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The first book in Blackstock's Restoration series literally begins with a bang: airplanes fall out of the sky in the opening paragraphs, at which point the novel's protagonists and readers become swept up in a stunning set of circumstances, the import of which slowly sink in as the novel briskly moves forward. Unlike the deluge of dramatic depictions of the end times, in which Christians disappear and the world reacts, this story focuses on a natural phenomenon-albeit one that most of the characters believe is a message from God-that profoundly alters human society. Blackstock's main characters, the affluent Bannings, who live in suburban Birmingham, Alabama, initially react to this disaster by putting themselves first, for fear that any other strategy would endanger their lives. Soon, however, challenged by the Sermon on the Mount, they begin reaching out generously to neighbors. Their nascent attempts at a communal approach to life will likely be picked up in future novels in this series. Blackstock's subplots are less compelling than her vision of an Electromagnetic Pulse-damaged world; particularly contrived is the story's murder mystery, which plays out predictably. Still, at its best moments, this novel is in league with first-rate adventure fiction and bodes well for the series to come.
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The two manage to get home, where they are thrilled to find the four other members of their family waiting for them. But there they realize their problems are just beginning. With no access to the outside world, they don't know what is happening elsewhere. How wide spread is the power outage? How long will it last?
None of this sits well with Deni, who was scheduled to start a new job in Washington DC in a week. Her fiancee is still there, and she desperately wants to get back to him.
But the Branning family has other issues to deal with. Like day to day survival. With no water and no stores, how will they survive?
And things just get worse when Deni and her younger sister find the dead bodies....
This book is absolutely engrossing. I found myself caught up in the scenario, wondering how I would survive if modern technology stopped working. While there were some convenient plot points (their neighborhood is around a lake), it was handled very well. And the murder storyline only added to the intrigue. The story did stall ever so slightly in the middle, however. My bigger complaint is the characters. They are a bit one dimensional most of the time, which did make it easy to spot the villain. Since this is a Christian novel, the Bible is pretty heavily featured at times. Frankly, I loved that aspect of the story.
Even though I didn't feel the characters truly developed, I couldn't stop thinking about the book or the characters. If you want an entertaining read that will make you think, pick up this novel.