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Thunder and Rain

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  3,145 Ratings  ·  414 Reviews
Third generation Texas Ranger Tyler Steele is the last of a dying breed-- a modern day cowboy hero living in a world that doesn't quite understand his powerful sense of right and wrong and instinct to defend those who can't defend themselves. Despite his strong moral compass, Ty has trouble seeing his greatest weakness. His hard outer shell, the one essential to his work, ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Center Street (first published September 19th 2006)
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Dale Harcombe
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Four and a half stars.
As a person who abhors guns and violence, this book seems a strange choice for me. It is about a third generation Texas Ranger. This Aussie didn’t even know Texas Ranger still existed. I remember seeing them many years back in movies and TV shows. The main character, Tyler Steele, is a man with clear picture of right and wrong. Everything is black and white. On more than one occasion he has come face to face with evil. Life has not been kind to Tyler. Some of it is his faul
Judy Collins
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Unbelievable!! I just finished Thunder & Rain (could not put it down, as picked it up this weekend, and had to get up early on Sunday to finish it before going to church) was AMAZING! I have read all Charles Martin's books and each time, not sure how they can get better; however, each one is as good as the last in a unique way.

Charles, you have a God-given talent and with your words speak to many - You fall in love with the characters, especially with Hope and her letters to God, Sam
Mike French
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charles Martin is one of my favorite authors and this book strengthens my opinion! A couple more of his books and I will have to turn in my man card. I will be watching Lifetime and Hallmark channels instead of NFL this fall LOL!
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook-arc
I am ashamed that Thunder and Rain and The Mountain Between Us are the only books I have read by this author. If his others are anywhere near the quality of these two, I need to rush out and buy them. While I believe The Mountain Between Us to be a wonderful book, I liked Thunder and Rain even better. I found it to be a heartwarming, emotional story, yet with a nice edge of suspense and action. Tyler Steele was a fantastic character, and seldom have I read a book about a man so with such strengt ...more
Anna Todd
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
I did indeed read this book and I read a lot of reviews about it as well. The reason being, I wanted to see if others had a proverbial raised eyebrow about this particular book being in the "Christian-Fiction" genre.
It seems most of the reviews I read didn't seem to have a problem with it. There was one individual that I found however that said she did not feel comfortable purchasing this author's particular book and putting it in the church library because of Mr. Martin's choice of words and i
Vannetta Chapman
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Charles Martin is an excellent writer, in my opinion. There were many things about this book to like: the Texas history, the Texas Ranger aspect, the Texas setting (ok, I like Texas), strong lead characters, and most of all--the journal to God written by Hope.

I can highly recommend.
Note: A small part of this story touches of sensitive subjects that some readers might find objectionable. I found it was handled sensitively and didn't occupy too much of the plot as it could have in the hands of a l
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Well, this was an unexpected find. I have never read any novel by this author, and this was a random audiobook choice from Scribd. I was a couple of chapters in, when I realised after reading a review of this book, that it's classified as Christian fiction. I never would have guessed given the amount of violence and lack of preaching in this book. I guess, there is the symbolisms if you want to interpret them as such, but really, it is essentially an action drama with a romantic backbone. The he ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
If you have ever wanted to pick up and book and have it completely capture your attention until you find yourself turning pages faster and faster because the story is that intense you want to know how it will end, then pick up Charles Martin's latest novel, Thunder and Rain. This is the perfect summer read for those of you that love a contemporary suspenseful love story of a Texas Ranger and a single mother and her daughter looking to find a way to start a new life. The only problem is the ex-bo ...more
Christian Fiction Addiction
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Readers who have loved previous books by Charles Martin are going to absolutely love his latest book, "Thunder and Rain". And, readers who haven't enjoyed his previous books are also going to love this book - guaranteed!

Martin has penned a story that will grab you from the first page, engage your mind and your heart, and have you devouring the book as fast as you can read, because it's just that good. The plot is outstanding, with carefully crafted scenes, moving dialogue, and descriptions that
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Questo autore mi ha ricordato molto Nicholas Sparks, amore, speranza, perdono, perdita, rinuncia, la lotta tra il bene e il male,dio,dio, dio...e ancora dio.
Complessivamente un bel libro, il protagonista, Tyler, coraggioso, leale, buono, generoso (una specie di Rambo) un uomo che raramente,se non difficilmente, si trova nella vita.
La storia è narrata da due punti di vista: quello di Tyler, che racconta in prima persona la sua storia,l'amore per il padre, l'affetto per il figlio, l'amore per la
May 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm a big fan of Charles Martin and usually love his books, so I hate to say that I only liked this one. I appreciated the themes and issues in this book: forgiveness, redemption, marriage and divorce, abuse, etc. I appreciated the hard decisions that Tyler Steele has to make, and the moral strength in those decisions. However, I just didn't fall in love with the characters as I usually do. Maybe it's because I read it on the heels of my favorite book of his, When Crickets Cry, that I'd reread f ...more
♥ Sandi ❣
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-have
A wonderful story of how life really evolves. With a dual reflection of both the Cowboy - a Texas Ranger Tyler Steele and the abused child - Hope Dyson this story is one of love, acceptance and redemption.

Tyler cannot pass a person in need. He has no agenda, only the act of help and kindness.

Hope has been abused and lost all trust. She and her mother are fleeing the abuser, and as luck would have it - they run into problems and have no where to turn.

Martin is a wonderful author. His novels ca
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Charles Martin is one of my favorite authors, but this latest book fell short of my expectations: over-the-top plot lines, corny in places, a few underdeveloped (important) characters, and a terse, staccato style that was probably meant to symbolize Ty's personality and the Rangers in general--but which became annoying. I got tired of reading intentional fragments. Oh, and there was far too much crying in this novel. If you read it, you'll see what I mean.
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Ines Dossena
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi ha stupito la delicatezza con cui ha raccontato questa storia. Si parla di fatti orribili come stupri violenza paura ma anche di sentimenti come la fiducia l'amore l'amicizia e l'altruismo... Ty il Texas ranger, rude duro fiero ed eroico ma c'è anche una parte molto dolce sensibile premurosa... Mi è piaciuto questo mix e il fatto di essere coraggioso con i delinquenti o con le situazioni difficili ma molto insicuro su tutto ciò che riguarda l'amore. Ha donato la sua vita al lavoro a discapito ...more
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Picked this up on a whim at the library yesterday evening. Never heard of this author before. I was pretty much sucked in and blown away. It's a beautifully written moving story of a man's life. We get deep inside the head of retired Texas Ranger Tyler Steele as he tries to make his way through life with his notions of black and white, no grey. There's love and marriage, divorce, fatherhood, bad guys, good guys, what it means to be a man and a Ranger. The story is told from Tyler's POV with some ...more
Sheila Myers
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: drama
This is one of those books for which I wish there was a higher rating to give. If there were, I'd give "Thunder and Rain" a seven. Charles Martin has taken a plot that would be ordinary if written by many other authors and added unique touches that make it extraordinary - at least in my opinion. One such touch is to read the parts of the story as told through the journal entries of a young girl who uses that as a way to talk to God. The characters are well-developed and have personalities that h ...more
Mary Fairchild
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Well, that went from promising, to disappointing, to just awful before it was over. Come on Charles Martin, give me back the Charles Martin I used to love. By the way, I thought it was tacky to refer to one of your own books as the date movie. And as a woman, I liked the parts about firearms and Texas ranger facts, and that was about it. I'm not kidding. My eyes hurt from so many eye rolls. Now, untie and ungag the real Charles Martin. Please.
Stephanie A.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a pretty great book if you like any of the following, especially in combination with each other:

* Former Texas Rangers who now manage cattle ranches and, out of the goodness of their heart, rescue and protect stranded women and children on the run from a perverted ex

* Adorable little girls who have recently been through hell, yet feel so safe with their new rescuer that they spontaneously get out of bed and curl up / fall asleep next to them

* Horses, finely bred cattle, and fat guinea p
Wow, what a story!! Charles Martin has to be one the most gifted writers, ever. I was drawn into the story immediately. This author's writing style is almost hypnotizing. The characters are so well developed that you can't help but care for them.

The book brought out so many emotions. I hurt for Sam and Hope. What they went through is beyond what any human should ever have to endure. I laughed. I cried. I was angry. I was happy. Most of all, I was filled with hope.
Tyler had me holding my breath o
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just finished Thunder and Rain and I just don't see where you can ask any more from a book than what this one gives you. Thunder and Rain is amazing, it has great characters, an interesting plot and a heart that makes the reader very involved in the novel. Once I really got into the book (which was about 30 pages in) I found it very hard to put down. In fact I think I only put it down to hear my 6-year-old read his homework to me and when I finally conked myself in the head with my Kindle beca ...more
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
After a quiet divorce from crazy-train wife Andie, Ty chooses to retire from the Texas Rangers. Worry of financial stress and the loss of his identity, Ty really doesn't know how to move forward or be an improved father ranch man. He knows what he has given up....what he's lost, what he's gained, but nothing makes sense anymore. All that changes one night when he meets Sam and Hope, a mother and young daughter on the run from a man who violated them and will stop at nothing to get them back. For ...more
Aug 08, 2014 rated it liked it
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Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
If you have not read a book by Charles Martin I would recommend starting with this one and you will be hooked. This book introduces you immediately to a strong silent Texas Ranger. It doesn't take long to realize there are many layers to his man and even he has not discovered all of his strengths or completely understood who he is. Not until he meets a troubled mother and her young daughter do the layers start to peel back and you learn more about who Tyler Steele is.

I felt like Charles Martin
Tom Tischler
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Tyler Steele is a retired third generation Texas Ranger. He is a
living hero who doesn't quite understand his powerful sense of right
and wrong and his natural instinct to defend those who can't defend
themselves. Ty has trouble seeing his hard outer shell so he cannot
forge emotional connections with his wife Andie. He is now separated
and raising his son Brodie on his own. About this time he is about to
lose his ranch and he doesn't know how to rebuild the rubble of his life.
His answer seems to c
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I stayed up late last night finishing this book. It's about a Texas ranger, and I learned some things about Texas, and about Texas rangers. It's a very exciting book with some tragedy, some vindication, some laughter, and some real life thrown in.

I have seen some discussion among Christian writers that Charles Martin left his Christian fiction roots behind in this novel. I can see why some would say that, but I don't necessarily agree. There is no overt praying (except letters to God) or much Sc
Adrienne Wilson
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
A solid 4.5
When I am continually thinking about the characters and "what is going to happen next?" after I put down the book, I know that it is a goodie. Tyler, the cowboy, sure was a real likeable gentleman. Made me wish I had grown up on a farm with a Maverick for a husband! I am impressed with Charles Martin's ability to dive into whatever genre of book he is writing about. I have read 2 other books, each completely different than the other, but with a huge education on whatever the subject i
Anthony Adams
Nov 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
*Disclaimer: I only got half-way through this book.* I tried. Really, I did. I didn't go into this book expecting it to be something that it wasn't. I knew this was going to be something akin to the bastard love child of Louis L'Amour and Jackie Collins. But rather than being good 'ol fashioned western fun or salacious gossip dripped pages, what I found was two dimensional characters battling for the "best cliche" awards and a maddeningly employed literary device ala "Dear God" journal entries t ...more
Jerrie Alexander
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the second Charles Martin book I've read. The Book Broads, a book club I belong to, selected Thunder and Rain for our June read. In the four years with this club, I'd vote this book as my all time favorite.

Being a native Texan, I tend to be critical of books written by folks not from here. But Martin did his research and then some. The Texas Ranger (not the baseball team) was well written, interesting and heroic. The story is touching, frighting and modern.

I don't do spoilers but the st
Tim Chavel
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Charles martin is one of my favorite authors. This is an excellent read. You will enjoy it esp if you are a Texas Ranger fan (not the baseball team, but the law enforcement). How does a man recover a heart that has been torn from him? This book gives an answer to that question. The book opens with the following quote:

In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked
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“She cried easily. Evidence that she felt much, and most often for other people. A rare and beauty filled gift.” 11 likes
“You rescued me when I thought nobody would. When I thought I wasn't worth the effort. You gave me everything and asked for nothing.'
She pressed her face to mine.
'If this is love on the other side of the rescue, then I want to live it. With you. But,'
She shook her head.
'But if you give you to me, then'-
she placed her palm flat across my chest
-'come heavy”
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