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Poison Town (The Crittendon Files)

Creston Mapes
Poison Town (The Crittendon Files)
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A mystery poison has swept the 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 pr... Read More

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A mystery poison has swept the 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, so Jack investigates. Soon Jack becomes engulfed in a smokescreen of lies, setups, greed, and scandal. The deeper he digs, he finds more toxicity in the corruption surrounding the town. 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.

Product Details:
Page Count: 352
Released: 02/2014
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Jan 10, 2014
  • UPC: 9781434704870
  • Height: 0
  • Width: 0
  • Length: 0
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Publish Date: Feb 1, 2014
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042060"
  • ISBN: 1434704874

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Hold onto your hat and watch your back! by Kelly on 2/22/2014

Poison Town is a story fueled with even more tension than the first novel in this series "Fear Has A Name," and THAT is saying something! Jack Crittendon is hot on the heels of a story that seems almost too bad to be true and he is dealing with a far larger problem than one or two mere men. The high profile Demler Corporation has provided jobs for decades in the city of Trenton, but at what cost?

Somehow Jack and his co-worker Derrick have a story on their hands that is so big, they have to split time trying to put all the pieces together. Something terribly wrong is going on in the small community surrounding the Demler Corporation's fiberglass plant, and people Jack cares about are suffering in more ways than one. For Derrick this story could mean big things for his career as a journalist, for Jack the story could cause him to lose much more than time with his family. Both are learning quickly that nothing is as it would seem.

"Poison Town" is the second book in the Crittendon Files series, and I loved that things did not wrap up in a nice neat little bow after the first story. First of all, that would be kind of boring. It is also totally fake. Sure, as much as I would like to see life going smoothly again, the reality is not everyone heals or forgives the same way at the same time. There is residual. Some of us move on swiftly where others can take months or even decades to recover from life's tragedies.

The minor characters in "Poison Town" are equally engaging. I found myself rooting for the Randall family, and enjoying the time spent with them in the book. They made me smile and hope. They also made me quite nervous. There were even a few times where I felt like I would smack someone silly if anything happened to the elder of the family.

This thriller will keep you guessing and quite literally on the edge of your seat. The characters will engage you and enrage you, but you will be glad for it. There is even a bit of slow and easy romance without being over the top. This is a story of faith in action in many forms.

All in all, I actually enjoyed the book so much, I had a hard time putting it down. Then I got to the point that I knew it would end soon, and I just HAD to put it down. I just didn't want to disconnect with the characters. "Poison Town" is an exceptional follow up to the first book in the series "Fear Has A Name." If the third book in the series "Sky Zone" follows suit, I just may have to start adding past five stars.

I received this book for free in eBook format from the author and the publisher as a kindness and to facilitate my review. This had no impact on my review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Be prepare to be taken on a wild ride by Michelle on 2/10/2014

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.


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