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Strong to the Bone

(Caitlin Strong #9)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong takes on a gang of neo-Nazis in Strong Cold Dead, an action-packed novel of the critically acclaimed Caitlin Strong series by Jon Land

1944: Texas Ranger Jim Strong investigates a triple murder inside a Nazi POW camp in Texas.

The Present: His daughter, fifth generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, finds herself pursuing the killer her father n
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Forge Books
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
After reading Strong Cold Dead, book eight in the series last year did I buy the first two books in the series. I haven't gotten to them yet, but I plan to have a Caitlin Strong marathon someday! Anyway, when I got the chance to read this book did I not hesitate. I loved Strong Cold Dead and I couldn't wait to read this one!

Part of the reason that I like this series so much is the parallel storylines that have a connection with each other. In this, we get to meet Caitlin's grandfather Earl Stron
Sherry Fundin
I am so happy to be back into a rootin’ tootin’ Caitlin Strong adventure. The Texas Rangers and Nazis…doesn’t bode well for the Nazis. LOL

Right off, Jon Land does what he does so well, makes me so curious and surprised about our prisoner of war camps in Texas during World War II, that questions arise. Why have I never thought of this before? Was I never taught in school? Is is true? I know a lot of people don’t care one way or another about prologues, but this one sure did it’s job. Sent me stra
Ms. Just One More Book  (Kris Miller)
A thrilling adventure that spans decades is Jon Land's ninth addition to the Caitlin Strong series. In 1944 Texas Ranger Earl Strong was dispatched to a holding camp for Germany's POWs in Hearne Texas. A prisoner had escaped after killing three men, bringing the attention of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Today, fifth generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong is dealing with the fallout of that investigation. A modern day Nazi movement has risen--like nothing seen since WWII. Its leader has amassed ...more
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This is my first introduction to Caitlin and this series. Despite having not read the prior novels in this series, I still was able to jump right into this book.

In the beginning I was really into this book. Caitlin is a strong female heroine. I love a good female lead. Caitlin and Cort's relationship was a good one. Since, this was book nine in this series; they were settled as a couple, so their relationship did not need to be on full display. Which, for this type of book, I want the storyline
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: popfiction
Land always finds something unique with which to develop his stories. For this, he wanted to challenge himself, as well as his lead character, Caitlin Strong. That element is sexual assault. Without giving anything away, I will say that his telling was done well.

As anyone who reads this series knows, Land tells his tale from historical and modern day perspectives. For this story, his Texas Ranger and friends take on the Nazis. What if Adolf Hitler had a son or a grandson ...

I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Caitlin Strong, Texas Ranger, is back and starts things off with a blast...of water. Caitlin's current day story begins in Austin, Texas where she has delivered a speech to law enforcement officers. After she and her lover, Cort Westley Masters, eat dinner and attend a show, there's a ruckus down the street at Stubb's Barbeque when a university party gets out of control and a woman has been sexually assaulted. It's v
Ray Palen
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“You may be able to walk on water, Ranger, but quicksand’s a whole other thing,” a character advised Caitlin Strong early on in Strong to the Bone.

And quicksand is pretty much what Caitlin finds herself mired in here in the superb ninth book to feature the stalwart Texas Ranger who’s as close to a female Jack Reacher as it gets. No, she doesn’t use her fists with the aplomb of Lee Child’s seminal series hero, but she more than makes up for that with her prowess as a gunman (or, more accurately,
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This is no cozy mystery. The body count is high and so is the action. Caitlin is the kind of gutsy heroine I would want to be. She's a rogue Ranger, going off to work on her own. Her superior puts up with it because he knows she'll get it done.

The plot in this novel is particularly timely. In this era of revealing sexual assault, Caitlin tackles a rape case that becomes very personal. Also part of the plot is a Nazi kind of white supremacy group. Land has combined these issues together well.

Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
George Orwell once wrote that ‘People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.’

This is the ninth book in the Caitlin Strong series and I do believe I would have gotten more out of this story if I'd read the other eight books. That isn't to say I didn't enjoy this book because I did. I just feel that it would have been more fleshed out with a background on Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong.

This story actually starts in a German POW camp i
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
17+ like most of this series. This one, however, is special. Strong to the Bone takes on the most intense topics of any Caitlin Strong book I've read, dealing with both rape and racism. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for the author to put this story onto the page, given the darkness hanging over it. Mr. Land does not mince words and manages to treat these topics with the appropriate mix of frankness and delicacy, all while hitting the reader with his usual blend of character ...more
Carol Crigger
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story begins in Hearne, Texas, in 1944. As in all of the Strong books, Mr. Land writes a rousing contemporary story while rooting his Texas Ranger based adventures in the past. Caitlin Strong, as the first female Texas Ranger, has taken up the job where her father and grandfather left off. Not only is the continuity familial, but the crimes.

This story, as though ripped from today’s headlines⏤I sometimes think Colonel Paz is based on Jon Land himself, as a seer able to see into the future⏤dea
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nazis, Aryan Nation, Hells Angels, drug running, illegal aliens, FBI, Homeland Security, Venezuelan hitmen, a corporate raider, greed, politics, and Texas Rangers converge in Jon Land‘s latest Caitlin Strong thriller, Strong to the Bone. A secret calls out from the past of WW2, to come home to roost in Caitlin’s latest case. A secret so frightening to the average American that the US government made sure it lay hidden away for 70 years. A secret that her grandfather found himself smack dab in th ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
I absolutely LOVE finding an incredible author that generates such an interest in their novels, that once you begin them, not only are you transported into the story as a bystander, but you simply can't put it down. Such is the case with my introduction to Jon Land's series of Caitlin Strong novels, with his latest, number nine by the way, Strong to the Bone. This is my first experience with this author and let me tell you, he can weave a story so compelling, you won't be able to put it down, un ...more
Jewel Hart
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fifth generation Texas Ranger, Caitlin Strong, is just that, “strong” and relentless, as she inadvertently picks up where her own Texas Ranger grandfather left off in the pursuit of a killer her grandfather failed to apprehend during his career back in the 40’s. She decides to undertake the quest to find the murderer and investigate the conspiracy that goes all the way back to World War II and the time her grandfather worked the case. She investigates and examines the scheme and conspiracy that ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caitlin Strong is a third generation Texas Ranger. She can handle almost any situation without fear, that is until she has to revisit one incident in her past. Can she finally find answers and put this behind her, once and for all?

Retired from Special Forces, and "partner in crime" with Caitlin Strong, Cort Westley Masters was faced with his own challenges. He discovers, along with a rebellious son, demons from his ancestral past has arisen to haunt him.

While each simultaneously deals with his/
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-thriller
This is the first Jon Land book I've read and now I'd love to go back and read the entire Caitlin Strong collection! She is an incredibly strong character -- it doesn't take you long to discover just how deep that strength is. She's continuing the tradition as working as a Texas Ranger; however, she's the first woman in her family to work in that field. Being a lover of history, the flashbacks to 1944 - time of WWII and horrific, tragic events that took place at Jewish concentration camps - are, ...more
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I have read, and enjoyed, the other books in this series, but this one I struggled with. I had to force myself to finish (i don’t like to quit on a book or skip to the end to see what happens) and when it was over I felt there was no “ending”.
Caitlin Strong is a Texas Ranger, very set in her ways, and hard headed. She is constantly breaking rules, and doing exactly the opposite what her boss tells her. This creates a lot of “messes” that her boss has to clean up. Doesn’t seem right for someone i
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Graphic Audio's production of this western - murder mystery is a wonderfully complicated tale
set in 1944 and present day Texas. Fifth generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, granddaughter for Early Strong, investigates mysterious drug-related deaths that lead back to Armand Fisker, who was marketing a bio-weapon and possibly descended from a Nazi prisoner. Listen carefully. You don't want to miss a minute.

I'm a fan of Graphic Audio performances that include full cast of voice performers and so
Robert Scott
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
+++Nazis in Texas? You bet. During WWII there were German prisoner of war camps all through the state. This novel touches on that, on conspiracies nation & world wide, and on family, clandestine government involvement and sexual assault. Caitlin of course is at the forefront in all that occurs in the present & the recent past. Cort Wesley and his two sons also have central roles. The surrounding cast are a ghost, sandalwood aftershave, biker gangs, drug dealers, a South American enforcer, and th ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This was my first Jon Land book. In fact, my husband meet the author while shopping for Mother's Day. I'm not sure why he recommend that I start on the 9th book in a series but it may have been enough to make me try another.

The characters are quite complex, which I appreciate. It was just tough, and took many chapters, to understand them and their connections. I read a lot of books with a male lead so it was quite refreshing to have a bad-ass woman taking charge. Maybe I'll check in and see what
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

not bad. i'm not too keen on stories w/nazi's.
but i did think adding the element of caitlin being a victim of rape in her youth was interesting.

and when will Dylan just get a normal life? that poor kid keeps attracting trouble.
i liked how the story w/his father in prison intersected Armand's (the bad guy in this book) father's time in prison. and also how they were acquainted already thru Cort's past criminal history.

the flashbacks & present day cases matched up very well.

Fredrick Danysh
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong investigates a sexual assault that takes her back to her own rape eighteen years earlier. DNA proves that it's the same man. Also we get the back story of her grandfather, who as a Texas Ranger investigated the escape of a Nazi POW during World War II in Texas. The two are connected. A decent piece of writing.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
I've read the entire series. I think the story lines are thought through and researched but the stilted conversations really annoyed me. Everyone goes by a nickname and tries too hard to be macho. Doubt if I will continue with the next book.
George Krasilovsky
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Been a while that I read a Caitlin Strong novel. Land has a similar approach linking her cases with her father's or grandfathers. While I enjoyed the book, getting a little old in its approach. Maybe I'm cynical today!
Michele bookloverforever
Strong to the Bone: A Caitlin Strong Novel

Well, this was a spellbinder. As usual, the last mixed with the present. The sexual assault plotline resonated with me. As usual, the author issued a wonderful thriller.
Nai Wang
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Caitlin Strong, what an amazing series this was. I binge read 9 books over the course of a month and loved every minute of it. A strong female protagonist with a Strong history and amusing side characters, I highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a fun western set in today’s timeline.
Another great book from Jon Land. This time Texas Ranger Strong is battling racism and rapists. I really love the historical aspect of this story. Sometimes I feel like the books go on automatic but they still are entertaining.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book more than the previous book in the series. It captured my interest and had several story lines merging into one to make a good read.
Mike Bratek
Close but..... cigar! As the plot juggles too much for me to handle. Once it does, it is a fine array of violence, love, and respect.

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Jon Land is an American author of thriller novels and a screenwriter. He graduated from Brown University in 1979 Phi Beta Kappa and Magna cum Laude. He often bases his novels and scripts on extensive travel and research as well as a twenty-five year career in martial arts. He is an associate member of the US Special Forces and is an emeritus board member the International Thriller Writers. John cu ...more

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