Poison Town: A Novel - eBook
Reviews From A Man's Perspective
Jack Crittendon is back in the second book in the Crittendon Files. And if reading this book doesnÃ¢ÂÂt whet your appetite, the third book in the series, Ã¢ÂÂSky ZoneÃ¢ÂÂ is already out as well. Some great Summer reading is coming your way. These books are meant to be stand-alone books and the author does a good job of including history and back story to give the story a more steamlined feel. But why not just buy them all!
Fresh off of Ã¢ÂÂFear Has A NameÃ¢ÂÂ, Jack Crittendon is back in this new thriller. Jack is still drifting away from God due to the circumstances he and his family faced in the first book (no, I wonÃ¢ÂÂt tell you so that you can buy that book, too!) His work is suffering as he struggles along. A friend of his becomes ill and Jack attaches onto the illness as a much needed shot in the arm as an investigation. As he continues to dig, he finds more mysterious illnesses that seem to be connected to the manufacturing plant on the poor side of town. ThereÃ¢ÂÂs a lot at stake as the investigation exposes greed and corruption concerning some several big players in the area. Is there a correlation between this plant and the cancer in the town? Does JackÃ¢ÂÂs friend recover from the illness? How far will Jack go to get to the bottom of this conspiracy? Can Jack finally forgive himself for what happened to his family? Put down the newspaper and go BUY THIS BOOK!!!
I love picking up a book that is filled with solid writing and with plot pacing that carries it smoothly from the start to finish. Creston Mapes beautifully blends Christian themes with a great investigative novel that isnÃ¢ÂÂt preachy, but is a page-turner which shows every day Christian struggles with faith and family issues. When you mix in characters that grapple with very real issues such as forgiveness you get a book that is very powerful. Once you start this book, you won't want to put it down until you've turned the last page. As a disclaimer, the author is not responsible for the other areas of your life that you neglect while you read this book. So chose a nice weekend to begin to read because this book will have you hanging on right to the end.
Is this a "guy's book"? This book, in my opinion, is the essential book that every Christian man needs to read. Yes, yes, I know that there is a great plot and subplot involved too, but it always spreads the message that even as Christian men we struggle with things daily. Our weakness isnÃ¢ÂÂt in asking someone else to help us as we struggle through these times, but our weakness is in not asking for help.
I received this book in partnership between the publisher and the Book Fun Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest opinion.
June 23, 2014
Poison Town is the second book in The Crittendon Files. Creston Mapes is a new author to me but has been added to my list of authors to follow. The book was a page turner. It was a great mystery involving many current issues: alcoholism, forgiveness, crime, doubting how much God was really involved in our daily lives, balancing work and family and trust. Be prepared to want to read this all in one sitting. Once you read the first chapter, it is hard to put down.
I recieved this book from bookfun.org for my honest review.
April 5, 2014
Not what I was expecting
Poison Town is the second in The Crittendon Files, thrillers about Jack Crittendon, a newspaper reporter for the Trenton City Dispatch. HeÃ¢ÂÂs still coping with the aftermath of the events in Fear Has A Name, and struggling with forgiveness issues, which is causing issues between him and his wife. This is a significant subplot, so I think itÃ¢ÂÂs best to read the stories in order.
Anyway, the main plot in Poison Town is a potential cover-up by Demler-Vargus, a fiberglass manufacturer and the major employer in Trenton. Jack hears that many of the long-time employees are having health issues, which are being hushed up, and a former Dispatch reporter who investigated the problem has disappeared. Is there something dangerous in the air around Demler-Vargus causing lung problems, or is it all just a coincidence?
IÃ¢ÂÂve no doubt Poison Town will appeal to some readers. But it didnÃ¢ÂÂt appeal to me. The writing was good enough and the Christian elements were there, but I thinkÃ¢ÂÂbased on the advance endorsementsÃ¢ÂÂI was expecting something a little more like a John Grisham novel (or perhaps a fictional Erin Brockovich). But that wasnÃ¢ÂÂt what I got. Instead, I found characters I found difficult to empathise with and a plot which seemed to meander along, waiting for something to happen. IÃ¢ÂÂm sure many people will enjoy this, but I didnÃ¢ÂÂt, and I doubt IÃ¢ÂÂll bother with future books in the series.
Thanks to David C Cook and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
March 31, 2014
SUPER AWESOME MYSTERY!!!! 5 STARS!!!!!!
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!! Creston Mapes has become one of my favorite authors!!! After reading his first book in this new series, FEAR HAS A NAME, I couldn't wait to get POISON TOWN. I was NOT disappointed!! Poison Town is a fast moving roller coaster ride--an awesome well written suspenseful mystery. The characters are well developed and have depth and are believable. The plot is fast paced and keeps you wanting to keep turning the pages to see what happens next. Once you start this book, you won't want to put it down until you've turned the last page. Get this book and put it on top of your "to be read pile". You won't regret it!!!!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from The Book Club Network for my honest review. Thank you Creston and TBCN!! tabby
April 24, 2014