Strong Enough to Die by Jon Land

Strong Enough to Die

Caitlin Strong is a fifth-generation Texas Ranger, proud to wear the badge of her father and grandfather—until a deadly shoot-out along the Mexican border causes her to question her calling.Five years later, Caitlin is still trying to purge herself of guilt from the day that ended her Ranger career. But a shattering discovery will reopen old wounds, and Caitlin’s renewed...

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Strong Enough to Die Reviews

  • Laura

    I received this book through the Amazon Vine program, so it was an uncorrected ARC (and it was obvious it was uncorrected).

    I'll start with what I really liked about this book...

    There is plenty of action. It starts out with a gunfight and that isn't the last in the book. Plenty of guns and blood in this one. It moves along fairly quick from one big scene to the next.

    The author obviously did plenty of research on the Texas Rangers and did an excellent job describing them and Caitlin's desire to be

    I received this book through the Amazon Vine program, so it was an uncorrected ARC (and it was obvious it was uncorrected).

    I'll start with what I really liked about this book...

    There is plenty of action. It starts out with a gunfight and that isn't the last in the book. Plenty of guns and blood in this one. It moves along fairly quick from one big scene to the next.

    The author obviously did plenty of research on the Texas Rangers and did an excellent job describing them and Caitlin's desire to be one and follow in the footsteps of her father, grandfather, and so on...They were all well described and easy to picture.

    The plot was well-developed and thought out. All the little details were intertwined together. All the different characters and their separate stories came together well. The topic is timely and an interesting concept.

    What I didn't like about this book (why it isn't 5 stars):

    Cort Wesley was a good character, but his dialogue drove me crazy. The way he talked made him sound like an idiot. I am assuming the author changed the spelling of words to make them more phonetic to how the character would say them, but they looked stupid. I lived in Texas for 1/3 of my life (and spent a lot of time outside of that there also as well as having brothers who still live there) and have never heard anyone say partner the way it was written in the book (podner). It started to bug me so much that I would skim over the word and change the dialogue in my head.

    I got a little confused on the time lines...it seemed like one character would be in Huntsville and then in San Antonio and then in Juarez in the matter of one day. That is a lot of driving. There weren't any actual dates in the book, so I can't say exactly if it was off, but it made me wonder and started to distract me from the story. I've done the drive across Texas on more than one occasion and I know that is one LONG drive. I wouldn't be doing anything but sleeping after getting to my destination.

    My big pet peeve (please note this is my peeve and may not bother others)--The author obviously did research on the Texas Rangers, but failed miserably when it comes to fertility treatments. He had glaring inaccuracies when it comes to treatment plans and how they work. I've been through them and it really ticks me off when authors write about it, but don't even come close to reality. I almost stopped reading the book right there (about 50 pages from the end) because I was so irritated. This is a pet peeve of mine, so this is just me...if you don't know about it, it won't bother you.

    This book was written like it would be a movie. I could see this being easily developed into a screenplay and doing very well as a movie. It had all the elements of a great action-packed movie. The characters were developed just enough and the plot was well developed--the topic was also very timely.

    One more note of something that confused me...at one point characters were discussing technology and they said something like, "by 2009 or 2010." I was a little lost at that since this is 2009 and the book is being published now. Maybe it was an error since this was an uncorrected ARC? Just wondering.

    So, if you like action-packed books that read like a good blockbuster movie, this would be the book for you.

    If you are from Texas (or know it well) and are bothered by small details (like me), this might not be the book for you.

  • Bridgit

    I was really into this story until the end where it jumped headfirst into the land of ridiculous. Overall, great action, acceptable mega-villain(s), strong(ha ha), flawed protagonist, excellent pacing. I definitely plan to read the next in the series. My only complaint was how it was so neatly wrapped up in the end by the unexpected character twist. Just don't buy it.

  • Dale

    William Shatner once commented that the results of his directorial efforts in

    were "loud". One could easily say the same thing about Jon Land's

    comes at you with a gunfight on the first page, has lots of gunfights throughout and ends up with guns and explosions as well.

    Does it work?

    Well, yeah.

    This is not fine literature, mind you. It is loud, lock and load, over-the-top Texas Ranger action. The

    William Shatner once commented that the results of his directorial efforts in

    were "loud". One could easily say the same thing about Jon Land's

    comes at you with a gunfight on the first page, has lots of gunfights throughout and ends up with guns and explosions as well.

    Does it work?

    Well, yeah.

    This is not fine literature, mind you. It is loud, lock and load, over-the-top Texas Ranger action. There's some attempts at trying to tie in Bush administration anti-terrorist policies and discussions about living with the aftermath of violence but those get overwhelmed by the gunfire. But, that's okay because too much thinking about the internal incongruities of the text on these matters just spoils the fun.

    It's the famed Texas Rangers and a bad guy who might be a good guy against the Mexican Mafia and an evil American super-corporation. Don't think too much, just enjoy the show.

  • Liz Barnsley

    Thank you to the author for the review copy.

    A terrific action tale featuring Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, an utterly fun reading experience and one that can take you out of reality for a while. It was highly improbably, spectacularly unlikely and I loved every minute of it. Twisty turny mayhem with flair.

    I loved the characters, cort particularly, hey I've always preferred the bad boys. The plot is intriguing and the action is exciting and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

    All in all thoroug

    Thank you to the author for the review copy.

    A terrific action tale featuring Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, an utterly fun reading experience and one that can take you out of reality for a while. It was highly improbably, spectacularly unlikely and I loved every minute of it. Twisty turny mayhem with flair.

    I loved the characters, cort particularly, hey I've always preferred the bad boys. The plot is intriguing and the action is exciting and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

    All in all thoroughly enjoyable and I look forward to more!

    Happy Reading Folks!

  • Sally

    Caitlin Strong, a fifth generation Texas Ranger and her partner are pinned down by gunfire in what they assume is drug trafficking along the Texas-Mexico border. Although Caitlin does her best to get her partner to safety he doesn’t survive. As a result she leaves the Rangers to become a trauma crisis intervention counselor. While she is at the center her first patient is her husband, Peter Goodwin whom she thought died nine months earlier in Iraq. Corporate Moguls send their goons after her hus

    Caitlin Strong, a fifth generation Texas Ranger and her partner are pinned down by gunfire in what they assume is drug trafficking along the Texas-Mexico border. Although Caitlin does her best to get her partner to safety he doesn’t survive. As a result she leaves the Rangers to become a trauma crisis intervention counselor. While she is at the center her first patient is her husband, Peter Goodwin whom she thought died nine months earlier in Iraq. Corporate Moguls send their goons after her husband because of a program he is working on called Fire Arrow. If this information gets into the wrong hands it would make the current government surveillance seem like child’s play. Unfortunately her husband has been so severely tortured by his captors he is in a near vegetative state. Just when she thinks they will be killed, Cort Wesley Masters, a criminal that she sent to prison five years earlier steps in and saves their lives and he doesn't know why because he intended to kill Caitlin for putting him in prison.

    Not wanting to give too much away about the plot of this novel, I have left a lot out that I would like to say, but I can tell you it has more twists and turns than a cork screw. There are some subtle hints of things that are happening in today’s government, but not to the point it becomes political reading. It had just enough action to keep me turning the pages and holding my breath, which in my opinion makes it a good novel. I thought Mr. Land was trying to portray Cort’s character as a tough guy gang leader by the gang related dialogue/slang. I get tired of books in which graphic language is every other word. When that happens I find myself skim reading as it usually doesn’t lend much relevance to the plot. However Mr. Land has kept it to a minimum, which is refreshing and unusual in this type of novel. Let me leave you with these thoughts…can a Texas Ranger learn to love a criminal and still remain a Ranger? Can God justify and forgive killing in situations other than war? I promise you this book will make thoughtful, interesting reading. It is not a book that you can skim read. It requires concentration and the end left me wanting more.

    Disclosure: I was given this eBook by the Author, Jon Land. He did not require me to write a review, much less a favorable one. However I enjoyed the book and am happy to post my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

  • Quillracer

    The bit of history about the Texas Rangers prefacing each section was interesting.

    Short scenes and chapters – some barely a page long – made this book easy to pick up and put down. But they also broke up the flow of the story when they were only a continuation of the previous chapter or scene. The first three-hundred-and-some-odd pages of this almost four-hundred page book more stroll along than race (except for brief sprints where people are killing each other) before it really picks up over th

    The bit of history about the Texas Rangers prefacing each section was interesting.

    Short scenes and chapters – some barely a page long – made this book easy to pick up and put down. But they also broke up the flow of the story when they were only a continuation of the previous chapter or scene. The first three-hundred-and-some-odd pages of this almost four-hundred page book more stroll along than race (except for brief sprints where people are killing each other) before it really picks up over the last thirty or forty pages. Those pages really race by.

    There were a lot of dead bodies in this book. I’m not sure all of them were necessary to the story, think some of them only were included to either up the body count or for shock value.

    There were plenty of twists, too, but they didn’t qualify as surprises because they are almost expected in books in the genre and none of them were truly novel.

    This is another book featuring a bad guy in the ‘Supervillain’ mold – one with the resources to do whatever he wants (including shaping the world to his vision) and the clout to get away with it. I always found those kinds of characters unbelievable because they seem too over the top.

    Overall, this is a good book, a well-written story, but not good enough to put Land at the top of my ‘To Read’ list. I’ll read more books in the series if they come my way but won’t actively hunt them down.

  • Mark

    Decent enough action-thriller...story of a female Texas Ranger unwinding the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of her computer expert husband...pretty dark, but interesting characters along the way...I might try another

  • J.C. Brennan

    Caitlin is an intelligent new hero—a Texas Ranger to be exact.

    She is resilient, independent, complicated and, as most her life isn’t perfect so she can be a tortured female. Her backstory has several subordinate plots wittily knitted together in a gripping story.

    Action, adventure, suspense, and some aggression threw in to keep it interesting, Caitlin Strong keeps you turning the page.

  • Dr T

    The first in a series that promises to be quite good. It is centered around a female Texas Ranger, the 5th generation of a Ranger family. She is very strong on action, perhaps less strong on subtlety. In this entry, she is involved in determining who was responsible for her husband's extreme torture, and teams with a gang killer when it is determined that their situations are intertwined. The take on the Mexican Mafia and, above all, an extremely dangerous super security US firm. The bullets fly

    The first in a series that promises to be quite good. It is centered around a female Texas Ranger, the 5th generation of a Ranger family. She is very strong on action, perhaps less strong on subtlety. In this entry, she is involved in determining who was responsible for her husband's extreme torture, and teams with a gang killer when it is determined that their situations are intertwined. The take on the Mexican Mafia and, above all, an extremely dangerous super security US firm. The bullets fly throughout this adventure, piling bodies all over Texas and northern Mexico. Some of the socio-philosophical passages are suspect, but they don't distract much from the overall series of events that make up the story.

  • Ben

    Thin characters and a transparent plot written with a dull primary pencil. I won't be reading any sequels. Caitlin Strong is very weak.


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