Who doesn't love a triple treat? 3 scoops of ice cream or 3 different types of seafood or pasta on your plate. Yes, the world is a much better place when you get to enjoy them in threes. And not you get that in the reading world as well. The third book in the Crittendon files by Creston Mapes is out just a few short months after the second book was released. This will make for some terrific Summertime reading if you haven't read any books in this series. Yes, I will admit it openly and proudly that I just finished both of these books this past weekend. The second book, "Poison Town", has been in my To Be Read pile since it came out, but I always had something else to pick up to read instead. When I got my copy of "Sky Zone", I knew that I had a great weekend of reading planned, I just had to find the right weekend. This weekend was it, and I wasn't the least bit disappointed
Jack Crittendon is back in the third installment of the Crittendon Files. We pick up the story that Jack has now been laid off as the newspaper he worked for has succumbed to the economy and shut their doors. With work scarce to come by, this puts the full-time work back onto his wife, Pam. Pam, now 8 months pregnant, is also maneuvering around her recently widowed mother and making sure that she is taken care of. Jack, in order to get some kind of work, signs up for a rally of presidential candidate Martin Sterling featuring a well-known Christian musician. His hopes of spending a quiet night at the rally ends when terrorists take over the arena. Can Jack and his friend Brian team up to stop the terrorists before its too late? How does Pam figure into this mess? Haven't I seen that Christian musician before? Take off your earphones and run to your nearest bookstore and go BUY THIS ENTIRE SERIES!!!
Do you ever finish a book and just wonder how the author does it? How does an author put together not one book, but three books that contain such great writing and intrigue, that you can never get enough? In this last book from Creston Mapes in the Crittendon Files, Creston gives us a novel that is current in its theme and relevant to society today. As we grapple with emotions over terrorism and how it can change our everyday lives, he provides us with a book that is emotionally engaging and spiritually inspiring I always try to find a moral or a thought to live by out of each of Creston's stories. In this story, I feel that he is reminding us of the importance of living out our faith because people are watching us and realizing that what is the most important in life is right in front of us at all times. This is fast-paced fiction with plenty of twisting and turning and more hair-raising adventures. I'm fairly certain that this will be one book that you won't be able to put down.
Is this a "guy's book"? This is another great "guy's books" by Creston that should be in every guy's pile of books to read. With terrorists, adventures, and continuous intrigue this is one book that you will be glad you picked up.
I received this book from the publisher in partnership with the Book Fun Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Creston Mapes has a winner in Sky Zone. It opens with a bang and keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entire book! I really enjoyed the way he jumped back and forth to past and present from chapter to chapter. It takes some concentration at first to keep things straight, but everything quickly aligns in your mind. The subject matter is terrorism and events that are believable in our country today. I like a book that can at least be possible, even if not pulled from the headlines. Sky Zone fits the bill.
I really appreciate that although it is part of the Jack Crittendon files, it can also be a stand-alone book. Of course, it made me want to read the second book, but I didn't miss anything by not reading it!
I enjoy a suspense that makes me try to figure things out. I thought I totally saw a twist coming and was wrong! That rarely happens in books. Thankfully, I was redeemed later on in the book with another twist that I did figure out. I believe it takes an excellent author to keep me on my toes.
Sky Zone also has good redeeming qualities with relationships. There are a variety of conflicts within each of the interpersonal relationships throughout the book. Mapes brings an interesting resolution to each of them. I had looked forward to reading this book and was not disappointed!
This book was provided to me free for an honest review by the Book Club Network.
Once again Creston Mapes has put together a thriller worth reading - both timely and exciting, the book held this readers attention for the few days it took to read.
The story, with the exception of a bit of backstory told as flashbacks, takes place in a the brief 18-24 hour news cycle of a modern major city newspaper. Supported by the likes of former Rock Star, and now well-known Christian concert performer, Everett Lester, Senator Martin Sterling was now running for President. Both Everett and Sterling were scheduled to attend the evenings campaign even at the Columbus (OH) Festival Arena.
Part of the event's security detail included Jack Crittendon, former master reporter from the Trenton City Dispatch. However, his last major story included details of how his employers had helped cover up the mis-doings of industrial giant Demler-Vargus Corporation, forcing the newspaper to close its doors. Jack had lost his job and had been force to settle in as a part-time (though regular) security guard for the arena. Now, with his wife eight months pregnant, he still hoped for the break which would allow him to return to his prefered career.
But the evening did not go as expected. Jack's wife and family made a last minute decision to attend, so had the 20 terrorists. Though there was some warning of their arrival, details were unknown - and planning for the unknown is difficult. And to make matters worse ... well to learn that one must read the book.
The book could not be put down - I was sorry that sleep was a required part of each night. Those looking for a fast paced thrill ride, Sky Zone will be the perfect book to pick up this summer. As with the other of Creston Mapes books, faith plays a role in the telling of the story, but only to the extent that it makes one aware of the role faith can play in the lives of believers, whether just discovering the mysteries of the faith or the long-time believer moving through life's daily trials.
I will look forward to the next book in this series - Jack now has his new job and his new son - exciting times for all.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Jack Crinttendon, a soon to be father of three, has been struggling to find a job after a year of searching. His wife, Pamela, has had to take on the role of primary provider for the family. Having her mother, who struggles with the onset of dementia, makes things all the more challenging if not disheartening. They both struggle with the new roles that God had placed them in, all the while understanding that it is God's grace that provides for their every need.
Jack goes to his part-time job, not realizing this will test everything he believes God to be and that there is real evil that is constantly challenging their faith. In the process they meet individuals that God will use for His purpose and bring a most convincing evil out into the open.
This is absolutely the most intriguing page turner I have yet to read. Creston Mapes brings all his characters and their inner turmoil to the forefront and defies us to think beyond what we see and for that I am grateful. I received this book from The Book Club Network for my honest opinion.
I will be honest with you - I think that I forgot to breathe for the entire first half of "Sky Zone". Though I have loved the first two books in "The Crittendon Files" series, this third installment in particular had me gripping the pages and completely ignoring the demands of life around me. With each chapter, Mapes expertly builds the tension in the story with such action-packed scenes that it left me feeling like I was watching a movie play out across my mind! I loved getting reacquainted with Jack and Pamela Crittendon, watching them work through the significant challenges they are facing and learning to rely on faith in God. They are as real as you and I, facing uncertain futures, financial pressures, troubles in their marriage, fears about their children. I am impressed that Mapes has ratcheted up the suspense with a terrorist threat that has you fearing for the lives of the characters, and still has managed to weave in some deeper themes along the way. I hate to say more about the plot itself because I don't want to give anything away, but rather let you be fully immersed into this suspenseful read. But I will say this - it left me second guessing going into a stadium any time soon! As with his prior books, Mapes writes with a sure hand, with characters you wish were real, and a story line that makes for pulse-accelerating reading. And, you will be left with the reminder to live in the moment, to remember what truly matters in life, and to acknowledge that God is at work in the world around us, bringing good from the darkest of situations.
I, for one, hope that there is more to come in this series. I highly recommend this book and rate it 5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, David C. Cook. Available at your favourite bookseller.