This book is not only a good read, but it really makes you wonder how many people in our lives have we know clue who they really are and where their lives have taken them. Truly a great heart string tugging book.
Ambrose Hudson is a night beat reporter for a Las Vegas newspaper. He had heard the scanner and got there before the police. He saw the homeless man, dead, blood on his chest. He waited for the police. Waited.
Then he made a decision that changed his life. He checked in the dead man's pockets for some ID. Maybe he could write a story with extra information. Maybe it would make his career.
What Hudson found would lead him on a chase for his own life.
There is plenty of action and suspense in this novel. We enter the world of the homeless in Las Vegas and those who minister to them. We learn that every homeless person, every "nobody," has a story.
There are several of issues that are brought up in this novel. Hudson is angry at God for allowing his mother to die when he was young and his father to end up in prison. And Hudson is angry at his father for waiting too long to get medical help, when that help could have saved her.
Ambrose meets a young woman helping the homeless. She is a Christian and he is forced to deal with his anger toward God. She is also being beaten by her boyfriend so readers are introduced to that issue of abuse as well.
Two churches are contrasted in the novel. One is headed by a man who wants glory for himself. The other is a ministry that focuses on helping others and bringing them to the saving knowledge of Jesus. The motives for ministry in these two churches is very clear.
There is a discussion guide at the end of the novel which will give a reading group much to think about. Our motives for doing ministry would certainly be one of the discussion points. Another would be those spur of the moment decisions that get us into trouble later on. How do we hear and obey the warnings?
The only aspect of this novel I did not like was the ending. I felt like I was reading one of those westerns where all seems lost and the calvary comes riding over the hill at the last moment. While not unforeseen, the rescue was too quick, too convenient.
I received an egalley of this book from the Litfuse Publicity Group for the purpose of this review.
When local newspaper reporter Hudson Ambrose hears an early morning call about an injured person at a bus stop on his police scanner, he rushes to the scene to get the scoop. What he discovers is a murdered homeless mana nobody who will probably get lost in a system of red tape. With sirens in the distance, Hudson impulsively decides to take a bankbook with an unbelievable balance and a blood-stained key as he leaves the scene. When he follows up on the police action with a phone call, he finds no homicide reported or a corpse found; the bus stop is surprisingly bloodless. Hudson is now compelled to find out who this homeless person, Chester Holte, was and what he doing on the streets. This was my first read of a Creston Mapes novel and I was extremely enthralled at the depth of his story and cast. He is a compelling storyteller . . . a word smith whose words are worth a thousand images. The author takes great care in painting a realistic setting with relationally interconnected characters who fit in well within that environment. This makes it very difficultto put the book down. The story is sentimental but not sappy (although the love story happened too quickly for me). Its message convicting but not overpowering or preachy.Hudsons journey, although dark, is captivating and very down-to-earth. The roller coaster emotions of deceit, shame, fear and grief consume Hudson as he deals with the mystery of Chester and unexpected death of his estranged father. Discussion questions are included in the back of the book for deeper insight and follow-up to the themes woven throughout Nobody.From this moment forward, Ill be reading anything Creston Mapes pens as soon as possible, (without waiting in line at Barnes and Noble at midnight).
I almost stopped reading when I realized that one of the main characters was called "Holly Queens" - it just sounded so ... wrong. I'm glad I continued. Not only is this a very well written book, but it is also extremely thought provoking. Be prepared to be challenged to add "works" to your "faith"; and to break away from the false security that a cozy, comfortable church can sometimes lure us into. Although this is a work of fiction, it is obvious that Mapes is only using it as a tool to get us to wrestle with far more important life themes.
Creston Mapes Nobody scores a home run for the originality of plot, unique characters, and Hudson Ambroses vivid faith journey. In the first exquisite chapter Mapes grips the reader, pulls them into the book, and doesnt release them until the final page. AND once he lets you go, he leaves you with questions about your own life that keeps you thinking long after the book is closed.In Nobody, Hudson Ambrose beat report for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, in search of a blockbuster story, races to a potential shooting hes heard about on the scanner. When he arrives, Hud finds the homeless Chester Holte slumped on a city bench, his lifeblood draining into the very streets hes inhabited. The police are slow to respond allowing Hud the time he needs to wrestle with proper protocol and throw it to the winddelving into Chesters pockets and finding a key along with a bank book touting a $689,800 balance. Its at this pivotal moment when you realize Huds struggle is your own, one you have fought many timessometimes winning, sometimes losingbut yours nonetheless and it is the moment that Mapes dares you turn away. Of course you cant, youre hooked, and you have to read on. Through creative and exciting plot twists we follow Hud on his journey to solve the mystery of why wealthy Chester Holte is homeless. On this journey Mapes explores the underbelly of Las Vegas homeless population, bringing us a new understanding of the homeless situation and opening our eyes to Gods love for everyone, no matter their situation. If this isnt enough, Mapes also gives us Holly, Huds love interest, who serves as an example of someone whos been through tough times and come out the other side with an enduring faith that compels her to share Jesus love with others. Shed truly an example for all of us.