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Thunder and Rain: A Novel | [Charles Martin]

Thunder and Rain: A Novel

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. Samantha and her daughter, Hope, are 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.
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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.

©2012 Charles Martin (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    karen brazoria, texas, United States 06-24-14
    karen brazoria, texas, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "loved it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Thunder and Rain to be better than the print version?

    yes,


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    there was enough excitement in the book to keep you wondering


    Any additional comments?

    it was hard for me not to care about all the characters. martin has a way at the end of all his books that you think dang this didn't come out the way I wanted to see it and then it does. I liked how he entertwined the action of the main characters life into a nice story of people finding their soul mates.

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    Amazon Customer 06-17-14 Member Since 2012

    I love stories about dogs!

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    What made the experience of listening to Thunder and Rain the most enjoyable?

    I had a hard time working... wasn't for this book! I didn't want to turn it off. The descriptions of everything.. I could just picture everything! Loved the romance and sadness and joy on every page and I really loved the transition between the little girls "Dear God' and "Cowboy"... very sweet. Laughed and cried!


    What other book might you compare Thunder and Rain to and why?

    Don't have much to compare but will be reading more of his books!


    Which character – as performed by Daniel May and Luci Christian Bell – was your favorite?

    Cowboy.. gotta say was favorite. Hope... well, who wouldn't love her?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    BOth.. everything... even put off dinner one night to finish a couple of chapters!


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    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 04-22-14
    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 04-22-14
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    "A Good Texas Ranger Story"

    If you like John Wayne movies, you will love this story. It has a wonderful unique character who tells much of the story from her point of view and in her vernacular. It's a refreshing change when the story telling is handed off to her, and she proceeds to speak to you as she writes in her diary. These folks face more than their fair share of challenges, and how they deal with these provides you the reader with a pretty clear view of their differences in values and character. One of the more likable listening choices I've made, and I trust you will agree. Cheers, Ken

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    Marilyn 09-18-13
    Marilyn 09-18-13
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    "Not worth the time or the money."
    What was most disappointing about Charles Martin’s story?

    Mr. Martin needs to do his research before he puts pen to paper. There were too many glaring inconsistencies to make reading this book enjoyable. If you enjoy Harlequin Romance books, you will love this one. Simpering romance with no imagination.


    What three words best describe Daniel May and Luci Christian Bell ’s performance?

    I did enjoy listening to Daniel May's deeply resonating voice.Luci Bell does a wonderful job!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


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    OutfieldDan Houston, TX USA 09-02-13
    OutfieldDan Houston, TX USA 09-02-13

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    "Weepy Romance Novel"

    I thought this was going to be full of action and I was very disappointed. There was action in the first two chapters, a legitimate bad guy defined, but the rest of the book had no action and was all about feelings. The bad guy was never confronted by the main character, he just basically went away - was deleted by a female character in a minor scene. It reads like a work from two authors. It started out being an action hero novel, but it seems like the author handed over the rest of the book to his wife who made it mawkish.

    Overall, the book is a romance novel with stereotypes of what a man's feelings are and should be. A child's voice and narrative is included that contributes little to the novel - just another vehicle to show emotions that I found, well, ...childish.

    I did like the reader - a good Texan drawl that fit the main character. Too bad the main character was so sentimental.

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    Michael 05-08-13
    Michael 05-08-13
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    "Charles does and amazing job with words"
    What made the experience of listening to Thunder and Rain the most enjoyable?

    So clear are his words that you feel like your in the story. I especially like the fact that even though their is a love story, it is not a chick flick per se


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    Jana 04-10-13
    Jana 04-10-13
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    "My thoughts for anyone considering this book"

    I can understand that some people would like this novel, but it did not appeal to me. It wasn't overall bad - it stated out well and at times, a tear fell, but overall, too slow and far too much narrative over action/events. And far too sugary sweet. I listened to Chasing Fireflies (on sale when I bought it), then bought this one even before I was done with that one because I liked it, but this is such a completely different book. I think if you like Nicholas Sparks books, you would like this.

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    Ramona 02-27-13
    Ramona 02-27-13
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    "Satisfying Ending but Boring Interlude"

    Overall I've liked this author. I really enjoyed Chasing Fireflies so I was a bit disappointed in this one. Some of the detailed descriptions of guns and their use didn't add anything to the story and made me want to fast-forward. If I had been reading this in print, I would have skipped over those pages. Also, some of the musings of the protagonist were overly long and repetitive. I think with a little better editing, this could have been a five star book.

    The narrators were very good. I can't fault them at all. It was very easy to tell who was talking and who wasn't. They both were excellent.

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    carol MONROE, GA, United States 08-28-12
    carol MONROE, GA, United States 08-28-12
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    "Predictable and disjointed."
    What would have made Thunder and Rain better?

    The main character's relationship with the woman Sam did not seem realistic. She and the main character did not seem to be appropriately concerned about the rape of the child. They did not seem to follow up appropriately on the matter.


    What was most disappointing about Charles Martin’s story?

    There was too much conversation and "speech making." The character of Sam was not likable and did not earn my respect or sympathy.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator's voice matched the story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment - a waste of time. I read it for a new Book Club in which the long-time members had read other books by the author. They were also disappointed.


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    Lisa Hood River, OR, United States 05-04-12
    Lisa Hood River, OR, United States 05-04-12

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    "Not exactly what I expected"

    This is the third Charles Martin book that I've read. I thoroughly enjoyed the other two, I didn't enjoy this one as much. Well, I enjoyed the ethics, morals, and values of the Texas Rangers and cowboys, but I really didn't like the female adult characters in this book. I really didn't think that either one was worth hanging around. Neither woman truly understood Ty, they both wanted to change him.

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