Series: Caitlin Strong Novels
Published by Forge Books on July 28, 2020
Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Format: Hard Cover, Kindle
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Strong from the Heart by Jon Land
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 is my kind of gal!” —Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author.
In Jon Land’s gripping mystery, Strong from the Heart: A Caitlin Strong Novel, the quests of a deadly drug baron, a determined outlaw, and an undeterred Texas Ranger all culminate into an exhilarating thriller.
When his son Luke almost dies of a drug overdose, Cort Wesley Masters embarks on a murderous trail fueled by rage, retribution, and the anguish of almost losing Luke. But the Opioid Crisis rummaging the country is backed by powerful figures whose influence is greater than the will power of a fierce outlaw like Wesley. Caitlin Strong, a fearless clever Texas Ranger and Wesley’s lover, joins Cort in tracking down the criminals. In addition, Caitlin works to solve a baffling case about the sudden deaths of a town’s residents. As she fits more pieces into the puzzle, Caitlin discovers a link between the two cases, unearthing a deadly drug operation protected by lethal rivals, equally determined to destroy her and everyone around her.
The characters in Strong from the Heart, are anything but cliché. Jon Land creates uncompromising, loyal, and complex characters, resolute on achieving their missions. When Cort Wesley identifies the place and people responsible for the unauthorized opioids prescriptions associated with his son’s overdose, he walks in and torches the clinic. The novel also pays tribute to legendary Texas Rangers who left their mark in history. Their exciting stories introduce sections of the book. As a descendant of notable Texas rangers, Caitlin’s admirable heritage is also interlaced with current events in the novel. Within its electrifying plot, Strong from the Heart discusses important topics, relevant to today’s society. It brings attention to America’s Opioids crisis revealing the tragic stories of the victims and their families. The plight of immigrants, corruption in high places, and the relentless efforts of protagonists in the continuous struggle against drug trafficking are also explored.
Jon Land’s superlative writing creates entertaining dialogue, exciting action scenes, incredible characters and important themes, resulting in yet another unforgettable thriller. Strong from the Heart by Jon Land comes highly recommended by Chick Lit Café. Reviewed by Edith Emunah for Chick Lit Cafe Book Reviews.