Thunder and Rain

A Novel
By Charles Martin (Trade Paperback, 2013)
Third generation Texas Ranger Tyler Steele is the last of a dying breed--a modern day cowboy 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.
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $14.99 US/$16.50 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9781455503971

    • On Sale Date: 04/02/2013

    • Publisher: Center Street

    Formats Available: Hardcover Book, Trade Paperback, Electronic Book, Audiobook

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Third generation Texas Ranger Tyler Steele is the last of a dying breed--a modern day cowboy 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.

Charles Martin is the New York Tines bestselling author of 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.
  • "...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).

  • "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)).

  • "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).

  • "Martin spins an engaging story about healing and the triumph of love. The novel is filled with delightful local color." (Publishers Weekly on Wrapped in Rain).

  • "[H]is characters and their issues are enough to keep the pages turning.... Martin's prose is lovely, and the flashback parallel stories of a grown man abandoned as a child and the neglected boy will ensure readers keep the Kleenex handy." (Publishers Weekly on Chasing Fireflies).

  • "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."
    (SkinnyMoose.com).

  • "[A]n enlivening, inspiring and action-packed novel....you will not be able to put it down." (bookreporter.com).

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Thunder and Rain
  • Publisher: Center Street
  • Price: $14.99 US/$16.50 CAN
  • Pages: 384
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/4" x 8"
  • ISBN-13: 9781455503971
  • On Sale Date: 04/02/2013
Thunder and Rain