Saturday, July 14, 2012
Charles Martin's Thunder and Rain - Part 2
Oh, and because I forgot a disclaimer yesterday, I'll just state right now that I bought this book with my own money, and I'm posting about it because I want to. The government seems so in middle of everyone's business these days that I hope they are OK with that.
As I mentioned yesterday, Charles Martin's writing can be a lot like Nicholas Sparks. They have similar male characters, usually some great tragedy mixed in, ends in the same kind of way. However, Thunder and Rain, had some differences. And differences between some of his own books as well.
The charming Texas Ranger Tyler Steele draws readers in. And this is the law enforcement Texas Rangers, not the baseball team for people who don't realize the baseball team was named after the state police. All Tyler, aka Cowboy, has ever known is being a Texan and a Ranger. Just like his father, and his father before him. He's rough around the edges. And like most guys, can be dense at times. He's just a good guy. And a hero.
The one thing that I disliked about the book is the "Texas" talk. We don't all use the wrong verb tenses, and many of us can conjugate a sentence. Maybe it's west Texans that have this problem. It annoyed me in reading the dialogue sometimes. And I think that when authors do that (or TV shows do that), it makes us sound like a state full of ignorant people. That's just a peeve of mine.
The book 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, 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.
But it may cost him more than he's ready to pay to let the pair into his life. Meanwhile, the man who ended Ty's career, and almost ended his life, is up for parole and looking to finish what he started.
As his relationship with Sam and Hope unfolds, Ty realizes he must confront his true weaknesses if he wants to protect them and, ultimately, offer the real strength they truly need.