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Strong from the Heart: A Caitlin Strong Novel (Caitlin Strong Novels (11))

af Jon Land

Serier: Caitlin Strong (11)

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Many of us are aware of the opiod epidemic and Caitlin Strong will be facing it in Strong From The Heart by Jon Land. I wouldn’t want to be the culprits that she is seeking.

The Prologue reeled me in and my mind was whirling with the possibilities.

We start out with a wayward mailman who is on a mission, but it’s not to deliver his mail.

WTH…happened in Camino Pass? Caitlin Strong is on the case and will get to the bottom of it.

She has stepped into a snake pit and I am rooting for her, as she defuses a volatile situation at the Canyon Ridge Elementary School, where ICE attempts to pick up six children. We have the usual posturing between law enforcement divisions for control of the situation. She will not allow that, and her trusty friend Guillermo Paz is by her side. I love Caitlin’s attitude and the humor that Jon Land adds to his thrillers.

“Kids are safe and I didn’t even have to shoot anybody.”

Cort, her outlaw boyfriend is at the hospital after a call telling him his son ODed on opiates. Caitlin would stop at nothing to trace who was providing the drugs to him and the other kids at school. I love that Jon Land tosses in current events.

“Just one Texas Ranger, son?”

“You ever hear the motto, one riot, one Ranger? Because it’s damn near true.”

“You are like human flypaper Ranger, and wherever you go, the worst of the worse just sticks to you.” An apt description of Caitlin Strong, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Jon Land’s writing makes the story flow smoothly, increasing the danger and suspense over the course of the story. We have more than one story line going on and the past creeps into the present. Jon Land always gives us tidbits of Texas Ranger history and I love that.

I worry for some of my favorite characters, because they do not run from trouble and danger, they run towards it.

I had been waiting to read Strong From The Heart by Jon Land for when I really needed a pick me up, a get lost for hours book. I started reading during College Game Day (and anybody that knows me, knows I don’t want to be disturbed during football) and figured I would read during those dull moments, commercials, and half time. I finished it shortly after the Alabama vs Ole Miss game. I got so involved that I couldn’t put it down..

I needed some distraction from current events and I want to thank you, Jon, for helping me to get lost and escape through your words.

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Strong From The Heart by Jon Land.

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  sherry69 | Nov 4, 2020 |
Strong from the Heart by Jon Land takes on the drug culture. The son of her lover, Cort Wesley Masters, nearly dies of a drug overdose after attending a party. Then there is the investigation of a town of 300+ residents that have all died in one night. How in the world could something like that happen? How did they die?

Caitlin Strong has to figure out what is going on in these two instances. They both appear to be connected somehow. But how? Caitlin is a Texas Ranger but in this case, Homeland Security, and other people involved in the case, her half sister Nola and Captain Guillermo Paz. Cort Wesley even has a ghost who encourages him on.

There is the side story of Caitlin's Great Great Grandfather, William Ray Strong, one of the first Texas Ranger. This side story also included Pancho Villa. At this point in the story, we learn that it involves Cameron Pass, the same town where all the people died. How are they related?

This is the 11th book in the Caitlin Strong series. You know when you read a series, it can get bogged down and boring? Not this series. I have not read all the books but have read a few. I enjoy the side story as much as the story of Caitlin and how she handles the investigation. This one tackles the horrible illicit drug dealings and the fact that the people involved are really high up in the government.

I loved the love-hate relationship between Caitlin and her half-sister Nola Delgado. Nola is in a relationship with Cort Wesley's son Dylan and Caitlin hates it. Nola is a psychopath and a killer. Not the kind of person she wants Dylan to associate with. But Caitlin needs her assistance in solving part of the criminal activities that are going on. The mystery of why all those people died in one town, how are the drugs being distributed and by whom, how is the government involved?

I loved the book, the excitement, the page-turner of a book. I love a book that has all the elements that this one does. We do have a drug problem in this country and I think the author did a good job writing about it and I look forward to reading the next one. Fingers crossed that there is one coming. ( )
  celticlady53 | Sep 17, 2020 |
Since the inception of the Texas Rangers, there has been a member of the Strong family serving as a Ranger. Caitlin Strong is a fifth-generation Texas Ranger and just as fierce and awe-inspiring as her forebears. One of the many things I enjoy about reading the Caitlin Strong series is how Caitlin's present-day adventures often mirror those of her father, grandfather, great-grandfather, or great-great-grandfather. In Strong From the Heart, Caitlin is battling enemies on several fronts, including one with a very personal link to the children she's helping to raise with her significant other, Cort Wesley Masters. Dylan Torres, Cort Wesley's youngest son, has recently suffered an opioid overdose and the drugs were provided to him at his boarding school. Although Caitlin and Cort Wesley have often battled against enemies that have brought the fight a bit too close to home for comfort, this one has far-reaching ties and may require all of the help they can muster. While Caitlin is trying to reign in Cort Wesley from eliminating all drug dealers from the face of Texas, she must also work to find out who caused the deaths of close to 300 residents of a border town and the subsequent murder of a survivor. Will Caitlin and Cort Wesley be able to find the answers to their family's drug issue before it's too late? Is it possible the deaths of the border town residents due to cyanide gas are linked to the opioid crisis and if so, how and who is responsible? If the deaths aren't linked to the opioid crisis, then what was the reason for the deaths and who is responsible?

If you've been following me for any length of time, then you know I enjoy re-reading books. Yes, I often re-read books when I should be reading new books. So of course, I spent the past eight days re-reading the entire Caitlin Strong series in preparation for reading the newest addition, Strong From the Heart. I know, I know, I've told you that I love this series. You probably thought I was exaggerating. I wasn't. I read the newest addition in one day even though I was dealing with a severe migraine AND back spasms. Let me tell you when you can't comfortably sit upright or even recline, your pain medication isn't working, and you can't turn on a light or even have any music playing in the background but you continue to read, then you must enjoy the book you're reading, right?! I recently described Caitlin Strong as a combination of Wonder Woman, Annie Oakley, and the Lone Ranger. She's someone that is always out seeking the truth and fighting for justice no matter what. Caitlin isn't exactly a social advocate, but she does constantly get into "good trouble" by fighting for what's right. She's willing to stand up for the underdog even against seemingly insurmountable odds and she isn't afraid to go up against anyone, including the federal government when necessary. Case in point, she begins in Strong From the Heart by thwarting ICE agents from "taking several school children into custody" by putting them into "protective custody" as "material witnesses" for the Texas Rangers. She stands up against Homeland Security on a regular basis and has even stood up against US Senators. Strong From the Heart brings back a number of cast regulars, including Captain D.W. Tepper - Caitlin's Texas Ranger boss, Colonel Guillermo Paz - a former Venezuelan Colonel/assassin/current guardian anger, Cort Wesley Masters - Caitlin's significant other/former mob enforcer/retired military, Dylan Torres - Cort Wesley's eldest son and current student at Brown University, Luke Torres - Cort Wesley's youngest son and current boarding student at the Village School in Houston, Jones/Smith - former Homeland Security agent, Dr. Whatley - Rangers' pathologist, Nola Delgado - Caitlin's half-sister/assassin/pseudo-pharmaceutical representative, William Ray Strong - Caitlin's great-grandfather and a Texas Ranger, and Pancho Villa (yes, that Pancho Villa). As always with a Caitlin Strong story, there are bad guys and worse guys. One of the bad guys in this story is an "enforcer" that seems to enjoy killing for the sake of killing and suffers from "congenital insensitivity to pain" or an inability to feel physical pain. (You can tell that's not going to end well.) The worse guys, in my estimation, are the ones that have hired the enforcer and are willing to do whatever it takes to protect themselves and their goals, which is ultimately making money and gaining more power. This story has a lot going on, as with all of the Caitlin Strong stories, including family angst and drama, government intrigue, behind-the-scenes power-brokering, prescription pain addiction, legal and illegal drug dealing (on a massive scale), mass murder, intrigue, and more. Yes, I could give you specifics, but if I did you wouldn't want or need to read the book and you really need to read this book! Seriously, if you're into suspense, thrillers, or books filled with twisted action and believable (and unbelievable but in a good way) characters, then you'll want to read this book. For those of you that are just as addicted to Caitlin's exploits as I am, you'll definitely want to grab a copy of Strong From the Heart if you haven't already purchased a copy. For those of you that haven't already started the Caitlin Strong series, spend your staycation by starting with book one in this series, Strong Enough to Die, and read all the way through to Strong From the Heart. Trust me after the first book, you'll be just as hooked as I am. The books are well-written, the stories well researched, the characters realistic, and the action based on real-life scenarios. I look forward to reading more about Caitlin and her exploits accompanied by her band of misfits in the future (okay, they're more like a dysfunctional family than misfits, but you get the point). I really don't want this series to end and am hoping that there were be a few more additions to the Caitlin Strong series before it eventually ends. So, while I wait for the next Caitlin Strong book, I'll probably spend some time re-reading a few books in this series to tide me over.

Happy Reading, y'all!

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. This review originally published on 08/18/2020 at https://www.thebookdivasreads.com/2020/08/2020-book-308-strong-from-heart-by-jon... ( )
  BookDivasReads | Aug 18, 2020 |
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