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Last Light

by Terri Blackstock

Series: Restoration (1)

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What if America suddenly lost all its electrical power, its communications, its transportation, its financial system, its government leadership, and its media? What if an upper middle-class neighborhood of families who hardly know each other's names, suddenly had to form a functioning, self-contained community? How would people in the 21st Century, spoiled by microwaves and fast food, air travel and speeding cars, television and air conditioning, learn to function if they no longer had cars that ran, grocery stores, postal service, running water, computers, big screen TVs? If they had to hunt to eat or grow their own food? If they had to dig wells for water? If they had to learn to wash their clothes in the nearby lake? If they had to establish a neighborhood school and a neighborhood church? And what if the crisis created looters and killers who thought they could rob and murder without consequences? This series combines elements of Growing up Gotti with Little House on the Prairie. After an unexplained catastrophic event in the atmosphere knocks out all electronics in the world, these well-to-do families who've accumulated so many things are suddenly left helpless. Their Mercedes and BMWs sit in their driveways, useless. Their expensive, well-appointed homes have no electricity, no refrigeration, no phones. Even their battery-operated electronics don't work. No one is certain whether the country is under attack. Without communication, there is no way to find out. One family of Christians--the Brannings--realizes the needs of those around them. After wrestling with their own anger, fear and despair, and struggling in prayer with the Lord, they begin to realize that they have a job to do. They begin trying to unite the neighbors in a common effort to survive, and instead of hoarding, they realize that Christ has called them to sacrifice and give. But a couple is found dead in their neighborhood, and they realize that there is a killer among them. As they struggle to protect their own family and property, their 22-year-old daughter Deni falls prey to the killer, and takes off with him across the country, desperate to make her way to the East Coast where she thinks her life will be better. It doesn't take long for her to realize he's the killer and that she's in danger. But getting back home is more difficult than she ever imagined, and she is forced to turn back to Christ in repentance and humility, knowing He is the only One who can help her get home.… (more)
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This book wasn't terrible, but I really didn't feel the need to turn it into a murder mystery. Also, the people seemed a little too out of touch with how to do things by hand. Like, really? Your power goes out and you can't figure out how to wash your clothes by hand when there's a LAKE right behind your house?! It seemed kind of dumbed down and I really didn't appreciate that. So, okay but not that good in my opinion. ( )
  worddragon | Mar 2, 2022 |
Started very nice, interesting premise and story, but then it turned into a sermon ... just a bit too much. ( )
  rendier | Dec 20, 2020 |
This is copied from Amazon's book description:

Book 1 in a masterful what-if series in which global catastrophe puts a family’s very survival at risk—and both reveals the darkness in human hearts and lights the way to restoration.

Birmingham, Alabama, has lost all power. Its streets are jammed with cars that won’t start, its airport engulfed in flames from burning planes. All communications—cell phones, computers, even radios—are silent. Every home and business is dark. Is it a natural disaster . . . 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. Will they hoard their possessions in order to survive—or trust God to provide as they share their resources with those around them? Yesterday’s world is gone. Family and community are all that remain. And the outage is revealing the worst in some.

Desperation can be dangerous when a killer lives among them. ( )
  judyg54 | May 11, 2020 |
This book definitely gives you something to ponder... What would happen if all the modern technology we have broke and didn't work and the world went back to the "old days" ? And what if God was using that to get through to his followers?
I did kinda enjoy the book though half the time couldn't stand the characters especially Denny, I think she needs a good spanking or something. But by the end of the book I felt that I would still like to know what happens so I'm going to go on and read the rest of the series. ( )
  StarKnits | Feb 6, 2019 |
Last Light is the first book of four in Terri Blackstock’s “Restoration” series. Doug Branning is at the airport to pick up his daughter, Deni, when planes begin to fall from the sky and explode. No rescue vehicles like ambulances or fire trucks rush to the scene. The entire airport is in chaos and when they get to their car, it won't start either. Meanwhile, Doug's wife is going through her own problems at home with their three other children. The event seems to have been some type of EMP and apparently the nature of it is not disclosed until the second book of this four book series.

I was trying to clear out my TBR and noticed I bought this book in 2009 and was under the impression it was a thriller. Back in 2009 I was getting a lot of free Kindle books and apparently this was one of them. After reading it, I realized it was Christian fiction, a genre I don't normally read very often. That didn't influence my two star rating. The premise of the story is interesting but the characters were poorly written. There is a basic murder mystery running through the book, but overall not a series I'm interested in continuing. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Aug 9, 2017 |
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What if America suddenly lost all its electrical power, its communications, its transportation, its financial system, its government leadership, and its media? What if an upper middle-class neighborhood of families who hardly know each other's names, suddenly had to form a functioning, self-contained community? How would people in the 21st Century, spoiled by microwaves and fast food, air travel and speeding cars, television and air conditioning, learn to function if they no longer had cars that ran, grocery stores, postal service, running water, computers, big screen TVs? If they had to hunt to eat or grow their own food? If they had to dig wells for water? If they had to learn to wash their clothes in the nearby lake? If they had to establish a neighborhood school and a neighborhood church? And what if the crisis created looters and killers who thought they could rob and murder without consequences? This series combines elements of Growing up Gotti with Little House on the Prairie. After an unexplained catastrophic event in the atmosphere knocks out all electronics in the world, these well-to-do families who've accumulated so many things are suddenly left helpless. Their Mercedes and BMWs sit in their driveways, useless. Their expensive, well-appointed homes have no electricity, no refrigeration, no phones. Even their battery-operated electronics don't work. No one is certain whether the country is under attack. Without communication, there is no way to find out. One family of Christians--the Brannings--realizes the needs of those around them. After wrestling with their own anger, fear and despair, and struggling in prayer with the Lord, they begin to realize that they have a job to do. They begin trying to unite the neighbors in a common effort to survive, and instead of hoarding, they realize that Christ has called them to sacrifice and give. But a couple is found dead in their neighborhood, and they realize that there is a killer among them. As they struggle to protect their own family and property, their 22-year-old daughter Deni falls prey to the killer, and takes off with him across the country, desperate to make her way to the East Coast where she thinks her life will be better. It doesn't take long for her to realize he's the killer and that she's in danger. But getting back home is more difficult than she ever imagined, and she is forced to turn back to Christ in repentance and humility, knowing He is the only One who can help her get home.

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