Dawn's Light (Restoration Series #4)

Dawn's Light (Restoration Series #4)

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by Terri Blackstock
     
 

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As the electronic pulses that caused the power outage finally come to an end, thirteen-year-old Beth Branning witnesses two brutal murders. She narrowly escapes the killer and runs away in terror. But he knows who she is, and it’s just a matter of time before he comes after her.

Torn between fear and compassion, Beth tries to help the grieving wife of one

Overview

As the electronic pulses that caused the power outage finally come to an end, thirteen-year-old Beth Branning witnesses two brutal murders. She narrowly escapes the killer and runs away in terror. But he knows who she is, and it’s just a matter of time before he comes after her.

Torn between fear and compassion, Beth tries to help the grieving wife of one of the victims. But will her bravery cost Beth her life?

As the power begins to be restored, the Brannings face their toughest crisis yet. Will God require more of them this time than they’re prepared to give?

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

“Blackstock is absolutely masterful at bringing spiritual dilemmas to the surface and allowing readers to wrestle with them alongside her characters.” —RT Book Reviews, 4.5 stars (of Dawn’s Light)

Editorial Reviews

4.5-star review RT Book Reviews
“The Restoration series comes to a dramatic end. Blackstock is absolutely masterful at bringing spiritual dilemmas to the surface and allowing readers to wrestle with them alongside her characters. This is a fitting conclusion to this unique series.”
Library Journal

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310337829
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Series:
A Restoration NovelSeries Series , #4
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
189,974
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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.

(Continues...)




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Meet the Author

Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series. Visit her website at www.terriblackstock.com Facebook: tblackstock Twitter: @terriblackstock

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Dawn's Light (Restoration Series #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
mnm_ More than 1 year ago
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
Boundlessbookreviews 8 months ago
This is a good book; a fast and smooth read. It’s the last of a series; however, it’s the first I’ve read. It reads fine as a standalone; there were a few mentions of prior incidents, but not to the extent to interrupt the story. I still plan to read the rest of this series; but out of want, not necessity. The story line was not unique; but it was done extremely well, with unique and well developed characters. The suspense was page turning; I literally couldn’t stop reading. There were some parts where the repetitiveness made it a bit wordy, or over-explained, but other than that. I loved it! I appreciated the involvement of the Christian faith; we need more books like this. I love to see books where families worship and pray together; but there were some aspects, I did not agree with. Having been in the same place as Kay, some of it hit close to home; but faith in my LOVING God is what helped me through. I don’t feel God needs to cause some great wrath to get world’s attention; I share my faith simply by the life I live....Beth
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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I love how this series ended.
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It was a great book. Very well written and thought provoking. The whole series was very worth reading
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I_like_clean_reads More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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"...
EagleScout97 More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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