Caitlin Strong is the best female thriller protagonist in the entire genre right now. Imagine a mixture of Ripley from the Alien films with a dose of John McClane from Die Hard. The relentless action and the concise writing makes this another stellar effort. Land is a master, and he has been producing consistent and timely thrillers for over two decades. Though the fourth book in the series, prior knowledge of the previous three is not necessary to enjoy this one.
Caitlin is a female Texas Ranger taking care of two boys while their father is incarcerated. She’s also dealing with the murder of an oil rig crew who discovered the remains of a sunken ship from almost two centuries ago. To stop a terrorist plot involving a dirty nuke, and a quest for a buried treasure, she’s going to have to rely on the one person she can trust — and that means breaking him out of prison. (FORGE, Jul., 352 pp, $24.99)