|Dark Star, Rock Star Chronicles Series #1
By Creston Mapes
As a former music journalist and rock star junkie/groupie, I knew I just had to read the first book in the Rock Star Chronicles. From the first sentence written by Creston Mapes, I was hooked!
This has been one of the quickest reads since I started reviewing books through various publishers and PR companies. This one came from Litfuse Publicity. I truly couldn’t put it down!
As many of you know, my mother recently passed away, and this book has been the only solace I’ve had in days. I often found myself slipping away from all the drama and chaos, picking up my mother’s Kindle, and indulging myself in rock star, Everett Lester’s, courtroom saga and reckless, rowdy lifestyle that eventually leads him to something bigger and better: Salvation in Jesus Christ.
“So I covered my bruised heart with a ready-to-fight exterior, and I covered the bruises on my arms with my frist tattoos.” (Everett Lester’s confession)
We follow Everett through his tumultuous childhood and wild antics as a rock star god, manipulated and brainwashed by a Satanic psychic he hires on to be in his entourage. Endora (the witch) Crystal, uses her demonic powers and wiles to convince Everett to push her agenda to bring minions to the “Other Side,” where there are no consequences to their behaviors and actions. A true lure to young angst-ridden teens.
Millions of fans find themselves entranced by Everett’s onstage call to action, as riots break out, fires start, and eventually one young girl’s life hangs on the perils. From the beginning of his career, Everett also finds himself immensely drawn to one woman’s endless letters, indicating she was no fan of DeathStroke or Everett, but instead, felt led by the Lord to pray for him and his salvation. And Karen Bayless later discovers that she is a target of Endora’s evil schemes.
“Unlike all the other hell-raisers who were after me, this Karen had no interest whatsoever in my music, my money, my body, or my stardom. Why was she pursuing me? Why bother? My very existence was designed to insult people like her—and their so-called God. Yet, she drove all the way here just to drop off a rose and a note.” (Everett’s confession)Everett can’t deny the powers that battle for his soul. Two women, good and evil, both find unique ways to draw him to their ultimate plans. While one prays and sends heartfelt, Godly letters and gifts, such as a bible; the other hypnotizes and drugs him to do things completely out of his control…even murder!
“Besides, you need to count the cost. What’s it going to cost you, Lester, to become a Christian? The music would have to go, the women, the drugs, and booze, the adoration, the money—anything I wanted, anytime.” (Everett’s doubt)Mapes did an excellent job in creating a flow and balanced pace with the storyline, taking us back into Everett’s abused childhood, and then smack dab in the middle of a media circus murder trial. All the while, placing us in Everett’s head as he struggles with life and death decisions.
As a Christian, I often find it hard to get too involved in Christian fiction, as most of the time they are hokey and a bit too cheesy for my taste. But as a former bad girl who always dated those notorious bad boys in bands, I found this story to ring true on so many levels. I didn’t feel like it was fluffy, destined to make me feel all, “Christiany,” if you get my drift. Instead, we get to see real transformation in the main character, from an absolute messy drug addict who feels he’s too far gone for God to forgive or love him, to a Godly man fighting for his life and earthly freedom.
Intertwined with scandal, the dark side of psychics, childhood abuse, and the lie of stardom, this book will shine through with Christ’s redeeming power that so many of us have also gone through and experienced.
The book will never bore, that I promise! From page to page you will be intrigued and inclined to root for Everett’s salvation. You’ll develop a real sense of the evil world of tarot cards and palm readings, and how the enemy uses those things through readings of past and future revelations, manipulating the masses through darkness and lies to convince the world there is no Heaven or Hell. But there is hope…
You should ABSOLUTELY read this book if you are looking for a good summer read. Better yet, grab the series (at a great price)!
|Rock Star Chronicles, Vols 1-2|
By Creston Mapes
I received the Rock Star Chronicles (Dark Star and Full Tilt) for free for review from Litfuse Publicity. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."