What do you do when your worst terrorist nightmare comes to pass? Jack and Pam Crittendon are about to find out. We pick up the story a few months after the end of Poison Town. Jack has lost his job due to the folding of the newspaper and unable to find another except for some part-time work at the Festival Arena. Pam is pregnant and the full-time bread winner. They are trying to trust God that their circumstances will change.
When Jack goes to work for a supposedly routine political event, things suddenly become very scary. Presidential candidate, Senator Sterling, is strong on national defense and on the threat of a hometown terrorist attack. When Homeland Security says there may be a potential terrorist attack at rally, Sterling insists that they continue with the event. Can Jack stay safe, protect those inside the area, and discover who is behind this evil plan? This will keep you glued to the final resolution in the last chapter.
This is the third book in the Crittendon Files. It would be helpful to have read the previous two books, especially Poison Town to have a background for this story, but not essential. The author speaks to some of our deepest fears, that of terrorists coming to our shores and attacking at large events. The events are believable and the story moves along at a fast pace.
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â€˜This could really happen!' was one of the thoughts that continually went through my mind as I read this book. Creston Mapes continues his edge-of-your-seat thrillers with Sky Zone, the third novel in The Crittendon Files series.
Jack Crittendon, a top-notch yet out-of-work journalist since the newspaper he wrote for collapsed, and his wife Pamela are expecting their third child. Pamela is working in the third trimester of her pregnancy, and Jack has only found part-time work with an â€˜events' company with his survivalist friend, Brian Shakespeare. Shakespeare and his wife are separating; she has exceeded her tolerance for his preparations in the event of what he feels is imminent terrorist activity, but not before Pamela's mother began stockpiling some of the gear he recommended. Pamela's mother, in the early stages of dementia, lives with the Crittendons. Their faith in God's plans for them is shaken yet they are still hanging on by a prayer.
Jack and Brian are working a rally for presidential hopeful Martin Sterling, who is running strong on an anti-terrorism, pro-America ticket. Their shift begins as usual, preparing to usher in and see to the needs of those attending an event at Columbus Festival Arena, until the advisement from Homeland Security is shared regarding a possible terrorist threat to the rally. The stage is set - and for those attending the rally, for Jack and his family, for Brian and his wife - life will never be the same again.
This heart-pounding drama unfolds in a style that Creston Mapes has perfected. Faith in God, even when thoroughly shaken, is woven in and through crashing waves of drama unmatched in Christian thrillers. The Crittendon's are people who could be among your closest friends at church, while the Shakespeare's are those who could be your nearest neighbors. They are personable, intelligent, and honorable everyday people with everyday challenges who make this novel very readable.
The novel itself also has strong, easy-to-follow conversations and prose that pulls the willing reader into each setting. The unexpected twists to the plot lead to a stunning and satisfying conclusion; this reader is looking forward to Mr. Mapes' next drama!
I highly recommend Sky Zone to anyone who appreciates a well-written Christian thriller. Ladies as well as men will enjoy it. A gentle Christian witness is demonstrated by the characters rather than lectured; those who are not believers need not be uncomfortable as long as they value a good, clean read. To me, the only difficulty was in having to set the book aside at night so I could get to work the next morning! And to Creston Mapes and this novel, that is a high complement from me!
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.
"Sky Zone" is the third book in the Crittendon Files series_and it is awesome! The action is continuous, with several twists to keep you guessing. The characters show strong faith while under pressure and they stand up for what they believe in, God, family, country and helping others. Creston Mapes has written a great book full heroes. It stands alone well, but reading the first two would help a person be more familiar with the main characters. Plus, if you haven't read "Fear has a Name" or "Poison Town" you are missing out!
If you like intrigue, suspense and action you will need to read this book. I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
This novel is a continuation of the Jack Crittendon series but if you have not read the previous two, this one reads well on its own.
Jack lost his job as a reporter (in a previous novel). Desperate to support his family, including his pregnant wife, he takes a job with an event company. Jack is participating in the coordinating of a rally for a presidential candidate. An independent, Martin Sterling is running a campaign centering around America's lack of preparation for a terrorist attack. Shortly before the rally is to start, the event center receives word from Homeland Security terrorists are threatening an attack on Sterling that evening. Preparations to protect the candidate go wrong. He and a popular Christian singer are kidnapped.
This novel is a great continuation in Jack's story. I really like him as a character. He is faithful to his family even as he is a reluctant hero. When his wife goes into labor during the hostage situation at the event center, he is willing to sacrifice his own welfare for her. We get to know another interesting character, Brian, who is a survivalist. He is ready for the terrorist attack on America he is sure will come. His obsession with survival strategies puts his marriage in jeopardy, however.
In addition to intense suspense, there are themes presented in the novel for us to think about. The major one deals with is the fear of a terrorist attack. The presidential candidate uses it and Brian is obsessed by it. We readers are challenged to think deeply about such fear, weighing that against trusting in God. Another theme is restoration of marriage, particularly with God at the center. Mapes adds other issues to the novel, including dementia, spousal abuse, and the possibility of a child born with disabilities. These are all combined in a way that makes this novel a page turner.
The only aspect of the novel that makes it less than perfect was the twist near the end. I had strongly suspected that outcome early on and was not surprised. Nonetheless, a great novel.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
Okay, I'm officially a superfan of Creston Mapes, and I hope he writes a million more stories! That's how wonderful Sky Zone is!
Sky Zone is the third book in the Jack Crittendon series. Jack started out in book one, Fear Has a Name, as a local reporter who wasn't walking with God quite like he should have been. And his marriage was suffering because of it.
In book two, Poison Town, Jack and his wife are trying to draw closer to each other but there's so much strife left over from book one, that neither one fully trusts the other.
In this third book, Sky Zone, Jack is employed part-time at an arena after losing his job at the local newspaper. Their family is struggling to make ends meet and his pregnant wife, Pamela, is bringing in most of the money. She's stressed to her limit and never gets a moment of peace, especially since her mother with the beginnings of dementia is living with them now. Jack is going through the motions of life, not sure if he can believe that God has a plan for him and his family, when BAM...there's a terrorist threat at the arena! Nothing like a threat to your life to make you put things into perspective!
Creston once again had me on the edge of my seat, turning the pages while I dried my hair, cooked dinner, walked the dog, drove to the store (not really, but I would have if I could have!). The characters in this book are all so deep and complex, and the story was one that made you stop and think about the fact that this type of thing really could happen! I found myself wondering what I would do if I was in an arena for an event and received the news that terrorists were in the building. Would I flee out the closest exit? Would I stay and fight for what was right? Would I hide and hope not to be found until the terror had ended? This is a book that you don't want to miss (just like the others in this series).