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Poison Town: A Novel (The Crittendon Files) by [Mapes, Creston]
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"Creston Mapes has crafted quite the thrill ride. He explores the evils of corporate greed and exposes an even more menacing enemy lurking inside all of us. Warning: once you pick this book up, you will not want to put it down."Mark Lee, guitarist and founding member of the Grammy Award winning band "Third Day"

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Creston Mapes is the author of the #1 Amazon bestselling Christian fiction mystery, Nobody, along with the bestselling Christian fiction thrillers Fear Has a Name, Dark Star and Full Tilt.
 
Ideal for fans of Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti, Jerry Jenkins and Joel Rosenberg.
 
There's More Than One Kind of Poison in This Town
People are sick and dying. Rumors are swirling. Some claim chemicals leaking from a manufacturing plant are causing the cancer that's crippling people on the poor side of Trenton City, Ohio. Yet nothing at the plant appears amiss. The problem remains a mystery until reporter Jack Crittendon's long-time mechanic falls ill and he investigates. Soon Jack becomes engulfed in a smokescreen of lies, setups, greed, and scandal. The deeper he digs, the more toxic the corruption he uncovers. As he faces off with the big-time players behind the scenes and tries to beat the clock before more people die, he realizes the chillingly unthinkable--he knows too much.
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  • Publisher: David C. Cook (Feb. 1 2014)
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  • Language: English
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By Kathryn svendsen TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 8 2014
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Poison Town is the second book in the Crittendon Files series. It can be read as a stand-alone novel. Jack Crittendon is the main character. He is a journalist with the daily paper in Trenton City. A friend of his falls ill and rumors abound that the cause of the illness and the illness of many on that side of town is from the chemical emissions from the fiberglass plant on that side of town. Jack wants to do an investigative piece for the paper, but his editor is resistant. But Jack is like a dog with a bone and won’t let it go, and begins investigating one his own.

This was a very good book from the start. It is current in its theme and relevant to society today. Creston Mapes has a beautiful way of intertwining two stories together to develop his characters and help us understand and empathize with them. In this book, Granger Meade returns to town after being released from prison for kidnapping Pam, Jack’s wife. Jack is angry, fearful and wants revenge. Pam has come to terms with what has happened. The interpersonal relationship between Jack and his wife is realistic and adds to the stress of the situation of the main story.

I really enjoyed the plot of this novel. There were characters who were involved in things that were totally unexpected, yet not totally out of character. I really enjoyed that Mr. Mapes wrote his book in such a way that I could totally agree with Jack that something fishy was going on and when Jack was trying to convince someone else who wouldn’t believe him, I would get frustrated with that character just as Jack did.

Jack’s character was believable. Most Christians go through periods of doubt, or backsliding or times when they are just far away from God. The same is true of Jack Crittendon.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b32e258) out of 5 stars Excellent Read! Feb. 8 2014
By Kathryn svendsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Poison Town is the second book in the Crittendon Files series. It can be read as a stand-alone novel. Jack Crittendon is the main character. He is a journalist with the daily paper in Trenton City. A friend of his falls ill and rumors abound that the cause of the illness and the illness of many on that side of town is from the chemical emissions from the fiberglass plant on that side of town. Jack wants to do an investigative piece for the paper, but his editor is resistant. But Jack is like a dog with a bone and won’t let it go, and begins investigating one his own.

This was a very good book from the start. It is current in its theme and relevant to society today. Creston Mapes has a beautiful way of intertwining two stories together to develop his characters and help us understand and empathize with them. In this book, Granger Meade returns to town after being released from prison for kidnapping Pam, Jack’s wife. Jack is angry, fearful and wants revenge. Pam has come to terms with what has happened. The interpersonal relationship between Jack and his wife is realistic and adds to the stress of the situation of the main story.

I really enjoyed the plot of this novel. There were characters who were involved in things that were totally unexpected, yet not totally out of character. I really enjoyed that Mr. Mapes wrote his book in such a way that I could totally agree with Jack that something fishy was going on and when Jack was trying to convince someone else who wouldn’t believe him, I would get frustrated with that character just as Jack did.

Jack’s character was believable. Most Christians go through periods of doubt, or backsliding or times when they are just far away from God. The same is true of Jack Crittendon. Due to the kidnapping situation his wife was in previously, Jack had drifted away from God and that was part of the reason he and his wife were not in sync with one another. I really appreciated that this novel was able to demonstrate what happens when a person gets themselves right with God. The rest of his/her life falls back into place. And while it’s true that not all things work out perfectly every time, fortunately for Jack, everything turned out well this time.

Poison Town moved along at a good pace. It was an exciting book to read – another one of those books that keeps you up all night because you can’t put it down. There will be a third book to the Crittendon Files and I look forward to it being released in the fall!

Another reason to give kudos to the author: there was no foul language in the book and no scenes with sexual content.

I gave this book 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the publishers , David C. Cook for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b32e2ac) out of 5 stars Suspense Thriller Jan. 29 2014
By Nora A. Stlaurent - Published on Amazon.com
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I’m thankful for the review copy that allowed me to read the sequel to Fear Has a Name. I was quickly pulled into this story through the believable, quirky and endearing cast of characters and their deadly situation!

One of my favorite characters is Travis Randall, he works at his family owned and operated garage. Jack, Crittendon investigative reporter for the Trenton city Dispatch drops his car off at Travis’ shop for repairs.

Jack asks him about Demler-Vargus Corporation, the company his mom and dad used to work for. Travis tells Jack his dad has documentation that shows everyone that has gotten sick at the plant. The company makes one product by day and another at night. Something deadly is spewing out into the air and hurting people.

Travis Randall reminds me of the tow truck character named Mator in the Disney cartoon Cars. (Yes, I’m watching too many cartoons with my grandson. But hear me out!) I imagine Travis to have the accent and mannerisms of this Mator character. Both of them work in a garage. They are kind hearted, simple men that every now and then get a flicker of wisdom and most definitely pull at your heart strings.

Crazy things happen as Travis’s Dad tries to prove Demler-Vargus is responsible for getting the town sick.

Travis catches up with an old friend that is at a funeral in town. This is what he thinks about meeting a gal he knew in high school and one of the reason’s my heart went out to this character, “Travis could hardly keep his mind on his new muffler hanging over his head. Claire had lit up his life like a roman candle. She was funny and kind, sensitive and pretty – shoot, she had it all…all he wanted to do was be with her again.”

Travis, his Dad and brother crack me up too. Travis’s Dad says to the lawyer who stops by to see him in the hospital, “Galen. I’ve told you before. Call me Galen. I couldn’ve gone home today if it weren’t for the paranoid doctors round here. So afraid of a lawsuit they keep you till you git sick all over again.” Grin!

This story has it all suspense, greed, black-mail, redemption and drama with a natural spiritual thread in the mix. Intricately interwoven into the story is a fun, sweet romance between Travis and Claire; alongside that is Jack Crittendon chasing down leads to fight politics in a small town and a major giant corporation that doesn’t want to abide by the cities ordinances but make up their own rules! It doesn’t care how many people they take out! Who does he trust?

Creston’s novels thrill as well as challenge readers. You’ll be glued to the page as these flawed people wrestle with uncovering the truth, fighting for justice, having the faith to face their fears and the courage to do the right thing. Can one person make a difference? You’ll be up late to get the answer to that question in the climatic conclusion. I highly recommend this wild ride. Be sure to put this on your book club and summer reading list. There’s so much to talk about!

I’m thankful for the review copy of a book that answers the question, “What does it mean when someone says; God has healed me from the inside out? How can I let God touch the hurts in my heart and be healed?”

Denise says, “You can only live with your heart shut down for so long. Eventually you will fight for your healing or you will die… Some even find God when their lives fall apart!....Sometimes a person has to die in order to really live. ..Hungry for something real?.. (tired of just going through the motions of life and feeling numb inside?) Want to feel alive? Seek whatever helps you rediscover that carefree childlike heart I know is in there somewhere – that is what you should be doing to Feel Alive!”

This is a walk Denise’s characters have gone on and/or just started down the path. I enjoyed this cast so much, they are fun, bold and each have been knocked around by life. Each has a different result and story to tell.

Scarlett Jo is a Pastor’s wife that’s fun and doesn’t care what people think about her. Denise writes, “Scarlett Jo hadn’t simply survived her life. She had learned how to live in spite of it- and not to worry too much about the perceptions of others.”

Scarlett Jo is fun loving, free spirited and an inspirational person! I loved her voice and her outlook on life she says, “Oh, child do you not know about couponing?...I’m feeding a pack of wolves at my house. If I didn’t know how to coupon, my children would have had to eat me by now. But if you ever want to learn how to do it, you just let me know. It is crazy girl! I can go to a store and leave and they’ve paid me money.” (I want to learn – teach me! Teach Me! Grin!)

The characters in this novel welcome you in as family. They’re situations will tug at your heart. What I love about Denise’s books are this, you’ll be having a good time reading then all of a sudden she cleverly interweaves spiritual truths that pierce your heart, make you stop and think. Denise will help you “See lies you believe.” You’ll laugh out loud and get teary eyed in parts of this story, a winning combination.

I really liked Scarlett Jo’s husband too he says, “I watch people. I take in people. And to be honest, I learn a great deal about them by what they don’t say.”

I highly recommend this novel and the non-fiction companion book called Reclaiming your Heart! It’s a win win combination. A book you’ll want to put on your summer reading list. Did I mention I just love the cover of this book too! It’s a keeper!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b32e588) out of 5 stars Wow be prepared to be taken on a wild ride with these faith filled characters Feb. 10 2014
By inspiremichelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Poison Town, book 2 The Crittendon Files by Creston Mapes
Wow be prepared to be taken on a wild ride with these faith filled characters. Set on the wrong side of the tracks in Trenton City, Ohio, Poison Town will intrigue you. Jack Crittendon a reporter for Trenton City Dispatch the local newspaper finds himself and those most precious to him in grave danger. Investigating the rumors about Demler-Vargus the local fiberglass plant Jack is faced with deception, lies and bribery. Who can he trust; the bad guys and the good guys are hard to tell apart. The further into the investigation he goes the larger the circle of corruption extends. I enjoyed seeing how the characters’ dealt with deception, anger, greed and bitterness. Any seeing the power of forgiveness and love was great.

This book started off with a bang and just kept going. I thoroughly enjoyed the fast paced nature, the suspense and action at every turn. This is the first book I have read by author Creston Mapes but it is sure not to be the last. Poison Town follows Fear Has A Name in The Crittendon Files series but it can be read as a stand along. I have not read the first book and had no trouble keeping up and following along. I give a high five to the author 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 author Creston Mapes and publishers generosity. I definitely am new fan of this author.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b32eaa4) out of 5 stars Not for me March 19 2014
By Iola - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Poison Town is the second in The Crittendon Files, thrillers about Jack Crittendon, a newspaper reporter for the Trenton City Dispatch. He’s still coping with the aftermath of the events in Fear Has A Name, and struggling with forgiveness issues, which is causing issues between him and his wife. This is a significant subplot, so I think it’s best to read the stories in order.

Anyway, the main plot in Poison Town is a potential cover-up by Demler-Vargus, a fiberglass manufacturer and the major employer in Trenton. Jack hears that many of the long-time employees are having health issues, which are being hushed up, and a former Dispatch reporter who investigated the problem has disappeared. Is there something dangerous in the air around Demler-Vargus causing lung problems, or is it all just a coincidence?

I’ve no doubt Poison Town will appeal to some readers. But it didn’t appeal to me. The writing was good enough and the Christian elements were there, but I think—based on the advance endorsements—I was expecting something a little more like a John Grisham novel (or perhaps a fictional Erin Brockovich). But that wasn’t what I got. Instead, I found characters I found difficult to empathise with and a plot which seemed to meander along, waiting for something to happen. I’m sure many people will enjoy this, but I didn’t, and I doubt I’ll bother with future books in the series.

Thanks to David C Cook and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b32eabc) out of 5 stars a good mystery Feb. 9 2014
By t march - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I couldn't wait to read what Creston Mapes had in store for his readers in Poison Town. I must say I enjoyed every chapter of his novel. Obviously I am a fan of Creston Mapes stories. This one didn't disappoint me.

The story is one of myterious circumstances, surrounding a corporation called Demler-Vargus. People near the plant complain that the company is spewing cancer-causing pollutants in the air, land, and water.

Jack Crittendon, reporter for the local newspaper, learns his car mechanic of many years has developed emphysema. And his mechanic's wife has died of lymphoma. Other people surrounding this plant that manufactures fiberglass products have suddenly died or became sick.

Jack not only investigates the plant but also families who claimed to have lost loved ones due to plant pollution.

Also Jack has to deal with forgiveness resulting from a previous crime that affected his wife and family.

The characters that Creston Mapes develops are believable, true-to-life, and at times humorous.

This novel was a great page-turner. I have read his novel, Nobody, and enjoyed it ; but Poison Town is a gem in itself.

I received this free book from the author, publisher David C Cook, and TheBookClubNetwork for my honest review.