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Last Light (Restoration #1)

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After an unexplained catastrophic event in the atmosphere knocks out all electronics in the world, Americans are suddenly left helpless. And as they get down to the essentials of life, they learn to lean on God as they never have before.
Hardcover, Large Print, 579 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Mark
Terri Blackstock used to write Harlequin romances under a different name. She decided she should be using her writing talents to glorify Jesus Christ and encourage people in Him, so now she writes Christian mysteries. This book is Book One of a series.



I don't think she could ever be accused of writing great literature, but she does write great stories. It's not that her writing is attrocious. It's just that I find her metaphors and similes occasionally to be a tiny bit cheesy. Once in a while, t
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Jeanette
Jun 23, 2009 Jeanette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terri Blackstock is a brilliant writer. In book one of her Restoration Series, Blackstock captured my attention and imagination, making it quite difficult to set a slow, steady pace to read it. I found myself like I was when a child, sneaking in little reading sessions whenever I could. Putting off other tasks in order to read. Bringing the book with me everywhere in case I had just five minutes in which I could read further in the story.

The story takes place in modern times and follows the live
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Barbara Brown
Aug 07, 2013 Barbara Brown rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Terri Blackstock novel and my second “Christian Fiction” novel. I read Left Behind many years ago. I am a spiritual person but not a devout “pray-before-every-meal”, “pray-through-every-crisis” Christian. I try to do good things and try not to judge too harshly. I believe in “live-and-let-live”. I look for the good in people.

That being said, I think it is great that there is a Christian market for literature. Why not? There is a romance novel market, sci-fi/fantasy, mystery. P
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Steve
Apr 25, 2011 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some consider this book to be too religious, but I personally appreciate its strong, Christian message. Without the religious aspects I would probably give this book four stars. Still a great book.

The story follows the Branning family through a terrible ordeal in which all electronic equipment is rendered useless. Without power, communication, vehicles, clean water, or the ability to go to the grocery store for food or even the bank for money, they must learn how to survive in a new world along
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Lisa Paterson
Jan 02, 2011 Lisa Paterson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let me preface this by saying I am not a religious person, nor did I know upon downloading this book (for free to my Kindle) that there would be such a blatant hit-you-upside-the-head-with-a-bible message in it. That most definitely colored my opinion of it.

The premise is great - civilization shuts down and reverts to a time before technology, electricity, and all the creature comforts we have become accustomed to. A plot device that had such great potential became a "trust in god and you will b
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Mike (the Paladin)
Okay...another a bit hard to rate. I'd go 3.5 here and I round it up to 4 as, well we don't have "half stars".

How do I describe this, sans spoilers? We open here after what is apparently an EMP attack or event of some kind (ElectroMagnetic Pulse). There are a few things in the story that don't ring true for that and even imply that whatever "happened" may still be "happening" and was/is not a "pulse". So, something knocked out all power and all electronics "apparently" everywhere. That's at leas
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Adriane Devries
Without bothering to explain Himself, God takes away all electrical and mechanical power from humanity. Teenagers are outraged, middle aged parents and neighbors throw tantrums, and general bedlam ensues. While shallowly depicted characters in stereotypical situations work out their responses to the crisis of no cell phones, running water, or Home and Garden Network, a killer decides this is the perfect time to begin his serial career.
Though I love the genre of end-of-the-world scenarios and ur
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Melstitcher
Jun 04, 2013 Melstitcher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book and I can't wait to read the next book in this series. Reading this book did make me want to run out and stock up on bottled water and batteries though!
Sarita
I love Terri Blackstock's books and this one was no different! I've come to expect page turning suspense with characters I enjoy and a Christian theme that challenges you.

The characters: The main focus of the first installment of this series focus on the Branning Family, who needs to come to terms with a world of no electronics, and mainly on the eldest daughter, Deni. Deni irritated me so much in most part of the book, complaining about everything and came across very selfish and irresponsible,
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Sarah Mcbride
A good book based on an EMP which is a very interesting subject. However, I felt the book was too preachy and in a situation such as this I think our society's downfall would be much more severe. The book didn't really describe all aspects of how this would impact the population or how truly bad things would be in a situation such as this. I found the characters to be spoiled, whiny, and very clueless, which made me roll my eyes at times.... Of course you should start a garden! Of course you sho ...more
Sheila Myers
Mar 12, 2017 Sheila Myers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Very good mixture of suspense and Christian fiction. As usual, Terri Blackstock did a wonderful job developing a plot that kept things interesting and exciting. The characters are well-developed and appear to be real people living through a real situation.
Bonnie
May 09, 2014 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I don't think I've ever read a book like this one! It had me pulled in and totally engrossed from the very start! I didn't expect this, Terri Blackstock, but I loved it!

Deni is at the airport with her Dad when pandemonium and mayhem breaks out. Everything stops working: the airport equipment, cell phones, vehicles, airplanes, lights, etc. The results of this is absolutely shocking and devastating. Trying to get home with no car or cell phone, they see bicycles suddenly being fought over as the
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Amy O'tinger
Do you think pornography is as abhorrent and sinful as murder?

Do you think that God will save your family from starving?

Do you think prayer solves everything?

Then this book might be for you!

I love the whole EMP no power, what now? I love the plot idea. And I know this is a Christian book and I am not a Christian, so I have been giving this book a lot of leeway, but here are the things I hate about this book:

1. Deni. She should have been a teenager, because surely she is as dumb and self-absorbed
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Maureen Timerman
May 10, 2011 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
This series was recommended to me by my Library. They told me they bought the first book in the series and enjoyed it so much that they bought the series. I tried the first one....it is awesome!
Not know what to expect...the first book starts out at the Airport. Just after Deni Branning arrives, she and her Dad are on their way to pick up her bags. All of a sudden planes start falling out of the sky...the power goes out. Made me think this is the end of the world.
What would I do if we totally los
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Lieniitte (Liene)
This was my first book by Terri Blackstock. I enjoyed it and will continue with the rest of the series right away!

Though I am not a big fan of suspense, thrillers, I still enjoyed this one. It did focus a lot on the no electricity part of the story as well and to me that made it a lot more interesting!

I loved the fact that the community came together in crisis instead of everyone locking themselves in and thinking only of themselves. I do hope that if something like this did happen, that would
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Nicole
Mar 13, 2011 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Intervention that this author wrote. I picked up Last Light as a break away from my normal fantasy novels and because the synopsis totally drew me in. Planes falling out of the sky, cars won't start, no electricity or running water. Great concept of a story. At first, it made me want to inventory my pantry and other reserves, just to be on the safe side. Then the book took a turn that I did not care for, preaching. Now I do not mind when people have their own opinions on religion ...more
Kelly Roberson
Mar 28, 2017 Kelly Roberson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am such a sucker for Christian fiction apocalyptic books, and this one did not disappoint! The idea of losing total power and water in the blink of an eye is such a scary prospect that nobody thinks could ever happen. Terri Blackstock did an amazing job of showing that God can change things in an instant. I loved how it focused on one family, and we got to see the character development of each person in the family as they slowly grow to trust God and rely on his provision! The only reason I do ...more
Dylan
Mar 15, 2017 Dylan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-reads
This is my second time reading this, and I sadly didn't love it as much as the first time, but a four star rating is still good, coming from me.

This book is a christian fiction that combines a post apocalyptic setting with a murder mystery, so if that's something that intrigues you, I'd definitely recommend that you check it out.

My only problems with this was that the pacing was a tad slow, the audiobook narrator wasn't very good at all, and there was definitely some corny dialogue throughout
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Mom"s Fire
Mar 01, 2017 Mom"s Fire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great premiss

I love the idea that God would use an electromagnetic pulse to get our attention. This book really caused me to reflect on how such an incident would effect my own life.
Elise Stone
May 05, 2012 Elise Stone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terri Blackstock is a bestselling Christian author who says, "It’s my goal to write fiction that will keep you up all night." In Last Light, she succeeds.

The premise of the story is what if all modern electronics failed due to some natural phenomenon that caused an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP)? Planes fall out of the sky, cars stop working, there's no internet or telephone or even water because the pumps don't work. We follow the affluent Banning family, who live near Birmingham, Alabama, as the
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Ibjoy1953 Hannabass

MY REVIEW.... Ever wondered what would happen if everything suddenly stopped? Computers went down pulling everything to a stop. Cars didn't run, planes fell, everything comes to a complete stop. This is just what happened when Doug and his daughter Deni when one the way home from a trip to Washington. This brought a real struggle for the two to finally get home, including dealing with people in a panic because everyone was in the same situation. Upon returning home to Birmingham, Doug and Deni
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Vera Godley
Sep 19, 2013 Vera Godley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 se
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Kim
Oct 02, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
I found this by accident on goodreads...sounded interesting, and it was. I didn't realize it was a christian book until i started reading it. Basically it's a "what if" type book, what if one day everything electronic stopped working all at once, not even generators work. the main characters were welltodo, spoiled, living off of electronics and fancy things. at first i was put off, duh they are rich of course they will survive, they would have stockpiled up more things, more food. more everythin ...more
Jan
Jul 23, 2015 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Terri Blackstock novel and I intend to read the next in this series. I have read quite a few TEOTWAWKI "The End of The World As We Know It" novels. The scariest, and perhaps most realistic, was "One Second After" by William Forstchen. If One Second After was High School, "Last Light" would be Kindergarten. Still, I enjoyed the book. It is a quick read, short chapters, the story moves right along and never drags. The action began on page one. The characters are likeable, and I c ...more
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
This is a re-release but somehow I missed it the first go around. If you missed it you should pick it up as well. It is a page turner of a read that will leave you pondering how you would survive in a similar situation.

Can you even imagine what it would be like if suddenly everything electric just quit? This isn't just the lights in your house but it is your car, your cell phone, your watches. All those everyday conveniences suddenly don't work. Think about this . . . even the water that comes i
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Charlotte
Jan 04, 2016 Charlotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author writes the way I like...not wasting any time getting into the story or characters. You're hooked from page one. I thought the story was very believable and the spiritual message clear, appropriate and not at all over-done as the non-believers rated... but this IS Christian fiction! Most of the story seemed logical in this type of disaster, but the author (or editors) made some glaring errors. The biggest ones that stuck out....why would Deni be parched with thirst when it's pouring d ...more
Stacey
Feb 22, 2011 Stacey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
This book was surprisingly good! It was a free Kindle book, and I am willing to read just about anything so I thought I would try it. While it has a bit of religious overtones, which I don't usually get into, the overtones didn't detract from the book.

The story is about a family and their neighbors and how they deal with life after a global event causes everything to stop working; cars, generators, plumbing, phones, electricity. The families struggles to learn how to cook, clean and survive in t
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Boundless Book Reviews
I went out of order with this series; after listening to Book 3, Dawn’s Light, on a road trip, my husband asked to hear more from this series for the last road trip. Luckily, they are on audible. They both would read fine alone; but it was great to go back and see how it all started. We were hooked from the beginning, and couldn’t stop listening. I love how Christianity is so easily mixed into the suspense, action, and drama.

I loved the writing, the book is a strong 5 stars; however, the narrati
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Linda Prather
Dec 19, 2010 Linda Prather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this as a freebie on Pixel of Ink. For some reason I thought perhaps it was a mystery. I was immediately caught up in the story, and quite surprised several chapters in to discover it was actually Christian fiction. The daughter's attitude and parents' response was somewhat unrealistic to me, however, overall it was a very enjoyable read. Well written, formatting great and free of typos which isn't the case in all freebies.


While I was reading this we experienced a moderate ice stor
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Susan
In the face of a crisis that sweeps an entire high-tech planet back to the age before electricity, Deni Branning's career ambitions have vanished. She's not about to let her dream of marriage go as well.

But keeping it alive will require extraordinary measures. Yesterday's world is gone. All Deni and her family have left is each other and their neighbors. Their little community will either stand or fall together. But they're only beginning to realize it - and trust doesn't come easily.

Particularl
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Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist.

Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in a U.S. Air Force family. She lived
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