Featured: I Am In Here by Creston Mapes
Review: The tension and excitement held me until the end. I will be thinking about this story, the characters, and the resolutions for many days to come.
Eighteen-year-old Hale Frodele is presumed braindead from a tragic church bus accident in which he lost his younger brother, Nate.
Little does anyone know—Hale hears and understands everything with crystal clarity.
Hale remembers when his mom died at age 44 of pancreatic cancer and his dad turned his back on God.
Hale understands that the unbeliever his dad remarried whispers bitterly that Hale is ‘pitiful’ and ‘ruining’ her marriage.
Hale knows his father has borrowed a large sum of money from a deranged loan shark named Sebastian and the payback is due in 48 hours.
Hale believes in his best friend Gilbert, who still visits him weekly, prays for his healing, and is beginning to realize something is very wrong in the Frodele household.
Hale is in here . . . and he has a mind-blowing story to tell.
Meet Creston Mapes:
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.
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, over the next 30 years, did work for Chick-fil-A, Coca-Cola, The Weather Channel, Oracle, ABC-TV, 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 12 contemporary thrillers, achieved Amazon Bestseller status multiple times, and had one of his novels (Nobody) optioned as a major motion picture.
Creston married his fourth grade sweetheart, Patty, and they have four amazing kids who range from 22 to 32 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 enjoys reading, fishing, thrifting, painting, time with his family, and dates with his wife.
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Review by Amazon Reviewer:
I haven’t been truly gobsmacked by a book in a long time, and I Am in Here literally took my breath away!
The premise of this suspense thriller, set in a volatile family predicament that seems to go from bad to worse by the minute, is brilliantly told in part by the brain-injured son no one knows is still “in there.”
Hale’s perspective keeps us quite literally holding our breath and anxiously turning pages all the way to the end.
Creston is the most gifted suspense writer I know; how he ratchets up the drama blows me away. I loved this book.
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