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Thunder and Rain: A Novel Hardcover – April 3, 2012

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Editorial Reviews


"Martin has an incredible gift for characterization and writing that tugs at the emotions without being overly melodramatic. This is the type of novel you will want to read quickly, because it is so engrossing, yet want to savor because the prose is meaningful and poignant."
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"...entertaining hybrid of James Lee Burke's morality tales and Nicholas Sparks' sentimental journeys.A John Wayne hero, multiple appreciations of the Colt Model 1911 and a cowboy-gets-the-girl"―Kirkus Reviews

"Good for anyone who likes good, strong, old-fashioned, right-or-wrong reads, and Martin does have a following."―Library Journal

"Charles Martin is a sensitive fellow. He is also one hell of a writer. His latest book tells the story of a modern day Texas Ranger. It will have you cheering, and crying, of course."―The Florida Times-Union

"[A]n enlivening, inspiring and action-packed novel....you will not be able to put it down."―bookreporter.com

"Thunder and Rain is one of the best books I have read in years....this book reads easy and Mr. Martin tells a story that grabs you from the first chapter and keeps you turning the pages. Before you know it, the book is almost done. This is the first of Martin's books I have read and now I'm a fan. If you like westerns, read the book. If you like action stories, read the book. If you're a fan of Texas or the mystique associated with the Texas Rangers, get the book. If you like a great story that culminates in the triumph of good over evil - yeah - get the book. Highly recommended, you won't be disappointed."―SkinnyMoose.com

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin has written eight novels, including The Mountain Between Us. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. When not writing, his hobbies include bow hunting, working out (a blend of old school stuff and martial arts, called Fight Fit), and Tae Kwon Do, in which he currently has a blue belt, though he notes he is "the least flexible person you've ever met." He lives with his wife, Christy, and their three sons in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455503983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455503988
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was recommended by a relative and is the first book I've ever read by Charles Martin. I'm really glad this was my first read by this author, for I am able to provide an honest review, without all the comparisons of any other books written by him.

I did not read the reviews on this book until after I finished it. I'm glad I didn't. Furthermore, I don't have a clue about who this author is, and I've only skimmed the descriptive lines of the other books by this author. So, my review is based on the story, not on the author, as so many others seem to have focused on.

This story provides an honest and down to earth perspective on the reality of life in a myriad of stages. It starts out with a man and his son dealing with the issues of a wife and mother who turned in different directions and made choices they all had to contend with every day. The man, Tyler Steele, is returning from a trip after seeing his wife, comes upon a women and her daughter struggling to survive their own various choices and dilemmas.

From here, the story begins to build into scenarios of mistrust, pain, hurt and more choices of entanglement, to a point where their lives are forever entwined. The story conveys the raw sensitivity of a man whose life has driven him to protect others, and to give of himself unselfishly to those in need. The woman (Samantha) and her daughter (Hope) are dealing with their own personal crisis, with nowhere to go and no place to run for safety.

This story portrays the good and bad in people in various degrees. It describes the human side of humanity in which all of us, at some point in our life, may have experienced.
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If you have enjoyed Charles Martin's books in the past, you will most likely enjoy this one as well. Another strong male character of high morals and integrity who always knows the right things to say and do and shows great concern and compassion for others. Typically I have always been able to purchase Charles Martin books for my church library because they are clean and unoffensive (which I greatly appreciate!). This time, though, I was a little disappointed to discover that I cannot be comfortable putting this book in the church library. Charles Martin crosses a very fine line with his choice of words and innuendos at times. Don't misunderstand....this book is still much less offensive than most every other bestselling author out there, but I know his books are often categorized as inspirational fiction in bookstores, and I'm afraid some people may not appreciate everything they read in this book. Still a good story; I just couldn't give it five stars this time. Definitely still worth reading!
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Charles Martin has done it again! Ty Steele is a throwback lawman that still believes in loyalty, honor and respect the way that he cares for people of all walks of life or a rarity ! Love this book and have started passing it around. At least an author that is not afraid to write a great book without e filth of some of the other big selling authors!
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I am a big fan of Charles Martin's books. His writing style, character development and story-lines always hook me in from the first page and leave me not wanting his books to end. I find his characters to be easy to relate to and come to care about throughout the course of a novel. From the moment I start a Charles Martin novel, I am invested in the story. This book is no exception and is certainly right up there with the best of them for me.

I won't go over any plot details because those are contained in Amazon's synopsis of the novel. What I will say is that, once again, Charles Martin has given us a cast of characters to care about and become invested in throughout the course of the novel.I appreciate that Charles Martin's characters are real and flawed and just seem to come alive through his writing.

I also very much appreciate that Martin's writing is kept clean. Sure, there are a few "choice" words here and there, but nothing over the top. I would have no problem whatsoever recommending this novel to my pastor, which says a lot for me. In fact, I've already been recommending it to everyone I know.

I don't often write Amazon reviews, but I couldn't let this one get by without a HIGH recommendation and FIVE strong stars. I received the book on Friday (3/23/12) and dove in immediately. I would have finished on Saturday had I not made myself wait and finish today to give myself a little more time with the book. Yes, it's THAT good. Finishing it was bittersweet. I wanted to know what happened, but didn't want it to end. That's the mark of an excellent read.

As a Charles Martin fan, I now wait for the next novel. And I know without a doubt that the next one, like this one, will be well worth the wait.
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Just okay. I get weary of these stories where you can start predicting the ending in the first chapter. Man meets woman down on her luck; man rescues woman; trials and tribulations ensue; man and woman end up riding off into the sunset together. Personally, I like a little more "real life" in my stories.
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