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?