“New York Times’ best-selling author Charles Martin’s exhilarating new novel about a former Texas Ranger torn between his past and his future”

I’m not sure why, but I get fairly frequent contacts from publishers asking me to review books. It’s flattering, but I am fairly picky – I just simply don’t have enough time to read all of those books. I’m glad I agreed to this one, for Thunder and Rain is one of the best books I have read in years. It’s a cop book, it’s a mystery, it’s a love story, it’s a good guy/bad guy book. It has love scenes, fights and bullets flyin’.

Texas Ranger Tyler Steele is the man that most of us aspire to be. Brave, polite, noble, strong and honorable. He is the epitome of Texas in his plain talking, honest and pragmatic way. Loves his boy. Loved his Dad. Tries do right by his failed marriage. Rescues a lady and her daughter in trouble. He’s the type of man with the unwavering knowledge of the right thing to do, and the gumption to do it. He wrestles with his failures while he pulls the brim of his hat down and leans into his future. You’ll read of the shattered innocence of a little girl and the journey of Steele’s son as he navigates life’s challenges on the road to adulthood.

Seriously, this book reads easy and Mr. Martin tells a story that grabs you from the first chapter and keeps you turning the pages. Before you know it, the book is almost done. This is the first of Martin’s books I have read and now I’m a fan. If you like westerns, read the book. If you like action stories, read the book. If you’re a fan of Texas or the mystique associated with the Texas Rangers, get the book. If you like a great story that culminates in the triumph of good over evil – yeah – get the book.

Highly recommended, you won’t be disappointed.

From the Publisher

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, made him incapable of forging the emotional connection his wife Andie so desperately needed.

Now retired, raising their son Brodie on his own and at risk of losing his ranch, Ty does not know how to rebuild from the rubble of his life. The answer comes in the form of Samantha and her daughter Hope, on the run from a seemingly inescapable situation. They are in danger, desperate, and alone. Though they are strangers, Ty knows he can help—protecting the innocent is what he does best. As his relationship with Sam and Hope unfolds, Ty realizes he must confront his true weaknesses if he wants to become the man he needs to be.

Charles Martin is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels. When not writing, his hobbies include bow hunting, working out (a blend of old school stuff and martial arts, called Fight Fit), and Tae Kwon Do, in which he currently has a blue belt. He lives with his wife, Christy, and their three sons in Jacksonville, Florida.

THUNDER AND RAIN By Charles Martin
Center Street, 978-1-45550-398-8 • $21.99 / $23.99 CAN
Publication: April 3, 2012 • Hardcover • Fiction

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