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Product Details

  • Series: Rock Star Chronicles (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 397 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (May 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590524721
  • ASIN: B003E7EZ66
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,055,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mapes forges a powerful tale. 4 Stars - Top Pick! -- Romantic Times Book Club


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.  
  
"Worthy of any Grisham novel, this book was riveting 
from start to finish. Mapes is a rare find." -- Focus on Fiction

"Genuine tension . . . a real page-turner." -- Akron Beacon Journal


"An unvarnished look at sin and redemption, confidently written. Dark Star is an impressive debut." -- Best-Selling Author James Scott Bell

"Dark Star is a gripping page-turner of a debut." -- Infuze Magazine

"A rock and roll thriller sure to keep readers in suspense." -- CCM Magazine


"Not in a very, very long time, have I had as much joy and pleasure with reading a book as I just had with Dark Star." -- HollywoodJesus.com

"Probably the best book I have read so far this year." -- In the Library Review

"Mapes' books are instantly intriguing. . . I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 13. It's amazing." -- SPIRE Review
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Author

Once you read about millionaire rock star Everett Lester, you may never look at another 'rock star' the same.
"I hope Dark Star will develop in Christian readers an open mind about loving the lost and reaching every individual with the truth of Christ's unconditional love--no matter what those people look like or how they behave. Perhaps it will increase believers' confidence in the impact they can have when stepping out in faith to simply love as Christ loved--in a genuine, compassionate, and understanding way. I pray Dark Star will prove a great read for unbelievers as well, clearly explaining God's gift of love toward man in a fast-paced story that resonates with people in contemporary society."
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

www.CrestonMapes.com

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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 Sky Zone, Poison Town, Fear Has a Name, Dark Star and Full Tilt. His early years as a reporter inspire many of his novels.

A journalist, copywriter, and editor, Creston works from his home-office in Atlanta for some of the nation's top media companies, Christian ministries, and nationally-recognized corporations, including Chick-fil-A, Coke, ABC-TV, and The Weather Channel. In addition to Creston's novels and freelance writing, he has ghostwritten and edited seven non-fiction titles.

Creston is married to his hometown sweetheart, Patty. They have a close-knit family, with four great children, several pets, and a growing number of cars.

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The story and characters are believable.
Nathan D. Jenks
Only the soft voice of one young woman can break though Everett's dark despair and shows him the light of God and the love of Jesus.
Dineen A. Miller
Rarely do I read a book that captivates me as much as "Dark Star" did.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LMS on January 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
I borrowed this book from a friend. She told me it was one of the best books she'd ever read. I read the back cover and it sounded interesting. So I was anxious to read it. I wasn't disappointed. This book has something for everyone.

In a powerful way, this book reminded me that absolutely no one is beyond the redemptive power of the Gospel. This book faced the reality of sin and the rock and roll lifestyle head on. But it didn't glamorize or condone sin either. This book also has a great message about the power of prayer. It can be easy to forget that. It is not always easy to believe that prayer changes things and that it works. One of the best things we can do for someone is persistantly pray for them. This book will make you think. This is a book that will keep you up to 2am reading, because there isn't a good place to stop. I highly recommend this book. I definitely plan on reading future books by this author.

If you like this style of writing, I also recommend the books of Randall Arthur. Arthur writes in a very hard hitting style and his books are excellent. You can read my reviews of Arthur's books on this site.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wilson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
I remember curling up in the backseat of our old Matador when I was ten years old, reading scenes from Nicky Cruz's "Run, Baby, Run." The story centered around his days of anger and gang violence, then culminated with his conversion. I was hooked.

In similar fashion, Creston Mapes pulled me into his fictional confessions of former rock idol, Everett Lester, who is now on trial for the murder of a psychic. The difference here is that Mapes moves quickly from the seedy side of Lester's background--drugs, sex, rock n' roll--to the powerful influence of God's love and forgiveness. Although the story is sometimes tame in its telling and wraps things up neatly in conclusion, it never shies from the ugly consequences of Lester's actions. We are well aware of Lester's abusive lifestyle and the blackness that surrounded him. The scenes of supernatural confrontation are handled confidently.

Perhaps the book's greatest strength is it format, weaving scenes from the murder trial into the unfolding account of Lester's life. It makes for a fast-paced read that is convincing in its transformation of a former bad-boy turned born-again Christian. In the hands of a lesser author, this would've lacked excitement or cohesion. Mapes turns it into a beautifully crafted tale. With the exception of missing profanity and sexual details, this feels as though it could be a true-life account. Everett Lester is fully fleshed character.

The next book, "Full Tilt," continues Lester's story, including the results of his budding romance, the snare of his brother's problems, and the devastation of methamphetamine. This is one rock solid series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
Interesting, telling, behind the scenes in the life of a big, baaad rock and roller.

In his glamorous world of music and drugs, he is torn between the influences of two women, one who is of God, the other who follows the devil. The evil one's power and his own choices lead to destruction and pain for innocent people, pain that haunts his heart and makes him question his ways.

Finally, one of these women prevails and wins his heart.

Rock and roll fans will love it when the pretty praying fan from afar finally meets the big rock star.

Well-rounded, likeable characters make the point that those who follow the Lord have authority over a very real and powerful enemy. And that if you love someone in show business, pray for them--with patience!

Creston Mapes' background in rock and roll journalism brings believability to a sometimes scary and very satisfying story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan E. Strba on June 13, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Was a quick read. Good for the beach. Was not ready for the religious entity but was ok, even if your not a Christian.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Moanti on April 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book changed my life. At the time of reading it, my life was spinning out of control due to a series of bad events getting me down. I was beginning to doubt God because of one disaster after another, and in my grief of a lost loved one I had been reading a book by a famous psychic about "The Other Side." A friend of mine gave me "Dark Star: Confessions of a Rock Idol" as a late Christmas gift and I was blown away. God truly spoke to me through this book and showed me that evil was tempting me to discredit God in even thinking there was a possibility of believing in The Other Side rather than Heaven and Hell. The psychic in the book, Endora Crystal, paints a dark picture of how she sneaks this belief into Everett's music to convince the masses that God doesn't exist. This book was a wakeup call to me and also motivated me greatly to be a witness to friends who do not believe in Jesus Christ, or have a distorted view of Him. I have felt the Holy Spirit pour over me and use me to help others since reading this book.

As far as the content, the story is very well written and makes you feel like someone is talking to you about their life. It is very personable and there are many surprises. I must note that I am quite a slow reader and I usually get teased for taking far too long to finish a book, but I could not put this book down and read it faster than any book I have read previously. I would definitely recommend this book, and I look forward to reading and reviewing the sequel!
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