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STARRED REVIEW

Strong Light of Day: Jon Land

What would happen if our food supply was contaminated and we were forced to be at the mercy of another country? What would happen if scientists and biotech companies developed a powerful weapon in the war against pets. Wouldn’t that be great if they could discover a way to kill insects and pathogens by disabling their genes? Within the novel Strong Light of Day someone does exactly that hoping to create a chemical pesticide that would kill harmful insects and protect those that are not.

Enter Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong whose primary goal when we meet her within the first pages of this novel is to take down a cattle rustler who claims that someone or something picked his cattle clean. But what and how? As we take a trip back in time and meet Boone Masters and Jim Strong who form an unholy alliance to take down some Russian mobsters. Listening to both Masters and Strong we learn about the Russians and their desire to ignite the Cold War and hopefully bring Russia back to its original power. Hoping to bring down the United States and corrupt and destroy its food supply is the goal of many. As the author introduces Calum Dane in the present and we learn just what he tried to create in order to take control of the food supply claiming his pesticide would benefit farmers and destroy the insects that hurt their crop. But, as he was telling everyone about his work, Brandon McCabe come inside the hotel bar and what happens will alert readers that the man behind the pesticides is not what he appears to be. Take another trip back to Afghanistan and join the Navy seals as they uncover this plot to destroy our food supply.

This is a complex multi-layered plot that involves not only what Dane Calum has planned and the Russians he has befriended but thirty missing high school students from a Houston Prep school are taken hostage but why? Cort Wesley Masters and Caitlin Strong are more than just an item and his two boys respect her more than anyone else. When told that Luke Masters is among the students missing Caitlin stops whatever she’s doing to search for the missing boy. After dealing with the cattle rustler, then learning about Luke Caitlin faces a rancher who is delusional, off base and claims that something odd or a strange alien has picked his cattle clean. But, is he really crazy or is something else in play that no one has yet to find?

D.W. Tepper and Caitlin’s father formed a joint alliance in the past as the author weaves both the past and the present so that Caitlin tries to understand what happened back then that ties into the present and the missing boys.

Many voices are heard as we listen in to what other ventures Dane is into besides pesticides. Oil, gas, gold, video games that will take players into a virtual network of violence you just won’t believe or be able to discern real from fiction. With the Texas Rangers supervising the case about the cattle, looking to find the missing students and teachers, eyes are on taking out Caitlin Strong.

When Luke and his friend Zach walk out of the woods just why did they escape being taken? What were they doing that remains hidden? Russian forces are behind much of what is happening. Boone Masters and Jim Strong started it all as the author flashes back and forth to the past and the present as we get to understand how a Russian Mobster that Cort bugged on what is stated as Homeland’s dimes is connected to the missing kids and the dead cattle.

Some people have guardian angels and spirits that speak to them from beyond whereas Caitlin’s Guillermo Paz is like a night in a special armor. With a visit to a psychic he learns he learns about the present, what needs to be done in the future and the meaning of the Tarot cards. Doctor Whatley is more than just an ME who does autopsies. When investigating the murdered cattle what he finds with the help of a young officer named Roger will more than astound readers as the link that you think is with an insect that is usually not dangerous and has been you might say genetically enhanced or engineered to become deadly. Imagine being able to destroy the defense mechanisms of millions of cattle. The toxins that are excreted in their frass then the insect in questions poop, contract muscles to direct the flow of feces onto their backs and the end result is unappetizing and creates a smell that is deadly.

Calum Dane is more than evil he is an abusive father and as he watched his father killed during a rebellion he vowed he would get even with those that caused his death. But within this plot and his alliance with a Russian named Beriya we learn of a plan to destroy our food supply, oil industry and the link to a virtual video game. Cort Wesley and the man he works with the help of Homeland Security learn the history behind what Calum has planned, hope to figure out how to stop him as Caitlin Strong faces him head on.

When things begin to come to light they realize that what was found and used by Karl Dakota and Christoph IIg was the same thing found in Armand Bayou. Whatever killed the grass in the Bayou killed it in other places too. With the help and explanations of Young Roger they would better understand who and what the killer was. Why would someone take something in nature, nature’s organism and turn it into something deadly? What would they hope to gain? How could a simple bug be deadly?

As Caitlin learns something about Zach his father begins to wonder why he would not confide in him. Author Jon Land brings a new dimension to this novel as he explores Luke’s relationship with someone and his family has to learn to deal with his choices. But, the main focus is finding the lost students and when Caitlin looks at a map of the area what she sees she hopes will clarify where they are and why. Within Chapter 82 we learn more about the Russian connection and when the author flashes back to the past we can understand it more fully. As you hear Calum and the Russian talk you learn more about a plot that was 35 years in the making dating back to the Cold War. They could not win using weapons and arms so they decided to destroy crops and erode the soil. The way they did it you won’t believe as author Jon Land shares the research, the findings and the method within Chapters 82 -89. Within the final chapters Caitlin, Cort Wesley, Paz and DW Tepper find their way to the source of the smell, stench and the reasons why the cattle died. When you read these final chapters make sure you cover your mouth and nose with a mask because the description alone will make you sick from the stench alone.          What they find out is related to RNA and the potential risks of RNA interference. What will happen if their plan works? What will happen if they use RNA interference? Will it release gene-silencing agents into the fields and hurt all insects especially as the research shows organisms that have the same genetic makeup? What happens to Brandon McCabe is serious and the end result might be more humans die. The subject is quite controversial the research and the story is based on an Article in the New York Times from 2014 titled “ Genetic Weapon Against Insects Raises Hope and Fear in Farming.” One powerful novel. One explosive ending that dates back to where it all began with Boone Masters and Jim Strong as they fight to keep what the Russians started but did they? A storm that would change the course of events and one plot comes full circle from the past until the present. But, can Caitlin and Cort Wesley, Paz and the team stop what someone has put into motion before it’s too late?

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author educator book reviewer for authors reading and writing staff developer Book reviewer for manic readers, ijustfinished.com book pleasures and authors upon request blog tours on my blog and interviews with authors I am the author of five published books. I wrote three children's books in my Bertha Series and Two on Alzheimer's. Radio show talk host on Red River Radio/Blog Talk Radio Book Discussion with Fran Lewis the third Wed. of every month at one eastern. I interview 2 authors each month feature their latest releases. I review books for authors upon request and my latest book Sharp As A Tack or Scrambled Eggs Which Describes Your Brain? Is an E book, Kindle and on Xlibris.com Some of the proceeds from this last book will go to fund research in the area of Brain Traumatic Injury in memory of my sister Marcia who died in July.

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2 thoughts on “STARRED REVIEW

  1. Sounds like another “strong” entry in this terrific series. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it with us.

    Posted by Lance Wright | October 15, 2015, 1:21 pm
  2. The interview today with Jon on my show was fantastic

    Posted by Just Reviews by:gabina49: | October 15, 2015, 3:34 pm

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