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Posted September 1, 2013
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An Engaging and Well-Balanced Christian Thriller As a fan of th
An Engaging and Well-Balanced Christian Thriller
As a fan of thrillers and suspense novels, I was really looking forward to reading "Fear Has a Name." I am constantly looking for a thriller that I can enjoy that includes a Christian message. This is not an easy combination to achieve, and the attempts often result in any faith message being lost in the story or the story being lost in the message. "Fear Has a Name" did not disappoint. The story begins with a big enough bang to to capture my interest and engage my curiosity. As I read, the action ebbed and flowed in a perfect mix of needed detail and moments of nail-biting tension. I felt engaged throughout the story, and truly if I didn't have such a rigid bedtime, I would have read into the night. "Fear Has a Name" keeps you thinking about not just what will happen next in the story but in actual life by bringing to light real issues like bullying, abuse, scandal and the importance of caring about others as we do ourselves. You are also reminded that not everything is as it appears.
The characters are well thought out and caused me to want to know more about them and what will happen next. The characters made me feel emotions of fear, sadness, disgust, and also hope. Occasionally I simply wanted to shake a few.
If I were to give one word to describe "Fear Has a Name" I would use the word "gripping." It was that and so much more. I am thrilled that "Fear Has a Name" is just the first in a series. I eagerly look forward to the next book "Poison Town."
I would like to disclose that I received this book for free to facilitate my review. The opinion is completely my own.
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Posted June 17, 2013
Wow. Do I really have to write more? Okay I will. This book ha
Do I really have to write more? Okay I will. This book has to be the best suspense novel I have read this year, maybe ever. If you like Terri Blackstock or Brandilyn Collins, you will LOVE this book.
If you don't care for suspense and high drama, crime, raw brokenness than you might not like this book. But if that is up your alley you need to grab a copy and get reading.
It reached a point in the twisted plot that I said out loud, "Oh my goodness" and my husband looked at me to ask "what?" I had to launch into the plot and what just happened.
Every chapter takes you on a new twist and turn. Just when you think things might slow down, oh no, you are in for more nail-biting tension. You know it will end, but how, who will live, who will die, who will cross the line?
I have never read a fiction book that actually stirred my spirit with Biblical truth. This book drips with truth but never preaches at you.
The characters are real, flawed. They question if God is so good why is this stuff happening? If God is so good why is there abuse? If God is so good how can He allow horrible things happen to those who love Him? Real questions we have all asked.
Honestly, at the end I cried. I never thought I would cry after reading a suspense novel, but the love of Jesus does that. Creston ended the book beautifully, truly fantastic.
And there is a HUGE Genesis 5020 coming from the subplot character, Evan McDaniel. Love it!
Yes, I know I am gushing but this book really is amazing. You won't be sorry you read it.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.
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Posted June 14, 2014
Posted May 12, 2014
A fantastic Christian suspense novel! Creston has created very
A fantastic Christian suspense novel!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Creston has created very believable characters in this book. It is very easy to relate to the emotions that both Jack and his wife, Pam, are dealing with as they go through this very scary time in their lives. They are struggling to hold on to their belief in God which is true to human nature when problems that are beyond our control come our way.
In the midst of the problems the Crittenden family is facing Jack is also trying to keep on track with doing his job and working with another family in the midst of a crisis situation. The two stories are wonderfully interwoven. This book kept my interest as I was following along and trying to figure out if and how the two stories may connect.
I received a free copy of this book through a giveaway on The Suspense Sisters Blog.
Posted March 13, 2014
Posted February 15, 2014
One of the best and favorite reads thus far for 2014. Author Map
One of the best and favorite reads thus far for 2014. Author Mapes has basically included two stories into one novel: two different plots or scenarios going on at the same time, and I love the way he has intertwined both stories into Jack Crittenton's life. I was hooked beginning to the end, and was anticipatory of the ending. Thanks to another Christian author, Terri Blackstock's encouragement, I picked this book up; and I WILL be reading more Creston Mapes books!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 2, 2013
Makes you want to turn to back pages to find out how all this will come together. Fast paced, great reading, and a book you can lend to teenagers. My first time reading his book, but not the last one. Looking forward to meeting the author if he ever has book signings in Georgia.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 31, 2013
This book was absolutely riveting. I could not put the book dow
This book was absolutely riveting. I could not put the book down. I like the manner in which the author portrayed the "bad" guy in the book. Sadly there are children out there that grew up in conditions very similar to the manner in which Granger grew up. We need more Pamelas in this world!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 3, 2013
I began Fear Has a Name late one Saturday night, thinking I'd ju
I began Fear Has a Name late one Saturday night, thinking I'd just read the first chapter to get my feet wet and then pick it back up the next night. Well, little did I know it was going to suck me in and almost make me late for church the next morning because I stayed up too late reading. The story starts with a home invasion that leaves you a little unnerved and hoping you locked your doors before you went to bed. There's more to this story than just the break-in though. There's a web of interconnected characters that each have questions in life that need answering. I found myself sympathizing with characters I normally wouldn't have—like the bully. There is a struggling minister in this story and, having been in the church and in a pastor's family for most of my life, I truly related to the angst this family felt. Toward the end of the book, the tension and thrilling fast-paced scenes just about made me chew my nails off. I recommend reading this book today!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 2, 2013
I always read something before bed. On this particular night it
I always read something before bed. On this particular night it was already late but I picked up Fear Has A Name and began to read. By the end of chapter one I was completely creeped out but I just couldn’t put the book down. I should have known better than to start a Creston Mapes’ book that late at night!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I was utterly intrigued by the emotions this work of fiction aroused. At the beginning I hated the stalker/intruder. How dare he invade someone’s home and threaten harm to a helpless mom and her two daughters! What type of man does that?
We soon find out who this sick person is and then the struggle begins. The story delves into the idea of showing mercy to one who by all humanly speaking accounts doesn’t deserve it. It is easy to hate someone you don’t know but what about that person that you do? What if you’ve grown up with this person and you know what they’ve been subject to?
Mr. Mapes weaves for us an electrifying, heart-pumping tale that draws you into the mind of each of the characters. But what sets this novel apart from other thrillers is that it also makes us consider the mind of God. Through gut wrenching circumstances the individuals are faced with decisions that force them to acknowledge that not only is God in control but He also has a plan that is way bigger than the persons that are directly involved.
This was an amazing kick off to a new series. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series which will be titled Poison Town. In total suspense style, Creston and David C. Cook Publishers have included the first couple of chapters of Poison Town in the back of Fear Has A Name. Why oh why did I read it . . . it cuts off at a very critical point and now I’ll have to wait until February 2014 to read the rest! Can you say ANTICIPATION?!! I received a copy of this book to fascilitate my review.
Posted June 30, 2013
Touches What You Fear the Most Creston Mapes builds an intri
Touches What You Fear the MostWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Creston Mapes builds an intricate plot weaving themes of a wondering pastor fighting depression, home invasion, and parental abuse due to twisted Christianity. A parent’s biggest fear is the safety and security of his/her children, and this book strikes that tender area. The tension is tight throughout the book, and the questions make the reader think about their choices, plans, and assumptions. This is an excellent choice for anyone who appreciates a wild ride that keeps you guessing until the end.
Posted June 17, 2013
What a terrific read! Creston Mapes knows how to create suspense
What a terrific read! Creston Mapes knows how to create suspense; yet, at the same time, he knows just when to cut the tension. Two intricate story lines are interwoven: the stalking of a newspaper reporter's family and a megachurch's missing pastor.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When trouble comes his way, Jack Crittendon sometimes wonders if God is really in control. How can God allow bad things to happen to one of His people? And, for what reason might trouble come our way? Jack tends to feel as if he alone is responsible for the protection and safety of his wife, Pam, and their children. Jack's faith is sorely tested in this novel, and questions most people wonder are answered. The complex tale has a satisfying conclusion.
The novel tests the reader. I found myself wondering what I'd do if confronted by the same situations. How important is abiding faith? How deep is mine? Could God use someone who is at the end of his/her rope? Does forgiveness and love really make a difference?
Characters are fleshed out; I could relate to all but one. The character of Valerie Belinds McShane intriques me. She would make for an interesting discussion in a book club setting.
Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and David C. Cook for my copy.
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Posted June 16, 2013
I love it when I can find out truly suspenseful novel that compl
I love it when I can find out truly suspenseful novel that completely grabs me from the moment I dive into the book. I made the mistake of reading this one kinda late at night when I was home alone and with every noise in the house, set me literally on edge. That in my own personal opinion is already a winner. In the latest novel by author Creston Mapes, Fear Has A Name is the first in the Crittendon Files series. This is also a first for me reviewing a book by this author but after this one, it won't be my last by a long shot. In fact, I intend to search for the ones he has previously written and begin my journey in suspense even further by adding them to my personal collection.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In Fear Has A Name the author really challenges the Christian reader to see just how far on the righteous scale you would tend to stay despite having your family threatened by an unknown intruder. Despite how Jesus has instructed his followers to forgo taking their own vengeance and instead leaving it up to God. This is a definite conversation starter for most believers. While almost everyone I spoke with said pretty much the same thing, very few could sit back faithfully and be reassured that God would protect their families by leaving things entirely up to Him. With that being said, let me introduce you to the premise of this novel.
Pamela Crittendon is home alone with her young daughters, Faye and Rebecca when a man appears at her front door. For whatever reason, she gets a feeling that she shouldn't open the door. When he keeps on knocking her daughters want to know who's at the door. She instructs them to head back upstairs and that she will deal with it. When she yells for the man at the door to leave, he immediately begins the process of breaking down the door. When that fails, he breaks the glass on either side and attempts to unlock the door. Pamela takes her girls and runs out the back door to the safety of a neighbors home and calls the police.
When the police arrive the man is gone of course. As Pamela calls her husband, Jack, and tells him to come home, he reassures her that this is probably just a one time deal. The only items missing from her home are her Bible, her jewelry and her daughter's locket. All other items in the home of any value are still there. The police feel confident that they will find the person responsible, but that does make Pamela feel any safer. Even more troubling is the job her husband does working as a reporter for the local paper. He's been assigned a possible missing person who is the local pastor at a church who has left a suicide note. But it seems like things are about to get interesting when Pamela finds their wedding picture has been cut to remove Jack from it. To her, this doesn't seem like a random event and she's just about to learn that Fear Has A Name!
I received Fear Has A Name by Creston Mapes compliments of David C Cook Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for a favorable review. This was such a great conversation starter for my husband over breakfast one morning. It's such a difficult thing to know what anyone would do in this situation and my husband could definitely relate to how Jack handles things. I on the other hand, don't think I could deal with things as calmly as Pamela did during portions of the novel but that is what makes for a truly exciting page turner. This one does not disappoint. The only thing I had to make sure of was finishing it before my husband left on his business trip. For that reason I give this one a 5 out of 5 stars. Congratulations Creston Mapes, you definitely had me on the edge of my seat and reading this one with all the lights on.
Posted May 28, 2013
It is a thriller revolving around two storylines: a mysteriously
It is a thriller revolving around two storylines: a mysteriously missing pastor and the dangerous harassment of a reporter and his family. His family is dead aim in a stalker's sights. And the man is closing in. For journalist Jack Crittendon, it's personal, and protecting them will take every ounce of his tattered faith.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Embezzlement. False accusation. Blackmail. Abduction. A wolf hidden in sheep's clothing. Creston Mapes takes readers on a psychological roller coaster that feeds on our deepest fears.
It draws you in with the suspense of a great story line. The characters are very interesting in their own right. It pulls you in and doesn't let go until the very end! I loved the writing style too which I found very smooth. It certainly had me hooked. I actually had to set it aside until I could devote a good chunk of time to its consumption. The story moves along at a smart clip, giving readers just enough time to absorb their surroundings before moving onto the next locale. Nearly every scene was important for plot development, which means that readers who are easily bored will find themselves paying rapt attention.
This book is an unusual read, but I still found myself enjoying it. The characters are very different and I actually liked them. I will say I had it figured out very early and the ending just proved I was right. I would recommend this book.
Posted May 23, 2013
Compelling Suspense! In this multilayered suspense novel two fa
Compelling Suspense!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In this multilayered suspense novel two families share common bonds that are interwoven by circumstances that overlap throughout the narrative. The entire essence of the Crittendon family is transformed into an intense atmosphere of anxiety and chaos by a stranger who forces his way into their home and lives, shaking them to the core. Jack Crittendon, a news reporter, was assigned to investigate the sudden disappearance of Evan McDaniel, senior pastor at a local church. A church publication reported his disappearance as being linked to missing medications and a suicide note. Pastor McDaniel's history of depression becomes the focus of attention regarding his disappearance.
The McDaniel family is thrust into confusion and distress regarding the circumstances surrounding the mysterious absence of Pastor Evan, his wife insisting that he was not suicidal. What actual events led to the pastor's sudden disappearance, and who is stalking Jack Crittendon's wife?
The first in The Crittendon Files series, this suspense-filled drama is made remarkable by unforeseen events keeping the reader absorbed and captivated! The situations and predicaments that flare are totally absorbing, replete with an abundance of energy. Faith is a recurrent theme throughout and ultimately leads to peace when all else fails. Creston Mapes has produced a dramatic unfolding of events that capture the reader's attention and lead to numerous bizarre yet inspirational situations. This book is suspense filled, dramatic, compelling, inspirational and impressive.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Wynn-Wynn Media for the express purpose of my honest review. All stated opinions are mine and I received no monetary compensation for this review.
Posted October 19, 2013
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Posted August 19, 2013
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