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Strong Vengeance (Caitlin Strong Series #4)

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by Jon Land

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1818:  In the Gulf waters off the Texas coast, the pirate Jean Lefitte and his partner Jim Bowie launch an attack on the Mother Mary, a slave ship carrying an invaluable treasure.

The Present:  Fifth-generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong finds herself investigating the murder of the oil rig crew that had found the


1818:  In the Gulf waters off the Texas coast, the pirate Jean Lefitte and his partner Jim Bowie launch an attack on the Mother Mary, a slave ship carrying an invaluable treasure.

The Present:  Fifth-generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong finds herself investigating the murder of the oil rig crew that had found the long-lost wreckage of the Mother Mary. The crew also uncovered something else beneath the surface of the sea—something connected to a terrorist attack about to be launched by a mad American-born cleric who has recruited an army of homegrown terrorists.

With the stakes higher than any she has encountered before, Caitlin races to find the connection between the secret treasure of the Mother Mary and the deadly secret hidden on the bottom of the ocean.

Caitlin’s only chance to defeat the terrorists lies in the darkest reaches of the Louisiana bayou. In the end, only the strongest of vengeance can win the day.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Caitlin Strong battles Arab terrorists, homicidal pedophiles, murderous wealthy businessmen, and corrupt government agents in Land’s rousing, action-filled fourth novel featuring the fifth-generation Texas Ranger (after 2011’s Strong at the Break). Aiding Caitlin in all the derring-do is her lover, Cort Wesley Masters, recently released from a Mexican prison, where he languished for four months after killing a drug dealer. The main threat comes from terrorist mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki, thought killed by a Predator drone the year before, who’s implementing a massive plot on Texas soil and beneath the waters of the Gulf of Mexico that aims to kill hundreds of thousands. As always, Land slips in a lot of Texas Ranger lore while presenting the crime-busting cowboys as living legends, the toughest, most upright lawmen and women in the U.S.A. Land also proves himself a plotting virtuoso by pulling all the widely disparate elements into a coherent whole. Agent: Natalia Aponte, Natalia Aponte Literary Agency. (July)
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Strong Vengeance 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 bestseller of The Devil

“How the strong grow stronger! Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong proves once again she's the woman for the job, taking on lost treasures, cold cases, mass murder and homegrown terrorists in a do-or-die race against the clock that will leave you gasping till the end.” —Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Love You More

“With a magnificent heroine and an adrenaline-packed plot, Strong Vengeance packs a Texas-sized wallop. If Jane Rizzoli ever gets into trouble, you bet she'll be calling Caitlin Strong for help.” —Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Girl

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Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
Caitlin Strong Series , #4
Edition description:
First Edition
Product dimensions:
14.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

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Strong Vengeance

A Caitlin Strong Novel
By Jon Land

Forge Books

Copyright © 2012 Jon Land
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780765330994

“This isn’t your play, Ranger Strong,” Captain Consuelo Alonzo of the San Antonio police said to Caitlin Strong beneath an overhang outside the Thomas C. Clark High School. Her hands were planted on her hips, one of them squeezing a pair of sunglasses hard enough to crush the frame.
Caitlin took off her Stetson and let the warm spring sunlight drench her face and raven-black hair that swam past her shoulders. Her cheeks felt flushed and she could feel the heat building behind them. She’d left her own sunglasses back in her SUV, forcing her to keep her view shielded from the sun, which left the focused intensity in her dark eyes clear enough for anyone to see. Her cheekbones were ridged and angular, meshed so perfectly with her jawline that her face had the appearance of one drawn to life by an artist.
Caitlin met Alonzo’s stare with her own, neither of them budging. “Then I guess I heard wrong about a boy with a gun holding hostages in the school library.”
“No, you heard right about that. But this isn’t a Ranger matter. I didn’t call you in and my SWAT team’s already deployed.”
Caitlin gazed at the modern two-story, L-shaped mauve building shaded by thick elm and oak trees. The main entrance was located at the point of the school where the L broke directly before a nest of rhododendron bushes, from which rose the school marquee listing upcoming events, including graduation and senior prom. A barricade had been erected in haphazard fashion halfway to the street to hold anxious and frantic parents behind a combination of sawhorses, traffic cones, and strung-together rope.
“SWAT team for one boy with a gun?” Caitlin raised.
A news helicopter circled above, adding to Alonzo’s discomfort. “You have a problem with that? Or maybe you’ve never heard of Columbine?”
“Any shots fired yet?”
“No, and that’s the way we want to keep it.”
“Then I do have a problem, Captain. I do indeed.”
Alonzo’s face reddened so fast it looked as if she were holding her breath. She’d lost considerable weight since the day Caitlin had met her inside San Antonio’s Central Police Substation a couple years back. They had maintained a loose correspondence mostly via e-mail ever since, both appreciating the trials and tribulations of women trying to make it in the predominantly male world of law enforcement. Plenty accused Caitlin of riding her legendary father and grandfather’s coattails straight into the Rangers. But Alonzo’s parents were Mexican immigrants who barely spoke English and lacked any coattails to ride whatsoever. She was still muscular and had given up wearing her hair in a bun, opting instead for a shorter cut matted down by her cap.
“This is the Masters boy’s school, isn’t it?” Alonzo asked Caitlin.
“Yes, ma’am. And he still uses his mother’s last name—Torres.”
“Well, I can tell you the son of that outlaw boyfriend of yours is in one of the classrooms ordered into lockdown while we determine if there are any other perpetrators involved.”
Caitlin glanced at the black-clad commandos squatting tensely on either side of the entrance. “When was the last time your SWAT team deployed?”
“That’s none of your goddamn business.”
“Any shots fired, innocents wounded?”
The veins over Alonzo’s temples began to throb. “You’re wasting my time, Ranger.”
“And you’re missing the point. You’re going in with SWAT without exhausting any of the easier options.”
“Like what?”
“Me,” Caitlin told her.

Copyright © 2012 by Jon Land


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JON LAND is the acclaimed author of numerous bestsellers, including Strong Enough to Die, Strong Justice, and The Seven Sins. Land lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Strong Vengeance: A Caitlin Strong Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strong Vengeance If you’re looking for great summer read, pick up or download a copy of STRONG VENGEANCE, best-selling author Jon Land’s latest installment of his popular Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong novels. But I gotta warn you: fasten your seat-belt because you’re in for one helluva ride. I started reading the Caitlin Strong novels out of order but it doesn’t matter. Each novel stands alone. Anyway, as is Land’s style, with seamless transitions and impeccable research, he takes us back and forth between the nineteenth century and its connection to a contemporary case involving Caitlin. Just how does a present day mass murder at an offshore oilrig relate to a cold case murder of some Texas University college kids in the Louisiana bayou? The answer takes us way back, to Caitlin’s Texas Ranger grandfather and the legendary lost treasure of pirate Jean Lefitte. As I greedily turned pages, I started thinking Jon Land is a one-man dream team: a dynamic fusion of James Lee Burke, Larry McMurtry and Lee Child, with the Coen brothers playing guard. The writing is that good. The plot ratchets up exponentially, with a homegrown terrorist and extreme toxicity involving nuclear waste. The lives of millions of Americans teeter in the balance. Whoa! But there’s much more to these Caitlin Strong novels than thrills, action and suspense and that would be the compelling romantic component. Cort Wesley is Caitlin’s love interest and could easily be a protagonist in his own right. Think Lee Child’s Jack Reacher folded into Janet Evanovich’s bad boy, Ranger: tough, handsome and a bit dark. While Cort Wesley is away, Caitlin has responsibility for Cort Wesley’s boys and they’ve been targeted by a pedophilic sociopath. In this novel, Caitlin is catapulted from one fingernail-biting situation to another and back. Like I said, buckle up! -- Jan Evan Whitford, author of Mystic Fear
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TerriAnn15 More than 1 year ago
“Strong Vengeance” by Jon Land Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong is from the stock where legends are made, but Captain Tepper decides she needs to learn how to balance her two responsibilities: job and family. She is caring for her boyfriend’s sons Dylan Masters and Luke Tores. Cort Wesley Masters would be there, but he’s literally fighting to survive in a Mexican prison for the murder of a drug lord. Suddenly, Cort Wesley is out of jail. His old acquaintance Jones has a job for him. There’s a terror cell in San Antonio and his talents are needed. So, if Cort Wesley rids Texas and the world of this terror pack, he is free. Lesson to be learned: everything costs and nothing is free! This story has it all, two ships—one from the past and one present—love, fear, betrayal, treasure, Texas Rangers (of course), and a few grisly/sickening scenes that are so well-written they made me retch. I could go on all day. One concrete thing I will share, Teofilo Reyes Braga hauls away garbage—an ironic job for him. Blurred lines between lies and truth on both sides of the law, past and present with fierce tendrils linking them together and the exploding mushroom that is this story just gets bigger and bigger right in front of your eyes. The way Land weaves his tale caught me off guard at every junction, and I loved it! I would be utterly remiss if I didn’t mention the way Land portrayed the father and son relationship. Cort Wesley adores both his sons, but his relationship with Dylan was so expertly written, when those two shared a scene, I felt I was peeking in on something real. When I start a new novel, there’s some anxiety in the newness. I start reading and instantly feel that “fear.” Then, out of nowhere comes Caitlin Strong, my old friend with her SIG-Sauer and I am completely unafraid. I take her hand and allow her to lead me wherever she’d like. For me, that makes not only an amazing character, but comes from a class-act author! Reviewed by Terri Ann Armstrong, author of “How to Plant a Body”
Russ_Ilg More than 1 year ago
trong Vengeance is the latest and greatest of the Caitlin Strong series by Jon Land. When Jon Land shifted his writing style with the first book in the Caitlin Strong series, I really did not know what to expect. But because of his other great novels I jumped right in and found that Jon had transcended from an author of thriller novels to one of the greatest and most innovate authors in the thriller industry. Jon Land’s writing style changed as well into something I have coined as “fact fiction,” a growing trend today that many other authors have shifted to as well. It pertains to the ability to mix true facts into a fictional story that helps bring the novel to a whole new level. As you read Strong Vengeance, there are so many things that that are real and true, that you end up learning about and understanding things you may not have known before and wouldn’t have if you hadn’t jumped into the book. You almost have to read the book twice to capture all the material, along with twists and turns that are both hair-raising and shocking as our favorite Texas Ranger finds herself battling homegrown Islamic terrorists with nothing less than the future of the country at stake. You’re pulled so deep into the story that life outside its pages freezes along with time itself, and you’re finished before you even have a chance to check your watch or iPhone. In large part that’s because Jon has put together the greatest cast of characters of any author. They are so richly drawn and warm, while at the same time capable of doing anything it takes to stop the terrorists, the leader of whom is the real-life mastermind of any number of attacks already launched against the U.S.—fact-fiction, like I said before. Caitlin Strong is a fifth generation Texas Ranger which is incredible to begin with, but Jon additionally uses her family history to go back and forth in time to prove a real feel for how the Rangers started and how they have evolved, or not, over the years. In Strong Vengeance, that history involves the only case both Caitlin’s legendary grandfather and father worked on together involving a mass murder and Jean Lafitte’s legendary lost treasure. Caitlin picks up the 30-year-old investigation where they left off, adding yet another layer to the tale. Strong Vengeance is the fourth novel in what is hands down the best series being written today also because of Caitlin Strong’s relationship with Cort Wesley, the most notorious criminal in modern Texas history, and his two sons she has taken on as her own. That makes this book, and the series, resonate on an emotional level seldom seen in thriller fiction. But this is still a thriller first and foremost, and we follow Caitlin as she chases the terrorists from the Gulf, to the bayou in Louisiana in a battle against an enemy determined to wreak havoc against the United States, thanks to a discovery that dates back to the time of the great American legend Jim Bowie. The action scenes are scarily visceral with an especially chilling pedophilic villain taking center stage in several of them. Jon Land’s new thriller transgresses every level and spectrum of writing and storytelling. Truly an edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting, white-knuckled, mind-blowing experience. Strong Vengeance is the best book of the year and comes just in time for summer, so don’t forget your sunscreen and strap yourself in for the ride of your life.
Karla_Miller More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Strong Vengeance. I love the way Jon Land weaves the past with the present to create this high action thriller. Definitely recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago