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Lisa Cox Carter’s The Stronghold

Drug violence, revenge killings, and kidnapping are nothing new along the U.S.-Mexican border. But now teenage girls are disappearing from the Apache reservations of Arizona and New Mexico.

Apache tribal cop Pilar To-Clanny and FBI Special Agent Alex Torres have a long and tumultuous history. When someone close to them disappears, Pilar and Alex must risk everything to rescue the child, including facing the unresolved issues of the past, and venture into the no-man’s land of the drug cartels.

Can Pilar and Alex work together to stop a sadistic killer before he strikes again? On a quest to rescue those they love, who will rescue them?


I always enjoy Ms. Carter’s books because I’m guaranteed three things: diversity, a swoony romance, and a solid mystery. My thoughts:

What I liked:

The culture. In this book, I learned much about the Apache: their culture, their history, and kind of how they think (I’m certain not all Apache fit in these categories).

Fascinating mystery. The villain was just awful, but it was fascinating how the author combined history and present day to come up with this complex mystery.

Good, solid storytelling. I definitely wanted to know what was going on and what was going to happen next.

The characters. They were rich and complex and I found that I enjoyed being in both Pilar’s and Alex’s head.

Spiritually, there was a theme of forgiveness and recognizing that God loves you.

What I didn’t like:

The romance. I didn’t care for the romance mostly because the couple fought 80% of the book. It’s hard to see them together and working things out when they’ve fought so long. Also, the reason they fought was based off of miscommunication and that’s kind of annoying as a reader when I’m thinking, please just talk.

Romantic Scale: 7

Overall, not my favorite by Ms. Carter, but still equally enjoyable.

**I received a copy from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in anyway.**

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