True Light (Restoration, #3)
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Now eight months into a global blackout, the residents of Oak Hollow are trying to cope with the deep winter nights and a gnawing hunger from a food shortage. The struggle to survive can bring out the worst in anyone.
A teenage friend of the Brannings' has been found shot while hunting, and his slain deer is gone. Suspicions immediately fall on Mark Green, the son of a conv...more
Kindle Edition, 305 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 2007)
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Mackenzie Dare
This was a very interesting and engaging book. At first, it started out a little slow for my tastes, but once I got into it and started realizing the questions and conflicts and began to know the characters better, it held my attention to the end. The action really ramps up toward the end, and that is my favorite part. :)

What would it be like if we no longer had access to electricity? I love how Terri Blackstock takes us into this imaginary world and makes us feel this new life. Would it really...more
Karol
Once again, the author has deepened the "what if" story about what the world would be like if electricity did not work. In this novel, people are beginning to adjust by finding new ways to use things that don't work, and probably never will again. The formulation of swaps as a needed way of life is interesting. But of course, the book focuses most on spiritual matters and the conflict between good (those who try to be fair, work hard for their families, and help their neighbors) and evil (those...more
Loraine
SUMMARY: Now eight months into a global blackout, the residents of Oak Hollow are trying to cope with the deep winter nights and a gnawing hunger from a food shortage. The struggle to survive can bring out the worst in anyone.
A teenage friend of the Brannings' has been found shot while hunting, and his slain deer is gone. Suspicions immediately fall on Mark Green, the son of a convicted murderer. Before he can prove his innocence, vigilantes force the sheriff to arrest him.
Deni Branning is growi...more
Rhonda Smallwood
You know those times when someone hurts you unjustly? You really want that person to get a taste of their own medicine. After all, they deserve it. That happens in this story. Mark's own neighbors, whom he has helped since the crisis, band together and attack him. Blaming him for murder and taking it upon themselves to make him pay for his crime. With broken bones and in severe pain he winds up in the position of seeing these same men go to the same prison that they railroaded him into. I would...more
Joe
If you read the first two books in this series and found them superb, you'll enjoy reading the third installment. I, however, found the first book to be excellent, the second book mildly appealing and this third book too stale to finish.

The central question in the series is: What happens to life after electricity? It's not a unique premise, but the series launched with a fantastic exploration of survival and the slow deterioration of human civility. The problem is that the fundamental Christian...more
Rebecca Crull
Another great book in this series. It has been about a year and a half since I read this book while my husband and I were on our 10th anniversary vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Aaaahhhh......to be there again.....anyway, the book.....not exactly nice and relaxing reading material while on vacation in paradise, but a great read anyway. I remember thinking over and over again that things couldn't get any worse for Mark, but it always did. This book had such a great message of God's forgivenes...more
Mark Baker
This is the third book in a series set in a modern world were modern technology has failed. It's winter, which has made daily survival very hard. Yet things get worse when Mark Green is accused of murder. Can the Branning family clear him? Once again, I was pulled into this world. And the mystery was actually well developed here as well.

Read my full review by Carstairs Considers.
Melissa
I finished reading this in less than two days. Granted, I had more time on my hands than usual, but it was very hard to put this book down.

During the ongoing blackout, crime escalates.

Mark Green, a Christian, is suspected of an attempted murder, and his neighbors are not acting very neighborly toward him.

There were several Christian themes running through this book, the biggest of which were loving your enemies and trusting God even during extreme hardship.

There was a bit of romance, even some...more
Kimberly
Book 3 in the Restoration series.
This book takes place 8 months after the second one. The main focus is the justice system. Since the pulses are still causing the electricity to be out, the sheriff has found that crime has increased a lot. There are more and more people stealing and killing to get what they want and sometimes the wrong people get accused. Case in point, Mark Green! He is accused of shooting a boy just to take his deer. He learns first hand how people can hold grudges and the poo...more
Jeanette
I just finished True Light last night. I think Terri Blackstock does a wonderful job of keeping the suspense high throughout this book. The main protagonists in this sequel are Deni Branning and Mark Green. Things get ugly for Mark when he is suspected by the neighbors for attempted murder. And they continue to get worse. In the desperate times in Oak Hollow, people are starting to fall apart. The worst is coming out in people, yet Christ is transforming the hearts of those who love Him. They le...more
Coralie
This is the third book in Terri Blackstock's Restoration series. I'm a huge fan of this series and an avid Blackstock reader. The entire series is brilliant, but this story was one of my favorites because I loved Mark's character. I love his determination and honesty. He's got true grit. I also loved seeing Deni develop and grow. Throughout the series Blackstock's characters grow and learn, but Deni reminded me of myself and it was a really interesting perspective for me. There's one particular...more
Lilly W.
I have finished on page 352 of 352 and this book was awesome. Mark was blamed for an almost murder that he didn't commit and all evidence showed to him. He was thrown in jail and found out about a plan Treehouse (main big guy in jail) was making to shoot the sheriff and get out of jail. Well it worked so when Deputy Wheaton came he let Mark go because he stayed at the jail with his cell door open! So now he is sworn in to be a Deputy and he has to find the man or men who attempted to kill Zach a...more
Amy Riccio
By the time I got to this book in the series I am over this storyline. It's getting repetitive and boring. I don't think I'll continue with the series. Am I too picky?
Meadow
When Zach is shot, all evidence points to Vic Green's son...Mark.
Deni belives him when he says he is innovent, but his father's reputation isn't helping him. When his and his fathers house are raided, he knows someone is looking for something, and he knows what.

Great book, it was a little more serious then the other books. No one really had a good laugh in this book, which kinda needed it. When Mark's brothers came in and forced Mark to show them the gold, I flinched when the rebroke his arm a...more
Joy
I love the premise of this series of books and I know that murder mysteries are Terri Blackstock's genre. I just can't help wishing she wrote more about life without electricity, cars, computers and phones. Still, this was a good book and kept my attention. My imagination filled in the blanks I guess.

I just have to post an irritant. The writer is often simplistic in her descriptions. "Disney-style line" described the hoard waiting for dispersement checks--did she have to use it twice? Are there...more
Tammy
I still think this is a cheesy Christian fiction but it's easy to read and become involved with the characters.
Kate
Apr 13, 2011 Kate rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: Ellen
I am really enjoy this series. (This is the 3rd of 4 books.) I didn't get caught up in whether this story is realistic or not, or even if it's well written. I thoroughly loved the twists and turns, the unpredictability, and couldn't put it down. I loved the underlying principles of Christianity and how people's true characters come out in a crisis. We can follow the Spirit and use trials in our life to refine us and mold us to how Christ wants us, or give in to temptation. This book is about for...more
Teena Stewart
The third book in Blackstock's Restoration series. The world crisis that thrust everyone into survival mode is in its 8th month but little has improved. In fact things keep getting darker. At the beginning of the book someone shoots a teenager while he is out hunting for food for his family. Mark Green, the son of a known murderer is accused of the deed. The Branning family tries to not only protect him but work to help find the real killer. But humanity is quickly loosing its civil aspect and p...more
Sue Broadwell
See my recommendation under Book #1 in the Restoration Series.
Jerry Blackerby
Book 3 of the Restoration Series. Another great book by the author.
Matt
This a great by an author I'd never heard of until recently. This series is fascinating and revolves around the scenario that an extended solar pulse wipes out all electrical equipment. Because the pulse is ongoing it makes it impossible to get anything electrical working for the foreseeable future.

The revolves around one upper middleclass family learning to live life in whole new way without the normal comforts of 21st century life. A great series that try's to show the reader what is really im...more
Anne
Sep 19, 2010 Anne rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
This is book three in a four book series about what could happen in our country if a solar pulse destroyed all comunnication and took us back to the days before electricity, computers, TV,s refrigerators, etc. It is interesting to see how these families coped, some despaired and others pulled up their bootstarps and decided to do something about it. In this book, someone is murdered, and a young man who had a criminal father is blamed. The girl who loves him works to find his innocence.
Ebookwormy
I finished book 2 not caring about any of the characters. Book 3 went a long way to helping me "give a damn." Better. Still a little formulaic. Still the hyperbolic stereotypes, but lacking the annoyance of the previous books.

I thought the internal struggles of Mark were well written, though there seemed something lacking in the resolution that I couldn't put my mind on. Nonetheless, I wasn't dreading book 4.
J
This book seems to be more of the same in the series. Which sounds bad, but I still appreciate the way it makes me think about their situation and what I would do. There is still no electricity but people are finding a way to modify and get by. Basic skills are very helpful and this family tries to maintain faith and a belief in God to give them hope to carry on. I appreciate that as well.
Evelyn
Book 3 in the Restoration Series. A world planet plunged into the darkness of pre-electricity struggle through a long cold winter. The Branning family draws closer together, yet reach out to their needy neighbors while civilization around them disintegrates into chaos. A family friend is accused of murder, there is no forensic scientific equipment operational. Fear and avarice rule by and large.
Joyce Carroll
third in the series is even better than the first two
NancyInWI
Third in the restortaion seris. Terri Blackstock remains one of my favorite authors for her storytelling in this "what if" kind of series. This one deals with a crime and what happens when someone is accused falsely, as well as what happens when individuals in the town take the law into their own hands. This is very much a Christian series, which I appreciate, though some may not.
Emily
Christian fiction thriller (3rd in a great series) about the struggles, physical, emotional & spiritual, of a small town after a magnetic pulse renders the world without power (electrical, battery & generator). Anarachy reigns and a spoiled civilization learns to prioritize. I couldn't put it down and all self-absorbed teens should be forced to read it!
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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.

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