Strong Cold Dead by Jon Land

Strong Cold Dead

Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong returns in Jon Land's Strong Cold Dead, a thriller with heart-stopping action and a high-stakes terrorist plotThe terrorist organization ISIS is after a deadly toxin that could be the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. The same toxin holds the potential to eradicate cancer. There is a frantic race to see who can get to it first, even as Caitli...

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  • The Real Book Spy

    Set in the heart of the Lone Star State, Caitlin Strong is a lone-wolf Texas Ranger who fears nothing and trusts her gut above everything else. Unfortunately for Caitlin, though, her way of doing business has worn thin on her superior officer, Captain Tepper, and others.

    More than ever before, Caitlin is receiving pushback for actions and tactics. At one point she’s even assigned to a desk in an effort to keep her out of trouble until things coo

    Set in the heart of the Lone Star State, Caitlin Strong is a lone-wolf Texas Ranger who fears nothing and trusts her gut above everything else. Unfortunately for Caitlin, though, her way of doing business has worn thin on her superior officer, Captain Tepper, and others.

    More than ever before, Caitlin is receiving pushback for actions and tactics. At one point she’s even assigned to a desk in an effort to keep her out of trouble until things cool down. To say that doesn’t go over well would be a massive understatement, as Caitlin essentially disobeys the order with little regard and no regrets.

    Caitlin comes from a long family line of Texas Rangers, and she’s great at her job. Her instincts are her strong suit, as they rarely ever steer her wrong. That proves true once again when she notices that something seems

    at a local Native American reservation.

    Further digging uncovers a sinister plot that goes all the way back to the days when one of Caitlin’s great-great-grandpas was a Ranger, bringing a new dynamic to the overall mystique of the story.

    Jon Land shines the brightest when the story switches back and forth between 1874 and the present day. By really setting the scene and altering his writing style to reflect a time period more than a hundred years in the past, Land transports the readers back and forth as he masterfully reveals more of the plot, pulling the curtain back a little further each time.

    Caitlin Strong is a fantastic character. Instantly one of the most attractive women in any room that she walks into, she’s comfortable letting her hair down and glamming it up whenever necessary. She’s also just as comfortable pulling her hair back and getting down into the mud with the men where she’s more than capable of handling herself, even against much bigger opponents.

    As it turns out, something powerful lies buried beneath the surface of the reservation. Something that, if used by the right people with good intentions, could be a game-changer in the medical world. However, should people with less-than-good intentions get their hands on the material, it could be weaponized to do incomprehensible damage on the grandest of scales.

    With the clock ticking down, Caitlin finds herself in the middle of two sides racing to secure the material. But when she finds out that the Islamic State is involved, things get taken to another level. They must be stopped at all costs, obviously, but doing so is no easy task.

    While the terror group, known for their brutality, has a plan, they never accounted for a down-home country girl standing in their way, guns-a-blazing.

    Big mistake!

    Caitlin Strong is at her very best here, as is Jon Land.

    is a gripping thriller with a unique, original plot that sizzles from beginning to end.

    They say everything is bigger in Texas, and, staying true to form, the stakes have never been higher for Caitlin.

    I really enjoyed the scenes set in the 1800s. If Jon Land ever wrote a book set completely in that time period, I’d buy it in a heartbeat. That historical aspect added another layer to the story and provided a welcome switch in narratives at just the right times.

    Land is one of the most underrated thriller authors writing today, as he routinely puts out solid page-turners year after year. This series, without question, is his strongest work (pun intended) so far. His Blaine McCracken series is good too, but there’s just something unique about Caitlin.

    In a genre dominated by tough-guy protagonists, Caitlin Strong breaks the mold in a bold and captivating way. I love how Land has balanced her character. She’s feminine, yet strong, independent, and a little in-your-face. Kind of like if star UFC fighter Ronda Rousey joined the Texas Rangers–part of you wants to ask her out, yet part of you is kind of scared she might punch you in the face.

    Other than the book starting out a little slow, which is necessary to build the story,

    is nonstop fun, action, and sass.

  • Sharon

    An excellent read - The author combines old world with modern world dilemmas. A strong story line with excellent imagery. A must read for those who love mystery and drama. Generations of story all pulled into one book. Wild west, Native tribes fight for their land, police action, and legends all in one neatly wrapped package here. The book kept me on the edge of my seat calling me to turn the pages. One of the best books I have read in awhile.

    Well-done!

  • Sherry Fundin

    Jon Land writes a great story and Strong Cold Dead is the latest in his Caitlin Strong series. These novels will stand alone, but if you are just starting the series, I would always recommend beginning at the beginning. Don’t want to miss anything, do you?

    Politics and resentment create a hostile situation for Caitlin when she arrives on the scene of a riot, but that doesn’t stop her from taking action. And…that is only the beginning.

    Jon Land’s Caitlin Strong novels are always on my reading list.

    Jon Land writes a great story and Strong Cold Dead is the latest in his Caitlin Strong series. These novels will stand alone, but if you are just starting the series, I would always recommend beginning at the beginning. Don’t want to miss anything, do you?

    Politics and resentment create a hostile situation for Caitlin when she arrives on the scene of a riot, but that doesn’t stop her from taking action. And…that is only the beginning.

    Jon Land’s Caitlin Strong novels are always on my reading list. I know I can’t go wrong and look forward to hours of action and adventure with Caitlin, a Strong and confident female character that defies death.

    Caitlin is surrounded by characters who will grip you with their bravery and determination to get the job done, no matter the cost.

    From Texas, to Canada, to Iraq, and back again, the evil doesn’t smack you in the face, but subtlely infuses itself into the story. Ghosts, Native American mysticism, terrorists and monsters rise to a crescendo that leaves me racing to the end, wanting to know…who will live and who will die.

    Seeing the terrorism is on United States soil, I felt even more fear…for all of us…because I do believe things ‘like’ this could happen at any time.

    I received an ARC of Strong Cold Dead from Jon Land.

  • Anita Lock

    One woman the Texas law enforcement does not want to contend with is Caitlin Strong. A lone ranger who comes from a distinctive generation of Texas Rangers, Caitlin is a "genuine force of nature," marching to the beat of her own drum regardless of legalities. Caitlin receives an anonymous tip about her friend's son, who is protesting against oil drilling at a Comanche reservation. Caitlin is aware that the protest is a mere symptom of greater problems in connection with the reservation. Wary of

    One woman the Texas law enforcement does not want to contend with is Caitlin Strong. A lone ranger who comes from a distinctive generation of Texas Rangers, Caitlin is a "genuine force of nature," marching to the beat of her own drum regardless of legalities. Caitlin receives an anonymous tip about her friend's son, who is protesting against oil drilling at a Comanche reservation. Caitlin is aware that the protest is a mere symptom of greater problems in connection with the reservation. Wary of unfurling trouble, her fears intensify with the enigmatic deaths of a mutilated foreman and twenty-two people from a local diner. But Caitlin has a hunch that something sinister is brewing beyond oil possession, especially when she learns that ISIS has an interest in the reservation.

    The eighth novel in the Caitlin Strong series, Jon Land's latest is nothing less than a chilling thriller. Set in the heart of Texas, Land's plot initially zeroes in on oil drilling at a Comanche reservation. Obviously, there is more at play than just oil. But before his narrative takes off, Land starts with a bit of history: the 1867 Medicine Lodge Treaty. A continual theme in the Strong series, Land introduces an array of historical facts and figures that are all somehow connected with the Texas Rangers. Unique to Land's storyline is its timing to current protests taking place in North Dakota against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock (Sioux) reservation. Although his narrative heads in a slightly different direction, Land highlights pertinent issues such as corporate greed and Native American territorial rights, to name a few. While drawing attention to the history behind the Bakken pipeline in North Dakota, Land weaves in a flurry of historic figures. Examples include outlaw Curly Bill Brocius and the Earp family, Stephen Austin--the unofficial creator of the Texas Rangers, Comanche Chief Quanah Parker, and oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller.

    Featuring Caitlin Strong--a spunky, no-nonsense Texas Ranger--Land shapes his main character by surrounding her with a host of foils. Caitlin's annoying questioning and often seemingly disconnected statements may remind seasoned readers of the beloved gumshoe played by Peter Falk from the long-running TV series called Columbo. Yet within Caitlin's hardened persona, there is a weak side to her guise as she bemoans actions from her past. One character that helps her get over her guilt-ridden feelings is her supposed boyfriend, whom she affectionately refers to as "Cort Wesley." A blend of highly developed and complex characters, Land's cast covers the good, bad, ugly, and everything in between. Alternating present and past scenes among his colorful characters, Land aptly places them within a quick-paced plot divided into ten sections that are replete with short cliffhanging chapters. Land's mix of fact and fiction reaches a wide audience—a perfect balance to whet the literary appetite of both historical fiction and mystery aficionados, as well as those who are not terribly interested in Old West history. Seriously!

    Reviewed by Anita Lock

    Originally posted on San Francisco Book Review

  • Joan

    While this is the eighth book in the Caitlin Strong series, I've not read the earlier ones yet thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

    Caitlin is a Texas Ranger, the fifth in her family line. She is something else. She has unique insights into a situation and follows her intuition. She'll often run into trouble with her superiors but always manages to see her way through.

    Caitlin receives word that the son of her friend is part of a protest at a Comanche reservation. She soon suspects there is much more t

    While this is the eighth book in the Caitlin Strong series, I've not read the earlier ones yet thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

    Caitlin is a Texas Ranger, the fifth in her family line. She is something else. She has unique insights into a situation and follows her intuition. She'll often run into trouble with her superiors but always manages to see her way through.

    Caitlin receives word that the son of her friend is part of a protest at a Comanche reservation. She soon suspects there is much more to what is happening at the reservation than a company wanting to drill for oil. Her concern goes into high gear when the foreman of the oil crew is horribly murdered. Then all the people in a local restaurant die within seconds. Caitlin and her friends try to connect the dots before more people are killed.

    This novel has a complex plot. It is almost like parallel stories happening at the same time. There is something going on at the reservation involving a businessman wanting access to what's underneath the land. His cover is that he is looking for oil but Caitlin suspects he is seeking something else entirely and something much more dangerous. Off the reservation is another serious issue concerning the possibility of ISIS terrorists. Caitlin's friend at Homeland Security gets her involved in that investigation. That aspect of the plot includes some angry young Comanche warriors too.

    I enjoyed the novel but found it hard to follow at times. Land takes us to various places in Texas as he introduces new (to me) characters. It took me a while to figure out who they were and how they fit into the story line. We are even taken overseas to a terrorist compound. Land also takes us back periodically to the 1860s and Caitlin's great grandfather, also a Texas Ranger, as he deals with a situation similar to what Caitlin faces today.

    Besides enjoying a good thriller, I learned some history of Texas too. The current protests by the Comanche are related to attempts by John D. Rockefeller to get oil from Texas lands back in the 1860s. The Native American territorial rights are an issue as big corporations try to gain access to treaty lands. This issue is something out of today's newspaper. (Land notes that he took freedom placing Rockefeller in the historical story.)

    I enjoyed Land's writing style, mixing a bit of fantasy with mystery and suspense. Readers who enjoy a contemporary mystery involving potential terrorists will like this novel. Readers who enjoy learning some history will like it too. Readers who appreciate a gutsy female heroine who will not let a situation go until it is solved will like it too.

    I was disappointed to find that this novel contains a graphic sex scene, a rape, and vulgar language. Other than that, a good novel with plenty of suspense.

    I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

  • Russell

    Strong Cold Dead by Jon Land

    reviewed by Russell Ilg

    “Nobody goes beyond this point, ma’am,” is the first thing Caitlin Strong is told in Jon Land’s superb and sensational Strong Cold Dead. And I probably don’t have to tell you what she does next in the eighth book featuring the stalwart fifth generation Texas Ranger.

    A gunfighter and loner hero in the frontier sense bred of the classic Western, Caitlin is no stranger to breaking the rules or gunning down bad guys. Strong Cold Dead features a weig

    Strong Cold Dead by Jon Land

    reviewed by Russell Ilg

    “Nobody goes beyond this point, ma’am,” is the first thing Caitlin Strong is told in Jon Land’s superb and sensational Strong Cold Dead. And I probably don’t have to tell you what she does next in the eighth book featuring the stalwart fifth generation Texas Ranger.

    A gunfighter and loner hero in the frontier sense bred of the classic Western, Caitlin is no stranger to breaking the rules or gunning down bad guys. Strong Cold Dead features a weighty mixture of both, as she finds herself battling none other than forces of ISIS on Texas soil. It’s a long-buried secret on a mysterious Indian reservation that’s drawn the terrorist group here, thanks to a social outcast reaching out to them on social media.

    Caitlin has a past with that same social outcast, hardly surprising given Land’s penchant for making all the books in this splendid series twist-filled, complex puzzles where all the pieces fit magically together at the end. Strong Cold Dead does that and then some, as Land treats us to a multi-layered plot that stretches all the way back to the 1870s when Caitlin’s great-great-grandfather, Steeldust Jack Strong, did battle with none other than John D. Rockefeller on the very same Indian reservation.

    Rockefeller was after oil, which figures in here as well, though only as subterfuge. The real Maguffin is a veritable weapon of mass destruction that’s been hidden on the land for centuries and has the potential to kill tens of millions, if ISIS succeeds in getting their hands on it. Making sure they don’t, of course, falls to Caitlin and her usual supporting cast that includes Cort Wesley Masters, her reformed outlaw boyfriend, and Guillermo Paz, her deadly protector who’s as much a true force of nature as she is.

    The action spirals across time and Texas, as billionaire industrialist Clay Rawls enlists the help of sleazy minerals broker Sam Bob Jackson in staking his claim on the Comanche reservation in question where Caitlin’s surrogate son Dylan has left college to join a protest. Like everything else in Strong Cold Dead, that protest turns violent since this book, and entire series, seems themed on pushing people to their limits with the last man (or woman) standing emerging the winner. That’s especially fitting here in a pair of brilliantly staged climaxes in which Caitlin and Cort Wesley battle ISIS fighters on two Texas fronts to save the state and maybe the country.

    High stakes are nothing new for Caitlin, but they seem higher here emotionally as well structurally, as she strives to blend parenting with gunfighting. An elusive bar for sure, but one she seems well adept at reaching in staking out her claim on grounds normally traveled by the likes of Jack Reacher and Mitch Rapp. Caitlin has joined their ranks as the lone female member whose wit and words are as sharp as her aim.

    Strong Cold Dead opens at the speed of a machine gun burst and never stops hitting the bulls-eye, a high-octane action thriller par excellence that places this series among the very best being penned today. Call it a one-of-a-kind, at least until next year when Caitlin returns for her next adventure.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    Strong Cold Dead is the first book Caitlin Strong book I have read, but I'm pretty sure it will not be my last. I'm actually quite sure about that since the first thing I did after finishing this book was ordering the first book. Lucky me that have seven unread Caitlin Strong books to read.

    So, what was it that got me so enthralled that I just had to buy myself the first book? When it comes to books so are some so good that I feel right from the start that this is a 5-star book. And, this one fel

    Strong Cold Dead is the first book Caitlin Strong book I have read, but I'm pretty sure it will not be my last. I'm actually quite sure about that since the first thing I did after finishing this book was ordering the first book. Lucky me that have seven unread Caitlin Strong books to read.

    So, what was it that got me so enthralled that I just had to buy myself the first book? When it comes to books so are some so good that I feel right from the start that this is a 5-star book. And, this one felt like that. And, not for a moment did I waver from that thought. Strong Cold Dead has several fascinated characters, and of course, Caitlin is one of them, but also just loved to read Caitlin's great-great-grandfather Steeldust Jack Strong's POV in the book, who like Caitlin was a Texas Ranger. I was fascinated with the mystery of what it was on the Indian reservation that was so special and what secret the people living there are hiding from the outside world. And, to top it all, suddenly we have ISIS also involved in the story. There is a lot of jumping between characters, but that never really bothered me and this is one book were both parallel storylines (the one in the present and the one 150 years before) were equally interesting to read. The addition of a mystery from the 1930s added some extra intrigue to the story.

    Strong Cold Dead was a fantastic book, well-written, and I've taken to my heart both Caitlin and Steeldust Jack Strong. They are so well-developed and fascinating that I just can't wait to read more about them. There is a lot of action, but also some very poignant moments. In short, this book has all the ingredients I love, humor, action, mystery, and tragedy. And, I wish to God that I had the first book right now! I'm even tempted to order book two in the series, I'm hooked!

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  • Kathleen Kelly

    Strong Cold Dead Caitlin Strong is one of those women that I love to read stories about, strong, smart and vulnerable. Caitlin is a Texas Ranger, as was her father, grandfather and great grandfather before her. In Strong Cold Dead, Caitlin must help in figuring out who the bad guys are and stopping them before the world as we know it is destroyed. 

     

    Land on the Comanche reservation is undergoing drilling, not oil as you would expect but something else. We learn about Caitlin's great, great, great

    Strong Cold Dead Caitlin Strong is one of those women that I love to read stories about, strong, smart and vulnerable. Caitlin is a Texas Ranger, as was her father, grandfather and great grandfather before her. In Strong Cold Dead, Caitlin must help in figuring out who the bad guys are and stopping them before the world as we know it is destroyed. 

     

    Land on the Comanche reservation is undergoing drilling, not oil as you would expect but something else. We learn about Caitlin's great, great, great grandfather who stopped the evil that has resurfaced in the present. Jack Strong helped defeat John Rockefeller in his quest to rape the land deeded to the Comanche's. 

     

    Not only is there the issue of stopping the desecration being done by billianaire Cray Rawls to make him even richer, we have the threat of ISIS that is determined to destroy America. What is the substance that is so precious that Cray covets and that the Native American's want to preserve? Even though it is fictitious, it could very well happen. 

     

    I have read Mr.Lands works before and I am never disappointed. In creating a story that is believable and scary, with characters that are flawed individuals but good people, you can not go wrong when you pick up a book by this author. Lots of characters to love and hate, a storyline within a storyline that gives a bit of history with the Texas Rangers. Even though this story is fictitious, it could very well happen. I really enjoyed reading yet another of Jon Land's works.

     

     

  • Carol Crigger

    Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong returns in Jon Land's Strong Cold Dead, a thriller with heart-stopping action and a high-stakes terrorist plot

    The terrorist organization ISIS is after a deadly toxin that could be the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. The same toxin holds the potential to eradicate cancer. There is a frantic race to see who can get to it first, even as Caitlin Strong begins to assemble the disparate pieces of a deadly puzzle.

    At the center of that puzzle is an Indian reservation whe

    Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong returns in Jon Land's Strong Cold Dead, a thriller with heart-stopping action and a high-stakes terrorist plot

    The terrorist organization ISIS is after a deadly toxin that could be the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. The same toxin holds the potential to eradicate cancer. There is a frantic race to see who can get to it first, even as Caitlin Strong begins to assemble the disparate pieces of a deadly puzzle.

    At the center of that puzzle is an Indian reservation where a vengeful tycoon is mining the toxin, disguising his effort as an oil-drilling operation. This is the same reservation where Caitlin’s great-grandfather, also a Texas Ranger, once waged a similar battle against the forces of John D. Rockefeller.

    In her highest-stakes adventure yet, Caitlin Strong faces off against a host of adversaries that just might include the beautiful Comanche girl with whom the son of her ex-outlaw boyfriend Cort Wesley Masters has fallen in love, along with a mythic monster culled from Native American folklore that the tribe believes has risen to protect its land. The lives of those Caitlin loves most are threatened by the villains she’s pursuing; her own moral code is challenged. The fate of both the country and the state she loves are dangling on the precipice of a strong cold death.

    Non-stop action will keep you turning the pages.

  • Sandra Pitaniello

    Jon Land is a new author for me. I decided to read this book after I read a review of it in our local newspaper. This book turned out to be a GREAT read. Since I finished this book I found out it is the eighth book in the Caitlin Strong series. The ninth book will be out sometime in (2017). I am looking forward to reading all of them.

    I found this story riveting. It is fast paced, with several threads. There are murders, creepy, scary things happening on the reservation, all the people in a rest

    Jon Land is a new author for me. I decided to read this book after I read a review of it in our local newspaper. This book turned out to be a GREAT read. Since I finished this book I found out it is the eighth book in the Caitlin Strong series. The ninth book will be out sometime in (2017). I am looking forward to reading all of them.

    I found this story riveting. It is fast paced, with several threads. There are murders, creepy, scary things happening on the reservation, all the people in a restaurant are found dead with no sign of a struggle, and so much more. The main characters are Texas Rangers. I had no idea how tough Texas Rangers were until I moved to Texas. They have the ability to physically and mentally dismantle their opponents quickly. I would equate them to Navy Seals, Army Rangers and Special Forces.

    In this story I learned members of Caitlin Strong’s family have been Texas Rangers for generations. Her great-great-grandfather, Steeldust Jack Strong, has a reputation that has been passed down for generations. Like her great-great grandfather, Catlin Strong has quite a reputation, too.

    The Texas Rangers are facing a new enemy now. An ISIS group is interested in a deadly toxin on an Indian reservation in Texas. This toxin could be the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. This same toxin holds the potential to eradicate cancer. There is also an oil drilling company that is steeped in mystery and controversy determined to drill on the Indian reservation. The Indians are resisting and one of the men from the oil company is found mutilated just outside the reservation. A secret from the past may trigger an Armageddon. I found this story sobering. It made me realize how a small group of people could create mass destruction with the right weapons.

    I highly recommend this book.


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