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'Sky Zone,' by Creston Mapes

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Creston Mapes explores the influence of "political correctness," the power of faith and the reality of terrorism in Sky Zone the conclusion to the "Crittendon Files" trilogy. Whether read as part of the fiction series or as a standalone title, the fast-paced opening scenes give tension and suspense new meaning played out with characters readers have come to love.

Jack Crittendon, former ace reporter, now "Mr. Mom," can't find a fulltime job and he and his wife Pamela, pregnant with "Crittendon number three" are at their wits end. Jack conceals the angry telephone calls from creditors and hides the mounting piles of unpaid bills from Pamela. While Pamela doesn't tell Jack her back and feet hurt so much she can't sleep at night because she's on her feet eight hours a day. The frustration of caring for Pamela's dementia challenged mother Margaret only adds to their problems.

Brian Shakespeare, an eccentric survivalist and Jack's best friend works security for EventsPros. Unable to find writing related work Jack finds himself working a part-time minimum wage job with Brian at Columbus, Ohio's twelve-thousand seat arena.

The pair, assigned to controversial presidential candidate, Martin Sterling's security detail can't know the night of October 6 will forever change their lives when their EventsPros supervisor announces, "We've got a national security threat."

Mapes fuses fiction with reality in a story that could be torn from tomorrows headlines. His compelling portrayal of unemployment, marital stress and the uncertain times we live in is realistic. The terrorist takeover of a large event, their outrageous demands and treatment of terrified hostages is authentic.

Brian's explanations about why he's a survivalist and why he stores extra commodities in case of "food and gas shortages" is realistic, persuasive and a credible part of the story. The arguments concerning America's nonstop "printing of new money" that results in the devaluation of the global benchmark currency, the American dollar is real. As is the "economic collapse" of the United States if China calls in the trillion dollars debt owed by the United States. It's for these reasons Mapes's story resonates with reality.

The story's surprise ending is foreshadowed throughout the book and in some cases too much so, however, only start reading when you have spare hours ahead because you can't stop once you start.

'The Crittendon Files,' by Creston Mapes, David C Cook, 2014, 448 Pages, 978-0781408172, $14.99

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Sky Zone: The Crittendon Files, by Creston Mapes
Sky Zone: The Crittendon Files, by Creston Mapes David C Cook—2014

Sky Zone: The Crittendon Files, by Creston Mapes

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.

This third book in The Crittendon Files reminds us of the power of family, friendships and faith--and why we are never in as much control as we think.

Poison Town: A Novel (The Crittendon Files), by Creston Mapes
Poison Town: A Novel (The Crittendon Files), by Creston Mapes David C. Cook—2014

Poison Town: A Novel (The Crittendon Files), by Creston Mapes

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.
Fear Has a Name: A Novel (The Crittendon Files), by Creston Mapes
David C. Cook—2013

How Far Would He Go To Keep Them Safe?

It was more than a break-in. More than a stalking. It was personal. When a stalker targets his family, journalist Jack Crittendon must uncover who the person is and what his motives are--if he is to protect the ones he loves. It will lead Crittendon into a world of behind-closed-door secrets and faith gone awry, as does his investigation of a missing pastor, whose apparent suicide is more than it appears.

Each move Crittendon makes weaves him tighter and tighter into a web of lies, greed, hypocrisy, sin, and danger. He believed he'd never give in to fear. But that was before. And holding on to his faith won't be easy. Nor will keeping his family safe, and ending the terror. Because that might require him to step over lines he never dared to cross.

Nobody, by Creston Mapes
Nobody, by Creston Mapes CreateSpace—2012

Nobody, by Creston Mapes

American Christian Fiction Writers: "Book of the Month"

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 man in the black Converse high-tops, 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?

Nobody, by Creston Mapes
Nobody, by Creston Mapes CreateSpace—2012

Nobody, by Creston Mapes

American Christian Fiction Writers: "Book of the Month"

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 man in the black Converse high-tops, 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?

Dark Star -The Rock Star Chronicles, #1, by Creston Mapes
Dark Star -The Rock Star Chronicles, #1, by Creston Mapes Green E Books—2013

Dark Star -The Rock Star Chronicles, #1, by Creston Mapes

Everett Lester is the troubled millionaire frontman for the world's most famous heavy metal band, DeathStroke. In his desperate, drug-induced search for peace and meaning, he contracts the services of psychic Endora Crystal to travel with the band and provide him solace.

Karen Bayliss is a teenager from Kansas who is led to pray for Everett and write letters sharing what she believes is the true secret to setting him free.

When someone turns up dead in Everett's Miami high-rise, the ensuing murder trial will change everything--for Everett, for Karen, and for Everett's millions of followers.

Full Tilt-The Rock Star Chronicles #2, by Creston Mapes
Full Tilt-The Rock Star Chronicles #2, by Creston Mapes Green E. Books—2013

Full Tilt-The Rock Star Chronicles #2, by Creston Mapes

FULL TILT

After being acquitted of murder, former rock star Everett Lester has left his famous metal band, DeathStroke, and is ready to take the message of his 'new life' to the masses through his music.

But when Everett's brother gets in deadly debt to the mob and his son becomes mixed up with a meth-addicted psychotic, Everett finds the tentacles of his dark past reaching up to strangle him--and derail the long-awaited Living Water tour.

Unspoken, by Dee Henderson
Unspoken, by Dee Henderson Bethany House Publishers—2013

Unspoken, by Dee Henderson

Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history.

The task force of FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, rescued her, but it took four very long years. The fact she was found less than three miles from her home, had been there the entire time, haunts them. She's changed her identity, found a profession she loves, and rebuilt her life.

She's never said a word--to the cops, to her doctors, to family--about those four years.

A family legacy has brought her back to Chicago where a reporter is writing a book about the kidnapping. The cops who worked the case are cooperating with him. Her options are limited: Hope the reporter doesn't find the full truth, or break her silence about what happened. And her silence is what has protected her family for years.

Bryce Bishop doesn't know her past, he only knows she has coins to sell from her grandfather's estate--and that the FBI director for the Chicago office made the introduction. The more he gets to know Charlotte, the more interested he becomes, an interest encouraged by those closest to her. But nothing else is working in his favor--she's decided she is single for life, she struggles with her faith, and she's willing to forego a huge inheritance to keep her privacy. She's not giving him much of an opening to work with.

Charlotte wants to trust him. She needs to tell him what happened. Because a crime cops thought was solved, has only opened another chapter. . .

Undetected, by Dee Henderson
Undetected, by Dee Henderson Bethany House Publishers—2014

Undetected, by Dee Henderson

When asked what he does for a living . . .

Commander Mark Bishop is deliberately low-key: "I'm in the Navy." But commanding the ballistic missile submarine USS Nevada, keeping her crew trained and alert during ninety-day submerged patrols, and being prepared to launch weapons on valid presidential orders, carries a burden of command like few other jobs in the military. Mark Bishop is a man who accepts that responsibility, and handles it well. And at a time when tensions are escalating around the Pacific Rim, the Navy is glad to have him.

Mark wants someone to come home to after sea patrols. The woman he has in mind is young, with a lovely smile, and very smart. She's a civilian, yet she understands the U.S. Navy culture. And he has a strong sense that life with her would never be boring. But she may be too deep in her work to see the potential in a relationship with him.

Gina Gray would love to be married. She has always envisioned her life that way. A breakup she didn't see coming, though, has her focusing all her attention on what she does best--ocean science research. She's on the cusp of a major breakthrough, and she needs Mark Bishop's perspective and help. Because what she told the Navy she's figured out is only the beginning. If she's right, submarine warfare is about to enter a new and dangerous chapter.

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