Thursday, September 19, 2013

"Last Light" Restoration Series #1 by Terri Blackstock

ISBN: 9780310337782
About the book:  New York Times best-selling suspense author Terri Blackstock weaves a masterful what-if novel in which global catastrophe reveals the darkness in human hearts—and lights the way to restoration for a self-centered world.

The city of Birmingham, Alabama, is experiencing a massive blackout. Planes suddenly lose power and crash to the earth. Cars stall in the middle of the street and won't restart. Cell phones and the internet are dead. All communications are cut off. Is it a terrorist attack . . . or something far worse?

In the face of a crisis that sweeps an entire high-tech planet back to a time before electricity, the Branning family faces a choice. Hoard their possessions to survive—or trust God to provide as they share their resources and hearts with those around them? Yesterday's world is gone and now all they’ve got is family and community. Like never before, they must rely on each other.

Especially since someone close by is a killer.

My thoughts:  Terri Blackstock is one of my favorite authors. Her well written stories include characters developed just like you and I - full of flaws, pretty or good looking, ugly or gross, intelligent or slow of wit - you get the picture. Some of the characters you like and some you don't. Some have flawed personalities and character traits but grow through their problems and over come their flaws.

Ms. Blackstock writes Christian stories and they are infused with the Gospel but these are not sermon books. These are stories and the problems and solutions include the Grace of God.

Last Light Restoration Series #1 was first published in 2005 and this is a republishing of the book with new cover.  I read the first edition back in 2005 and thoroughly enjoyed it. I went on to read the others in the Restoration Series. Which I recommend you do as well if you enjoy contemporary suspense.

In Last Light the world is plunged into a world before the advent of electricity. That means there is no water purification, no lights, no heat, no refrigeration, no gas at the station, no cars because they rely on gas and computer chips. The entire world's electric "grid" is dead and nothing works. People must find a way to get food. To cook it. To keep it fresh. To "go to the store" (oops, no store anymore). People have to learn to cope, to pull together, and to maintain law and order in a now virtually lawless world.

Published by Zondervan as a reissue, I recommend you begin with Last Light in the Restoration Series and then proceed to the others. This could happen in America, in the World.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of Last Light from BookSneeze on behalf of the publisher and author in exchange for this honest review.

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