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!
I received this book for review purposes from The Book Club Network, Inc. for my honest opinion
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.
I totally enjoyed the first book as the characters struggled to make Godly choices in a highly stressful situation. This one picks right up as the protagonist decides to carry a gun to protect his family when the antagonist from the first book moves back to town. But, that is not where the danger lies. The suspense of Jack's job is wound up with the problems in his personal life as he attempts to deal with the death of his father-in-law, his mother-in-law's alcoholism, and his inability to forgive old enemies. Jack senses a story from talking to his mechanic friends, and runs from there. Danger sneaks in from an unlikely source. Mapes' ability to create realistic characters dealing with extraordinary situations creates a highly readable, suspense filled read. I particularly appreciated that Mapes did not fill the book with sex and profanity to complete the story.
I recommend this book for suspense lovers who enjoy a Christian element.
When I first started reading the novel, I wasn't quite sure how the engaging plot slowly morphed into something entertaining nor was I prepared for the many twists and turns brought about through suspense. The major male protagonist is Jack Crittendon who is a journalist first introduced in Fear has a Name, now he about to unknowingly become involved in a major life threatening situation.
l started slowly for me because there didn't seem to be a growing climax or danger or an enemy Jack has to outwit. How wrong I was because when I got to one point in the story, all of a sudden_wham! The suspense kicks into to high gear, making my heart race. Jack is unknowingly walking into what might turn out to be a mammoth story concerning a manufacturing plant and release of toxins. As Jack tries to pursue what he feels is a Goliath and David story, his editor keeps shutting down all his attempts to bring the truth to light.
Now Jack along with a fellow reporter dig around for the truth. No one, not even Jack's family, is safe from a monster that will go to any lengths to save his company. I couldn't put the novel down when the action kicked into high gear along with the antagonist from the first book appearing in this book. Yet, something about the antagonist is different, and Jack's wife has been learning to trust God instead of allowing fear to rule her life.
Sometimes as I was reading I thought the plot would reveal who all the enemies were, but like peeling an orange the author slowly shows readers who is involved in the plot. With a touch of danger, bombs exploding and car chases during winter storms, the heart-pumping action doesn't stop until the very last page. Above all, Jack is confronted with the condition of his heart and he must decide how he is going to be reconciled to God with whom he once had a close relationship. I couldn't tell if the author was putting before the audience the idea of being legally armed is or isn't a reflection of a person's faith and trust in God. What I can tell you is I am looking forward to his next novel coming out and plan on reading the book. Until then, read both Fear has a Name then the next in the series Poison Town, both great tales that will keep you reading until the wee hours of the night!
What a great book! This book held my attention from the very beginning and kept me coming back! I gave this book 5/5 stars. I liked that it took place in Ohio and was written like the incidents could really happen. I thought the main characters were intriguing and really helped the story move from one exciting scene to the next. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great Christian mystery. I will definitely read any other book in this series!
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.