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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (778 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Martin Narrator: Daniel May Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781611134407
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] starkly beautiful story that is quiet and harrowing, rock-hard and richly textured. Part mystery, part love story…moving.”

    Brett Lott, author of Dead Low Tide

  • “Good for anyone who likes good, strong, old-fashioned, right-or-wrong reads, and Martin does have a following.”

    Library Journal

  • “Charles Martin is a sensitive fellow. He is also one hell of a writer. His latest book tells the story of a modern day Texas Ranger. It will have you cheering, and crying, of course.”

    Florida Times-Union

  • “Entertaining hybrid of James Lee Burke's morality tales and Nicholas Sparks' sentimental journeys. A John Wayne hero, multiple appreciations of the Colt Model 1911 and a cowboy-gets-the-girl.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Martin has an incredible gift for characterization and writing that tugs at the emotions without being overly melodramatic. This is the type of novel you will want to read quickly, because it is so engrossing, yet want to savor because the prose is meaningful and poignant.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • Thunder and Rain is one of the best books I have read in years....this book reads easy and Mr. Martin tells a story that grabs you from the first chapter and keeps you turning the pages. Before you know it, the book is almost done. This is the first of Martin's books I have read and now I'm a fan. If you like westerns, read the book. If you like action stories, read the book. If you're a fan of Texas or the mystique associated with the Texas Rangers, get the book. If you like a great story that culminates in the triumph of good over evil—yeah—get the book. Highly recommended, you won't be disappointed.

    Skinnymoose.com

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Harris | 2/17/2014

    " Do yourself a favor and read Charles Martin -- great author who easliy draws me into the stories he writes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 2/16/2014

    " Enjoyable read! I got sucked in and read it in 2 days!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 2/4/2014

    " wonderful! Love Charles Martin's writing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Albright | 2/1/2014

    " A little bit of mystery & romance. Great read for plane ride to & from vacation. It's one that's hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Jones | 1/28/2014

    " I enjoy this author, he is from Texas, writes books that capture and keep your interest. The story is interesting and restores your faith in people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryann | 1/26/2014

    " Got this for another library patron, looks interesting, so I'm going to give it a try. I liked this one. It is the second of his I've read and liked both. Not overly intense, despite very real danger faced by main characters. You see people caring for each other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 1/15/2014

    " Very well written. Love his writing style and the way he draws you into his characters. Would love to have cowboy on my side anytime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/15/2014

    " I thought this was another great book by Charles Martin. You have the hero and the woman and child in ditress. Sometimes I thought he made the main character a little too much of a "I am not going to answer your question the way you want, and maybe just beat around the bush," but overall he was a great man. I loved reading the little girls diary entries. They all started, "Dear God." She would poor her heart out to God, and would ask him so many times if he was really there, and if he was, she would tell him to "speak up." I don't want to spoil the ending, but I loved the epilogue. I thought it was a great and wonderful way to end the book. Great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 12/29/2013

    " A great love story with well developed characters. Heartbreaking and heartwarming "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana Burton | 12/3/2013

    " While I enjoyed this book, I don't feel it was us to Charles Martins usual standards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 11/5/2013

    " This book had the feel of a James Lee Burke's Hackberry Holland novel. I did not expect the "stand-up" ending. I read it about the time the Razorback coach had his motorcycle wreck and everything about his affair came to the surface. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Jane Timmerman | 10/24/2013

    " Not my favorite of Martin's, but still a good read. I enjoy the way his characters reflect, and repent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilda | 10/4/2013

    " Charles Martin doesn't ever disappoint :) I just love his books and this latest installment was just as good as all the others I have read by him. I really wish they would start making some movies based off of his books, and I wish they would start with "When Crickets Cry". Loved this book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristi Johnson | 8/6/2013

    " This book was too cowboy-ish for me. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa Feiertag | 6/26/2013

    " Great - cowboy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenette | 6/25/2013

    " LOVED THIS BOOK!!! Charles Martin is one of my favorite authors...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allyson | 4/11/2013

    " Once again, Charles Martin did not disappoint! One of my favorite authors! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberlee | 3/27/2013

    " Not my favorite Charles Martin. Not sure why. Characters seem too "perfect" and predictable. Some good material, but overwrought. Found it hard to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 3/24/2013

    " Best book in a long time! I love Charles Martin books! With each book he transports you as if you were right there with him. Amazing how he does that. I can't wait for the next adventure! Please grace us with your talent moe frequently!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meggin | 3/21/2013

    " I liked this less than some of Charles Martin's other novels, mainly because I had a hard time relating to the female protagonist. It was also sort of a western, and that's not my book genre of choice. But even with those two strikes against it, it was still a very readable story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margret | 2/19/2013

    " Modern day western with an interesting plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Mitchell | 10/12/2012

    " Charles Martin is my all time favorite author. I've read every one of his books and have never been disappointed. Thunder and Rain included. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 9/21/2012

    " Always love his books. Simple fiction, but good story and a little romance!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tbsorrells | 7/1/2012

    " My favorite book of his that I've read thus far... "

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About the Author
Author Charles Martin

Charles Martin is the author of several novels. When not writing, his hobbies include bow hunting, working out, and Tae Kwon Do, in which he currently has a black belt, though he notes he is “the least flexible person you’ve ever met.” He lives with his wife, Christy, and their three sons in Jacksonville, Florida.