ponders Kierkegaard while slaying his many enemies. The revelations are constant, the characters compelling and the action fast and furious. (May)
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From Booklist

Former Texas Ranger Caitlan Strong changed careers after she was wounded in a shootout and after her husband was reported dead in Iraq. Now she’s a psychological therapist in San Antonio, and her first patient is her husband! Admitted as a John Doe, he has no grasp on reality. Then the monolithic security firm for which he worked decides to kill him, fearing that he may reveal the company’s plans to insinuate itself into American lives. Caitlan thwarts the attempt to kill Peter, with an assist from Cort Wesley Masters, a former Mob hit man who had intended to kill Caitlan just as the baddies arrived to kill Peter. Naturally, an alliance is formed between Caitlan and Masters, who take on the security firm. It’s easy to knock this over-the-top thriller: it has a preposterous plot, cartoonish villains, and a body count to equal the sum of Die Hard and Rambo. Yet readers will be loath to set it down for a minute. Caitlan is a female Spenser, and Masters is a surprisingly complex composite of every assassin-with-a-conscience you’ve ever met in a crime novel. Flawed but incredibly energetic and readable. --Wes Lukowsky --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lost In Kansas VINE VOICE on April 20, 2009
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While I was trying to earn an honest dollar, I spent 10 years in South Texas. I lived in a small town of 2300 south of San Antonio. While I was there I met two Texas Rangers. I can still see them with the big grey Stetson and a .45 on their belt with their star on the other side. I got to know them and I have to say that Mr. Land is dead on with his ficticous Texas Rangers, right down to the way they talk. In Texas, the two most feared men are the game wardens and the Texas Rangers. The city of San Antonio has played a big part in my life and here too Mr. Land is spot on with his discriptions of the city.

Now the first thing you have to get use to is that this book is not one of Oprah's book of the month winners. No, this is a lazy afternoon read. A book you can pick up and read and then set down go about your business and pick it up later type of book. If you accept this, then you have terrific read.

Let's do this the easy way:
You have one Ranger who is a woman. Who has emotional issues and baggage. Whoa! Some people say that this character could easily be a man. NO WAY! The lady ranger has a profound affect on the two bad guys that a man could not have. Besides the sex scenes would be really weird.

Next you have a Texas Outlaw who is a killer,but wants to change.

You have a crazed killer, Paz, who reads Kierkegaard and also is trying to find himself.

Finally you have a very very bad man with no redeeming qualities.

Let's see, yea that is about right. The plot starts out good and then turns into way out sifi with the use of lasers as murder weapons.

The strong point of this book is the action. Here the moto is simple: shoot straight and kill as many of the f___kers as possible.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DWD's Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 18, 2009
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William Shatner once commented that the results of his directorial efforts in Star Trek V were "loud". One could easily say the same thing about Jon Land's "Strong Enough to Die."

"Strong Enough To Die" comes at you with a gunfight on the first page, has lots of gunfights throughout and ends up with guns and explosions as well.

Does it work?

Well, yeah.

This is not fine literature, mind you. It is loud, lock and load, over-the-top Texas Ranger action. There's some attempts at trying to tie in Bush administration anti-terrorist policies and discussions about living with the aftermath of violence but those get overwhelmed by the gunfire. But, that's okay because too much thinking about the internal incongruities of the text on these matters just spoils the fun.

It's the famed Texas Rangers and a bad guy who might be a good guy against the Mexican Mafia and an evil American super-corporation. Don't think too much, just enjoy the show.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julie VINE VOICE on May 23, 2009
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The accusations of those who have rated this story poorly are accurate, there are a large number of highly improbable scenes and coincidences that line up just so. Still, the story's good, dare I say strong enough to stand against naysayers? It read pretty smoothly, though the uncorrected proof still had a few typos they should iron out. This is by far one of the better books I've gotten out of the vine program.

Caitlin Strong's a likable character, appropriately named. Some will probably complain she could have been a man in most instances, and that's just because most people associate things like gun-toting and shooting as male things. (Right or wrong, it happens.) The book reads like the whole thing could have been one long, complicated video game. There's plenty of opportunities for the hero and heroine to get into and out of scraps, sometimes with words and sometimes with guns.

The strong language use is kept to a minimum, which maximizes its effect. I get tired of books that drop curse words almost as frequently as the word "and" becuase it loses all impact. Select use gives the words more meaning. Dialogue's decent and believable; the characters' voice have subtle but detectable differences. By far, the most noteworthy writing tool the author has in his arsenal is a keen sense of transitions. They are well done, so that the story weaves in and out like a tapestry of words.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura B on May 16, 2009
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I'll start with what I really liked about this book...

There is plenty of action. It starts out with a gunfight and that isn't the last in the book. Plenty of guns and blood in this one. It moves along fairly quick from one big scene to the next.

The author obviously did plenty of research on the Texas Rangers and did an excellent job describing them and Caitlin's desire to be one and follow in the footsteps of her father, grandfather, and so on...They were all well described and easy to picture.

The plot was well-developed and thought out. All the little details were intertwined together. All the different characters and their separate stories came together well. The topic is timely and an interesting concept.

What I didn't like about this book (why it isn't 5 stars):

Cort Wesley was a good character, but his dialogue drove me crazy. The way he talked made him sound like an idiot. I am assuming the author changed the spelling of words to make them more phonetic to how the character would say them, but they looked stupid. I lived in Texas for 1/3 of my life (and spent a lot of time outside of that there also as well as having brothers who still live there) and have never heard anyone say partner the way it was written in the book (podner). It started to bug me so much that I would skim over the word and change the dialogue in my head.

I got a little confused on the time lines...it seemed like one character would be in Huntsville and then in San Antonio and then in Juarez in the matter of one day. That is a lot of driving. There weren't any actual dates in the book, so I can't say exactly if it was off, but it made me wonder and started to distract me from the story.
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