Sky Zone, Crittendon Files Series #3    -     By: Creston Mapes
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* When Jack Crittendon can't find work as a reporter, he takes a part-time gig at an arena. Working a rally for a presidential candidate should be a mindless night on the job. But when Homeland Security picks up intelligence about a potential terrorist attack, will Jack be able to save thousands of innocent lives? 400 pages, softcover from Cook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: David C. Cook
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0781408172
ISBN-13: 9780781408172
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Series: Crittendon Files

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A rally for a controversial presidential candidate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
A terrorist threat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
A nightmare of cataclysmic proportions. 
 
Jack and Pamela Crittendon have hit the breaking point. After months out of work as a reporter, Jack is playing Mr. Mom and working part-time at Festival Arena with his survivalist friend Brian Shakespeare. Meanwhile, Pamela has gone back to work full-time while eight months pregnant. Having her recently widowed mother on hand isn’t making matters any easier.
 
With financial pressures boiling, Jack reports for duty at a rally for controversial presidential candidate Martin Sterling where he expects a mindless night on the job. But when Homeland Security picks up intel about a potential terrorist threat, Jack and Shakespeare are thrust into a life-or-death battle to save their own lives—and the lives of thousands of innocent people.
 
This third book in The Crittendon Filesreminds us of the power of family, friendships and faith—and why we are never in as much control as we think.

Author Bio

Creston Mapes is the author of Poison Town, Fear Has a Name, Nobody, Dark Star, and Full Tilt. For more than two decades, he has worked from his home office in Atlanta as a journalist, copywriter, editor and author. His early years as a reporter inspire many of his novels.

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  1. Mrs ARS
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    COULD NOT PUT DOWN
    August 14, 2014
    Mrs ARS
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sky Zone by Creston Mapes is the third book in his Crittendon Files series. Wow. This story picks up about 8 months after the events of Poison Town. Jack is working part time now as an usher for an events company after losing his job. He and Pam are expecting their third child and they still have Pams mom, Margaret, who is dealing with dementia living with them. They are also having a lot of financial problems due to the loss of Jacks full time job and Pam has had to go back to work for insurance after being a stay at home mom. All of this is really putting a strain on their marriage. We are introduced to Jacks coworkers, especially Brian Shakespeare who is described as a survivalist. This book for the most part takes place in less than 24 hours. We do go back in some chapters to see how our main characters get to the places they end up being when a terrorist attack is about to go down. I dont want to say too much more, but this book is over 400 pages and I read it in less 2 days. That is how intense and fast and hard for me to put this book down was. One of the things that I really like about Creston Mapes stories, is that even though we are introduced to a group of characters and a lot is going on in all of their lives, I have never felt lost in his stories. He keeps the readers up on all of them and what is happening. I received this book from The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
  2. Sally
    Tampa, FL
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Expert at Building Tension
    August 11, 2014
    Sally
    Tampa, FL
    I first met the character, Everett Lester, when I read, Dark Star. It was good to see him again in this book and note his continued growth as a Christ-centered rock star. (He has stayed the course.) Creston Mapes has the talent of writing believable characters. I feel as if I understand them while they wrestle with life's tough decisions. Jack Crittendon, the protagonist in this Christian fiction, feels as if he's fighting a losing battle and wonders when God will show up to help. With no permanent work for almost a year, a wife and two children, and one more on the way, life is tough for Jack. But Jack is a likeable guy, and this reader quickly connects with him.

    Chapters flip-flop between the present time with a crisis occurring and three months earlier. The reader sees pressure mounting. This is a hard book to put down! Mapes is an expert at building tension and stopping just in time for the reader to breathe!

    I highly recommend this thriller.

    Discussion questions included.

    Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and David C. Cook for my copy.
  3. Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    One of the best political suspense novels I've read in a long time!
    August 7, 2014
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    With the every increasing rise in terror threats, America is waiting for a president who can stand up and take action. It seems that Martin Sterling is just the man for the job. With government cuts in military spending, presidential candidate Martin Sterling believes we are becoming too passive and headed in the wrong direction. We shouldn't be negotiating with terrorists, we should be firming up and securing our borders and increasing the spending and support for our military. He is just what the American people are looking for, and if he can convince more of them, he might just win the next presidential election.

    For Jack Crittendon, the economy is his worst enemy. Struggling to find a full time job while his his Pamela is forced to head back to work while 8-months pregnant is making him feel the pressures of maintaining leadership in his home. Yet no matter where he applies, he always comes up empty. But thanks to a contact with his friend Derrick Williams at the Gazette, if presidential candidate Martin Sterling wins this election, they will need someone to take over the editor's desk and they are looking at Jack. Unfortunately that won't happen until November and that is a really maybe at best. Until then, he is working security part-time at the Festival Arena in preparation for Sterling's upcoming speech.

    Just when he thinks life can't get any more interesting, the Festival Arena is notified of a potential terrorist threat that about 30% confirmed to take place the night of Sterling's speech. But not all threats turn into reality, still they aren't willing to take any chances and call in for reinforcements from the local police and S.W.A.T. teams as well as anyone they can convince to help out. Thank goodness Jack's long time friend, Brian Shakespeare, an ex-military service man and survivalist is part of their team and they know he can handle organizing the security detail should anything happen. They just aren't prepared to see this nightmare come true in the worst of circumstances and things are about to get personal in this political suspense thriller.

    I received Sky Zone by Creston Mapes compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and David C. Cook Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained in this review are strictly my own. For those of you that love fast-paced, action-packed, political suspense novels, trust me and pick this one up. While it is part of a series, The Crittendon Files, you can pick this one up a stand alone and get immediately hooked. I literally read this one in one sitting. The stakes are high for both Jack and Brian when despite all their training, they find themselves coming up short and the expected results are not what they get. I love the way Creston gets the reader involved and caring about the outcome of his characters like Jack and the situation that is going on in both his personal and professional life at the same time which amps up his stress level. The writing is geared to hook you at the begin and leave you completely breathless by the end. Out of all three books in the series I loved this one the best. It's great for those of you that love movies like Patriot Games and The Fugitive. You'll find yourself holding your breath during this one! Easy to give this one a 5 out of 5 stars and love adding this one to my series. There is also discussion questions included at the conclusion of this novel!
  4. lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sky Zone
    July 28, 2014
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Before I read the novel Fear has a Name, which is the first of the Crittendon Files series from Creston Mapes, he was an unknown author to me. After reading Fear Has a Name followed by Poison Town all I wanted to know was when his next novel was coming out! Sky Zone is seriously just out of this world and has the main character, Jack Crittendon, along with his family finding themselves in the midst of financial troubles. Not only is Jack looking for a new job in journalism, but in the interim he is working a minimum wage job while his pregnant wife Pam is working full-time. Jack has been searching for new employment while his mother-in-law, who has the beginnings of dementia, is living with them. Then a normal night at work all of a sudden is anything but normal. At the Columbus Festival Arena Jack normally helps people find their seats and helps with security. The evening event of a Presidential hopeful, Senator Martin Sterling, giving a speech followed by a rock star who has become a Christian has turned out to be so much more than expected.

    A terrorist threat that turns real, as well as Jacks 8-month pregnant wife surprising him by coming to the event along with their other two girls heightens the tension for Jack in an instant. Readers will become engrossed not just with the element of danger, mystery and intrigue but also the personal life of the Crittendon family. Along with high suspense and action, the audience will meet a host of unique characters which reflect the many people we might meet in our everyday lives. I liked how the author has a hard core Marine come to a point of making many decisions because of how Jack has lived his faith before the man constantly. Not that Jack or his family are shown as perfect. They are not by a long shot, but like real people along with all the baggage people in life carry. Plus I loved how the characters with faith in God who have seen Him work at times struggled to believe Him for finances or a new job is such a reflection on reality.

    I cannot recommend highly enough all three books of the Crittendon files be read so that the audience can appreciate the adventures of this family. What will come next from the pen of this author? Whatever it will be I hope it is a story that follows reporter Jack Crittendon into another exploit with all the suspense, thrill and faith aspect of the others!
  5. Debbie Wilder
    Salinas, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Edge of your seat Christian suspense novel!
    July 27, 2014
    Debbie Wilder
    Salinas, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Jack and Pamela Crittendon are back with even more problems in their personal lives. I enjoyed seeing where they have progressed to since the end of book two in this series. This is nicely interspersed throughout the suspense of the main story and very easy to relate to.

    The main story is introduced at the end of chapter one with the announcement, Weve got a national security threat. It races full speed ahead from that point on. This book is filled with action and adrenaline pumping terror. The story builds to a heart pounding crescendo. Then it finally eases off a little when I reached the point that I felt like I couldnt take anymore. There is a nice lull as the personal problems are worked through, only to come back with a final burst of action to wrap things up.

    Are Jack, Pamela, and their friends going to live through this one? If they all survive will they be able to find their way, with Gods help, through the quagmire of problems in their personal lives and with their families?

    This is the best book by Creston Mapes that I have read. He brought back a number of familiar characters from the previous books in this series. He has also developed a number of new people and described them so well that I was able to relate to them and the challenges they faced.

    Nearly everyone has a happy ending. The journey to get there was very well crafted and an absolute pleasure to go on with these characters.

    I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
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