(Caitlin Strong #11)
PRAISE FOR STRONG FROM THE HEART:
“A time-jumping, savory Tex-Mex tale, seasoned with all the ingredients of a great thriller.”―Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author
“A mind-blowing tale that takes a flamethrower to our psyches to warm the chill it leaves up our spines. Seething with energy and replete with wondrously staged set pieces, this is thriller writing that defies genre even as it reminds us why we love to read.”―NYK Daily
“Exceptional…. Snappy one-liners, plausible dialogue, and lots of nonstop action, Land delivers another riveting, believable thriller.”―Press-Republican
“Caitlin Strong is one of the strongest female characters ever to hit the page, and Jon Land is the king of the intelligent thriller, continually pushing his own writing to new levels.”―New York Journal of Books
This book left me mostly speechless! Before I picked up this book, I hadn’t read anything from Jon Land and what a mistake that has been! I have long been a fan of the modern crime drama with grit, but also a lot of heart! The Caitlin Strong series is all of this and more! A modern Texas Ranger who kicks butt and takes names! Caitlin is a law enforcement professional with a history great work, lives saved, and justice served!
This book absolutely reads as a standalone and I would encourage fans of this book to pick up any of the other Jon Land books out there! This book is a little bit Narcos, a little bit Walker, Texas Ranger, part Justified, and all strong female lead. Land takes on big issues such as immigration and the opioid crisis through a narrative that lends itself to tackling these big themes.
The narrative follows several characters including Caitlin Strong, a working Texas Ranger, Cort Wesley Masters, Roland Fass, Colonel Guillermo Paz, and others through a mysterious crisis in a remote rural town near the Texas/Mexico border, an overdose, and other interesting events. It was hard to put this book down, the pacing is very tight and I found myself nervously awaiting the next piece of the puzzle as I read! I loved the backdrop of rural and urban South Texas! The relationships between the characters play an integral part in the book, romantic, friendly or otherwise. The narrative flows seamlessly from the present to the past, in flashbacks to Caitlin’s family members who have a long history of serving in the ranks of the Texas Rangers. You may even find some historical figures in this book!
Overall, I found this book to be engaging, interesting, and a perfect balance of real-life law enforcement, real-life issues, and fictional characters interacting with the narrative! I would recommend this to fans of crime books, semi-historical mysteries, books that deal with big issues, and fans of series! I loved this book and would recommend to friends in a heartbeat! Jon Land has a significant catalog of books to pick up when you pick up a copy of Strong from the Heart!
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