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The Stronghold

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Drug violence, revenge killings, and kidnapping are nothing new along the U.S.-Mexican border. But now teenage girls are disappearing from the Apache reservations of Arizona and New Mexico.

Apache tribal cop Pilar To-Clanny and FBI Special Agent Alex Torres have a long and tumultuous history. When someone close to them disappears, Pilar and Alex must risk everything to resc
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 15th 2016 by Abingdon Press (first published March 1st 2016)
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Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have a low tolerance for violence to children (even fictional children), but I figured it'd be alright since this was a Christian novel. I understand that the author was trying to educate people about how cruel the Mexicans and Apache were to each other in the past, but she has a modern guy torturing and killing teens as a part of the story. We're given gruesome details. I had bad dreams after reading this book even if I read it in the morning rather than the evening. I had to quit after a you ...more
Nadine Keels
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Teenaged girls have been disappearing from Apache reservations--a danger that hits far too close to home for tribal cop Pilar To-Clanny. She'll have to go after a ruthless killer. And she's not looking forward to partnering with a painful part of her past, in the form of Special Agent Alex Torres in The Stronghold by author Lisa Carter.

This book was anything but easy reading for me. Quite frankly, I needed a story that could connect with a singular area of my anger, much of it in relation to iss
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a fascinating mystery and romance The Stronghold turned out to be! Pilar To-Clanny is now working as the Apache tribal cop on the reservation and Alex Torres is now working as an FBI Special Agent and they are placed in each others' paths yet again to solve the crimes of the missing young people after discovering bodies on the reservation. It has been a long long time since Pilar and Alex were young and in love and there is a great deal of anger, hurt, and unresolved issues creating baggage ...more
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Lisa Carter is presently my favorite author. First, because she is probably the only contemporary Anglo novelist that has truly made an effort to capture the heart of American Indians in her stories. Second, because she is so good at grabbing your attention and holding it until the very end.

As with all of her books which I have read so far, Carter includes names, phrases and customs that are unique to the cultures she highlights--in this case, Apache and Mexican people. Of particular significanc
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Reading this novel was not really a pleasant experience for me. There were several factors that made it tough reading.

One was the setting. The novel takes place on the Arizona rez and in Mexican mountains. Both of these locations are foreign to me and I had trouble imagining them in my mind. It was almost like the author felt I should be familiar with the scenery and geological features so did not do what I felt was an adequate job of setting each scene for me.

Another factor was the ethnicity of
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
FBI Agent Alex Torres and Apache tribal police officer Pilar To-Clanny have a long history together of ups and downs. After being gone for years, Alex returns to Arizona when young girls come up missing from New Mexico and the reservation in Arizona. Alex wants to help find them but, because of his faith, he also wants to make things right with Pilar. When Manny (a boy they both love) goes missing, Pilar and Alex reluctantly work together risking their lives to rescue the boy. What they discover ...more
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pilar is set to get revenge and to help the apache girls who keeping coming up missing. When she set out to the crime scene she never thought the past would haunt her in that spot but she knew he was watching she couldn't see him but knew deep in her soul he was there. Can she stop him from hurting all these young girls will she be able to save one or will it be to late? Will she be able to keep the secrets hunting her and her family or will they come out and will she loose everything? Alex has ...more
Marilyn Johnson
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
To be honest this book was hard to rate, It is not the typical Christian Romance novel. In fact some of the content may not be suitable for all ages and people. This novel deals with kidnaping of young girls, rape, murder, cutting and the after effects of them all, some things are given very detailed information. There is a lot about the American Indian culture and Mexican cartel as well. That being said this is a christian romance novel woven throughout all the drama and American Indian culture ...more
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Definitely on the edgey side. The Stronghold has a Criminal Minds kind of vibe though it stops shy of being as graphic. Yes, this story covers difficult subject matter -- serial killings, human trafficking and the violent history between the Apache nation and Mexico -- so it is a hard read at times. One that haunted me when I put it down. But there is also such healing and hope and the inspirational message comes across with startling clarity.

Carter has created beautifully flawed characters. Th
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
As with all of Ms Carter's books, the writing is solid with a cast of colorful characters, and the story moves quickly along. It takes place on an Apache reservation in Arizona. Pilar To-Clanny is a tribal cop who has a long history with FBI agent Alex Torres. She hasn't seen him in years until he shows up to help with the investigation into a body found in an archaeological site. Things didn't end well between them but can they move on and work together? Of course, but it's not so easy. Pilar h ...more
Michelle Kidwell
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing

The Stronghold

by Lisa Carter

Abingdon Press

Christian, Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 15 Mar 2016

I was given a copy of The Stronghold through the publisher and their partnership with Netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows:

Pilar learned early she must adapt or die. Pilar learned first hand the dangers for a young girl when she herself was a teen and she tries to do what she can to help others.

Pilar is angry and doesn’t believe in forgiveness despite everything she was
Edward Arrington
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the second of Lisa Carter's books I have read and I certainly will be watching for more books from her. I was caught up in the story from the beginning. Stories about Indians have always held my interest, especially when they are cast in a positive light. The heroine of the story, Pilar To-Clanny, is an Apache who has experienced some terrible atrocities but she is strong in her desire to help others. The book is very suspenseful, and rather intense at times, but there are lighthearted m ...more
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have read several of Lisa Carter's novels, and I think I like this one best. Lisa Carter has a way with her characters, and she is able to build suspense by the structure of the book. From the beginning the reader knows that the heroine, Pilar, and the dashing hero, Alex, have a shared past and that something terrible happened to split them apart and cause great harm to Pilar. As the past is slowly revealed in flashbacks, present day events pull these two together to face their own demons and ...more
Terri Wangard
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pilar, an Apache and reservation policewoman, and Alex, a Latino FBI agent from L.A., immediately clash when they meet at a crime scene. And no wonder. Years ago, they had been married.

Something bad happened. Pilar keeps the wounds of the past bottled up. Instead of confronting what happened, she suffers in silence. Bitterness and revenge keep her going. Peace and lightness elude her.

Alex longs to talk with her about the incident. He finally gets his chance when they search for missing people in

Jennifer Haynie
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pilar To-Clanny is a police officer on an Apache Indian reservation near the Mexican border. When she secures the crime scene where a teenaged girl's body has been found, the discovery shakes her to her core. And when FBI Special Agent Alex Torres takes the lead on working the case, she must face the scars her distant past left on her heart by him and others. But can she come to grips with all of the hurt and shame? Or will she hold onto the hate and anger that eats her alive? Once more, Lisa Ca ...more
Denise Hershberger
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
My biggest complaint with this book was the poor use of Spanish. If you are going to use a foreign language in your book make sure it is grammatically correct.

My second biggest complaint was just the writing in general. I wasn't a big fan of the way it seemed so jumpy and scattered.

The story itself wasn't bad. From reading the description of the book I knew it was going to be a DARK book as so many other reviewers have pointed out but I went into it with an open mind. I was happy with the amou
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was captured by this book from start to finish! I couldn't wait to unravel Pilar and Alex's story. This was not a predictable book but unlike most you are able to follow the story and be surprised and not have to go back and try to figure out what you missed to bring you there!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Tr
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have been reading pretty much all of Ms. Carter's book and saw this was a new release. This still contained flasbacks, a trademark writing device Carter always uses. I don't love historical flashbacks in books but this worked, even thought it was actually double the flashbacks. Very good story.
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Lisa Carter is the bestselling author of seven romantic suspense novels, four historical novellas and a contemporary Coast Guard series. The Stronghold won the 2017 Daphne du Maurier. Under a Turquoise Sky won the 2015 Carol Award for Romantic Suspense. Beyond the Cherokee Trail was a 4 1/2 star Romantic Times Top Pick.

As a Southern romantic suspense writer--Sweet Tea with a Slice of Murder--Lisa
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