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Strong Rain Falling: A Caitlin Strong Novel (Caitlin Strong Novels) Hardcover – August 13, 2013

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In Land's unrelentingly plot-driven fifth novel featuring Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong (after 2012's Strong Vengeance), Strong accompanies her lover's son, Dylan Torres, on a visit to Brown University in Providence, R.I.—a trip that turns to near tragedy when gunmen open fire on Dylan. Meanwhile, back in San Antonio, Tex., there's a similar attempt on the life of Dylan's brother, Luke. Strong uncovers not simply a plot to target these two boys but something much more sinister—an elaborate criminal enterprise that dates back to the Mexican drug cartels of 1919 and involved Strong's Texas Ranger great-grandfather, William Ray Strong. Lending assistance to Strong is Guillermo Paz, a student of German philosophy, who has a knack for always showing up in just the nick of time with a loaded gun. While Land brings a great deal of wonderful history into his story, some readers may find tiresome his habit of ending nearly every chapter with a cliffhanger. Agent: Natalia Aponte, Natalia Aponte Literary Agency. (Aug.)

From Booklist

Land continues to deliver some of the best, most thought-provoking thrillers in the business. Female Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong balances the fine line between right and wrong in the pursuit of justice. When she survives ambush, along with her boyfriend, Cort Wesley Masters, and his two teenage sons, Strong tries to figure out who is after her. Evidence, however, points to the boys’ being the true targets. It turns out that a drug conspiracy going back more than 100 years is giving ancient family history deadly present-day sting. Land has crafted a terrific hero in Strong: a tough woman who could go one-on-one with most of the male leads in today’s popular thrillers. The Texas Ranger history and the family dynamics mix well with the bullets, creating a contemporary western feel. Fans will see this as the best one yet in the series, and newcomers will quickly seek out the other Caitlin Strong books. --Jeff Ayers
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Product Details

  • Series: Caitlin Strong Novels (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1St Edition edition (August 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765331500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765331502
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,484,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jon Land's last Caitlin Strong book captured and kept me on the edge of my seat with its dynamic confluence of past and recent history. Caitlin herself is a wonderfully strong character who is just beginning to understand the potential her life choices have for personal and moral conflict, yet she continues in her genetically defined (fourth generation Texas Ranger) way to solve her problems with a Colt.

Here the mystery reaches back to the actions of her grand-father and great-grand-father which impact the childhood of her partner's late wife, which in turn creates a world of vengeance and terror.

Land combines history with imagination - he KNOWS his Texas Rangers, and meshes historical characters with his fictional ones.

In keeping with the Texas Ranger historical style, there is much bloodshed. However, Caitlin and her self-appointed guardian will surprise you.

Great book, and great series.
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Within the coming days, there will be no shortage of Amazon reviews summarizing the plot of "Strong Rain Falling," so I'll cut to the best and weakest aspects of the novel.

Best: The complex plot that builds in a steady, relentless fashion. Just when you think Land can't come up with another surprise that will out-do the last, he does. By the end, it's pretty outrageous but he's invariably got a (pretty) logical explanation for everything.

Other kudos: Land fills the pages with plenty of fast-paced dialogue that keeps the pace moving briskly and the reader not wanting to put the book down. He makes sure to periodically reiterate his characters' motivations and stakes that drive their actions. Ditto, throwing in quick summary updates of the plot advancement--something I sure appreciated as the plot thickened. I'm awed by a writer who can come up with such a complex, crazy plot. His geographical descriptions, particularly of Austin, my home town, are spot on. H-E-Bs, San Fernando Cathedral and Retama Park are all real and add to authenticity.

Weakest: The Spanish. Never mind the missing accent marks. It was the "Buenos días" greeting in the same sentence as the speaker's face being "further obscured by the coming of night." Or my favorite, the reference to the only man "with the 'cajones' to battle the cartels..." "CAjones" are drawers in a piece of furniture. "COjones" are a whole other thing. And referring to truly evil men, start to finish, as "esos demonios" seems a little too much like a caricature. Inventing a puppet Mexican President Villarreal of the PRI--ouch. I'm betting real-life President Enrique Peña Nieto of the PRI wouldn't appreciate the character or the novel too much.

Bottom line: a good, entertaining read, definitely worth the money.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Action? Check. Intrigue? Check. Thrilling? Check. Land's Strong Rain Falling is a fascinating, action-packed thriller that you won't be able to put down. The fifth, Caitlin Strong novel, it hints at enough of the previous books so readers have a bit of backstory for Caitlin, Cort Wesley, and his teenage boys, while providing a perfect one-book story for new readers to the series--like me.

Having read Land Blaine McCracken novel, Pandora's Temple, I knew he could spin a spellbinding story. But what drew me to Strong Rain Falling was Caitlin's profession as a fifth-generation Texas Ranger, along with her relationship with a former outlaw. As a history lover, having a novel that travels seamlessly between past and present provided me with the best of both worlds. And the twists and turns along the way encouraged me to keep turning the pages. I liked that Caitlin wasn't perfect. She has a bit of a reputation for being trigger-happy. Her relationship with a certain FBI agent isn't very pleasant. But in typical Texas Ranger fashion she gets the job done.

I'm definitely interested in going back to the beginning of this series and reading the other four. I need to know Caitlin's entire story. And I can't wait until another book in this series is released.

If you're interested in a thriller with tons of action, where the past as much as the present plays a role, this book is for you. If you enjoy Texas Ranger stories and novels about drug trafficking, it will also be you. And if you like a strong heroine, in what some might consider an unusual occupation, you're going to like Strong Rain Falling. I highly recommend it.

I received a digital version of this book from the author's publicist. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.
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Format: Hardcover
Jon Land in his new book, "Strong Rain Falling" Book Five in the Blaine McCracken series published by Forge Books gives us a new adventure with Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong.

From the back cover: Mexico, 1919: The birth of the Mexican drug trade begins with opium being smuggled across the U.S. border, igniting an all-out battle with American law enforcement in general and the Texas Rangers in particular.

The Present: Fifth Generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong and her lover Cort Wesley Masters both survive terrifying gun battles. But this time, it turns out, the actual targets were not them, but Masters' teenage sons.

That sets Caitlin and Cort Wesley off on a trail winding through the past and present with nothing less than the future of the United States hanging in the balance. Along the way they will confront terrible truths dating all the way back to the Mexican Revolution and the dogged battle Caitlin's own grandfather and great-grandfather fought against the first generation of Mexican drug dealers.

At the heart of the storm soon to sweep away America as we know it, lies a mastermind whose abundant power is equaled only by her thirst for vengeance. Ana Callas Guajardo, the last surviving member of the family that founded the Mexican drug trade, has dedicated all of her vast resources to a plot aimed at the U.S.'s technological heart.

This time out, sabotage proves to be as deadly a weapon as bombs in a battle Caitlin must win in cyberspace as well. Her only chance to prevail is to short-circuit a complex plan based as much on microchips as bullets. Because there's a strong rain coming and only Caitlin and Cort Wesley can stop the fall before it's too late.

I am new to the adventures of Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong.
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