Friday, December 23, 2011

Book Review: Full Tilt by Creston Mapes (Rock Star Chronicles #2)

Full Tilt by Creston Mapes (Rock Star Chronicles #2)
Publisher: Multnomah Books
E-book, 400 pages 
Fiction, Christian fiction/thriller/suspense/court drama

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My Review:
I was excited to read book #2 in the Rock Star Chronicles, my review of Book #1, Dark Star can be found here.  Full Tilt did not disappoint.

Mr. Mapes uses more of the back and forth writing to keep the story interesting, this time going back and forth between the characters instead of back and forth between times.  And while the focus is still mainly on Everett, Full Tilt starts to include more of Everett's family as well.

It's definintely a wild ride and at times scarier than some of the horror books out there.  As a mom, I find "meth" a terrifying drug.  We actually had the first "meth" bust in our county just down the road from my house (we live in a rural area and thankfully drugs aren't a huge problem yet).  But meth is just bad and Mr. Mapes emphasizes that in this book.  Everett is back in this book trying to walk the Christian walk and do all he can to bring others to know Jesus including his brother, Eddie and his family who are still in shambles dealing with his son's death.  It's heart-wrenching at times and at others you just really want to smack Eddie and Sheila (and that's the point).

Mr. Mapes has done another great job crafting interesting characters and making a captivating and believable plot that kept me turning the pages.  The action was so great at times I had a very hard time putting the book down.  I felt very invested in the characters and look forward to the next installment in the series.  I think Mr. Mapes does a great job crafting the story around a Christian theme.  The Christian element never seems forced.  I enjoyed the book as a whole and cannot wait for my tour stop for book #3 next month.

My Rating: 4.5/5.0

Check back next month on December 22, for my review of the next book in the series Full Tilt.

About the Book:

What Good Can Become of Psychotics, Meth Users, or the Mob? In this sequel to Dark Star, rock star Everett Lester is eager to share the redeeming power of Christ’s love with the world through his music. But reaching his family in their twisted lives is another issue altogether. His gambling-addicted brother, Eddie, and the rest of his deteriorating family greet Everett’s attempts with disdain and hatred. When the Mob gets involved, dangerous threats become a haunting reality. And when Eddie’s son, Wesley—who blames Everett for his brother’s death—hooks up with psychotic Tony Badino, the two meth-using antichrists will stop at nothing to bring Everett down and secure his demise!

About the Author: 
Talented storyteller Creston Mapes graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1983 with a BA in magazine journalism. Since then, he has written for major corporations, colleges, and ministries. He has written for Coca-Cola, TNT Sports, Focus on the Family, Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, and The Urban Alternative. His stories have been featured in magazines including Private Colleges and Universities, In Touch, Leaders for Today, and The Hockey News. Creston makes his home in Georgia.


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LoriStrongin said...

Interesting to hear that Creston uses a different narrative style to tell the stories by jumping characters/times and does it well so that the reader doesn't get lost.

Re: meth labs. Man, they ARE scary. A motel not too far from where I work apparently had a lab in the basement. Now, I live 45 miles from work, and when I left the house one more, I could clearly see the black smoke cloud from where the lab had blown up that morning and left nothing but a crater in the ground.

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