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Vicious Cycle (Intervention #2)

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When fifteen-year-old Lance Covington finds an abandoned baby in the backseat of a car, he knows she s the newborn daughter of a meth addict he s been trying to help. But when police arrest him for kidnapping, Lance is thrust into a criminal world of baby trafficking and drug abuse. His mother, Barbara, looks for help from Kent Harlan the man whom she secretly, reluctantly...more
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Published February 15th 2011 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 2011)
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Drugs can create a vicious cycle of use and abuse. This book will have your head spinning as you jump into the lives of Jordan, Lance, Emily, Barbara, and Kent!

While this is the second book in the series, I do not think you will find yourself missing out on the backstory. The author did a great job of weaving that into the story so you never feel like pieces aren't coming together. I do want to go back and read Intervention though!

I have never been so intimately close with someone who is active...more
“Vicious Cycle” is what the name implies, the vicious cycle of sin and drugs and the characters trying desperately to break their chains to a silent, ravaging enemy.

I have long been a Terri Blackstock fan and am used to her style, so this one took me a bit by surprise-- in a good way. I kept expecting to find a dead body at the turn of the next page and was always surprised. So while that was unexpected, what I found is there didn’t need to be one to keep the story going. It moved at a swift pac...more
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Vicious Cycle by Terri Blackstock is an amazing sequel to Intervention, the first book in the intervention series. Sequels aren't always as good as the first, but this book is an exception!
I was immersed in the world of Barbara, Lance, and Emily Covington once again. I was reminded of my love for the characters, and who they were as people.
Blackstock is extremely good at character development. She created character's that weren't boring at all. Usually, after a first novel, character develop...more
Vicious Cycle was more than just a story about addiction. It was a story about faith, and learning to trust God. It was about overcoming temptation and believing that God can restore what the locusts have eaten. It showed how God can create beauty from the ashes of our lives. I've worked in a rehab before and on a variety of levels with drug addicted parents and teens. This story was an accurate reflection of some of the horrors I've seen working with people in similar situations.

What I loved a...more
Carolyn E
Mar 21, 2012 Carolyn E rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone - must read
What a great story, albeit a disturbing one!! This book gets at least 7 or 8 stars.

As I said, it is also a very disturbing story of drug addiction among teenagers plus the trafficking of babies born to drug-addicted young pregnant women. The young woman in this story, Jordan, is a 15-year-old meth addict whose mother and half brother are also addicts. Together, Jordan's mother and brother have arranged to sell the baby to traffickers for $40,000. But when the baby is born, Jordan does not want t...more
Julie Graves
Jordan's mother has talked her into leaving the New Day rehabilitation center. Fifteen-year-old Jordan is an addict and about to be a mother. When Lance Covington decides to go try and talk her into coming back to New Day he gets into more trouble than he bargained for.

When he arrives at Jordan's home he finds that she has already had her baby(at home), she is high on drugs, and her mother and brother are getting ready to give Jordan's baby to a questionable looking couple. Jordan doesn't want t...more
Carol Moffat
I have read this whole series backward! Still, it has been a powerful, whirlwind ride that I’m glad to have experienced.

Blackstock’s “Intervention Series” was born out of her own daughter’s struggle with drug addiction. She is writing, therefore, out of real life experience and not some imagined scenario concocted while watching TV .

One of the issues involved with drug addiction that Blackstock hits head on, is the criminal world that crashes down upon the lives of addicts. The vile and ruthl...more
Megan Sutherland
It was pretty good, for Christian Fiction. It talked about Christian values and the good people won. While we all hope this is how it will go, it seemed a bit too simplistic and black and white. The evil and good were more separate, where as I think they live together inside a person more than we all like to admit.

Instead of letting the story speak for itself, there were many instances where Lance or Barbara or even Emily had fairly judgmental or preachy thoughts or comments towards the struggl...more
C.J. Darlington
If you liked the first book in this series, Intervention, you'll like this one too which actually delves a little deeper even into the vicious cycle of addiction. Barbara, Lance, Kent & Emily all reappear again. Even though this is part of a series, it stands entirely alone. I couldn't stop turning the pages to find out what would happen.
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This incredible story begins with a bang and does not let up! Page one introduces us to Jordan, a 15 year old crystal meth addict who had not only ditched rehab, she JUST gave birth to a baby (also hooked on meth) on her dirty mattress. Immediately I was overwhelmed with emotions, good and bad. Knowing this was a fictional girl did not stop me from thinking some pretty harsh thoughts about her and her choices. Like I said- this book attacks all of your senses from page 1.

I should also point out...more
Vicious Cycle is the 2nd book in the Intervention Novel series by Terri Blackstock. I have not read the first bok in the series purposely to see if this book would be able to stand alone. There were a few references to the first novel, Intervention, but it didn't confuse this story, only made me want to read Intervention next.
Emily has been in a Christian rehab for one year, on the verge of graduating and coming back into the world. She has befriended a 15 year old pregnant girl Jordan in rehab...more
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Vicious Cycle is book two of the Intervention series by Terri Blackstock, centered on the lives of the members of the Covington family and how drugs impact their lives. While there are recurring characters from Intervention (book 1), it is possible to read Vicious Cycle without having read Intervention beforehand. References to past events are made in context and easy to understand. Honestly, I hadn’t known there was a first book until I looked...more
When fifteen-year old Lance finds out his friend Jordan has left drug rehab, he goes to her house to check on her. After being threatened, he leaves, only to find a newborn baby in his back sea. Jordan's baby. Thinking he will have his mom help figure out what to do, he takes the baby home. When he's arrested, the family finds themselves involved in a baby smuggling ring in addition to drug abuse. Can the family work together to prove Lance's innocence as well as protect a helpless baby?

As alway...more
While Vicious Cycle by Terri Blackstock is the second book in a series, it can definitely stand on its own. Blackstock includes enough information about the previous events to give the reader a sense of what has transpired without spending too much time recounting the earlier story.

The first book in the series, Intervention, centers on Barbara and her daughter Emily, who has become addicted to drugs and is then embroiled in a mysterious death on her way to a treatment facility. In this installme...more
Vicious Cycle by Terry Blackstock is book two in her Intervention series (Intervention was book one). Lance Covington is a teen-ager who suddenly finds he’s incarcerated for kidnapping a baby. The newborn was put into the back of his car when he tried to help his friend Jordan who suddenly left rehab for meth addiction just before she gave birth. Come to find out she gave birth at home because her drug addicted mother wanted to sell the baby for $40,000 to traffickers. Afraid of the consequences...more

Author: Terri Blackstock
Publisher: Zondervan
March 2011
ISBN: 978-0-310-3314-3
Genre: Inspirational/suspense

Fifteen year old Lance Covington was just trying to help a school mate. Jordan is a pregnant junkie who ran away from a drug treatment center just before her baby was due. When Lance gets to Jordan’s house, he discovers a wild house. Jordan has just delivered a newborn baby girl and learns that her mother ‘sold’ the baby to a couple for $40,000. Jordan had planned to give...more
This book was bad on so many fronts. I wish I could give it a negative 5 stars, but, alas, I can't.

First off...I understand the this is a Christian lit book but the author went WAY too preachy in this book enough to where I wanted to gag a chunk of the way through. was just drama to drama to drama and dragged on to where I was begging for it to end. There were numerous scenes, without going into spoilers, that just would not have happened in real life....

Finally, where this book simp...more
Karen & Gerard
I was hooked into Vicious Cycle by Terri Blackstock from beginning to end! It is actually about two families, one Christian family with a teenage daughter (Emily) who is just getting out of rehab after being in for a year and the other who is addicted to meth and wants to sell the teenage daughter’s baby for $45,000. The only glitch is that the girl, Jordan, does not want to sell her baby but wants to give it up for adoption instead, and gets Emily’s brother (Lance) to help her get it away from...more
Phillip Land
I thought that this book was thoughtfully and wonderfully written, and, as one who suffers from the disease of addiction, I found it quite true and correct. There was only one area that I didn't agree with, and that was the way that Ms. Blackstock portrayed 12 Step Programs. I am a Christian and I came to know Christ as a result of my exposure to Alcoholics Anonymous. I was not one who was ready to accept the full knowledge of who my "Higher Power" really was, but I was open to a "God of My Unde...more
Trinity Rose
Terri Blackstock’s book Vicious Cycle is such an excellent book. She knows how to capture and hold your attention. I finished this 300 plus page book in a little over a day and a half. Which is great for me. It was so hard to put down.
In Vicious Cycle fifteen-year-old Lance just wants to help a friend who is really in a hurtful time in her life. Lance and Jordan know each other from school and he wants to help her get out of drug use especially now that she is carrying a baby.
Lance doesn’t even...more
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When fifteen-year-old Lance Covington finds an abandoned baby in the backseat of a car, he knows she’s the newborn daughter of a meth addict he’s been trying to help. But when police arrest him for kidnapping, Lance is thrust into a criminal world of baby trafficking and drug abuse.

His mother, Barbara, looks for help from Kent Harlan-the man whom she secretly, reluctantly loves and who once helped rescue her daughter from a mess of her own. Kent flies to her aid and begins the...more
Christie Hagerman
Amidst the happiness of his older sister's graduation from a drug rehab program, fifteen-year-old Lance Covington finds himself twisted up in dangerous crime. The classmate he befriended, Jordan, chose not to finish her time in rehab but returned home to give birth to a meth-addicted baby. When Lance tries to intervene, his good deeds get twisted around into suspected criminal acts, and he goes from being a straight-laced kid to an accused felon in a matter of hours. His family, along with the p...more
Nora St Laurent
Terri Blackstock pens a compelling novel depicting the epidemic young people are faced with today. I was thankful to receive a review copy of this dramatic, suspenseful story that could be taken from headlines today.

Crystal meth devastates more than the addicts’ body it also destroys everything the addict touches. Edith appreciated her mom and her brother Lance’s support this year as she tried to get off a drug that controlled everything about her and learn how to make it in the world clean and...more
Eli King
This is the second book in the Intervention series, and the fourth book by Terri Blackstock that I've read. I read the book in a total of three days, which is fast for me, but this was more because I was bored and very mentally preoccupied than because the book was that engaging.

The story was good and engaging, but not exactly an edge-of-your-seat type of book. Blackstock writes more for characters than for plot, and even though the book ended with a nice flash of action, there was very little...more
I understood this would be a tough book to read (for me anyway) because of the topic. I had agreed to read it and review it so that was what I fully intended to do. I keep my word. But this one caught me off guard right from the start.

This is the second Terri Blackstock “Intervention” book; I had not known about the first.

Blackstock doesn’t sugar coat what the problems are with the characters in this book but at the same time doesn’t portray them in a way that make them glamorous either. I appr...more
VISIOUS CYCLE, the second in the Intervention series was face-paced and exciting.

Lance Covington is a caring guy. He’s only fifteen, but his concern for Jordan - a pregnant girl he met at his sister’s drug rehab center – is about to get him in more trouble than he thought imaginable. Wrongly accused of kidnapping Jordan’s newborn, he’s devastated to find out Jordan is the one who fingered him to the police. But with his Mom and Detective Kent Harlan helping him, he’s sure everything will eventua...more
Beth - ;)
This was an excellent sequel to Intervention, which I read two years ago. I have read so many books since that it took me a few chapters to realize that it was a sequel and that I "knew" these characters already. It is a year later and Emily is ready to graduate from rehab but this is more her 15-year-old younger brother Lance's story. After he finds a baby in the back seat of his sister's car, (which he had been driving without permission or a licence) he is charged with kidnapping a teenage me...more
If you enjoyed the first in this series, Intervention, you'll definitely enjoy Vicious Cycle! From page one, Blackstock once again has us glued to our seats, desperate to know what happens next.

In Vicious Cycle, Blackstock explores human trafficking, recovery from drug abuse, and another probable drug addiction situation. We meet Jordan. She's fifteen, addicted to crystal meth, she just had a baby, and she's frightened. The baby keeps having some kind of seizures and her mother wants to sell Jo...more
Melissa McLees
At first, I thought that it would be as good as the first book in the series, but I was wrong. This book is ok. I liked the characters and the author, but I did not like what this book was about due to the drugs, violence, and murder. I am going to read the last book in the series because I do not like to let the last book in the series to be a mystery to me, but I surely hope that the last book in this series is much better than this one was
Kaylee Warzecha
Great book, read it in like 48 hours. I didn't know it was the second book, so I read it before the first one. But it had a great plot and blackstock is an incredible writer. This book certainly opened my eyes to the world of drugs and how terrible they can be.
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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...more
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