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Strong Justice by Jon Land (Review #2)

Reviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

Strong Justice by Jon LandFifth-generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong is back on a mission to see justice done for Las Mujeres de Juarez, over four hundred dismembered and mutilated women found murdered along the border between Texas and Mexico, in Jon Land’s suspenseful thought-provoking mystery thriller, Strong Justice. In the first book featuring Ranger Caitlin Strong, Strong Enough to Die,Jon Land took a close look at government-sanctioned torture and the degradation of civil rights. Besides the action-filled, tense, page-turning plot of Strong Justice, in which Caitlin also has to go head-to-head with Colonel Montoya, a terrorist determined to bring America to her knees, I like that Jon Land incorporates the news headlines into his novels, like the often ugly and brutal reality of the cruel fates that Mexican women forced into prostitution sometimes face, of young lives cut short way too early and nastily. Strong Justice is that rare type of book that will live with you long after you have finished reading it, and it’s one that both those who love the Western and Mystery genres should heartily embrace.

She teams up in San Antonio with Cort Wesley Masters again, whose wife was murdered in Strong Enough to Die. Caitlin has had a romantic relationship with Cort, despite his criminal past, because he wants to become a better father for his two boys. There’s a tension created by this complication, also, both wondering if they can reignite their relationship, or if violence and guns are the only things that they had in common and that brought them together. They head to the town of Nuevo Laredo to try to find the evil, bald-headed steroid freak Marcerio, whom some call El Demono, a man it’s rumored cannot be killed. Besides being involved with a sex slavery ring, he also might be “the worst serial killer in history,” the person who murdered the Women of Juarez. Maria Lopez, a young woman who’d been forced into prostitution by Marcerio and his men – and whom he will do anything to get back – draws Caitlin Strong a crude map in black marker to Nuevo Laredo and the house she and other women were held at, one with “birds on it big enough to house a lot of people.” Read the rest of this entry »

Strong Justice by Jon Land

Reviewed by Russell Ilg

Strong Justice by Jon LandJon Land, by far one of the greatest thriller writers of our time, returns to the shelves with the second novel in the Caitlin Strong series, STRONG JUSTICE. These days, with seemingly everybody writing thriller novels, Jon Land has set himself apart from all the rest with a novel that is so different that none of them can compare to his genius.

Caitlin Strong is a fifth generation Texas Ranger who has teamed up with one of the greatest bad guys of her time to take you on the ride of your life. The story sweeps back and forth though between the lives and legends of her father and grandfather, two of the greatest Rangers who ever lived. They inspire her to be the very best of the best and to always do the right thing no matter what the outcome or cost.

Written well before the headlines of today, Land prophetically includes all that is happening along the Mexico border, and reveals that these are not new headlines at all, but actually go back to the very time when the Texas Rangers were formed. She remains involved with Cort Wesley Masters, the most notorious outlaw in modern Texas history, and his sons who she has taken on as her own, the older of which finds himself targeted by a serial killer with over 400 victims to his deadly credit. Caitlin and Cort Wesley chase that serial killer and drug lords back and forth across the border in a nonstop, no-holds-barred trill ride that will keep the lights on till you finish this amazing novel. Land throws a few surprises into the mix just to make sure you never think of putting the book down. And anyone who does will miss out on the return of the prequel’s most fascinating character, a former Venezuelan assassin who is now the protector of the poor Mexicans he sees as his redemption. But Guillermo Paz has his own agenda as well, which includes uncovering secrets in Caitlin’s past that were never supposed to come to light. Read the rest of this entry »