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Strong As Steel

(Caitlin Strong #10)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  33 reviews

1994: Texas Ranger Jim Strong investigates a mass murder on a dusty freight train linked to a mysterious, missing cargo for which no record exists.

The Present: His daughter, fifth generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, finds herself on the trail of that same cargo when skeletal remains are found near an excavation site in the Texas desert. She’s also dealing with the afte

Kindle Edition, 311 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Forge Books
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I was introduced to Caitlin Strong in Strong Cold Dead and I just love that book. Since then have I read the book after Strong to the Bone and now the latest one Strong as Steel.

Caitlin Strong followed in her father and grandfather's (and great grandfather's etc.) footsteps and become a Texas Ranger. One can say she was born to be one and she's a tough woman that grew up learning how to shot rather than playing girly games. In this book, she and her lover Cort Wesley Master faced with a mystery
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read
Hold on to your hats, bad ass Caitlin Strong, Texas Ranger, is taking the reader on another wild ride!!!

Twenty-five years ago, Caitin’s father, Jim Strong, was on a case that wasn’t resolved and now Caitlin finds herself dealing with the same case.

Some people want what was buried 25 years ago, which has eluded them, but Caitlin has to figure out who these people are and what are in the buried ossuaries. And bodies are also piling up.

This book is the 10th book in this series but reads as a stand
Sherry Fundin
1959, Turkey: A freighter, all the crew dead, takes out the Port of Ordu, just like in a Jurassic Park movie.

1904, Mexico: A little girl watches as her entire family is slaughtered at her parents wedding.

1994, Texas: The entire crew of a train, plus a few spare bodies, are found dead.

WTH is going on?

Caitlin is 14 years old, so it is her dad, Jim, on the case..

Present Day: Here comes Caitlin…with guns blazing. She has a sixth sense when it comes to tracking down her quarry. She is surrounded by u
Dave Edlund
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Strong As Steel is perhaps the best novel by Jon Land—ever. Although I have no doubt he’ll raise the bar with the next Caitlin Strong novel. From an explosive gunfight on the opening pages, through a deep historical mystery, to a climactic ending, this novel is everything a thriller aficionado could possibly want… and more. Caitlin Strong continues to develop to the point where you feel you know her well, but probably don’t know everything. Mr. Land also brings depths of understanding to the pro ...more
Carla Neggers
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic entry in a terrific series.
This is the 10th book in the Caitlin Strong series. She is a 5th generation modern day Texas Ranger. She can only be described as a gunslinger, and there is never a dull moment. Her captain refers to her as "the winds of Hurricane Caitlin." This is a fascinating series, and to my knowledge, there are no other books featuring a heroine like Caitlin Strong, and the story lines are quite unique. There are also some very colorful, unforgettable characters in this series that I have really enjoyed. T ...more
J.H. Bogran
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended. The author has a panache for writing over-the-top yet convincing characters. The series is still going strong, no pun intended.
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it
As usual this is really entertaining. I really love westerns and this is a modern take on it. I also like the fact that it's about a female. There is not enough of them as min characters in the world. Read this series and enjoy it. As I did. ...more
Cy Wyss
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It says right on the cover that Jon Land’s Caitlin Strong series has won eleven major awards, and it is easy to see why. When I read the tenth installment in the series, Strong as Steel, I was reminded of a coyote – lean, fast, and clever. The book gripped me right away with images of a ghost ship, a trope I find particularly compelling. What does the ghost ship off the coast of Turkey have to do with murders in Mexico and Texas? You’ll have to read the book to find out. Suffice it to say, the e ...more
Thomas Bruso
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Jon Land’s pulse-pounding 10th Caitlin Strong novel, “Strong as Steel,” readers are in for a roller coaster ride.

Land writes the book in two different timelines: 1994 to present, and jumps back and forth, telling the story from the various points of view of his compelling characters, all of them with secrets of their own.

In the electrifying opening chapter, Caitlin’s father, Texas Ranger Jim Strong, investigates a mass killing on a freight train in Fort Stockton, Texas. The gruesome discovery
Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
STRONG AS STEEL, the 10th book featuring Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, begins with a bang --- literally. The first passage, set in the year 1959, sees the freighter ship Dolunay enter the Port of Ordu, Turkey, and slam into the pier. The worst part is not that the ship ignored all warnings from the Port, but that it did not have a single living person aboard upon its arrival.

All of these novels are firmly linked to events in the past, some of which involve Caitlin's father, Jim, who was also a Te
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
By Jon Land

Reviewed by Russ Ilg

The tenth time is clearly the charm for the in dominatable Jon Land whose decennial effort in his Caitlin Strong series, Strong as Steel, cements his Texas Ranger’s status as the best female protagonist in thriller fiction today and maybe ever.

The high-octane plot features the classic thriller staple of a long buried, and of course deadly, secret being unearthed, this time from the Texas desert. Caitlin’s father Jim Strong, apparently, was somehow in
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Caitlin Strong is a Texas Ranger like no other. She is one tough woman and that comes across loudly in this novel. The story contains tons of suspense and an increasing body count. Caitlin is brought into a case that soon shows signs of relating to a case her father, also a Texas Ranger, had worked on when Caitlin was just a toddler. The story from decades ago is revealed little by little as Caitlin pursues the current mystery. The technique works rather well as the stories parallel each other. ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's rare that I have read an author who can weave a backstory into a current storyline without boring me. Jon Land has quickly risen to the top of my favorite authors who can do just that! Caitlin comes out full force with a bit of resemblance to her father within her personality and now into her case. The action keeps the story flowing at a pace that makes you keep turning page after page (even when you've promised you'll come to bed after 1 more chapter!). Caitlin's strength holds true from p ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another fast paced, action packed story. Well written.
When I first read the series, I found the moving b/w the past & various POV's annoying but now I’ve gotten used to it. I like how things that happened to Caitlin’s grandpa or dad relate to the present case she’s working on.
And I like the different POV's as I’ve come to like those characters.

Though I was a bit bummed about what happens w/Cort & Dylan. I’m also curious to what will happen w/Paz in the next installment.
This was another page tur
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Part of the reason I enjoyed this book was that it was set in Texas, where I live, and I enjoyed having the action occur in places I recognized. I thought the premise of a long buried secret was good, and an extremely interesting choice of the villainous people behind the bad guys (no spoilers here). I enjoyed the tidbits of Texas Rangers' history at the beginning of each part. Very well done, with just enough to add some realistic flavor but not so much you wanted to just flip past it. Fast pac ...more
Cheryl Malandrinos
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, how I have missed this series! Every time I think Land has outdone himself, he amazes me once again. While I haven't read the previous few installments--though now I really want to go back and catch up--Strong As Steel reminded me what a creative and talented author Land is.

It's hard not to like Caitlin Strong. She is a fifth generation Texas Ranger--no pressure there--and, true to her name, she proves she has earned her reputation. Filled with recurring characters and newbies, Strong As Ste
Anne, Unfinished Woman
I got 60 pages into this and that was the max I could take. Once again Land jumps all over the globe telling unrelated tales of blood and guts, that will no doubt come together in Texas as they have in the past, focused on some sort of terrorism. Earlier stories becames more and more outrageous and unbelievable with each installment. However, one of the the tales early in this book, in Nigeria, of a truly evil man, Molinari, who in the name of Christianity and in the goal of obliterating Islam, ...more
Westerns and mysteries are a perfect combination add Caitlin Strong to the mix and you have an exciting tale of murder and mayhem in Texas and northern Mexico.

Jon Land has mastered the thrilling western set in today's scrub lands filled Texas Rangers, mysterious gunmen, and blood thirsty killers. The action never waivers, the gun fighting is an added extra. You'll want to listen to this one in a nice long sitting.

Graphic Audio adds sound effects to its full cast performances. Each recording is
Doug Yonce
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The past, the present, local, national, and even international conspiracies all come together in a perfect storm—Hurricane Caitlin, as in Caitlin Strong, Texas Ranger. Familiar characters from previous installments can be found, and relationships play an important role as a cold case gets hot. Although this is the tenth book in the series, it can easily be a starting point for the new reader.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Great story, lots of action, and a few unexpected twists: Caitlin, Cort and Paz, with an assist from Dylan, are gunning to the rescue of both the great state of Texas and civilization as we know it.
Shari Kohl
Dec 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One of my all-time favorite tv series was Texas Rangers with Chuck Norris. When I read about Strong As Steel I knew I would be hooked. Caitlin Strong is as strong a Texas Ranger as they come and the mystery, murders, and all-out war certainly made this novel a page-turner.
Ray Palen
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read my rave review this Friday on bookreporter.com.
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
this was just okay. i won’t be buying this series again but i stead will wait for the library copy.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book begins in the past, 1959 a ship arrives in the Turkish port of Ordu with the dead crew. Time jump to 1964 Mexico City, Mexico, a girl is bringing wedding rings to her parents’ wedding and hears “fireworks”, they are gunshots and both parents are killed. 1994 Texas Fort Stockton, a group of Mexican men, perhaps belonging to the drug cartel, are found dead. Jim Strong investigates.

Today Dallas, Texas, Caitlin Strong accompanies Captain Bub McNelly, captain of the Texan Criminal Investigat
Had I known what I was in for with Strong as Steel, I would have rested up, taken a few deep breaths and prepared myself… because this read hits the ground running and all I could do was… run with it.

While assisting with serving a simple search warrant, fifth-generation Texas Ranger, Caitlin Strong ends up in a gun-battle in a downtown Dallas high-rise.

The staff of the firm where Caitlin was headed lies in pools of blood, and the Ranger puts down the four anonymous assassins.

A young girl, proud
Janet Newport
Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for this arc.

If you like a pulse pounding, heart racing action-adventure read, then this is for you. If you like a good old shoot-'em-up read, then this is for you. If you like international conspiracies , Mexican/South American cartel wars and religious crusades, the this is for you. If you like the resolution of cold case mysteries, then this is for you. I usually enjoy these types of escapist reads, but I found this to be a ginormous Texas sized sna
T Olsen
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's sad when someone who obviously knows how to write, feels the need to use three times as many words as necessary. And then tries to copy 3rd class action movies with lots of tactical nonsense. If you need to waste some time, read this book. ...more
Doug Yonce
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The past, the present, local, national, and even international conspiracies all come together in a perfect storm—Hurricane Caitlin, as in Caitlin Strong, Texas Ranger. Familiar characters from previous installments can be found, and relationships play an important role as a cold case gets hot. Although this is the tenth book in the series, it can easily be a starting point for the new reader.
Think of Jon Land’s latest Caitlin Strong novel, Strong as Steel (Forge Books), as a tenth-anniversary special. As the author mentions in his final notes, Hollywood often talks about stories that are different but the same. Strong as Steel leans toward different for the Caitlin Strong franchise, but in every way that is good and fun for the reader.

The fifth-generation Texas Ranger returns in a blockbuster blend of the best of Dan Brown, Clive Cussler, and Louis L’Amour. The opening chapters are
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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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