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Strong To The Bone (Tor/Forge) by best-selling thriller author, Jon Land, is another page-turning addition to Land’s series of novels featuring fifth-generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, complete with all the twists and turns, and action, fans have come to expect from Land’s novels. Texas Ranger has faced myriads of tough adversaries in the past, but in Strong To the Bone, she faces perhaps the toughest yet, as she has a very personal stake in the matter. Beware: Spoiler Alerts follow, though I will try not to reveal too much about the fantastic plot of Strong To The Bone.

Here’s the first Spoiler — sorry, in advance: One of the foes she encounters is the man who raped her when she was a college undergraduate. Spoiler Number Two rapidly follows on the heels of the first Spoiler: Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, with the aid of her boyfriend, Cort Wesley Masters, seven-foot-tall friend and protector, Guillermo Paz, and assorted law enforcement officers, also take on a drug-dealing gang of neo-Nazis intent on remodeling the United States and destroying America’s very way of life.

Read on, and get my further thoughts on Strong To The Bone — besides the fact that it is another terrific entry in the series — and please leave a non-Spam comment, below, or Message me on Twitter or Facebook, what your name is, your state, and city, to get the chance to WIN an autographed hardback copy of the thriller, before it is even available in stores on December 5, 2017! Only residents of the United States who are 18 or older are eligible for this particular contest. Jon Land will personally autograph and mail out the prize to the person who wins. There are just a few other simple rules that follow at the end of this review.

As with the other novels in the Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong series, Jon Land interweaves the past with the present, including flashbacks of cases Strong’s illustruous forebearers played key roles in, that resonate in the future and her own cases. In Strong To The Bone, both Strong’s grandfather, Texas Ranger Earl Strong, and father, Texas Ranger Jim Strong, play pivotal roles. Caitlin’s grandfather deals with an escaped Nazi prisoner of war, who murdered everyone else in his barracks before escaping, while her father is understandably enrage when Caitlin gets raped, and he does his best to help find the person responsible.

Early on in Strong To The Bone, Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong takes matters into her own hands, when she, in the company of Cort Wesley, sees drunken college students spilling out of a bar and causing a major disruption. She learns that there is a young female college student still within the bar, who has been sexually assaulted, and goes about coming to her rescue in a decidely flamboyant, but very effective, Caitlin Strong manner, by commandeering a fire truck with her boyfriend’s aid, and turning one of the truck’s hoses on the crowd to give her the space she needs to get through all of the bodies to help the young woman inside.

Cort Wesley’s two teen sons from a previous relationship, are also back in Strong To The Bone. while Wesley’s son, Dylan, is taking off a semester from college at Brown University, he is working at a car body shop where his father got him a job. A group of neo-Nazis that drive a truck by the car shop on a daily basis shout out racial slurs to the Hispanics who also work at the place, and Dylan, being perhaps a bit too much like his father, does not take kindly to the slurs and confronts the neo-Nazis armed with a gun.

Cort Wesley finds out about Dylan’s actions, but he does not want to directly get involved, nor have Caitlin Strong get involved in the matter. Instead, he goes to where Colonel Paz is volunteering at a shelter, dispensing food and philosphy to the homeless men who come there, and enlists him in keeping an eye on his son and stepping in, when necessary.

Jon Land very ably and convincingly ties in these subplots of Strong To The Bone into the main one, about a neo-Nazi drug dealer who has enormous wealth and power, and who has the head of a pharmaceutical company ready to do his bidding, under the threat of blackmail and getting the daylights beaten out of him. Strong To The Bone’s gripping plot, three-dimensional characters, gritty realism and non-stop action will have readers on the edges of their seats, not wanting to put the book down.

Strong To The Bone is not yet on sale either online or in stores. However, by following the rules above and leaving a comment below (or by messaging me via Twitter or my Facebook page) with the requested information, which will only be used to contact the winner, and for no other purposes, one lucky person will win an autographed copy of Strong To The Bone by Jon Land! The contest will run from Monday, September 25, to Friday, October 13, at midnight. The person randomly chosen as the winner will have five days to respond and provide me with his/her complete snail mail address, which I will only use to give to Jon Land, so he will know where to mail the autographed copy of Strong To The Bone. People who have won anything from this website during the past 90 days are not eligible to enter. also, anyone who is a relative of mine is not eligible to enter. Good Luck and Happy Reading!

By: Douglas R. Cobb


Lily, Unleashed presents a bold and stunning vision of an alternative world where animals run the show. Though aimed at kids, Douglas Cobb’s groundbreaking debut effort is sure to resonate with adults as well, telling its tale through the eyes of our furry friends who seem more human than most people. Cobb picks up where Richard Adams left off in his brilliant Watership Down, and the result is nothing short of a stellar storytelling with heart and soul.

–Jon Land, bestselling author of Strong at the Break

(Thanks, Jon–you’re a true class individual, and an excellent author of page-turning thrillers!)

What do drug smuggling across Canada’s border, a sex slavery trade based in Mexico, and a double-amputee Iraqi war veteran have in common? That’s what Caitlin Strong, a modern-day fifth generation Texas Ranger has to figure out in Jon Land’s Strong At the Break, the heart-racing page-turning third novel in his Caitlin Strong series. Though it’s the third in the series, Strong At the Break can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.

Texas is not big enough for Ranger Caitlin Strong in Strong At the Break. She is “selected for a joint U.S. and Canadian drug task force” and travels to Canada to be a “part of a six-person squad” investigating a marijuana grow house using Chinese laborers…an operation the Hells Angels seem determined to end, even if it means muder.

Malcolm Arno, the leader of a powerful militia movement known as the Patriot Sun, is following in the footsteps of his father, the late preacher of the gospel Maxwell Arno. Max “and his cultlike group of fanatics known as the Church of the Redeemer” had been stockpiling weapons, getting ready for the day when they would start a second Civil War and take back Washington, D.C., and America and restore rights they felt have been gradually taken away from white American by the government and the courts.

Strong At the Break has flashbacks interspersed throughout, just as the first two books in the series do. The one that begins the books and serves as a prologue depicts Jim Strong’s confrontation and attempted arrest of Max outside of Pearsley’s Tackle and Gun Shop. Caitlin sees that Arno’s son is there with him, with no way to know then that Malcolm will grow up to carry on his father’s legacy. He organizes many of the country’s militant extremist groups together and makes Patriot Sun larger than the Church of the Redeemer ever had been.

Field medic and sergeant Mark Serles is an Iraqi vet who had his legs blown off above the knee by an IED. He believes that the Iraqis didn’t set it off, though, but that someone from our government or military did, to silence him because of information he knew. He is still anxious and worries that his life might be in danger, and doesn’t feel he can trust anyone around him. Caitlin Strong is a bit dubious, but promises to help Mark–a native of San Antonio–any way she can.

Jon Land’s short chapters interweave together and keep the suspense and action going nonstop. Each of the three main plot lines are fascinating, and very believable and well-researched. Homegrown terrorists like Timothy McVeigh and his connections with the Michigan Militia are mentioned, and with the huge number of other White Supremist and neo-Nazi groups around the country, the parts of the novel dealing with them and their goals seemed all too real. I’m sad to say that McVeigh also had ties with at least one militant group in Arkansas, where I live, and to the “Elohim City” compound in Muldrow, Oklahoma, so the novel touched me one more than one level as I read about Malcolm Arno and the Patriot Sun organization.

Also, I was very interested in how the Hells Angels have helped participate in making Canada an even bigger source of illegal drugs entering into the United States than Mexico. I knew Canada was a major source of drugs like the BC buds, or marijuana, that Jon Land writes about in the novel, but I did not know to what extent until I read Strong At the Break. And the information I read about the tremendous amount of money, $20 billion, that disappeared in Iraq but had been meant to be used to ensure its infrastructure didn’t fail, was extremely interesting. How it plays into the funding of the Patriot Sun makes the novel seem ripped from today’s headlines, and I just hope that nothing like that scenario ever happens, which might allow militant groups to band together and carry out their plans to overthrow our government, however corrupt it might be.

Strong At the Break by Jon Land is a pulse-pounding book that proves you shouldn’t mess with Texas, and especially not with Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong. It’s perhaps the best book yet in an already powerful series, and it successfully blends elements of history, the Texas Rangers, and today’s news into an explosive package you’ll love to read if you’re already a fan of the series or the thriller genre. Remember, you don’t need to have read the first two books to get into and enjoy reading Strong At the Break, so check it out today!

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