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Caitlin Strong
1 : Strong Enough to Die

by Jon Land
Jul 6, 2016
7 Hours
978-1-62851-257-1
Ages 18+
Caitlin Strong is a fifth-generation Texas Ranger, proud to wear the badge of her father and grandfather—until a deadly shoot-out along the Mexican border causes her to question her calling.

Five years later, Caitlin is still trying to purge herself of guilt from the day that ended her Ranger career. But a shattering discovery will reopen old wounds, and Caitlin's renewed investigation into the truth behind the bloody desert firefight uncovers a terrifying plot that reaches into every home and threatens the very core of the country.

Her only hope for success—and survival—is to team up with Cort Wesley Masters, a deadly outlaw who has every reason to want her dead. But he also holds the key to the truth she desperately seeks in the anguished brain of an amnesiac torture victim.

Caitlin's tormented quest for redemption takes her to a dark world, ranging from Washington to Bahrain to the wastelands of Mexico, as she finds that the strength to live comes from learning how to die.
 

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Director & Cast

Director Colleen Delany
Starring Colleen Delany as Narrator, Karen Novack as Caitlin Strong, Robbie Gay as Cort Wesley Masters, Cameron McNary as Peter Goodwin, Bruce Alan Rauscher as Harmon Delladonne, Terence Aselford as Captain D. W. Tepper and Gregory Linington as Guillermo Paz. With Amanda Forstrom, Michael John Casey, Scott McCormick, Chris Davenport, Jonathan Watkins, Chris Stinson, Eric Messner, Lawrence Redmond, Thomas Keegan, Bradley Smith, Jonathan Feuer, Dylan Lynch, Patrick Bussink, David Harris, Drew Kopas, Ken Jackson, Joe Brack, Matthew Bassett, James Konicek, Steven Carpenter, Dani Stoller, Sasha Olinick, Katy Carkuff, Michael Glenn, Eric Singdahlsen, Christopher Scheeren, Jeff Allin, JW Rone and Nora Achrati
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Doug Krentzlin
Dialogue Editors Tommy Sarioglou
Sound Designers Tommy Sarioglou
Original Theme Music Thomas Hogan
Cover Illustrator Jahbulani Ori
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette

Reviews

good by douglas (Posted on 1/25/2017)
good book love the books so far
Catlin Strong - book1 by Valerie (Posted on 1/23/2017)
Great book kept my interezt all the way tbrough it
Caitlin Strong 1: Strong Enough To Die by Brian (Posted on 1/5/2017)
This series is awesome!
I liked it by dewayne (Posted on 11/28/2016)
Good story. Kinda slow paced but once got into it really enjoyed it.
Strong enough to die by robert (Posted on 11/1/2016)
Like it like the rouge angel series
surprising by rafael (Posted on 10/14/2016)
when I heard about this book, I thought it was a western. It's really not it's a modern. it's slow but you can tell things are going to get good.
CAITLIN STRONG 1: An Imperfect Book with a Terrific Presentation by GraphicAudio by Dee Emm Elms (Posted on 8/14/2016)
I was feeling down and really wanted to hear a story about an inspiring woman character. Now, I'm not a fan of steampunk or epic fantasy -- too much nonsense -- so there are fewer GraphicAudio options for me to find strong characters with whom I can relate.

I'd heard about the CAITLIN STRONG series of books, but I'd never gotten around to picking them up. I noticed GraphicAudio had adapted one, so I decided to give it a try.

The GraphicAudio elements of the book are terrific. Karen Novack does a terrific job with Caitlin, imbuing the character with wry gravitas -- no easy feat to balance-out believably. I was also struck with Robbie Gray as Cort Wesley Masters, who took a character type I normally dislike (the killer with a steely-but-good heart) and won me over (and that voice Robbie uses for Cort is fan-myself sexy). The special effects are solid and believable and the atmospheric elements of the sound don't get in the way of the narration (as happens from time to time with theatrical audio). Bruce Alan Rauscher makes a snake-oil salesman of Harmon in a performance that veers too much into camp for the work done by the others but is a joy to listen to during the parts where he speaks if you can detach the thematic dissonance to the rest of the book. One criticism I had with the book: the characters who don't hail from Texas are saddled here with very unfortunate and far too-cartoonish accents. One sounds like he's doing an impression of a Cheech Marin character, and another closes the book sounding like a bad-guy in an 80s action flick, and not in a good campy way. It kept distracting me and was actually offensive, and I kept wanting these characters to exit the book -- not because the characters were bad per se, though the gigantic Kierkegaard-reading philosopher-assassin was much too tropey and obvious as a character for any amount of voice-work to fix.

Which brings me to my next major criticism: the book is filled from start to finish with convenience, contrivance and the like. Critical clues to Caitlin's struggle drop into her lap to push the plot forward. The few times she does actual detective work, the clues she manages to gather herself end up being superfluous or merely supportive of the answers she gets handed by others.

Example: Caitlin HAPPENS to apply for work at a survivor-of-torture center where her thought-dead ex-husband HAPPENS to have been brought in for treatment, where a gunfight HAPPENS to take place when Caitlin is the only one there taking care of her ex-husband where a good-hearted assassin who HAPPENS to have been just released from prison days before and is planning to confront her HAPPENS to show up with a loaded gun on the same day that evil special ops people HAPPEN to be raiding the survivor center so they can all convene for a brief shootout that nevertheless establishes ALL the relationships that will follow for these characters.

This brings up another issue, if you'll notice from my description: throughout the book Caitlyn ends up relying on men: for information, for security, even during the finale. We almost never get to see Caitlin be a hero on her own, and that was discouraging.

Caitlin is also saddled by a lot of tropes, herself: the inevitable written-by-a-man "I look at myself in the mirror and realize I'm so hot I could be a model" inner dialogue (quote not exact, but close). See also the way she declares that she's almost 100 percent responsible for her divorce, the way she fakes in-vitro fertilization failure to avoid having a kid.

But there's an engaging adventure novel here and characters I found myself drawn to despite the tropes based on the GraphicAudio performances and my hope that further books will shift past these initial start-up contrivances and move the story along to new places. The next book in the series seems promising for this.

Summary of my review: it's worth the listening for the good work of GraphicAudio. Just know you're getting a lot of tropes, a lot of convenient eye-rolling plot elements but without fun pulpy camp to make it clear the author is acknowledging the silliness. I suspect, though, that Caitlin's next adventure will be superior to this one, now that the author has (however clumsily) navigated getting the pieces to the position where he wants them.

Rating: 5 out of 10.
A huge coincidence between me and this book by ElectricOutcast (Posted on 7/27/2016)
So over the last weekend I took a trip to San Antonio to go see Garth Brooks at the AT&T Center and I decided to listen to this book on my phone while on my plane rides from Gulfport to San Antonio. Let me just say, you guys come in handy for truck drivers out on the road but you also came in handy for the latter half of my trip when I had a long layover at the Dallas/FT. Worth Airport on my trip back, to the point where I actually finished the book when my plane was about to land.

On the story in general, if I can just put this in a few words: if J.D. Robb's Eve Dallas ever had a real ancestor it would have to be none other than Caitlin Strong. That's how much I'm liking this protagonist.

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