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Jon Land’s Picks: The 10 Best Pairings in the History of Film and Pop Culture

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When Heather Graham and I decided to team up to write The Rising for Tor, we had no idea how the process would work or how well they would be mesh.  But our collaborative effort proved seamless to the point where neither of us is exactly sure who was responsible for what in the finished product. It got so we could finish each other’s sentences. With that in mind, we’ve assembled a list of the best pairings in the history of film and pop culture in general.  See what you think and then ring in on what else should make the list. HUCK AND JIM  Huckleberry Finn’s “freeing” of his friend the slave Jim, and their subsequent raft-bound trip down…

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10 New Books of Literary Fiction with a Razor’s Edge

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Literary fiction occupies a special place in the world of books. There are masterpieces that combine elements of heart, fantasy, science fiction, war-narratives, biographies, soul and humor to create something that is unique as well as familiar. Here are ten brand new literary works of fiction by the late Sam Shepard, Fiona Mozley, Elif Shafak, Nora Roberts, Jenny Diski and others that we think are pretty edgy. Spy of the First Person, Sam Shepard This is the final work of the late Pulitzer-Prize winning writer, actor, musician and private person Sam Shepard who died in July at the age of 73. With an unnamed narrator to guide the way, we are taken through the perspective, life and memories of his work,…

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‘Strong to the Bone’ is Jon Land’s Most ‘Introspective’ Book in Series

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In September, author James R. Hannibal (The Fourth Ruby) gave an outstanding review of Jon Land’s latest in the Caitlin Strong series, Strong to the Bone, which was released today.  Here we revisit Hannibal’s review of what he calls Land‘s most “introspective” and deeply “insightful” book in the series.   Rape. Racism. White Supremacy. These are hard words to read, and even harder to write. It feels risky, dangerous even to offer such evil the permanence of ink on paper. In Strong to the Bone author Jon Land refuses to shy away from that risk, exposing those evils with the right blend of delicacy and rage, while still bringing the intense action and thrills readers of his Caitlin Strong series have come to expect.…

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The 10 Best Science Thrillers Ever Written: Jon Land’s Picks

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So my latest Caitlin Strong thriller, Strong to the Bone, is heavily based in science, particularly bio-engineering, after clinical trials for a groundbreaking anti-rejection drug go horribly wrong. That results in bad guys, really bad guys, ending up in possession of what could be the ultimate weapon. So I got to thinking about the genesis of thrillers at least reasonably grounded in scientific principals, and I came up with a list of books to which I can only hope Strong to the Bone, to be published on December 5, 2017 by Forge Books, will be compared favorably. The Andromeda Strain, Michael Crichton What can I say? This is the grandfather of the entire genre by the man who practically invented…

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Thrills and Chills: 6 Hauntingly Good Reads for September

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Are you looking for thrills this September but you aren’t quite sure where to look? With October fast approaching, everybody is looking for some jumps, and these thrillers sure pack the punch! Harlan Coben vacates the comfortable suburban world he’s often made so uncomfortable for a trip into crime noir with his typically superb Don’t Let Go. We’ve never met the book’s anti-hero New Jersey homicide detective Napoleon Dumas before, but he feels familiar for all the right reasons. Haunted by the murder of his twin brother Leo and Leo’s girl friend since high school, Dumas’ life takes a shocking turn when the fingerprints of his own long missing girlfriend Maura turn up in a murder investigation in the present.…

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Jon Land’s Caitlin Strong Fends off Evil and Racism in ‘Strong To The Bone’

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Rape. Racism. White Supremacy. These are hard words to read, and even harder to write. It feels risky, dangerous even to offer such evil the permanence of ink on paper. In Strong to the Bone author Jon Land refuses to shy away from that risk, exposing those evils with the right blend of delicacy and rage, while still bringing the intense action and thrills readers of his Caitlin Strong series have come to expect. Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong returns to the page for a high octane, yet deeply personal mission. When she stumbles upon the aftermath of a sexual assault, the DNA evidence sends her spinning to the edge of control. Could the perpetrator really be the same man who attacked Caitlin…

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