Jack is angry and still wresting internally dealing with the kidnapping of his wife that happened months ago. He has purchased a gun without her knowledge, and has failed to put his faith in The Lord. His wife has forgiven the criminal and has used the circumstance to strengthen her faith. This is the backdrop of an investigation of a plant in town, Demler-Vargus. Some in town believe the plant is polluting the air causing breathing problems and even death. Yet, they have no hard evidence, and no one seems to want to talk. Before long, he and his partner are in over their heads. ( As a side note, nothing is mentioned that guns are wrong. Just that he had something he was trying hard to hide from his wife thus creating distance in their marriage). Will Jack be able to forgive and put the past where it belongs? Will he and his investigative partner be able to find answers for those suffering in town? How far up the chain does the lying and deceit go? All of these are answered in a well written, gripping tale combining suspense, mystery, and faith. I love suspense and mystery books, and I'm so glad to see some great ones that are CLEAN! This book will keep you turning the pages and on the edge of your seat. Hang on for a thrilling read! Highly recommend.
â€˜Poison Town' by Creston Mapes is the fast-paced second novel in The Crittendon Files series. As quickly and brilliantly as lightning flashes across the sky is the intensity of this novel about the possible cover-up of cancer-causing emissions being released from a local fiberglass manufacturing plant. This plant provides much of the employment in Trenton City, Ohio. Unfortunately, there is no traceable evidence that the carcinogen resulting in sickness and death comes from the plant.
Jack Crittendon and his team of reporters work at the Trenton City Dispatch, where he had recently written about Trenton City's Man of the Year, Leonard Bendickson III, CEO of Demler Vargas - the plant where the fiberglass is manufactured and deadly emissions suspected. When Jack presented the concerns of the residents to his editor, the editor discouraged him from following up. After all, if this company that claimed to use green technology in their manufacturing had any skeletons, wouldn't Jack have found them when he wrote the article?
Jack, always on the trail for truth, was convinced of suspicious activity by his friends and long-time mechanics, and talked to his close friend on staff, Derrick. They discussed what they could do to investigate the concerns. This was especially critical after someone had sneaked into the senior Mr. Randall's room at the hospital and injected a poison into his IV line. Had Galen's son Travis not been going to visit him and saw someone slip from his room, Galen would have died.
Jack was having his own crises, as well. The man convicted of kidnapping his wife was released from prison early. Jack felt he failed to be home to protect his wife from Granger Meade and changed his reliance from the Lord to the gun he had secretly purchased. What was more challenging - not only had Jack slowly and steadily turned away from the Lord in recent months, but his wife, Pamela, had actually forgiven Meade for his actions and didn't understand why Jack could not. And Pamela's mother, newly widowed, was living with them.
The tension coils as we see Jack following up with the Randall's and others who were ill and lived near Demler-Vargas. He juggled this along with keeping track of the whereabouts of Granger Meade, and his need to protect his wife and children. We see Jack and Derrick making contact with various people, including a former reporter for the Dispatch who attempted to investigate Demler-Vargas in the past. The former reporter and former employees started over in different towns with huge sums of money - payoffs? The former employees died under suspicious causes, and the former reporter was living in fear. It seems that a cover-up is far reaching among community members.
The Randall family is holing up with assorted firearms and Jack has a showdown with Leonard Bendickson III that results in a death threat. A snowstorm is coming in _ Pamela, their children and her mother are involved in a holdup at the home store _ could Jack at least live long enough to rescue them?
Creston Mapes, a former reporter, is adept at pulling readers in and keeping them in. His characters are so well-defined that one quickly feels as if they have lived around and known these folks for years. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a top-notch thriller written by a Christian who does not preach, but demonstrates faith through the actions and words of the book's characters.
I received a copy of this book through the "For Readers Only" group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
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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