Caitlin Strong wages her own personal war on drugs against the true power behind the illicit opioid trade in Strong from the Heart, the blistering and relentless 11th installment in Jon Land's award-winning series.
The drug crisis hits home for fifth generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong when the son of her outlaw lover Cort Wesley Masters nearly dies from an opioid overdose. On top of that, she’s dealing with the inexplicable tragedy of a small Texas town where all the residents died in a single night.
When Caitlin realizes that these two pursuits are intrinsically connected, she finds herself following a trail that will take her to the truth behind the crisis that claimed 75,000 lives last year. Just in time, since the same force that has taken over the opiate trade has even more deadly intentions in mind, specifically the murder of tens of millions in pursuit of their even more nefarious goals.
The power base she’s up against―comprised of politicians and Big Pharma, along with corrupt doctors and drug distributors―has successfully beaten back all threats in the past. But they’ve never had to deal with the likes of Caitlin Strong before and have no idea what’s in store when the guns of Texas come calling.
At the root of the conspiracy lies a cabal nestled within the highest corridors of power that’s determined to destroy all threats posed to them. Caitlin and Cort Wesley may have finally met their match, finding themselves isolated and ostracized with nowhere to turn, even as they strive to remain strong from the heart.
Caitlin Strong, Texas Ranger, is certainly a force to be reckoned with. She pulls no punches. And her half sister is even more lethal. Add to the mixture Caitlin's friends Colonel Paz and Cort Wesley and you've got a crime fighting crew like no other. This time they are fighting an opiate pipeline whose leadership goes high up in Washington, DC.
I like Land's writing style. The dialogue is brutal and unique. Sometimes it feels stilted but it is very engaging. The characters form a rag tag bunch. Each one is so different and their quirky characters are developed well. There is even a little magical realism thrown in with an imaginary character, or maybe not.
I like how Land brings the history of the Rangers into the plot as well. He does a good job of weaving the historical background into the narrative. Pancho Villa even makes an appearance.
I like how Land arranged the plot to explore the opiate issue. The drug running aspect is balanced by Caitlin's use of prescribed pain killers after her injuries from the last novel. Then, for added interest, Land throws in a little secret government activity from years ago, or is it unfounded conspiracy theory?
This is another entertaining novel from Land with plenty of action, a high body count, engaging characters, and an interesting plot.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Published by: Forge Books
Publication Date: July 28, 2020
Number of Pages: 368
ISBN: 0765384701 (ISBN13: 9780765384706)
Series: A Caitlin Strong Novel, #11
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Jon Land is the USA Today bestselling author of fifty-two books, including eleven featuring Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong. The critically acclaimed series has won more than a dozen awards, including the 2019 International Book Award for Best Thriller for Strong as Steel. He also writes the CAPITAL CRIMES series and received the 2019 Rhode Island Authors Legacy Award for his lifetime of literary achievements. A graduate of Brown University, Land lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
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