Thunder and Rain  -     By: Charles Martin
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Tough Texas Ranger Tyler Steele never could understand why his marriage failed. And now the cowboy hero is a retired single dad who doesn't know how to rebuild his own life---but he does know how to help two on-the-run innocent strangers in danger! Will Ty confront his weaknesses and become the man he needs to be? 368 pages, hardcover from Center Street.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Center Street
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1455503983
ISBN-13: 9781455503988
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Publisher's Description

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, rasing 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.

Author Bio

New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin has written eight novels, including The Mountain Between Us. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. 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, though he notes he is "the least flexible person you've ever met." He lives with his wife, Christy, and their three sons in Jacksonville, Florida.

Editorial Reviews

"Martin has an incredible gift for characterization and writing that tugs at the emotions without being overly melodramatic. This is the type of novel you will want to read quickly, because it is so engrossing, yet want to savor because the prose is meaningful and poignant."
RT Book Reviews (**** 1/2)
"...entertaining hybrid of James Lee Burke's morality tales and Nicholas Sparks' sentimental journeys.A John Wayne hero, multiple appreciations of the Colt Model 1911 and a cowboy-gets-the-girl"—Kirkus Reviews
"Good for anyone who likes good, strong, old-fashioned, right-or-wrong reads, and Martin does have a following."—Library Journal
"Charles Martin is a sensitive fellow. He is also one hell of a writer. His latest book tells the story of a modern day Texas Ranger. It will have you cheering, and crying, of course."—The Florida Times-Union
"[A]n enlivening, inspiring and action-packed will not be able to put it down."—
"Thunder and Rain is one of the best books I have read in years....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."—

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  1. Arkansas
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Thunder and Lightening by Charles Martin
    February 25, 2015
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This review was written for Thunder and Rain.
    As always a very good story line The only thing that bothers me about the book is the use of the four letter words I wish the author did not feel the need to use them.
  2. Lake City, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great read!
    August 22, 2012
    M Tanavamel
    Lake City, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    We all experience Thunder and Rain. Charles Martin takes the hard stuff of life and puts it in perspective with a child's brutally honest letters to God that are laced throughout this novel. Heroes like Texas Rangers and ordinary women down on their luck have a lot to learn from the childlike faith of an abused little girl. All I can say after reading this great story is that "I feel like my side's winning." Thanks for taking me on a journey of right in a world of wrong.
  3. USA
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A story worth reading, but not my favorite
    June 17, 2012
    Cafe Lily Book Reviews
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I discovered Charles Martin when I read his first book, The Dead Don't Dance, published by Thomas Nelson. I saw the title at my local library, and became intrigued with the cover, so I brought it home.

    That was one time, I did right in judging a book by it's cover and I fell head over heels for Charles's writing.

    Since that first book, I have eagerly awaited every single new release. My favorite thus far? Hard to choose but I would rate The Mountain Between Us right up there with When Crickets Cry. You'll need Kleenex for both!

    ALL of his books could be made into a movie, and currently, The Mountain Between Us is in the works. I hope they do the book justice.

    I just finished reading Thunder and Rain and wow - it was intense. Charles took readers on a wild, painful ride and blended some history about authentic Texas Rangers (nothing to do with baseball) into this story. The main characters are quite a blend of past and present. There's some tough subject matter in this book dealing with rape. It's not a sticky sweet, easy kind of romance all wrapped up in a nice, neat package.

    I hurt reading this book. I wanted to scoop up Hope and take her far away. At some points, I wasn't sure I wanted to finish this book. And then I couldn't leave it alone. Charles's books do that to me. They get me every-single-time. They are deep, painful, and emotional. This one at times, was disturbing.


    Thunder and Rain wasn't my favorite. (I just can't get over Annie and her lemonade stand!!), and I found it to be much different than the other books I've read in the sense of tough subject matter and language. But it was still a story worth reading and when I arrived at the end, I was wrung out emotionally, just as I've come to expect when reading a Charles Martin novel.

    Some of his other longtime readers appear to be confused, thinking this book is being marketed as Christian fiction, as his previous titles were, when published by Thomas Nelson.

    I've read a few comments where readers have been disappointed with some of the content, language and subject matter, however, the newest three books are with a different publisher. I am just putting this out there, to clear up that Thunder and Rain is not being sold as Christian fiction, as far as I can tell.

    Center Street has this book listed on their site as Genre: FICTION , SUSPENSE & THRILLERS

    More conservative readers should approach this as a PG rating, due to some strong language and light sexual innuendos. God's name is NOT taken in vain in this book and there are no sex scenes. Hope, the little girl in this book, writes letters to God and talk to him about everything and anything. Some parts of the book may be a little "TMI" for some folks.

    I was appreciative of the way Charles created one of the main characters, Ty, as a man of integrity throughout this book. As always, I am left anxiously awaiting the next book by Charles Martin!
  4. Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    May 7, 2012
    Miss Em
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I highly anticipated reading this book as I'm a huge Charles Martin fan but was slighty disappointed. Perhaps I just didn't 'connect' with Texas and the cowboy characters as I have with several characters in other C. Martin novels.

    While the plot kept me reading, I felt that the characters, particularly Sam and Andie, lacked a bit of depth. Maybe the focus was intended to be on Tyler Steele and his son Brodie...if so, that was well-achieved. Martin introduces some major life-altering events in this novel and somehow I felt that grappling with these events/tragedies should take the reader deeper into the characters and in truth, take longer than the 6-8 weeks which the novel spans.

    The novel was very good, but this one's not my favorite!
  5. Charlotte, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Love the author, but something is missing
    May 5, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    His first book "Dead Don't Dance" is still one of my top five favorite books. His books since then are very well-written, but he avoids the subject of a relationship with Jesus. His male heros are much alike--dedicated to faithfulness and honor--but without them depending on God, it matters little. It's proper behavior without a foundation. I've been through so many crises in my life, and the men who have given me their strong shoulders to bear me up did so with the strength of the Lord, not in their own strength. The men who have stood up to wrong and stopped it did it with the strength of the Lord, not in their own strength. The men I know who are godly men through and through are the real version of Martin's shadow men. Real men: who aren't perfect, who fail, who cry, who stand on a solid rock, who know Whom to go to when they're in a crisis, who are powerful in the spiritual realm and effective in the physical realm--what godly men should be. They have the substance Martin's "good" man lack. Other than this, it was a good read. He is a good writer, but this book is for secular readers.
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