Creston books get better and better with each one. This is several plots that go hand in hand and shows God's hand in both. He is always in charge and Creston does a terrific job in proving it. I don't want to get into story lines but the story line on depression is a real problem and misunderstood. The author did a good job in writing about an illness that is suffered by many. A job well done by Creston Mapes.
In this multilayered suspense novel two families share common bonds that are interwoven by circumstances that overlap throughout the narrative. The entire essence of the Crittendon family is transformed into an intense atmosphere of anxiety and chaos by a stranger who forces his way into their home and lives, shaking them to the core. Jack Crittendon, a news reporter, was assigned to investigate the sudden disappearance of Evan McDaniel, senior pastor at a local church. A church publication reported his disappearance as being linked to missing medications and a suicide note. Pastor McDaniel's history of depression becomes the focus of attention regarding his disappearance. The McDaniel family is thrust into confusion and distress regarding the circumstances surrounding the mysterious absence of Pastor Evan, his wife insisting that he was not suicidal. What actual events led to the pastor's sudden disappearance, and who is stalking Jack Crittendon's wife?
The first in The Crittendon Files series, this suspense-filled drama is made remarkable by unforeseen events keeping the reader absorbed and captivated! The situations and predicaments that flare are totally absorbing, replete with an abundance of energy. Faith is a recurrent theme throughout and ultimately leads to peace when all else fails. Creston Mapes has produced a dramatic unfolding of events that capture the reader's attention and lead to numerous bizarre yet inspirational situations. This book is suspense filled, dramatic, compelling, inspirational and impressive.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Wynn-Wynn Media for the express purpose of my honest review. All stated opinions are mine and I received no monetary compensation for this review.
A home invasion in broad daylight has Pamela and her husband Jack feeling violated and scared. But when they realize that the intruder may be a stalker their worries turn to fear. Jack, a reporter, is following a lead about a missing pastor while trying to maintain some semblance of safety for his wife and two daughters. Can they trust God to handle their situation or will fear have them acting irrationally?
I loved this book. It caught my attention from the very first page and didn't let go. The character development was great, the suspense was thrilling, and the messages of salvation, redemption, and hope were beautifully woven through out the story. I was very excited to learn that this was book 1 in a series.
I received this book free of charge from David Cook Publishing and The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
It is a thriller revolving around two storylines: a mysteriously missing pastor and the dangerous harassment of a reporter and his family. His family is dead aim in a stalker's sights. And the man is closing in. For journalist Jack Crittendon, it's personal, and protecting them will take every ounce of his tattered faith.
Embezzlement. False accusation. Blackmail. Abduction. A wolf hidden in sheep's clothing. Creston Mapes takes readers on a psychological roller coaster that feeds on our deepest fears.
It draws you in with the suspense of a great story line. The characters are very interesting in their own right. It pulls you in and doesn't let go until the very end! I loved the writing style too which I found very smooth. It certainly had me hooked. I actually had to set it aside until I could devote a good chunk of time to its consumption. The story moves along at a smart clip, giving readers just enough time to absorb their surroundings before moving onto the next locale. Nearly every scene was important for plot development, which means that readers who are easily bored will find themselves paying rapt attention.
This book is an unusual read, but I still found myself enjoying it. The characters are very different and I actually liked them. I will say I had it figured out very early and the ending just proved I was right. I would recommend this book.
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.
Following his highly successful, "Nobody", Creston Mapes brings us the first in a new series. Thanks to his earlier books, Mr. Mapes has been a finalist in both American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year awards and the Inspirational Readers Choice awards.
Ace reporter Jack Crittendon has been handed a self-interest story about a local Senior Pastor, Evan, who has seemingly disappeared. All signs point to a mental breakdown or worse, that he's run off with one of his congregants that he has been counseling after the death of her husband. As part of the story, Jack interviews the pastor's wife who is sure that none of those are true, especially the last reason. While Jack is trying to track down the missing pastor, a stranger has been targeting his family. After several break-ins and searches by the police, they discover pornography hidden on Jack's home computer. After some investigation, though, it turns out that whoever is stalking the family planted that on the computer in an attempt to discredit Jack. Cleared of those charges, Jack is now not only on the hunt for the stalker, but still trying to find the missing pastor. As the police continue their investigation into the stalker, they discover that he is a childhood friend of Pam, Jack's wife. As the hunt continues, Pam takes her girls away to visit her folks to keep them out of the danger. While there, though, she runs smack into her stalker, Granger Meade. Granger kidnaps Pam and starts on a cross-country journey to "make the life he never had" with Pam by his side. Meanwhile, Jack has discovered evidence of the church elders skimming money from the tithes and offerings, something that Evan had found out too. Evan, we find out, has given up on himself and God and is on his way to end his failures to his wife and to his church. Jack is notified that his wife has been kidnapped, so he heads out to stop Granger from destroying all he loves. Where does Granger take Pam? Does he convince her to leave Jack and the kids behind and be with him? Will Jack find Pam and stop Granger before it's too late? Where is Evan and what does he do with his life? Great questions and even better answers when you BUY THE BOOK!
This book grabs you from the start and it never lets go. From Granger breaking into the house, the investigation into the missing pastor, the discovery of missing funds at the church, the cross-country chase to the explosive ending. You never have a chance to breathe with all of the excitement and you definitely will never want to put this book down. All along the way, too, we get to see how the characters rely on Him to help them in all of their times of trials and tribulations. We get to see faith in action of Pam and Jack. We get to see the feeling of hopelessness addressed by the "lost" pastor and we get to see the acceptance of God's love in Granger.
Is this a "guy's book"? This has the earmarks of a great guys book. The pace is quick and refreshing, the twists and turns keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what more could happen. Any guy should pick up this book and be thoroughly entertained by the time the action is all over.