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Nobody: A Christian Fiction Mystery Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Creston Mapes
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

American Christian Fiction Writers: "Book of the Month"

They said, "He's a nobody."
They were dead wrong.

When reporter Hudson Ambrose hears an early morning call on his police scanner about an injured person at a bus stop on Las Vegas Boulevard, he rushes to the scene to get the scoop.
His world is blown off its axis when he discovers a murdered homeless man with a bankbook in his pocket showing a balance of almost one million dollars. Should he wait for the police, knowing the case will get lost in reams of red tape, or swipe the bankbook and take the investigation--and perhaps a chunk of the money--into his own hands?

With sirens bearing down on the scene, Hudson makes an impulse decision that whisks him on a frantic search for answers, not only about the mysterious man in the black Converse high-tops, but about the lost soul lurking within himself.

Uncovering bizarre links between a plane crash, a Las Vegas pit boss, a dirty cop, and a widowed Atlanta business mogul, Hudson is forced to find out, who was Chester Holte, what was he doing on the streets, and why are his homeless friends convinced he was an angel in disguise?

Editorial Reviews


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.

"A wild ride...a captivating mystery." -- Christian Retailing

"Absolutely riveting from opening scene to final page." -- Best-Selling Author Deborah Raney

"Creston Mapes has given us a wonderful gift with Nobody. The story compels, 
the pages fly, the city of Las Vegas pulsates with life. Nobody rocks!" -- Author and Pastor, Jud Wilhite

"A taut, entertaining novel of mystery, intrigue and spiritual truth. Creston Mapes deals a winning hand in Nobody." -- Best-Selling Author James Scott Bell

"Tantalizing storytelling and unique plot twists abound. A winner." -- Romantic Times

"A savory tale sizzling with deceit, greed, and selfish ambition, seasoned with just the right measure of grace. Highly recommended!" -- Best-Selling Author Kathy Herman

"An excellent murder mystery." -- Christian Fiction Review

"Nobody had me fascinated from the first paragraph and kept 
the surprises coming to the very end. From now on I'll read anything by Creston Mapes the instant it hits the shelves." -- Best-Selling Author Athol Dickson

"Read this book where you can make a little noise. From the time Hudson Ambrose dips his hand into a dead man's pocket until the moment
this novel ends, you're going to find yourself talking back at the pages." -- Best-Selling Author Tom Morrisey

"Mapes has a way with words. And a way with characters. And a way with dialogue. And a way with story. Read this one. If you can stand the glimpse in the mirror." -- Best-Selling Author Melanie Wells

From the Author

My publisher sent me to Las Vegas for 3 days to research this book. I toured the soup kitchens, medical clinics and tent cities of the homeless, as well as the casinos and clubs. There are homeless people in Las Vegas - lots of them. Could one be an angel in disguise? Just ask Chester Holte...

Product Details

  • File Size: 458 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477670920
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Green E-Books; Updated eBook version edition (January 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006BG4QAC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,196 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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53 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting! February 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Nobody was absolutely riveting from the opening scene to the final page. With compelling characters, a plot that surprised me at every turn, and a subtle, yet profound message that moved me to tears, this book goes straight to the top of my highly recommended list.

(P.S. This was a huge page-turner, but NOT nightmare inducing, a fact I appreciate since it kept me up reading till late into the night!)
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Storytelling you expect from Creston Mapes September 17, 2007
Far from the glittery world of superstar Everett Lester explored in his first two books, The Rock Star Chronicles, Creston Mapes takes us into the not-so-glamorous lives of the Las Vegas homeless community in his latest release, Nobody.

Hudson Ambrose, a reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, responds to a call on the police scanner about a potential shooting at the Civic Center North bus stop. First on the scene, Hud finds the dead body of a homeless man sitting on the bus stop bench. When the police are slow to arrive, Hud decides to go through the man's pockets, looking for any information that might help him with a story. When he finds a bankbook with a balance of $689,000 and a safe deposit box key, he is shocked. While disgusted with himself for stealing from a homeless man, Hud flees the scene with the items; certain there is a blockbuster story in the making. But Hud has no idea what a hornet's nest of trouble his split-second decision will stir up, and how his investigation into the life of one homeless man will alter his own life forever.

If I were to give Creston Mapes' books an underlying theme, it would be Romans 3:22: "We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are" (NLT). From rock stars to homeless men, Mapes has a special talent for creating genuine and compelling characters on authentic journeys of faith--powerfully portraying Christ's love, mercy and redemptive power for all of His children. Creston Mapes, with consistently skillful writing, has become one of the authors whose new books are automatically included on my to-be-read list. If you enjoy page-turning suspense and well-written characters--a story that will not only entertain but also challenge your thinking--then Nobody is the book for you.

Armchair Interviews says: Creston Mapes does it again.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nobody ~ Reviewed October 1, 2007
I read the book "Nobody" and thoroughly enjoyed it. It kept up the suspense throughout and the ending was a complete surprise. I enjoyed the variety of story lines that were intertwined and was happy that they were adequately resolved before the end of the book.

My only negative comment is that the religious aspect I felt was dragged out a bit too long and had too much emphasis on it in the later chapters. It really wasn't a major issue in the beginning but then began to drag on. I knew what the outcome was going to be and I just kept wishing he would get there so I could find out the "real " ending of the book.

Reviewed by Cathy Schanz
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does My Life Matter? October 10, 2007
Humanity deals with several major questions often wrestling with them at two a.m. or during crisis. The big one is "Does God exist?" But the more troubling, "Does my life matter?" steals more sleep.

Nobody is a book that explores the second question through compelling storytelling. Creston Mapes has grown as a writer and the tightness of his prose makes Nobody a tense read as Chester, a millionaire "nobody" manages to change lives as a homeless man on the streets of Las Vegas. More amazing is the effect of his murder on the people left behind.

Told as a multiple first person narrative the plot moves smoothly from the first minutes after Chester's murder to the beginning of justice for his murderer.

Nobody works well as a modern retelling of the parable of talents. It's worth digging into and scratching the "Does my life make a difference?" itch.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Whodunit, But A Little Confusing February 20, 2012
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Nobody was an enjoyable read. I read it all in one sitting. Each character seemed real and distinct. However, each chapter had a different character's first person view point. I found it annoying trying to adjust to the constant changing of the people talking. Sometimes it would take several sentences before I realized it was not the main character's point of view, but another character's view point. Overall, I enjoyed reading Nobody and am willing to try another book by this author.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The nobody who was somebody February 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Everybody hates being stereotyped, right? "That girl's a two-bit hussy." "That guy's all brawns with no brains." The worst is when your value is degraded to being less than human and called a nobody. And a reporter, down on his luck, may as well do something when he hears of a homeless nobody being killed in a bus stop area in Las Vegas... only to find something on him that says he wasn't always a nobody. He was a somebody that many forgot about, but not all who forgot about him were good people. Who was he is the main question, from there is the mystery of who killed and for what purpose.
What I truly loved about this book first caught me off guard completely, without warning- that each chapter is told from the point of view from another character, the one with the important details of each scenario, whether in the present or in a flashback. Each critical piece of information about this dead man was startling, from having the reader go from thinking the man really was an unimportant homeless man to finding out how important this one homeless man was. Not just for this person here and that person over there. But even for a whole community, showing what it meant to be a compassionate Christian and human being... one that manipulative people could figure out how to take advantage of, even from within the church.
The reporter who thought he had nothing much of a story but took a risk now has more than just an everday mystery on his hands, he has a responsibility to bring justified vengeance (in unexpected ways) to this fallen and wronged man. And in the meantime, help out people who grew close to the man's unflinching ways and faith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do not be the judge
I chose it because we are quick to judge others and it is so unfair. Walk,in their shoes and have compassion. The book was great and written well. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Barbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
This is a great read with believable characters. On top of a compelling story, there is also an urgently needed message that our relationship with God needs to be more than a... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Draws you in
This book caught my interest right away. How is this story going to have any kind of satisfying or crazy ending?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read
An interesting read into how what we do affects how other things play out. How we react... or not. How everyone of us plays a part in this world.
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good reader
A really nice story line and flow was good. The ending was good, not great.
This was my first read by this author, I will buy another one of his books.
Published 3 months ago by Terry Bray
5.0 out of 5 stars I was addicted to this book. Read it!
I was addicted to this book. I read it in one weekend. I couldn't put it down. A gripping and suspenseful story. Read it!
Published 3 months ago by Mitch Dean
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't read at night! Amazing thriller!
Hudson Ambrose is always digging for the answers as a reporter. But hearing about a crime scene at a bus stop turns out to be more than he ever imagined!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody!
Fantastic, non stop, hope it has no ending book! A great reminder of what it truly means to be a Christian
Published 3 months ago by David McGowin
4.0 out of 5 stars multi-dimensional storya
I have read three Creston Mapes books, and I have enjoyed all three. However, I think this book was crafted with much love and prayer. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dudspals
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of action
This story is exciting and when a homeless body is found dead and his death is hidden lots of action starts in. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Donita Corman
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More About the Author

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. 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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