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#1 bestselling suspense author Terri Blackstock weaves a masterful what-if series in which global catastrophe reveals the darkness in human hearts—and lights the way to restoration for a self-centered world.

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Overview

In the face of a crisis that sweeps an entire high-tech planet back to the age before electricity, the Brannings face a choice. Will they hoard their possessions to survive—or trust God to provide as they offer their resources to others?

#1 bestselling suspense author Terri Blackstock weaves a masterful what-if series in which global catastrophe reveals the darkness in human hearts—and lights the way to restoration for a self-centered world.

As the Pulses that caused the outage are finally coming to an end, thirteen-year-old Beth Branning witnesses a murder. Threatened by the killer, she keeps the matter to herself. But her silence could cost her life.

Meanwhile, as Deni's ex-fiance returns to Crockett with a newfound faith and the influence to get things done, Deni is torn between the man who can fulfill all her dreams and Mark Green, the man who inhabits them.

As the world slowly emerges from the crisis, the Brannings face their toughest crisis yet. Will God require more of them than they've already given? How will they keep their faith if he doesn't answer their prayers?

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A worldwide power outage leaves the Branning family without modern conveniences. Teenager Beth, the witness to a murder, must also deal with the killer searching for her. Older sister Deni is torn between two men, while their mother, Kay, worries about how she will keep her family fed; the only thing she has for support is her faith. A popular suspense author, Blackstock combines fast pacing with relationship threads in the fourth series entry (after True Light). This title should find its way onto public library shelves.


—Tamara Butler
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310257707
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Series: Restoration Series , #4
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Terri Blackstock

Terri Blackstock (www.terriblackstock.com) has sold six million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestseller. She is the award-winning author of Intervention and Double Minds, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the Sun Coast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series.

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Dawn's Light

By Terri Blackstock Zondervan
Copyright © 2008
Terri Blackstock
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-25770-7


Chapter One Beth Branning sat on her bike a block up the street from Alabama Bank and Trust and watched the hungry mob waiting in the rain. The violent May thunderstorm pounded and cracked like special effects on a Hollywood set, drenching those who waited to get their money. If her parents saw her they would freak. It was no place for a thirteen-year-old, they would say.

Even from a block away, she could feel the tension and thrill of those who would go from poverty to plenty in a matter of minutes. Armed deputies surrounded this bank and all the others in Crockett, along with the few running vehicles in town - sheriff's department patrol cars, ambulances, fire trucks. Clearly, they expected violence. The banks had been closed since the power outage began a year ago, crushing the economy and leaving even Beth's family poor. With the poor and homeless so desperate, no one with cash would be safe today.

The newspaper warehouse was on the other side of Crockett, so she turned her bike around, careful not to tip the bike trailer she pulled. Rain or shine, she had to deliver papers. Raindrops pricked her skin, soaked her softball jersey, and made her shiver. It would take longer to prepare her stacks today, since she'd have to wrap the papers in plastic to keep them from getting wet. She might as well get it done.

As she turned the corner onto a less populated road, a bolt of lightning flashed in front of her, thunder cracking instantly. Her heart kicked through her chest.

People got struck by lightning riding bicycles all the time. A great-uncle of hers had been fishing in a boat when lightning struck him dead. She had to get to shelter. She looked around for a safe place to wait it out, and saw the Cracker Barrel up ahead. It, too, had been closed for a year - since the power outage began - but its rustic porch would shelter her until the storm passed.

She pulled her bike onto the parking lot and rolled it up toward the porch, wishing they'd left their famous rocking chairs out. Lightning burst and thunder crashed again, making her jump.

Her clothes were soaked, and beads of water ran from her long blonde curls into her eyes. She shivered, wishing she'd listened to her parents. There were probably tornados coming, and the winds would pick her up and blow her away, like Dorothy and Toto.

Leaving her bike and trailer in the rain, she sat on the porch floor. Hugging her wet knees, she heard a sound from somewhere behind the building. A garbled cry, a muttered curse.

"Don't shoot!"

She sprang up and crept to the end of the porch.

"Please ... I'll give you the money!"

Her breath caught in her lungs as she peered around the side of the building.

Two men - one on his knees, facing her. The other stood behind him, holding a revolver to the kneeling man's head.

Beth's knees went weak, and she crouched, making herself smaller. The man with the gun wore a black raincoat with the hood pulled up. She couldn't see his face. But the one on his knees looked young - no more than twenty-five. His wet hair strung into eyes squeezed tightly shut.

She watched, frozen, as the gunman bent and pulled a stack of bills out of the other man's pocket. He shoved it into his, then cocked the pistol against the back of his victim's head.

The gun went off.... the victim thudded forward.

Beth's scream drew the killer's cold gaze.

Get away! Get help! She lunged for her bike, picked it up. Her necklace caught on the handlebars, breaking the chain. The cross pendant fell, and the bike tumbled into the mud. She heard pounding footsteps behind her - no time to right the bike. She would have to run.

As she leaped over it, the gun fired again. Hot wind whizzed past her calf, and she fell over the bike, flipping quickly onto her back to defend herself. She screamed again as the killer came closer, aiming for her chest.

She raised her hands to cover her face. "I won't tell!" she squealed. "I didn't see anything! Please ..."

His eyes were piercing, death staring her down. His finger curled over the trigger.

Lightning exploded again, hitting a nearby tree. Thunder cracked like an axe ... or another gunshot. From the edge of her vision, she saw movement. A man with a chest-long beard and a dirty T-shirt came out of nowhere and tackled the killer, knocking off his aim.

Beth scrambled to her feet and grabbed her bike. She heard the grunts of the two men wrestling for the gun as she leaped onto the seat. Standing on the pedals to move the weight of the trailer, she felt the bike's tires slide in the mud.

As she reached the street, the gun went off again. She looked back. Her rescuer had fallen. The killer leaped over his body, aimed his gun at her.

Her bike slid again, and she fell. He fired again, missing.

She righted the bike and pumped the wheels, putting distance between them before he pulled the trigger again.

"You say a word, and I'll kill you and your family, Beth," he shouted after her. "I know where you live!"

Shivering, she realized her name was on the back of her jersey. Why had she worn it? Why had she even come out today? He must know her family - her father and mother, her sister or brothers. Flying for her life, Beth rode toward home, praying the man wasn't following her.

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Excerpted from Dawn's Light by Terri Blackstock Copyright © 2008 by Terri Blackstock. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    O.o

    VIOLENCE!!!!!

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  • Posted September 9, 2009

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    Couldn't get enough

    Again, i was thrilled w/this series, as all her others. This by far was my favorite,I had many discussions with my hubby, family, friends of what we would do in those circumstances, could we even handle being in those circumstances. I was left hanging, drooling for the next bk in the series to come. My 2nd fav series is the more romantic Cape Refuge series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2008

    Not a great ending to a wonderful series.

    Absolutely wonderful series of books, they grab your attention quickly and never let you go until book 4. When I read the first chapter I had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach as to where this story might lead and to my disappointment, my hunch was right on the money. After I reached a certain point in the book I put it down and didn't pick it up for days. I didn't want to think that this was how it was all going to end. I am a very big fan of Terri Blackstock and I have read many of her books, but this series may prevent me from giving more of my free time to reading another series, just in case it ends the way this one did.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    This whole series was awesome, a must read !

    I love how this series ended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Excellent book

    It was a great book. Very well written and thought provoking. The whole series was very worth reading

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  • Posted March 10, 2013

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    I am torn on whether to rate this last book in the Restoration S

    I am torn on whether to rate this last book in the Restoration Series a three or a four. The bottom line, however, was one of the character's taking the Lord's name in vain , twice. "OMG," and "By G__" are common ways that folks take the Lord's name in vain, and one of the Branning characters says these phrases, which I didn't appreciate. Too many folks nowadays do not realize this, however, and it has become too common speech in some people's everyday language. With that said, I still enjoyed the book, but not as much as the others, and mainly because of the ending. In all fairness, however, I think it needs to be said that Ms. Blackstock only shows (with her ending in this book of the series) that things don't always turn out the way we want, and that sorrow hits all of us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Excellent series

    Every book in this series was well written. I could not wait to find out each character's fate. Great story that stirs emotion and makes you think "what if"...

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

    A very good book. Although I would recommend it get a little dry

    A very good book. Although I would recommend it get a little dry. Yes my wife is a "prepper" and I live with constant talk of the" what if's" so this book fits right in. Maybe that why it was hard to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Rain

    Attacks jake

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Tae

    Bree tornadoes are my thing. Anyone know the minecraft tornado thing? I watch videos all the time its epic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Jake to Bree

    Lets continue with the quest at FOLLOW res. 1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Guthix

    I make this the ares cabin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A great book!

    This was a great series. I highly recommend all four books. My Mother, as well as my daughter loved this book. It is truly for the teenage reader and older.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Exciting, well-written

    Great read in a series, but will also stand alone. Makes you think, but I use this and others like it to "read myself to sleep". It is well crafted, has great characters and a plot that will keep you interested.

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  • Posted July 30, 2011

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    Fantastic series

    I have read all of the books in this series. I was hooked from the beginning. This last book ties everything together. It will make you cry and affirm your faith as well.

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

    Everyone should READ this series!!!

    Overall, the series is amazing. Truly opens your eyes to many different things. This book lets you know that everyone is normal and no one is perfect. It goes through so many challenges that one would experience throughout a life time. I recommend it to anyone that wants a great read and easy too! I couldn't put it down and also had to slow down on the last book just to make it last. The book made me cry and laugh with it and also really understand each character and how you could relate to each one of them as well. I can't wait to read more books by Terri Blackstock.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2008

    A great end to the Restoration series.

    Terri Blackstock's ending of the Restoration series will fill your heart with the wonderment and gladness of the Lord. Deni and Mark's love is tested by Craig's return, and Deni's sister, Beth, witnesses two murders and is terrified of speaking up for fear her family will be harmed.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A powerful tale

    It has been a year since the Pulses from the dying supernova knocked out all the fiber optics sending civilization back into a pre-electrical age (see TRUE LIGHT, LAST LIGHT and NIGHT LIGHT). Beth Branning has seen her father shot her sister Deni in the hands of a serial killer and Deni¿s boyfriend Mark beaten severely by vigilantes. She is waiting for the ¿Next Terrible Thing¿ to happen which of course occurs.------------- She witnesses a man kill a person and comes after her next however a homeless man intercedes and Beth escapes even as her good Samaritan rescuer is murdered. The killer warns Beth not to tell anyone or he will go after her family. He knows her name because it is on the back of the shirt she is wearing. Mark plans to propose to Deni, but on the night he intends to give her an engagement ring, her former boyfriend Craig visits her. Since the Pulses occurred, he has been working diligently trying to get the electricity running. Beth sees a notice of a missing man on a bulleting board he was the first victim she saw killed leaving behind a wife and their toddler. She worries about the killer coming for her loved ones until he arrives and almost kills her. Her parents find Beth hurt and rush her to the hospital where she undergoes brain surgery. Mark and a deputy search for her attacker while Craig uses his connections to get Beth medicine. The Branning clan knows that Beth¿s fate is in the hands of God, but a few prayers by them might influence the outcome.------------- The final Restoration thriller will lift the spirits of readers while simultaneously leave readers weeping. Fans care about the Branning family and friends so feel deeply they feel their trials and tribulations. Mark is heroic as his love for Deni is so unselfish he is willing to give up what he most wants in life, her, if she loves Craig instead of him. Craig likewise is a good person but he tries to put strings on Deni while helping Beth. Terri Blackstock reaches the hearts of her audience with her belief that God remains in charge especially when things are darkest.------------- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted March 17, 2012

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