Everett Lester is the troubled millionaire frontman for the world's most famous heavy metal band, DeathStroke. In his desperate, drug-induced search for peace and meaning, he contracts the services of psychic Endora Crystal to travel with the band and provide him solace.
Karen Bayliss is a teenager from Kansas who is led to pray for Everett and write letters sharing what she believes is the true secret to setting him free.
When someone turns up dead in Everett's Miami high-rise, the ensuing murder trial will change everything - for Everett, for Karen, and for Everett's millions of followers.
©2006 Creston Mapes, Inc. (P)2014 Creston Mapes, Inc.
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Everett Lester is a troubled rock star. He's in a band called Death Stroke. He's idolized, people treat him like he's a God, and like most people of that time, hooked on anything to make him feel good. During a desperate search while on drugs he contacts a psychic by the name of Endora Crystal. He's looking for peace and she seems to have all the answers so he asks her to travel with the band as his personal adviser.
Karen Bayliss, a young girl writes him letters often. In these letters she often tells him she's praying for him and what he should do to find peace. When Everett receives these letters they puzzle him. He knows this girl cares nothing about his band or money and he doesn't understand why she continues to write and speak of this God who's never helped him.
When someone close to Everett turns up dead in his home in Miami he finds himself on trial for murder. This, among other things change everything for Everett. As a result of being on trial for murder his friends change along with all of his followers. Thus story is a must listen to. I'm happy I was able to listen to this story. There were so many times I actually believed this was a true story, it sure seemed like a real life story.
I've never heard of Creston Mapes, let alone read/listened to any of his stories. I can honestly say that I've been missing out because I really enjoyed this story and it's not my usual type of genre. Narrator Troy Klein did an excellent job He performed the story as I imagine it should've been. Even though Troy didn't write the story his telling of this story is what pulled me in and kept my interest held throughout the entire story. His performance was superb and switching his voice to the women characters was wonderful.
Mapes created a great story. This story is inspiring, it teaches, it's filled with evil, religion,faith, and so much more. Honestly, I'm not that big on religion but this story sure does make you believe. Mapes tells up about the lifestyle Lester comes from and has endured. He creates a story knowing that shows that sex, drugs, and all the money in the world doesn't always make you happy, that's Everett's take on it. Everett Lester is dissatisfied and eager to find something, someway to ease his burdens. The letters he receives from Karen, the girl in Kansas seems to hold his attention, he just doesn't know what she's trying to tell him. Even the music he writes has an anti God message to it that calls to his fans. Everett discovers that it's time to change his life and his lifestyle.
This is an incredible story Mapes created and I was surprised that I really enjoyed the story. As I mentioned previously I believed it was a rock stars actual real life story. mapes dis make it believable and he used names that existed like the Rolling Stones and others. Everything in this story is written with vivid descriptions and Mapes imagination really shines when he wrote this story. It's a easy and fun listen/read that includes Christianity, suspense, including Satan, and how evil can grab a hold of you and not let go. I felt like Karen had such an enormous heart and she believed in Lester and she never gave up on him.
This story was written with expertise and Mapes put lots of time in the telling of the story. I loved it and I found that Dark Star was an emotional story and it touched me. It made me want to be a better person. I highly recommend this story and I believe everyone could learn something from this story. In a way this story can change people if they want to change. I don't mean that they need to go get saved but if that's something they want to do then that's okay. This book has a lot of life lessons that anyone could learn from. Don't take my word for it, get the book because I know you'll enjoy it as much as I did. I'm looking forward to the next book Full Tilt.
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Really enjoyed listening. A world famous rock star's life is transformed by a fan who is determined to turn his life around through the power of God. There is a murder, a trial, a love story, and of course Ev's redemption. The work is heavy with Christianity, which was fine with me. Looking forward to listening to the sequel FULL TILT.
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This was a very different sort of read for me. I do not do a lot of Christian based books, they get preachy at times. This one gets that way at times, message based reads generally do. That was something I did not like about the book, but expected when I went into the read.
The story was engaging and believable. Despite my dislike of some parts I found my self avidly listening and eager to see how it would all pan out. This is a credit to the wonderful storing telling and dynamic characters.
I enjoyed his read for the most part, there were some weird pitch things he did that were annoying. I was also not a fan of his deep pauses between sentences. I was a fan of his rich tone and would be interested to hear more of his work.
It was definitely worth a credit and has me interested in seeking out more of the series. This is a new author to me, I will have to see how the next book goes.
While it was not my cup of tea, there are fans of this genre who will eat it up!
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts,opinions and ratings are my own.
We love all of Creston Mapes' books. This is a story about the life of a super rock star. Everett Lester is one messed up dude! It did get a bit confusing at times when the storyline would go from the past to the present and back again. But once we got into the story, it was not a problem. We highly recommend this book and are anxious to get started on the sequel ~ Full Tilt.
Disclosure: I was given a free copy in exchange for an unbiased review.
I found it very difficult to get involved in, or even understand what was happening in the story, because I found the narration itself to be very distracting. The narrator frequently shifts his pitch up and then quickly down again, making it sound like everything is a joke to him, or perhaps that he is an inexperienced salesman or waiter in a restaurant trying to convince you to buy an overpriced dessert.
I felt that the tone of the general narration was inappropriate for a number of scenes. For instance, there were court room scenes discussing murder, an aging rock star talking about his drug abuse, and all through it, the narration is again that pitch shifting, salesman voice.
From a purely technical perspective, this title does not suffer from any significant technical issues (i.e. mouth noise, too much compression, etc), and the narrators pacing was not rushed or too slow. I'm giving the story four stars because it seems like an interesting premise, but I was honestly not able to follow along well because of the narration.
take out all of the religion
maybe ... but I would have to research it very well
performance was great
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
The story line was great. The imagery brought to mind singers like Vince Neil and Scott Weiland. The overdone religion got old fast. Had I been reading the book instead of listening I would have been skipping a lot of pages/ I am not someone who buys into the whole religion stick so that aspect ruined the whole story for me.
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