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Strong at the Break (Caitlin Strong #3)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  139 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Twenty years ago, fifth-generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong witnessed her father shoot down the cultlike leader of a separatist church. Now, that man's son, Malcolm Arno, has become head of a militia movement bent on unleashing chaos and anarchy across the country. Nothing seems to be standing in Arno's way—until his actions run him afoul of Caitlin Strong.

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Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Forge Books (first published June 21st 2011)
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Nov 01, 2012 Vic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strong At The Break is the third Caitlin Strong novel in Jon Land's captivating western series showcasing the Texas Rangers. Four stars is probably a little generous but the story line, as with the first two episodes, is top notch. The book reads like a Zane Grey western with clipped dialog and sparse setting, but fantastic action scenes. Land continues to use all his major characters from the previous stories while finding new ways for Caitlin to face down bad guys just like her father and gran ...more
Terri Armstrong
Jun 09, 2011 Terri Armstrong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Strong at the Break” by Jon Land:

Caitlin Strong is a girl who grows up in the shadow of two Texas rangers, her grandfather, Earl Strong and her father, Jim. Her last name suits her to a ‘T’. She inherited her grandfather’s colt pistol and kept it close to her growing up. She was in Midland, Texas with her father when he took down Reverent Maxwell Arno and his boys and wielded her weapon as best she could. With influences like Earl and Jim, how could she grow up to be anything but a Texas Ranger
David Dalton
I enjoyed this 2rd Caitlin Strong thriller. I am a huge fan of Jon Land and have liked all of his books that I have read. I a little behind on the Catlin books, but plan to catch up. Already have the next book in the series on my Kindle. Caitlin and Cort work very well together, as a team and as a couple. But that has always been a strong point for Jon Land, writing buddy books (ala Lethal Weapon type), but in this case Caitlin and Cort are MORE than buddies.

Lots of good ole action and flashback
Jul 31, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
In spite of all the short sentences and Texas Ranger hype, the characters in this series are growing on me. The M.O. for this author seems to be to have several different things going on at once...and not small things - big things such as large terrorist plots, child smuggling, drug smuggling, etc. A simple homicide must be too boring for a single Texas Ranger to deal with. While the various scenarios seem more than a little grandiose, it does make for an action packed and fun read. Each story h ...more
This was a 3rd installment in the Caitlyn Strong series, and I didn't like it quite as much as the other ones. In this one, (SPOILER) Land ties evil evangelicals together with drugs (ok, no surprise) and some crazy right-wing plot to revolt (again, that is a fairly common theme) and a stockpile of weapons that apparently has gone on enough years to be a real threat (OK, now I'm starting to lose my suspension of disbelief). In addition, she apparently dumped Wesley Court but now comes back becaus ...more
Wendy Hines
Jun 29, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strong at the Break is the third Caitlin Strong novel in the series. However, this is the first book from this author I have read. I really didn't think I was missing too much though and it read fine as a stand alone book.

The story opens with some back story of a young Caitlin and her father, a Texas Ranger, supposedly about to go fishing but instead staking out a place. Maxwell Arno has been doing some pretty bad things in the church, and Caitlin's father Jim is there to arrest him. The problem
J.M. Cornwell
Apr 25, 2011 J.M. Cornwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Using current topics to good effect, a new Caitlin emerges.

A fourteen-year-old Caitlin Strong and her father, Texas Range Jim Strong, are supposed to go fishing when Jim Strong confronts a fugitive cult leader and and is forced to gun him down. Caitlin and Malcolm Arno, the reverend’s son, are changed that day and a reckoning is at hand.

Working several different cases, Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong finds herself in the midst of a conspiracy that reaches to Canada, Iraq and Mexico and a young army
Jun 21, 2011 Gaby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caitlin Strong is a 5th generation Texas Ranger and the granddaughter of Earl Strong, a Texas legend. While a woman Texas Ranger is rare and unorthodox, Caitlin's sense of justice, amazing skill with a gun, and her unwillingness to be deterred make clear that she's a Texas Ranger - and one of the best there is. To those familiar with her family, her skill and courage are not a surprise. With each generation, the Strongs developed a reputation of excellence and fearlessness among lawmen and gunme ...more
The reviewers call this a "Modern Western". I call it a thriller. Whatever, it's still a fantastic read!

Caitlin Strong is a Texas Ranger who comes from a long line of Rangers. She has stirred up a hornet's nest in three countries -- Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

There is a religious cult, drugs, child slavery, guns and other artillery and military "cover-ups". At the beginning of the story, each of these topics is its own individual thread. By the end of the book, they are all so closely intertw
Viviana Giorgi
Oct 14, 2014 Viviana Giorgi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un grande personaggio questa ranger, questa Caitlin Strong. Una storia inquietante sull'America ultra conservatrice di oggi. Un'ottima lettura. Bravo Jon Landis.
Caitlin Strong is the 4th generation of Texas Rangers. Here family has made lots of enemies over the years, what with killing lots of folks and all. One of these enemies is a right wingnut with presidential aspirations, money and political backing of the Cheney class of wingnut. Fortunately, Caitlin has truth justice and the Ranger way on her side (as well as her former mafia enforcer boyfriend as well as a Latin American narco-terrorist turned people's revolutionary)
Jul 05, 2012 Annie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
Dialogue is ghastly. And I am thoroughly sick of female protagonists, i.e. cops, rangers, those in law offices, detectives, and probably motherhood too, but excluding Thursday Next. Oh, there's a female character who puts people into that protected witness thingy, and who isn't like the others, but I can't remember the author. A man.
John Wintersteen
Jul 03, 2014 John Wintersteen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good read. Hard to be as good as the first two in the series, but still enjoyable. More a 3.5 than a four.
3.5 stars
Caitlin Strong, Texas Ranger, fights bad guys north, south and inside the border in a tale of old grievances, new alliances, drugs, religion and family relationships. Court Wesley Masters and Guillermo Paz are along for the fun of rescuing Court Wesley's son Dylan.
Michele bookloverforever
love this series. strong woman upholds justice, follows her moral code...loves a bad boy tough guy named Cort (delicious character) trying to raise 2 hellion boys...solving mysteries, having adventures...will read the 4th book as soon as it's available.
Louan Tolbert
This trilogy like Fifty shades becomes tiresome and repetitious. However, the shootouts are fun and Caitlin is a female Clint Eastwood /dirty harry
Jan 01, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great writing but like the last book I read, a tired plot already used too many times by others.
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Jon Land is the USA Today bestselling author of the 38 novels, including seven titles in the critically acclaimed Caitlin Strong series: Strong Enough to Die, Strong Justice, Strong at the Break, Strong Vengeance, Strong Rain Falling (winner of the 2014 International Book Award and 2013 USA Best Book Award for Mystery-Suspense) and Strong Darkness (winner of the 2014 USA Books Best Book Award and ...more
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