Mapes, Creston Signs of Life

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Signs of Life

 
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Rogan Sneed . . . Portland’s Worst Nightmare


High school teacher Tyson Cooper is just dismissing his class when a student flashes his phone. "Another shooting, Mr. C."

And this one is too close to home. Tyson races to Pioneer Square . . . but he's too late. The light of his life has been snuffed out--and so has his faith.

Veteran Portland PD Investigator Wayne Deetz, two years shy of retirement, is charged with leading the interrogations. When he meets 19-year-old shooter Rogan Sneed face-to-face, his life is changed eternally.

Will Tyson settle for anything less than the death penalty in the case against Rogan Sneed? He's bent on justice and will do anything to make Rogan pay for the pain he inflicted on himself and the city of Portland that rainy, haunting May day.

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.

Fans of Terri Blackstock, Lynette Eason, Dani Pettrey, Diane Moody, and Christy Barritt, will love this thriller from award-winning and bestselling author Creston Mapes.


Praise for FEAR HAS A NAME

“Signs of Life by Creston Mapes plunges the reader into the middle of an all-too-familiar mass shooting scenario. What makes this novel different is the protagonist’s very real issue of a right or wrong response. The multi-layered characters and all too real situations made this a novel I couldn’t put down!” — Colleen Coble, USAToday bestselling author

“Another tightly penned thrill-ride from a master storyteller!” — Award-winning Author Carrie Stuart Parks

“What a page-turner! Think Jodi Picoult with redemption. Mapes creatively deconstructs a tragic tale—one we’re all too familiar with—in a personal and relevant way, with a good dose of hope.” — Melody Carlson, author of Perfect Alibi and No One to Trust

“You better pack a lunch. Once you enter Mapes’ world, you ain’t going anywhere...With his thumb placed firmly on the pulse of today’s culture, Mapes’ fictional story could have been ripped straight from recent headlines — another crazed, video game-addicted teenage nutcase goes on a shooting rampage...A master storyteller, Mapes remains true to his celebrated brand — weaving a heartfelt message of faith into a heart-stopping tale. Popping off rapid-fire “gotchas” from start to finish, Mapes possesses precision marksmanship — paralyzing readers with each page of Signs of Life.” — Author Christopher Long, Ink19.com

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About the Author:

Creston Mapes grew up in northeast Ohio, where he has fond memories of living with his family of five in the upstairs' portion of his dad's early American furniture store - The Weathervane Shop. Creston was not a good student, but the one natural talent he possessed was writing. 
 
He set type by hand and cranked out his own neighborhood newspaper as a kid, then went on to graduate with a degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University. Creston was a newspaper reporter and photographer in Ohio and Florida, then moved to Atlanta, Georgia, for a job as a creative copywriter for a printing firm/ad agency. 
 
Creston served for a stint as a creative director, but quickly learned he was not cut out for management. He went out on his own as a freelance writer in 1991 and has been doing it ever since--for Chick-fil-A, Coca-Cola, The Weather Channel, Oracle, ABC-TV, Johnson Controls, TNT Sports, colleges and universities, ad agencies and more. He's ghost-written more than ten non-fiction books.
 
Along the way, Creston has written seven contemporary thrillers, achieved Amazon Bestseller status, and had one of his novels (Nobody) optioned as a major motion picture. His hope is to continue writing fiction into the sunset.
 
Creston married his fourth grade sweetheart, Patty, and they have four amazing kids who range from about 20 to 30 years old. Creston loves his part-time job as an usher at local venues were he gets to see all the latest-greatest concerts and sporting events. He loves reading, fishing, time with his family, and dates with his wife.
 
Keep informed of special deals, giveaways, new releases, and exclusive updates from Creston: crestonmapes.com/contact
 
For Creston's eBooks, audio books, and paperbacks: amazon.com/author/crestonmapes
 
NEW SERIES
Signs of Life
 
STAND ALONE THRILLERS
Nobody
 
THE CRITTENDON FILES
Fear Has a Name
Poison Town
Sky Zone
 
ROCK STAR CHRONICLES
Dark Star: Confessions of a Rock Idol
Full Tilt

Review:

                 
"Another tightly penned thrill-ride from a master storyteller!" -- Award-winning Author Carrie Stuart Parks
"What a page-turner! Think Jodi Picoult with redemption. Mapes creatively deconstructs a tragic tale--one we're all too familiar with--in a personal and relevant way, with a good dose of hope." -- Melody Carlson, author of Perfect Alibiand No One to Trust

"Signs of Life by Creston Mapes plunges the reader into the middle of an all-too-familiar mass shooting scenario. What makes this novel different is the protagonist's very real issue of a right or wrong response. The multi-layered characters and all too real situations made this a novel I couldn't put down!" -- Colleen Coble, USAToday bestselling author
"Popping off rapid-fire 'gotchas' from start to finish, Creston Mapes possesses the precision marksmanship of a troubled teenage gamer trolling the Dark Web -- paralyzing readers with each page of his latest thriller, Signs of Life. For his ever-fervent followers, myself included, that's a very good thing." -- Christopher Long, Author of Superstar, Shout it Out Loud and C'MON!
"Thoroughly enjoyed every word. The story line - out of this world! Realistic and written with Creston's signature faith included which, to me, is one of the best parts of his books. Definitely 'hard to put down.'" -- Sheri Wann
            "A wonderful, fabulous book that, once you begin reading, you'll have a difficult time putting it down!" -- Mindy Root                                     

BOOK REVIEW: Signs of Life
Creston Mapes stresses me out, man. He always does. But ever since being first quarantined by his 2006 roller coaster thrill ride, Full Tilt, I've continued coming back, like a bona fide glutton, craving more of his signature-style punishment. Thank you sir. May I have another?

It's been five years since Mapes last graced the "New Release" rack down at the local bookstore with the suspense-filled, Sky Zone. Fortunately, for drooling fans such as myself, he's returned in 2019 with Signs of Life. FYI, you better pack a lunch. Once you enter Mapes' world, you ain't going anywhere. Not for a while, anyway.

With his thumb placed firmly on the pulse of today's culture, Mapes' fictional story could have been ripped straight from recent headlines -- another crazed, video game-addicted teenage nutcase goes on a shooting rampage. His parents are horrified. The community -- outraged. But a dumbass like Rogan Sneed couldn't possibly have planned and pulled off this diabolical deed on his own -- could he? It's up to Portland PD detective Wayne Deetz to unravel the convoluted case.

Clutching the same fine-tipped Sharpee he's used consistently in the past to draw vivid portraits of compelling characters, Mapes once again makes us care about his current cast. We may not like them all, but he succeeds in making us care about them. Not only gunman, Sneed, but also Darren Rosco, the big, gruff Portland PD captain with bad teeth, a bad beard, a bad haircut and bad breath.
 
The Signs of Life narrative darts back and forth between Deetz's frustrating investigation and the conflicted story of Tyson Cooper -- a grief-stricken, vengeful, 40-year-old school teacher who lost his wife during the Pioneer Square tragedy of May 7, 2018. However, the jumpy timeline doesn't disrupt the flow. In fact, it kept me on my toes. Engaged fully throughout.
 
A master storyteller, Mapes remains true to his celebrated brand -- weaving a heartfelt message of faith into his heart-stopping tale.
 
Popping off rapid-fire "gotchas" from start to finish, Creston Mapes possesses precision marksmanship -- paralyzing readers with each page of Signs of Life. But for his ever-fervent faithful followers (myself included), the five-year gap between books has seemed like an eternity. Was it worth the wait? You betcha!
 
-Christopher Long
Ink19.com
(August 2019)

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