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Strong Rain Falling: A Caitlin Strong Novel (Caitlin Strong Novels) Hardcover – August 13, 2013
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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Wow... Once again several subplots weave together to create a page turner full of the complex relationships of what I might call Caitlin Strong's 'machine'... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love the way this man tells a story! His characters come to life through him and you can't put the book down until you know they have made it out of another scrape !Published 5 months ago by denise
I love this author and am in love with this series. I am anxiously waiting the next one which is due soon!Published 16 months ago by Jeffrey Rosen
Lots of action and a fairly complex plot keeps you well entertained. Great addition to the Strong series. Eagerly await the next one!Published 19 months ago by Lamar W. Reynolds Jr.
Never thought I'd get hooked on a female protagonist....but I am. Love these books by Jon Land.Caitlan is great.Published 23 months ago by Claude Dunn
Enjoy all Caitlin strong books. Also Texas ranger history through out the story.Published on August 18, 2014 by ronaldmarcoe
Good read, good plot, enjoyed it, but Mr. Land, an M1A4 M16 fires a 5.56mm NATO round - not a 7.62mm round at stated on page 347 of your book. The 7. Read morePublished on August 12, 2014 by brindamur