cover image Firestorm


Taylor Moore. Morrow, $27.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-06-306655-7

Moore’s solid sequel to 2021’s Down Range finds Garrett Kohl—formerly a combat-seasoned Green Beret, a deep-cover narcotics officer for the DEA, and an off-the-books operator for the CIA—back home in West Texas from Afghanistan. His plan is to put down roots and make his family’s ranch a viable moneymaking enterprise. However, he hasn’t reckoned on the Talon Corporation or the political clout of its mysterious head. Talon has legally secured the mineral rights to a wide expanse of land, and the Kohl Ranch is right in its center. Talon’s mining of rare earth minerals would wreak havoc on the landscape and destroy farming and grazing land while at the same time offering lucrative job opportunities. Garrett’s battle to keep his pristine land from being destroyed puts him at odds with fellow Texans. This conflict morphs into something much more sinister—a deadly plot to undermine national security. The mix of Texas family drama and international intrigue can be uneasy at times, but Moore offers plenty of local color, and the action builds to a rootin’-tootin’ and a whole lotta shootin’ finale. Readers will look forward to Garrett’s further adventures. (Aug.)