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Nobody: A Christian Fiction Mystery Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Creston Mapes
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)

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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 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?


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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 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: #69,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 64 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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44 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Storytelling you expect from Creston Mapes September 17, 2007
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well-intentioned novel doesn't hold interest April 10, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
NOBODY, by Creston Mapes, is a Christian suspense novel that starts out with a bang but later crumbles under its own weight of unbelievable characters and outright preaching. Hudson Ambrose is a 34-year-old reporter who hears the reports of an injured man sitting at a bus stop in the middle of the night. Hudson arrives at the scene, hoping for a story. But instead he finds a dead man, and Hudson proceeds to make the biggest mistake of his life. He searches the dead man's pockets.

Hudson finds out the dead man is Chester Holt. He has a bank book in his pocket that states he has a balance of half a million dollars. He also finds a safety deposit box key and later that day discovers tons of cash in the box. Why did this homeless man have so much money, and who killed him? As Hudson investigates the life of Chester Holte, he meets Holly Queens, a beautiful woman who was helped by Chester. He also meets a bunch of other people who loved Chester. By searching Chester however, Hudson leaves him vulnerable to being set up for the murder, and this novel is about Hudson trying to prove his innocence, find out who killed Chester, and find meaning in his life as well.

Why I didn't like the novel: This is always hard for me to write, because the novel contains an excellent message about what it means to be a Christian, and the character of Chester Holte is a perfect example. There are other Christian lessons to be learned such as those of forgiveness and the true role of the church in the community. However, these great messages can be lost when the story around it is so poorly told. Below are a few examples.

Holly Queens is sweet, good-natured Christian who for some reason has a boyfriend who beats her and abuses her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense and then some!
This story kept you guessing right up until the end! I really enjoyed reading this one!
Published 12 days ago by Don & Jane Ruff
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good without being gory or full of bad language. How refreshing!
Published 12 days ago by Dawn L. McKoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Long to Read in One Sitting, but I Wanted to Read it in One
The story is Christian fiction, a mystery. The principal character is Hudson Ambrose, a reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal an actual daily newspaper in Las Vegas. Mr. Read more
Published 20 days ago by David Carlyle
4.0 out of 5 stars different literary approach
Multiple characters speaking
Published 1 month ago by Tom Cronemeyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
So,so.
Published 1 month ago by Muttkisser
5.0 out of 5 stars Somebody
That would be me....was greatly blessed and challenged by this book. Do we walk or drive by the homeless without seeing them? Do I? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrea Sanders
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Good story line but oh-so-cheesy. People are just not that good.
Published 2 months ago by Denise Rounds
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
This book left me soul searching. And that's what I loved about it. The storyline was wonderful and has made me think more about how I can help others and not think about myself... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bright Eyes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
exellent fast pace.
Published 3 months ago by Thomas Endicott
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 4 months ago by Barbie
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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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