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Strong Rain Falling (Caitlin Strong Series #5)

Strong Rain Falling (Caitlin Strong Series #5)

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by Jon Land

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Jon Land's bestselling series featuring Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong continues in Strong Rain Falling.

"Gripping! Caitlin Strong is my favorite new series character." —Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author

Mexico, 1919: The birth of the Mexican drug trade begins


Jon Land's bestselling series featuring Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong continues in Strong Rain Falling.

"Gripping! Caitlin Strong is my favorite new series character." —Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author

Mexico, 1919: The birth of the Mexican drug trade begins with opium being smuggled across the United States 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 Cort Wesley Masters both survive terrifying gun battles. But it turns out the actual targets were Masters's teenage sons.

That sets Caitlin and Cort Wesley off on a trail winding through the past and present with 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. There's a strong rain coming and only Caitlin and Cort Wesley can stop it.

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“Land knows how to write, how to plot, and how to tell a hell of a story. One of the best and most original thriller series written today. An excellent read.” —Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Rollicking, no-holds-barred fun.” —Associated Press

Strong Rain Falling is a great read to close out the summer.” —The Huffington Post

“Jon Land is writing at the highest level; as always a great plot, interesting characters and a thrill ride that will keep your fingers glued to the pages for hours.” —The Strand Magazine

“Blends high-octane adventure with a ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy. Tautly crafted, brilliantly plotted, here is a thriller that's as gripping as it is important. A cautionary tale everyone must read.” —James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Colony

Publishers Weekly
In Land’s unrelentingly plot-driven fifth novel featuring Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong (after 2012’s Strong Vengeance), Strong accompanies her lover’s son, Dylan Torres, on a visit to Brown University in Providence, R.I.—a trip that turns to near tragedy when gunmen open fire on Dylan. Meanwhile, back in San Antonio, Tex., there’s a similar attempt on the life of Dylan’s brother, Luke. Strong uncovers not simply a plot to target these two boys but something much more sinister—an elaborate criminal enterprise that dates back to the Mexican drug cartels of 1919 and involved Strong’s Texas Ranger great-grandfather, William Ray Strong. Lending assistance to Strong is Guillermo Paz, a student of German philosophy, who has a knack for always showing up in just the nick of time with a loaded gun. While Land brings a great deal of wonderful history into his story, some readers may find tiresome his habit of ending nearly every chapter with a cliffhanger. Agent: Natalia Aponte, Natalia Aponte Literary Agency. (Aug.)

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Caitlin Strong Series , #5
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4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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Caitlin Strong was waiting downstairs in a grassy park bisected by concrete walkways when Dylan Torres emerged from the building. The boy fit in surprisingly well with the Brown University students he slid between in approaching her, his long black hair bouncing just past his shoulders and attracting the attention of more than one passing coed.
“How’d it go?” Caitlin asked, rising from the bench that felt like a sauna in the sun.
Dylan shrugged and blew some stray hair from his face with his breath. “Size could be an issue.”
“For playing football at this level, I expect so.”
“Coach Estes didn’t rule it out. He just said there were no more first-year slots left in the program.”
“First year?”
“Freshman, Caitlin.”
“How’d you leave it?” she asked, feeling dwarfed by the athletic buildings that housed playing courts, training facilities, a swimming pool, a full gym, and the offices of the school’s coaches. The buildings enclosed the parklike setting on three sides, leaving the street side to be rimmed by an eight-foot wall of carefully layered stone. Playing fields took up the rear of the complex beyond the buildings and, while waiting for Dylan, Caitlin heard the clang of aluminum bats hitting baseballs and thunks of what sounded like soccer balls being kicked about. Funny how living in a place the size of Texas made her antsy within an area where so much was squeezed so close.
“Well, short of me growing another four inches and putting on maybe twenty pounds of muscle, it’s gonna be an uphill battle,” Dylan said, looking down. “That is, if I even get into this place. That’s an uphill battle too.”
She reached out and touched his shoulder. “This coming from a kid who’s bested serial killers, kidnappers, and last year a human monster who bled venom instead of blood.”
Dylan started to shrug, but smiled instead. “Helps that you and my dad were there to gun them all down.”
“Well, I don’t believe we’ll be shooting Coach Estes, and my point was if anybody can handle an uphill battle or two, it’s you.”
Dylan lapsed into silence, leaving Caitlin to think of the restaurant they’d eaten at the night before, where the waitress had complimented her on having such a good-looking son. She’d felt her insides turn to mush when the boy smiled and went right on studying the menu, not bothering to correct the woman. He was three quarters through a fifth year at San Antonio’s St. Anthony Catholic High School, in range of finishing the year with straight A’s. Though the school didn’t formally offer a post-graduate program, Caitlin’s captain, D. W. Tepper, had convinced them to make an exception on behalf of the Texas Rangers by slightly altering their Senior Connection program to fit the needs of a boy whose grades hadn’t anywhere near matched his potential yet.
Not that it was an easy fit. The school’s pristine campus in historic Monte Vista just north of downtown San Antonio was populated by boys and girls in staid, prescribed uniforms that made Dylan cringe. Blazers instead of shapeless shirts worn out at the waist, khakis instead of jeans gone from sagging to, more recently, what they called skinny, and hard leather dress shoes instead of the boots Caitlin had bought him for his birthday a few years back. But the undermanned football team had recruited him early on, Dylan donning a uniform for the first time since his brief stint in the Pop Warner Football League as a young boy, when his mother was still alive and the father he’d yet to meet was in prison. This past fall at St. Anthony’s he’d taken to the sport again like a natural, playing running back and sifting through the tiniest holes in the defensive line to amass vast chunks of yardage. Dylan ended up being named Second Team All TAPPS District 2-5A, attracting the attention of several small colleges, though none on the level of Brown University, a perennial contender for the Ivy League crown.
Caitlin found those Friday nights, sitting with Cort Wesley Masters and his younger son, Luke, in stands ripe with the first soft bite of fall, strangely comforting. Given that she’d never had much use for such things in her own teenage years, the experience left her feeling as if she’d been transported back in time, with a chance to relive her own youth through a boy who was as close to a son as she’d ever have. Left her recalling her own high school days smelling of gun oil instead of perfume. She’d been awkward then, gawky after growing tall fast. Still a few years short of forty, Caitlin had never added to that five-foot-seven-inch frame, although the present found her filled out and firm from regular workouts and jogging. She wore her wavy black hair more fashionably styled, but kept it the very same length she always had, perhaps in a misguided attempt to slow time, if not stop it altogether.
Gazing at Dylan now, she recalled the headmaster of his school, a cousin of Caitlin’s own high school principal, coming up to her after the victorious opening home game.
“The school owes you a great bit of gratitude, Ranger.”
“Well, sir, I’ll bet Dylan’ll do even better next week.”
The headmaster gestured toward the newly installed lights. “I meant gratitude to the Rangers arranging for the variance that allowed us to go forward with the installation. That’s the only reason we’re able to be here tonight.”
She’d nodded, smiling to herself at how Captain Tepper had managed to arrange Dylan’s admission. “Our pleasure, sir.”
Now, months later, on the campus of an Ivy League school in Providence, Rhode Island, Dylan looked down at the grass and then up again, something furtive lurking in his suddenly narrowed eyes. The sun sneaking through a nearby tree dappled his face and further hid what he was about to share.
“I got invited to a frat party.”
“Say that again.”
“I got invited to a party at this frat called D-Phi.”
“D what?”
“Short for Delta Phi. Like the Greek letters.”
“I know they’re Greek letters, son, just like I know what goes on at these kind of parties given that I’ve been called to break them up on more than one occasion.”
“You’re the one who made me start thinking about college.”
“Doesn’t mean I got you thinking about doing shots and playing beer pong.”
Caitlin looked at him as if he were speaking a foreign language.
“They call it Beirut here, not beer pong,” Dylan continued. “And it’s important I get a notion of what campus life is like. You told me that too.”
“I did?”
“I let you go to this party, you promise you won’t drink?”
Dylan rolled his head from side to side. “I promise I won’t drink much.”
“What’s that mean?”
“That I’ll be just fine when you come pick me up in the morning to get to the airport.”
“Pick you up,” Caitlin repeated, her gaze narrowing.
“I’m staying with this kid from Texas who plays on the team. Coach set it up.”
“Coach Estes?”
“Yup. Why?”
Caitlin slapped an arm around the boy’s shoulders and steered him toward the street. “Because I may rethink my decision about shooting him.”
“I told him you were a Texas Ranger,” Dylan said, as they approached a pair of workmen stringing a tape measure outside the athletic complex’s hockey rink.
“What’d he think about that?” Caitlin said, finding her gaze drawn to the two men she noticed had no tools and were wearing scuffed shoes instead of work boots.
“He said he liked gals with guns.”
They continued along the walkway that curved around the parklike grounds, banking left at a small lot where Caitlin had parked her rental. She worked the remote to unlock the doors and watched Dylan ease around to the passenger side, while she turned back toward the hockey rink and the two workmen she couldn’t shake from her mind.
But they were gone.

Copyright © 2013 by Jon Land

Meet the Author

JON LAND is the critically acclaimed author of thirty novels, including the bestselling series featuring female Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong: Strong Enough to Die, Strong Justice, Strong at the Break and Strong Vengeance. In addition, he is that author of the nonfiction bestseller Betrayal. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Strong Rain Falling (Caitlin Strong Series #5) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story jumps around too much, and has more than usual violence. Each book seems to progress further from being even vaguely realistic. It is bordering on the edge of fantasy. I doubt that I will purchase another STRONG BOOK. Sorry, Jon, you can do better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Review by Ryder Islington, Author of ULTIMATE JUSTICE, A Trey Fontaine Mystery This is one of the best police procedural/suspense/mystery books I've read in years. Mr. Land has done a great job of bringing characters to life, and for once, the good guy...er...gal...is truly good. Caitlin Strong is a Texas ranger, full of fire and ready to take out the bad guys...er...or gals...as need be. What a reborn concept--good and honest role models, full of integrity and strength. And though Caitlin is an excellent role model, she is also well-rounded and alive. I'd be proud to call her friend. Below you'll find a synopsis and an excerpt. Expect to be pulled in by a Texas ranger with a reformed convict for a boyfriend, and a hot temper for those who aren't willing to stand up and do the right thing. She faces politicians, criminals and uncooperative bosses with disdain and manages to stay alive, and employed. This is book is the fifth in the series, though it stands alone just fine. But I'll be going back to read the first four books ASAP.
JoyAnneTN More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy unpredictable thrillers this is the book for you. Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong is trying to find out who is targeting the sons of her love interest Cort Masters who just happens to be in a Mexican prison. She also must figure out what his teenage sons have in common with the dead bodies found lined up on a drill rig.  Drug Cartel, nuclear weapons, and ghosts from the past are what you'll find in this action packed novel. Fast paced, refreshing, entertaining... Jon Land knows how to write!  I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
TheStuffofSuccess More than 1 year ago
I have read several of John Land's books but nothing from the Caitlin Strong books. I love how John can blend fiction with fact; history with present. It is a very unique ability but one that captures a reader from the very beginning of the story. Trust me - those first few pages are very important in his stories. The stage is set immediately and you will never have a dull moment and there are always surprises that leave you gasping. This is yet another masterfully created suspense filled mystery that is worth every moment of your time! Five stars again for sure! Thanks John. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
mmbear More than 1 year ago
This was an action packed book from the moment I opened it until it ended! I actually didn't know that Texas still had Rangers and all the interesting information that was included in this book about Mexico and how the drug cartels got started was all news to me. Too bad vengeance always clouds people's minds and in this particular story, I never really understood why this woman killed her own sister and her family. The girls were born twins but the family was pretty poor at the time so one of their friends took one girl and adopted her. This girl that was adopted, Ana, unfortunately, became caught up in the drug cartels and she rose to fame and had a lot of money. But, still, she sought revenge for something her twin sister knew nothing about. Heck, she didn't even know she had one! So, they kill the sister and then they find out she had another sister and a family including 2 children. Those were also killed. To me, this makes absolutely no sense. It's not like they knew about her. I wasn't too thrilled with the killing of children and thankfully no graphic details are given, to which I am very happy about. Otherwise, it's an awesome book and if you enjoy nail biting suspense until the very end, then this book is for you!
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VicG More than 1 year ago
Jon Land in his new book, "Strong Rain Falling" Book Five in the Blaine McCracken series published by Forge Books gives us a new adventure with Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong. 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. I am new to the adventures of Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong. The minute I read that she is a modern-day Texas Ranger I knew this was going to be exciting. I just didn't know how exciting. For me the minute you say Texas Ranger I think of every Western I have ever read or seen and none of them were bad and I knew this would be no exception. "Strong Rain Falling" is one huge action-packed thriller from page one. A strong rain can overflow highways and destroy property. A high intensity situation can have the same effect as a strong rain. Ana Callas Guajardo wants to get revenge for an event from 1919 and she is just crazy enough to destroy the United States in the process. This is pure excitement. Mr. Land obviously likes to tell a good story,and this one is as good as it gets. You will not be disappointed with "Strong Rain Falling". It is a roaring adventure from start to finish. Now while I wait for the next Caitlin Strong novel I have four others I need to catch up on. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."