Non-stop suspense! "Sky Zone" by Creston Mapes

Sky Zone: A Novel (The Crittendon Files #3)

about the book....

A rally for a controversial presidential candidate. A terrorist threat. A nightmare of cataclysmic proportions. 

Jack and Pamela Crittendon have hit the breaking point. After months out of work as a reporter, Jack is playing Mr. Mom and working part-time at Festival Arena with his survivalist friend Brian Shakespeare. Meanwhile, Pamela has gone back to work full-time while eight months pregnant. Having her recently widowed mother on hand isn't making matters any easier. With financial pressures boiling, Jack reports for duty at a rally for controversial presidential candidate Martin Sterling where he expects a mindless night on the job. But when Homeland Security picks up intel about a potential terrorist threat, Jack and Shakespeare are thrust into a life-or-death battle to save their own lives-and the lives of thousands of innocent people. This third book in The Crittendon Files reminds us of the power of family, friendships and faith-and why we are never in as much control as we think.

my review....

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.

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 about the author....

Creston has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as "The Shop."

Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University, then began his writing career. During the past 30 years, he has worked as a reporter, corporate copywriter, creative director, freelance writer, and author.