This is the second in the Crittendon Files series. It continues the story of an investigative reporter, Jack, and his wife, Pam, and their two little girls. Although it could be a stand-alone, I strongly recommend reading the first, FEAR HAS A NAME, to really appreciate the impact of Jack and Pam's history with Evan and Granger. That history has had long-turn effects on Jack's faith and marriage. Added to dealing with Evan and Granger reappearing in his family's life, Jack plunges into a dangerous and complicated investigation of a big and powerful corporation creating a health hazard in their community.
This book is a well-written thriller that creates a sense of desperation and menace that just builds as the action progresses; yet, interwoven into the storyline are sweet moments of family life with the children. The strain in Jack and Pam's marriage-where love still is obvious- is contrasted with their generous acceptance of Pam's mentally ill mother. The investigation and the resulting threats and increasing body count are frighteningly believable, and the reader easily becomes emotionally involved in the terrifying events. It is truly a heart-pounding experience.
It is impossible not to like and identify with the characters. Even the minor characters are well constructed. Jack's struggles with his inability to forgive and failure to find comfort and guidance in his faith provide very human feet of clay to this tireless, brave crusader, and the reader will truly care about how all this will be resolved. There is a clear Christian message that is impossible to miss, but it neither distracts from or overwhelms the exciting storyline. Great thriller with likeable characters.
I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for this honest review.
The action never lets up in this exciting story of greed, unforgiveness, lust for power and the struggle between doing what's right and staying safe. Jack Crittendon is an investigative reporter in the town of Trenton City, OH. He is pursuing the story of a lifetime, as his car repairmen tell him the story of the local fiberglass plant, Demler-Vargus, that is knowingly releasing dangerous chemicals into the air that cause ill health and even death to some local residents. As Jack and his friend Derrick begin to follow up this story, they encounter threats, disappearing witnesses, and harrowing attempts on their lives. Will they live to expose the plant's dangers, or should they give up and possibly live out their lives rich as a result of kowtowing to the company?
While these dilemmas are going on, Jack is also facing his own personal demons. His wife, Pam, was recently kidnapped, and the kidnapper has been released and is living in town. Pam is willing to forgive and wants Jack to do the same. Jack feels he must protect his family in any way possible.
Who will escape Poison Town and who will end up being trapped? By the end of the book, you may be asking yourself some questions, such as: Can God truly change bad people's hearts? Do people deserve second chances? Can unforgiveness affect all areas of our lives? We all desire safety. What price should we be willing to pay? What was Jack's personal Poison Town? At this point, I feel the need to bow my head and ask God to search my heart for my own "poison towns."
This is the second book in the Crittendon Files. Enough back story is provided that it can stand by itself, but would be even better if read as part of its series.
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Creston Mapes has delivered another exciting action packed and intriguing thriller, There is suspense, danger, conspiracy, corruption, greed, love and forgiveness. Everything you would want in a christian mystery novel. The story captured me from the beginning.
In the first book of this series Jack Crittendon's wife was kidnapped. Pam was able to forgive the man who kidnapped her but even though he is a christian, Jack is full of anger and hate and unable to forgive the man. See how this effects his family and his relationship with God.
Upon learning that his friend is seriously ill, Jack who is a reporter starts to investigate a mega corporation that people believe is making them sick. Some are even dying. Is the company Demler-Vargus guilty of corruption and a cover up? Could they be responsible? His investigation brings danger to his family and friends.
I recommend you read this book and see what Jack's investigation reveals and if he is able to forgive.
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This book is definitely one of my new favorites. It kept me glued to the pages, I didn't want to put it down. There are several different storylines going on at the same time, which makes it seem like a very fast paced book. Greed, alcoholism, lying to your spouse, forgiveness, romance - all have a part in this book. 5 stars!
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Poison Town, book 2 The Crittendon Files by Creston Mapes
Wow be prepared to be taken on a wild ride with these faith filled characters. Set on the wrong side of the tracks in Trenton City, Ohio, Poison Town will intrigue you. Jack Crittendon a reporter for Trenton City Dispatch the local newspaper finds himself and those most precious to him in grave danger. Investigating the rumors about Demler-Vargus the local fiberglass plant Jack is faced with deception, lies and bribery. Who can he trust; the bad guys and the good guys are hard to tell apart. The further into the investigation he goes the larger the circle of corruption extends. I enjoyed seeing how the characters' dealt with deception, anger, greed and bitterness. Any seeing the power of forgiveness and love was great.
This book started off with a bang and just kept going. I thoroughly enjoyed the fast paced nature, the suspense and action at every turn. This is the first book I have read by author Creston Mapes but it is sure not to be the last. Poison Town follows Fear Has A Name in The Crittendon Files series but it can be read as a stand along. I have not read the first book and had no trouble keeping up and following along. I give a high five to the author and publisher David C Cook for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. The Book Club Network Inc. provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for their, the author Creston Mapes and publishers generosity. I definitely am new fan of this author.