CFBA Presents….Sky Zone by Creston Mapes

This week, the

 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

 

is introducing

 

Sky Zone

 

David C. Cook (June 1, 2014)

 

by

 

Creston Mapes

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Creston has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as “The Shop.”

Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University, then began his writing career. During the past 30 years, he has worked as a reporter, corporate copywriter, creative director, freelance writer, and author.

ABOUT THE BOOK

A rally for a controversial presidential candidate.

A terrorist threat.

A nightmare of cataclysmic proportions.

Jack and Pamela Crittendon have hit the breaking point. After months out of work as a reporter, Jack is playing Mr. Mom and working part-time at Festival Arena with his survivalist friend Brian Shakespeare. Meanwhile, Pamela has gone back to work full-time while eight months pregnant. Having her recently widowed mother on hand isn’t making matters any easier.
With financial pressures boiling, Jack reports for duty at a rally for controversial presidential candidate Martin Sterling where he expects a mindless night on the job. But when Homeland Security picks up intel about a potential terrorist threat, Jack and Shakespeare are thrust into a life-or-death battle to save their own lives–and the lives of thousands of innocent people.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Sky Zone, go HERE.

 

MY THOUGHTS
Creston Mapes is at the top of my list for suspense/thriller authors! I love his books, and I loved Sky Zone! It was nice to visit Jack and Pamela Crittendon again, and see what big adventure they were in for this time! And it was an adventure ok, and my head was spinning when I finished reading. It took me a while to get into another book cause I couldn’t get this one out of my head! I LOVE books like this! And I’m not going to reveal anything, you just need to read the book and see for yourself!

I received this book from David Cook and CFBA to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part

 

 

CFBA Presents Poison Town by Creston Mapes

I didn’t review this book with CFBA But I enjoyed it so much I wanted to post it again with you guys!!!! Love Creston Mapes fiction!

This week, the 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

Poison Town 

David C. Cook (February 1, 2014) 

by 

Creston MapesABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Creston has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as “The Shop.”

Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University, then began his writing career. During the past 30 years, he has worked as a reporter, corporate copywriter, creative director, freelance writer, and author.
ABOUT THE BOOK

There’s More Than One Kind of Poison in This Town

People are sick and dying. Rumors are swirling. Some claim chemicals leaking from a manufacturing plant are causing the cancer that’s crippling people on the poor side of Trenton City, Ohio. Yet nothing at the plant appears amiss.

The problem remains a mystery until reporter Jack Crittendon’s long-time mechanic falls ill and he investigates. Soon Jack becomes engulfed in a smokescreen of lies, setups, greed, and scandal.

The deeper he digs, the more toxic the corruption he uncovers. As he faces off with the big-time players behind the scenes and tries to beat the clock before more people die, he realizes the chillingly unthinkable–he knows too much.

If you’d like to read the first chapter of Poison Town, go HERE.

David C. Cook presents Poison Town by Creston Mapes plus Book Giveaway!

Poison Town

by Creston Mapes

Poison Town

Book Summary
In this breathtaking follow-up to
Fear Has a Name
, investigative reporter Jack Crittendon learns his long-time friend and mechanic has fallen suspiciously ill. The man’s likeable sons and neighbors blame a mega-manufacturing plant on the poor side of Trenton City, Ohio, for the sickness and death ravaging their loved ones.  When Jack investigates, he becomes engulfed in a smokescreen of lies, setups, greed, and scandal. The deeper he digs, without his editor’s permission, the more toxic the corruption he uncovers. As Jack meets the big-time players behind the scenes and tries to beat the clock before more people die, he realizes the chillingly unthinkable—he knows too much.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Wow, this book will make your head spin! Creston Mapes is one awesome author! There is so much going through my mind right now about this book I don’t know where to start. Jack Crittendon is a top notch investigative newspaper reporter and he will dig for the truth, and report it, no matter what. That is until his boss starts backing away from Crittendon’s stories he is on to. There has to be a reason so many people are getting sick in the small community of hard working people, but it seems no one wants to talk. But Crittendon is determined to find out the truth. But this puts his family and those around him in danger. The big question is, who will win? Crittendon or this huge manufacturing company that is clearly causing chemicals to leak out among this low income community?
If you enjoy a really good suspense/thriller, you Need to read this book! You will not be disappointed in Poison Town, this second book from Creston Mapes in The Crittendon Files series. This can be read as a stand alone book because it is about a different story Jack is investigating, but it is nice to read the first book, Fear Has a Name to get to know the people a little better. Both books are awesome and I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy for your reading enjoyment.
I received this book from the publisher David C. Cook  to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

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Author Bio(s) Creston Mapes is the author of
Fear Has a Name
Nobody
Dark Star
Full Tilt
. A journalist, copywriter, and editor, he works from his home-office in Atlanta for some of the nation’s top media companies, Christian ministries, and nationally-recognized corporations. His early years as a reporter inspire many of his novels. Book Purchase Link
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Book Endorsements “A wild roller coaster ride! I thoroughly enjoyed it.” Francine Rivers, bestselling author of
Redeeming Love
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Poison Town grips you from the start and hints at Grisham-greatness. This David versus Goliath tale is certain to challenge and entertain.” Harry Kraus, bestselling author of An Open Heart.
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“Every time you think the tension can’t be more intense, Creston Mapes ramps it up a notch. Be prepared to stay up late (and make sure the doors are locked) when you start reading Poison Town  Robert Whitlow, bestselling author of The Choice
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Poison Town is another winner from Creston Mapes. I was on the edge of my seat and read it in one gulp. Highly recommended!” Colleen Coble, author of
Rosemary Cottage and the Lonestar series!”
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“Grab an oxygen tank and a tall glass of water—you’re going to need it when you read Poison Town

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Once again, Creston Mapes delivers a powerful tale of suspense that does not disappoint! The poison infecting this town isn’t relegated simply to chemicals, but infects the hearts and minds of Mapes’s multi-dimensional characters.
Poison Town is intriguing and compelling—an absolute must read!” Ronie Kendig, best-selling author of Trinity: Military War Dog and the
Discarded Heroes.
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 “In Poison Town,  Creston MapesAthol Dickson, author of River Rising
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“With Poison Town, Creston Mapes has crafted quite the thrill ride. He explores the evils of corporate greed and exposes an even more menacing enemy lurking inside all of us. Warning: once you pick this book up, you will not want to put it down.” Mark Lee, guitarist and founding member of the Grammy Award winning band Third Day
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Erin Brockovich on steroids. A suspense-filled journey into the world of a corrupt corporation, the blue-collar workers who are being ‘poisoned’ and a reporter’s determination to tell the truth. Mapes keeps the tension high as he realistically portrays Christians wrestling with fear, forgiveness, and the need to stand up for what’s right.” Elizabeth Musser, author of Two Crosses, Two Testaments, Two Destinies
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   “I was quickly pulled into this story through the believable, quirky, and endearing cast of characters and their deadly situation. Creston’s novels thrill as well as challenge readers. You’ll be glued to the page as these flawed people wrestle with uncovering the truth, fighting for justice, having the faith to face their fear, and courage to do the right thing. Can one person make a difference? You’ll stay up late to get the answer to that question in the climatic conclusion. I highly recommend this wild ride. Be sure to put this on your Book Club reading list!” Nora St. Laurent, The Book Club Network http://www.bookfun.org
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“Jack is back! Another great read from Creston Mapes—stand prepared to bite your nails!” Tom Morrisey, award-winning author of In High Places

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AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY
David C. Cook has been generous enough to give a copy of this book to giveaway to one winner who leaves a comment on my blog. Please remember to leave your email address so I can get in touch with you if you win. And for additional entires, please go HERE and rate my review of Echoes of Mercy.
Please tell me if you rate and I will give you an extra entry. This helps me a lot, and I appreciate it!

CFBA Presents…..Fear Has A Name by Creston Mapes

This week, the 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

Fear Has a Name 

David C. Cook (June 1, 2013) 

by 

Creston MapesABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Creston has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as “The Shop.”

Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University, then began his writing career. During the past 30 years, he has worked as a reporter, corporate copywriter, creative director, freelance writer, and author.
ABOUT THE BOOK

From popular suspense author Creston Mapes comes another faith-building thriller, a tale that follows journalist Jack Crittendon as he fights to protect his family from a stalker’s terrifying schemes, investigates a pastor’s mysterious disappearance, and struggles to keep his faith amidst unthinkable fear.

With his family’s safety on the line, Crittendon realizes there are secrets behind “Christian” walls–secrets with painful, deadly implications. He must find the faith to trust a God who allows inconceivable trials, and the courage to guard his family, with danger exploding at every turn.

Through it all–the sharp, character-driven writing for which Mapes is known–takes fans and new readers on an edge-of-your-seat journey that explores the harsh, far-reaching consequences of bullying and the Christian response to fear.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Fear Has a Name, go HERE.

Creston Mapes Trio…Dark Star Full Tilt Nobody

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Starting with

Dark Star

About the book

Can Fame, Wealth, and Power Buy Happiness?
Everett Lester and his band, DeathStroke, ride the crest of a wave to superstardom. But the deeper they become immersed in fame, wealth, and power, the more likely they are to be swallowed alive by the drugs, alcohol, and discontentment that have become their only friends. Everett is headed down a perilous road of no apparent return when he’s charged with the murder of his personal psychic. The only hope he can cling to comes from Topeka , Kansas , and the letters written by a prayerful young lady who lives there. Consistent and persistent, the notes cut straight to Everett ’s empty heart, offering a fulfillment he’s never grasped before. But what if he’s found guilty of murder? Will he recognize the spiritual battle that’s raging for his soul?
Endora Crystal was my rock…
As I staggered through the chaos of rock ’n’ roll fame—the drugs and alcohol, the selfishness and turmoil—Endora was the gentle voice in my ear telling me I was special. Telling me I was adored. She was my personal psychic, and she said I had a unique purpose, a calling to give my fans happiness. To be their god.
My band, DeathStroke, dominated the world of rock. Yet strife ruled our inner circle. My family didn’t know me. I loved no one but myself.
And yet Karen Bayliss was praying for me, that I would come to know the love of God and the lordship of Jesus Christ. She was not a fan. Didn’t care for my music. Karen just wanted me to know peace.
Now Endora is dead, and I’ve been charged with first-degree murder.
Everett Lester is headed down a perilous road of no apparent return. Will he recognize the spiritual battle that’s raging for his soul?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Creston Mapes write a intruging story of Everett Lester, who is looking for happiness everywhere and in everything and anyone except for the One True place he can find it, and that is through Jesus Christ. Mapes takes us on a trail of event and stiuations in Everett’s life that will keep us guessing after ever page. The characters are well developed, and the story very well written.

And it is because of the prayers of Karen Bayliss, a wonderful lady that life changed for Everett. Karen saw him for who he really was, and believed that God could change him.

This would  be a wonderful book for teenagers and young adults to read. And if one person who is in the same situation that Everett is in gets their hands on this book, it will be worth it all!

A ecopy of this book was provided by Creston Mapes through Litfuse Publicity Group for me to read and review. The reviews here are my own.

Full Tilt

NOBODY

 About the Book

They said, “He’s a nobody.” They were dead wrong. When reporter Hudson Ambrose hears an early morning call on his police scanner about an injured person at a bus stop on Las Vegas Boulevard, he rushes to the scene to get the scoop. His world is blown off its axis when he discovers a murdered homeless man with a bankbook in his pocket showing a balance of almost one million dollars. Should he wait for the police, knowing the case will get lost in reams of red tape, or swipe the bankbook and take the investigation–and perhaps a chunk of the money–into his own hands?
With sirens bearing down on the scene, Hudson makes an impulse decision that whisks him on a frantic search for answers, not only about the mysterious dead man, but about the lost soul lurking within himself.
Uncovering bizarre links between a plane crash, a Las Vegas pit boss, a dirty cop, and a widowed Atlanta business mogul, Hudson is forced to find out: who was Chester Holte, what was he doing on the streets, and why are his homeless friends convinced he was an angel in disguise?
MY THOUGHTS
Creaston Mapes gives his readers another read that will stay with them for a while after the book is finish. With characters created and developed well, and mystery and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seats, Nobody will grip you heart and keep it until you finish the last page.
You’ve read in other reviews all about the book, so I won’t bore you. But one thing about Creston Mapes is that is he a extremely professional writer. And I appreciate how he glorfies Christ in his writings. Some say Nobody has too much of Jesus? We can never have too much of Jesus. The more we have of Him, the more we want. His is the only way! Thank you Creston Mapes for three wonderful thrillers that I have added to my ebook collection!

A ecopy of this book was provided by Creston Mapes through Litfuse Publicity Group for me to read and review. The reviews here are my own.

About the Author

Best-selling author Creston Mapes grew up in northeast Ohio where he had a type-set printing press and his own neighborhood newspaper. A fair student, he excelled at expressing himself and being creative through the written word. In college he was mentored by a one-of-a-kind journalism professor who was a freelancer for National Geographic; she encouraged him to pursue a career in writing.

Graduating from Bowling Green State University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in magazine journalism, Creston moved to the Gulf Coast of Florida where he began his career as a reporter at a bi-weekly newspaper. Two years later he transferred to a daily paper in central Ohio where he was a city hall reporter, feature writer, and photographer. When Creston received a call from Phoenix Communications of Atlanta in 1986, he and his wife made the move to Atlanta. For four years he served as a creative director for Phoenix, creating, writing & producing high-end marketing materials.

After discovering his need for Jesus Christ in the late 1980s, Creston became creative director for Dr. Bruce Wilkinson (Prayer of Jabez) and Walk Thru the Bible Ministries in Atlanta. It only took a year for him to discover “management” was the farthest thing from his forte–that’s when Creston began working out of his home as a freelance writer. For 21 years he has written marketing and magazine copy for clients such as Coca-Cola, Chick-fil-A, The Weather Channel, TNT Sports, Oracle Corporation, ABC TV, and others. Creston still writes for many of those fine organizations and is especially enjoying creating inspirational fiction.

His three suspense novels include: DARK STAR: CONFESSIONS OF A ROCK IDOL, FULL TILT, and NOBODY. He is currently at work on a new thriller series. Creston resides in Atlanta with his hometown sweetheart and four marvelous children. He loves reading, painting, family outings, watching hockey, baseball and basketball, and listening to all kinds of music, exploring old Atlanta with his wife, and being with friends.

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