Strong from the Heart by Jon Land REVIEW + GIVEAWAY


Strong from the Heart (Caitlin Strong #11) by Jon Land

Genre: Mystery / Thriller / Suspense

Publisher: Forge Books

Date of Publication: July 28, 2020

Number of Pages: 368 pages

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.

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Strong from the Heart was an action-packed thrill ride! It was full of gun fights, explosions, and fights to the death. It held everything from derailed trains and drug busts to a mysterious catastrophe leaving an entire town dead! This story was an excellent high-intensity, edge of your seat adventure. My favorite part though is this crazy train of events was led by a gun slinging, fear-inducing female protagonist who held the main role in this piece, Caitlin Strong. Strong from the Heart might have been the eleventh in the Strong series, but I did not feel like I missed a beat. It could be read easily as a standalone but be warned you might be adding another ten books to your TBR to find out what other mayhem Caitlin has conquered.

Strong from the Heart has some extremely relevant topics that I loved reading about because the more they are brought up the more education and light is brought to those issues at hand. The opioid drug epidemic was the main issue addressed and it was handled in so many different dimensions that I loved the unique approach. I am used to seeing either the build and focus being on a huge drug bust with a corrupt epic takedown or having the story revolve around an extremely personal struggle with either themselves or a loved one. Strong from the Heart had all that and an entire city wiped out. I cannot imagine a story more interesting than this.

The structure of Strong from the Heart held a great balance of intimate, milder moments with the broader and heart-racing scenes that overall created a fun thriller with heart. I would recommend Strong from the Heart to lovers of historical fictions with its intermingling of fun quotes, as well as readers who love a good western, drama, strong female storyline, Texas Ranger, and thriller.

Jon Land is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty books, eleven of which feature 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 and the 2020 American Fiction Award for Best Thriller. He has also authored six books in the MURDER, SHE WROTE series and has recently taken over writing Margaret Truman's CAPITAL CRIMES series. A 1979 graduate of Brown University, Land lives in Providence, Rhode Island and received the 2019 Rhode Island Authors Legacy Award for his lifetime of literary achievements.


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