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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 03-12-13
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A mans story, a love story?"

    Everything that is good and right and the way it should be. This is a story written by a man that understands the mans code, metrosexuals might be confused by the ethic in this tome, or might be, probably be, enlightened by it. As men we often are told by women to "read this and you will understand me" we read it. Well as a man to a woman, I would say, "read this and you will understand me" and leave it at that. This is a well written story, by a man, that also is able to write about the feelings that make a man the way we often are, when a man is the right kind of stuff. The action is good, there is tension and suspense and there is a love story. A mans perspective kind of love story. I really liked this book, I did not know it would be what it was but am very glad I listened to it. A really good find one I would highly recommend.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Cedar Park, TX, United States 09-06-12
    Amazon Customer Cedar Park, TX, United States 09-06-12

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    "Love Charles Martin stories!!!!!"

    I can't say enough about this story! Charles Martin has done it again!!!!! Another amazing story! I laughed, I cried, I felt like I was there..... I'll never look at a car on the side of the road w/out wondering "what is their story"? How could they change my life?

    Charles Martin does his homework and can write a story as if he was living it personally. He knows all the history and background of his stories inside and out! A+++++ I can't wait for the next one!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Rock Hill, SC, United States 05-29-12
    Barbara Rock Hill, SC, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Powerful!"

    This is the classic struggle between good and evil and includes a John Wayne type character who, I believe, still exists in some places.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Schatzi Rockwell, NC, United States 09-10-12
    Schatzi Rockwell, NC, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Charles Martin, good listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to Thunder and Rain the most enjoyable?

    Classic Charles Martin, always a good story line.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All


    What about Daniel May and Luci Christian Bell ’s performance did you like?

    Did a good job


    If you could rename Thunder and Rain, what would you call it?

    Like the title


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scotty Great Smokey Mountains 08-10-12
    Scotty Great Smokey Mountains 08-10-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Outstanding! Listen, smile, laugh, cry, and learn."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Thunder and Rain to be better than the print version?

    Never read the printed version. It just couldn't be as good as the audio!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The lesson. We run out of hope at times. This book is a reminder of hope. Living is the hard part. Gather the courage to live and the hope of tomorrow. What a great writer! I need more of his books to read and remind me.


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

    All of the characters were performed greatly. The mix of Daniel May and Luci Christian Bell made the story. I so enjoyed hearing Hope as a little girl then as an adult. But, it took both Mr. May and Ms. Bell to put the story on line. Greatly done.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely, I did listen almost in one sitting. Even fell asleep listening.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book I really needed to listen to and plan to listen to more of Charles Martin.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lois INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 07-09-12
    Lois INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 07-09-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Colorfully written and performed"
    What made the experience of listening to Thunder and Rain the most enjoyable?

    The performers were excellent in making clear which character was speaking. The emotions were evident and carried you with them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thunder and Rain?

    When cowboy asked Andy to come home.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    As above.


    If you could take any character from Thunder and Rain out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hope, because she is aptly named.


    Any additional comments?

    Just like all of Charles Martin's books, you walk away feeling better about the world and God's grace. You are also well entertained during the process. I have only listened to his books but I just love them. Can't wait for the next one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    P.D. Pocatello, ID, United States 09-21-12
    P.D. Pocatello, ID, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "great author! great book."
    What did you love best about Thunder and Rain?

    loved the little girls character & voice. Loved the sense of honor & compassion the story incorporates.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thunder and Rain?

    When the litlle girl whispers into his ear on his death bed.


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

    Luci, I loved her voice & could really picture her face.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Good is mightier than evil


    Any additional comments?

    This is my 2nd Charles Martin book & it was just as wonderful as the last. Can't wait to get another!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Reed Texas 08-31-14
    M. Reed Texas 08-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Too Simple"
    What would have made Thunder and Rain better?

    Needs a more challenging story line. It reads like a super hero comic book.


    What could Charles Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Challenge the reader. If the primary character is a man of few words, try to explain his character with fewer words. This is the most talkative man of few words, I have ever heard.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He didn't speak Texan. The reader needs to do some work on dialect and pronunciation.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If you like a simple love story for those that want everything to work out for everyone, this is it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sharon san diego, california, United States 07-01-14
    sharon san diego, california, United States 07-01-14 Member Since 2007

    love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.

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    "Not up to his usual quality."

    I WAS a fan of Charles Martin but this book was a big disappointment. He has sacrificed his usual good writing with a lot of crude dialogue about body functions and salacious situations with Tyler, the Texas Ranger and "Sam" the woman he rescues. Too much detail about learning to shoot and "manhood" I guess this is a guys book.
    I absolutely HATED the little girls "letters to God" her voice was cloying and the content stupid and unbelievable for a 10 year old who had gone through trauma.
    The male narrator was the only good part of the book. Skip this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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