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Sky Zone

Sky Zone

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by Creston Mapes

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FINALIST: Christy Award for Best Suspense Novel
Sky Zone crackles…Don’t miss this one.” - NY Times Best-Selling Author Jerry B. Jenkins
“Riveting!” - The Book Club Network

When former reporter Jack Crittendon reports for work at a rally for a controversial presidential


FINALIST: Christy Award for Best Suspense Novel
Sky Zone crackles…Don’t miss this one.” - NY Times Best-Selling Author Jerry B. Jenkins
“Riveting!” - The Book Club Network

When former reporter Jack Crittendon reports for work at a rally for a controversial presidential candidate at Festival Arena, he expects a mindless night on the job. But when Homeland Security picks up intel about a terrorist threat, Jack and his survivalist pal Shakespeare are thrust into a life-or-death battle to save their own lives—and the lives of thousands of innocent people.

With tension on every page, Amazon #1 Best-Selling author Creston Mapes demonstrates why he is a “Top Pick” among mystery, fiction and thriller lovers. A timely, epic tale about terrorism on U.S. soil.

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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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Sky Zone: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Diane_Moody More than 1 year ago
I've never read a full-length novel in one day - until now. SKY ZONE hooked me on page one and left me breathless 438 pages later. It's THAT good. It's Book #3 in The Crittendon Files, but it can just as easily be read as a stand-alone title. The main character, Jack Crittendon, could be your next-door neighbor or mine, which makes him much more likable than the normal lead character in most thrillers. He's got a wife and family, another baby on the way, and a cantankerous mother-in-law now living with them. To make matters worse, he lost his job as a reporter when his newspaper folded several months ago. Which is how he ended up working part-time as an event staffer at the Columbus Festival Arena when terrorists took control of the crowd gathered to hear a strong, anti-terrorist presidential candidate. Let's just say Jack Bauer could learn a lot from Jack Crittendon! But any description I might attempt would never adequately do the story justice. I don't know how Mapes does it, writing such riveting, suspenseful stories with so much heart, each one better than the last. I'm literally blown away. You will be too!
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
‘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 ‘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.
BLUEFISH99 More than 1 year ago
Whilst working for Event Pros, a high security form at a festival they get a call from Homeland Security of a threat in the arena, where there will be thousands of people attending  which could have a catastrophic impact on the lives of thousands of people, and the nation as a whole. Its a crime thriller, terrorist, murder so violent by assassins unknown and just a handful of men have to monitor the area on the lookout for them. Its a fast paced story, edge of seat reading.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
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 Pam’s mom, Margaret, who is dealing with dementia living with them. They are also having a lot of financial problems due to the loss of Jack’s 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 Jack’s 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 don’t 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.
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
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.
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
Sky Zone is a real thriller, full of suspense, intrigue, action, and terror. The characters are very true-to-life people reacting to life’s most trying situations. Throughout the experiences of the characters, the author demonstrates how people have to trust God in the most horrific conditions in order to come to a deeper faith, forgiveness, and restoration. In this story, the reader is carried into the deepest of plots that twist and turn right up to the end of the book. I highly recommend this book - it is difficult to put down. I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
Creston Mapes is a very talented author. Although this wasn’t my favorite book by him, it was very good. This book is part of the Crittendon Files. It is Book #3. Even though this is part of a series, it can be read before separately. This book follows Jack and Pam Crittendon’s life. Jack has lost his job as a reporter, therefore, he is working a part-time job and also being “Mr. Mom”. Pam is 8 months pregnant and dealing with the issues of that and also working full-time. Jack is working the Festival Arena with his friend. Martin Sterling, who is a presidential candidate is at the Festival Arena doing a rally. There are reports that there is a potential terrorist attack. Jack and his friend are working throughout the book to try and keep everyone safe and stop the terrorist. This book was high energy throughout. I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys action and adventure. I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
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. I received this book from The Bookclub Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
sherrijinga More than 1 year ago
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).
chrisGA More than 1 year ago
This is the third in the Crittendon Files series featuring reporter Jack and his wife, Pam. Their Christian faith has gotten them through tough situations in the previous books, but once again that faith will be tested as they struggle to deal with unemployment, evaporation of their savings, a premature baby with potential special needs, loss of privacy since her mother moved in and a terrorist attack. The characters are well-developed and deal with problems to which we all could relate. The action and tension is unrelenting. Don’t start this book at bedtime like I did; or, like me, you will be reading all night to find out what happens next. Jack’s part-time security job at the Columbus Events Arena, the only job he could find after a year of looking, has him preparing for the appearance of a presidential candidate running on a platform of tough suppression of both domestic and foreign terrorists. Pam’s favorite Christian music star is the surprise last minute addition to the night’s program, so she brings her mother, their two little girls and her eight-months-pregnant body for a special night-out treat. Unfortunately, terrorists attack, and Jack and his family start a roller coaster ride of fear and danger. Great characters, plenty of chills and thrills, good Christian message—I highly recommend this suspense-filled novel. I received this book through The Book Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
Sky Zone, The Crittendon Files by Creston Mapes Be prepared for a wild ride, Sky Zone is jam packed with action and mystery that will keep you at the edge of your seat. I started reading this this book at lunch yesterday and did not put it down until I finished. Hubby did not appreciated not having supper because I was lost in a book but it was well worth it. The author Creston Mapes hits it out the ball park with this suspense, I give it 5 stars. If you enjoy Christian fiction with intrigue, suspense and action this is the book for you. The characters show faith while under pressure, stand up for what is right and step out as heroes. I loved this fantastic book. Sky zone is book three in The Critendon Files, but it can be read as a stand alone. If you have not read Fear Has a Name or Poison Town you have missed some great books. I want to give a high-five to the author Creston Mapes and publisher David C Cook for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. The Book Club Network Inc. provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for their, the authors and publishers generosity.
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gjo50 More than 1 year ago
Quick Summary: This is the third in the series. You do not need to read the others, but the background on the characters will make it even more enjoyable. In this book, Jack is employed part-time at an arena, Pamela is pregnant, and Pamela’s mother is living with them. When Pamela gets tickets to attend the speech of a controversial presidential candidate, she takes the whole family. Terrorists attempt to take down the arena while Jack and a friend try to save his family. What I liked: I loved getting to ‘see’ Jack and Pamela again since I enjoyed them in previous books. This book jumped right into the story since Jack and Pamela are dealing with the emotional fall out from the last story. Mapes’ characters are so realistic that you feel that they are friends. The story moves quickly to believable action. This is definitely one you will not want to put down. What I did not like: The only thing I did not like was Jack’s depressed attitude at the beginning of the story, but it is an essential part of the story. The bottom line: Each story in this series gets better than the last. I enjoyed the others, but I loved this one. Rating > Overall - 5  Creativity - 5 Characters - 5 Engrossing - 5 Writing - 5 Appropriate length to tell the story - 5 Content> Language - none Sexuality - a few kisses Violence - fighting, killing, and narrow escapes Drugs/alcohol - none
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
Have you ever gone to a sporting event or concert in one of those large arenas? Did you look all the way up to the top and see that area that has access to the lighting and technical areas for the arena? Did you see how dark it was up there? How about the security? Did you notice who was directing people where to go? In Sky Zone we meet up with Jack Crittendon again. This time he is a part-time security guard at Festival Arena. (He lost his job as a reporter, but I'm not going to say much about that because it will spoil the previous book if you've not read it.) Jack is desperate to provide for his family so he needs this job. Most of his fellow security personnel are retired men just looking for a little extra income. None of them are armed and most aren't even formally trained. One seemingly uneventful evening Jack reports to work and finds out that the night's event is a political rally for presidential hopeful Martin Sterling. Shortly after arriving the team finds out that there have been terrorist threats. After much debate it is decided that the event must go on. Soon enough they find out that the threats were real. Now Jack and his fellow workers have to find a way to keep everyone safe and get them out alive. The stakes are even higher because of the unexpected guests in the audience. I am thoroughly enjoying the Crittendon Files. This third installment just continues the heart-pumping, adrenaline rush that the first two books began. I like the realistic feel to this story. If you've ever been to a big arena you can completely imagine how the story could unfold. The characters are flawed but continue to work on being better people. I particularly enjoyed Jack's mother-in-law. That woman has spunk! If you like a good political thriller that will keep you guessing, this is the book and the series for you! Sky Zone can be read as a stand alone novel, but there is an ongoing story line that I think you would enjoy reading from the beginning. The first book in the series is Fear Has A Name then it is followed by Poison Town. The back of the book doesn't mention a fourth book in the series, but I suspect there will be one. There are too many little threads hanging loose not to have another installment! I know that I will be eagerly waiting to read it. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a combo of religious jargon and killing.....a strange combination. I quit at about 3/4 complete as it never got any better. I will not buy this author or publisher again....
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
I love this series! This book focused more on homeland security and the effects that terrorism can have on people. Any one can be affected by terrorism, even people that are a stay at home dad. There were a lot of politics in this book, and I enjoyed reading about the presidential campaign. There was a lot of controversy about the candidate and politics can get dirty real fast. Jack's marriage has been in all the books and it was fun to catch up with him and his wife. I also enjoyed reading about characters from the author's other thrillers. This is a great political thriller that pulled me in and I would love for this to be a movie series. I felt like I know these people. Mr Mapes does an amazing job with character development and you can see his talent just by reading about all the things Pam goes through. I think that it was nice of the author to discuss emergency procedures and preparation. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review from Book Club Network Inc., however all opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the book based on reader reviews and found they must all have been a friend of the author. Poorly written and terribly unrealistic. There is much more out there that is worth your time.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
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!
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
Edge of your seat Christian suspense novel! 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, “We’ve 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 couldn’t 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 God’s 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.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
Sky Zone is a fantastic ride! The story is fast paced and thrilling. Creston Mapes writes an intense tale of dynamic proportions. Life is a struggle for Pam and Jack. Jack is working part-time and the financial strains are beyond stressful as he watches his wife, eight months pregnant, work full-time to try and support their family. Pam struggles to balance full-time work, a mother who is fighting dementia and raising two kids while very pregnant. Both Pam and Jack know the situation has got to get better soon so they are trying to survive the in between time trusting God will make a way. Brian Shakespeare is a delightful character. A former marine, Brian is a survivalist to the extreme, prepared for anything, or so he thinks. His marine training and skills are tested to the hilt in an unexpected twist of events. But survival isn’t going to be worth much if his marriage falls apart because of his neglect as a husband. While supporting presidential candidate, Martin Sterling’s political rally, Jack and Brian find themselves in the middle of a terrorist attack. When members of the arena’s security team go missing, it’s only the beginning of a wild night’s ride with SWAT, military and terrorists. This story has nail biting suspense to the very last page. It is the first of Mr. Mapes’ books that I’ve had the privilege of reading and reviewing but it’s definitely not the last. Although this is the third book in the Crittendon Files and I had not read the first two books, I was able to jump into the story without any problem. I am extremely grateful to the Book Club Network and David C. Cook publishing for the opportunity to read this book and offer my opinion in exchange.
thedeena63 More than 1 year ago
Creston's writing just keeps getting better with every book, and that is really saying something, because he has ROCKED ever since his first novel. "Sky Zone" kicks it up another notch by putting innocents in harm's way of an unseen enemy with no way of escape. Life is strained between Jack and Pam. But, honestly, doesn't every marriage get strained now and then? It's nice to watch the two of them be honest and transparent with one another (eventually) and work through their problems without throwing out the "D" word. Even though they aren't real people, they can teach some real life lessons to us all. Shakespeare is a kick in the pants! I loved that guy! I'm so glad he gets his head on straight by the time...oops, almost gave something away there...you sneaky readers! But he's cool, and so is his family. I'd love to see more of him in future books. Martin Sterling is like every other politician these days...annoying, self-righteous, self-centered, and way off course when it comes to following God. But does he deserve to be the target of a terrorist attack? You'll have to make up your own mind. Trust me, The Crittendon Files is a series you won't want to miss, and "Sky Zone" is the best of the three, narrowly beating out my previous favorite, "Poison Town". My thanks to my friends at Davd C. Cook for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. Make some time this summer for some intense reading, but start at the beginning with "Fear Has A Name", then "Poison Town"...then wrap it all up in the "Sky Zone". You'll be glad you did!
libraryboy More than 1 year ago
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.
CO-Heather More than 1 year ago
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.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Sky Zone is the third book in the Crittendon Files. After reading the first two books, I couldn't wait to read this one. It was not a disappointment. It continues the saga of Jack's family. He is now working part time. He is still trying to get a job as a reporter. This book is full of suspense, political intrigue, terror, and action. It definitely will keep you on the edge of your seat! This series continues to encourage faith in God and placing your trust in Him. I can not wait for the next book in the series!I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.