Southern Storm (Cape Refuge Series #2)

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Sequel to the #1 best-selling Cape Refuge

First a dead stranger. Now a missing Police Chief.
Did Chief Cade run off to elope . . . or has he met with foul play?

The body in the morgue had no ID. No one knew who he was or where he came from when he walked out in front of Cade’s car. And when Cade learns he had a gunshot wound before he was ...

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Sequel to the #1 best-selling Cape Refuge

First a dead stranger. Now a missing Police Chief.
Did Chief Cade run off to elope . . . or has he met with foul play?

The body in the morgue had no ID. No one knew who he was or where he came from when he walked out in front of Cade’s car. And when Cade learns he had a gunshot wound before he was struck, finding his identity becomes even more urgent.

Then Cade vanishes. Authorities discover the victim’s name, and the woman Cade was last seen with turns out to have been the dead man’s wife.

Speculation abounds about Cade’s relationship to the woman and his part in the victim’s death. His disappearance makes him look even more suspicious.

But Blair Owens doesn’t believe the rumors. Something has happened to Cade, and she’s determined to find him. Saving Cade’s life will take faith in a God whom Blair has always doubted—but he may be her only hope.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310235934
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Series: Cape Refuge SeriesSeries Series , #2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 382,361
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Terri Blackstock
Terri Blackstock ( has sold over six million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of Intervention and Vicious Cycle, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series.
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Southern Storm

By Terri Blackstock


Copyright © 2003 Zondervan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0310235936

Chapter One

The Georgia Weather Bureau's prophecy of fifty-mile-per-hour winds had been fulfilled and surpassed, much to Matthew Cade's chagrin. As chief of the small Cape Refuge police force, Cade could do little about the ravages of the storm as it beat across the island toward Savannah. But the safety of the residents was always his concern.

Though it was two in the afternoon, the sky looked as dark as nightfall.

Lightning bolted overhead in a panoramic display of white-hot fingers, grounding on the island and splaying across the angry Atlantic. The thunder cracked in rapid crashes, and rain slatted down at an angle that made umbrellas useless and flooded some of the streets.

Cade strained to see through the windshield of his squad car. The rain pounding on his roof and his wipers slashing across his windshield made it difficult for him to hear the radio crackling on his dashboard. He turned it up.

Fender benders had been reported at three locations on Cape Refuge, and a power line was down near the condos lining the north beach.

If everyone would just stay inside, maybe they could avoid any more problems. But that never happened. On days like this, residents insisted on driving through the storm at the same speeds they used on dry, sunny days. Tornado watchers stood out on their front porches, watching the sky for funnel clouds. And the most reckless among the residents would brave the lightning and drag their surfboards out to the waves, hoping to catch a thrill in the tempest.

Cade and his police force were left to clean up the messes and head off new disasters.

The dispatcher's voice crackled across the radio, and he picked up the mike. "Go ahead, Sal."

"Chief, there's another power line down on a road over at the dock. Somebody's going to get hurt unless you detour that traffic."

Cade sighed. "All right, I'm on my way."

He set the mike back in its holder and turned on his blue lights. Making a U-turn, he headed back around the southern tip of the island, then northbound toward the dock. He couldn't have residents driving over live power lines. He hoped the power company would hurry up and get its trucks out here.

The wipers swiped across his windshield, but the rain pounded too hard to give him much visibility. He strained to see.

Most cars pulled to the side of the road to let him pass. He turned on his siren to alert the others, but three or four kept their course in the lane in front of him.

"Get out of the way!" he yelled, pulling so close to the car in front of him that he knew one touch of its brakes would put him in the front seat with the driver.

Fortunately, the man pulled over. The other cars ahead of him still hadn't heard or seen him, so he moved up behind the next one, his siren still blaring. A block ahead, Cade saw a man standing on the opposite side of the road, seemingly oblivious to the rain pounding down on him. Passing traffic sprayed walls of water up over him, but he just stood there, watching the traffic pass. The car in front of Cade still didn't move, so he punched his horn. The southbound lane with traffic coming toward him had cleared as drivers pulled off to the shoulder of Ocean Boulevard. He pulled around the car in front of him into the southbound lane and gently accelerated.

The man on the side of the road still stood there, drenched and undaunted. Cade knew that, as he passed, his tires in the water would spray him. Why didn't the man move?

He kept his siren blaring and pushed his horn again as he drove northbound in the southbound lane. He pulled even with the car that had refused to move out of the way and looked across at the driver. The driver looked back, panic evident on his face-a teenager, probably a new driver with no idea how to react. The kid slammed on his brakes.

Cade stepped on his accelerator and turned his eyes ahead again-just in time to see the pedestrian step out in front of him.

Cade yelled and slammed on his brakes. His car slid straight toward the man....

Thunder cracked at the same instant as the impact. The man flew up over the hood and smashed into Cade's windshield, shattering it ... then, as if he'd bounced, he flew out in front of the car and landed in a heap in the middle of the road. Cade couldn't move for a few seconds, then fumbled for the door handle and managed to get out. The rain flooded over him, and the wind almost knocked him back into the car. He rushed toward the man.

Oh, dear God, what have I done?

He heard yelling and doors slamming as other drivers got out and splashed toward him.

Reaching the man first, Cade knelt in three inches of water. The victim's eyes fluttered open, and his lips moved without sound. Cade grabbed the radio on his shoulder. "Sal, I need an ambulance just half a mile north of the Pier!" He yelled the words to make sure he was heard. "I need it right now! I just ran over a pedestrian!"

"Right away, Chief."

Cade touched the man's head, careful not to move it. Warm blood soaked his hand, but the pelting rain quickly washed it away.

"Can you hear me, buddy?"

The man tried to speak, but Cade couldn't hear him. Thunder crashed again.

He touched the man's throat; his pulse was weak, erratic.

"Hang on! You're gonna be all right. Just hang on." He had to stop the bleeding, so he pressed against the wound at the back of the man's head. But there was so much blood ... too much ...

The man tried to rise up, and this time Cade heard his raspy voice. "You have to ... please ... out of control ..."

"Don't move!" What did one do for an open head wound?

He heard sirens blaring, voices calling. Someone opened an umbrella over them in a feeble attempt to shelter the victim from the storm, but the wind turned it inside out. Someone else threw a raincoat over the man....

Lightning flashed, thunder bolted....

"Cade," someone said, "he just ran right out in front of you!"

The blood was coming so fast. The man's pulse weakened. Where was that ambulance?

"I saw him. It was like he was in a trance or something."

"Is he dead, Cade?"

The siren grew closer, and he prayed that people would stay off the road and leave the ambulance a path. It stopped short, and he heard feet running toward him. Paramedics knelt beside the body, and Cade moved back. "Head injury," he yelled over the storm. "He bounced off my windshield."

As the medics worked, Cade backed farther away, his mind racing with the facts.

I've hit a man ... an innocent man....

He started to whisper rapid-fire prayers for a miracle. The man couldn't die. That was all there was to it. Police cars were meant to keep people from danger, not kill them.

"Call for a Medi-Vac, Cade!" one of the medics cried. "And clear us a path. He's running out of time."

"The helicopter can't fly in this! You'll have to drive him." He helped the paramedics get the man into the ambulance and then directed traffic as the ambulance headed out.

He shook his head, trying to pull himself together. Somebody had to be in charge here. But what did the chief of police do when he was the one who had almost killed a man?

He turned and saw some of his uniformed officers coming toward him.

"J.J., detour traffic," he yelled. "Keep it off of this block until we finish here. Jim, get over to the downed power lines out in front of the dock and divert traffic there. Alex, you take pictures and work the accident...."

"But Cade, are you sure you don't want to work it?"

"I've got to get to the hospital and see if he's all right." His voice broke. "Just write the report and treat me like any other driver who hit a pedestrian. Call my cell phone if you have questions. It should get a signal by the time I reach Savannah." He walked back to his car and got in.

Through the shattered windshield, he saw Alex looking back at him as if he wasn't sure what to do. Then he turned away and began questioning witnesses.

Cade closed his eyes and lowered his head to the steering wheel. That man could die.

Why had he stepped out into traffic? He must have seen Cade coming. The squad car lights had been flashing and his siren was on. Even people in cars with radios blaring and air conditioners humming had heard him and gotten out of the way. How could this man have stepped into the path of a speeding police car?

He felt as if a fist had punched a hole in his lungs. He found it hard to breathe, and his head had begun to throb.

He reached for the keys hanging in the ignition, then realized that he couldn't move this car until they'd finished working the scene. Besides, he couldn't drive with a busted windshield.

He got out of the car and started walking through the rain.

"Where are you going, Chief?" Alex asked him.

"To find a ride back to the station so I can get my truck."

"I'll take you, Cade!" Melba Jefferson, a little round woman who attended his church and made it her business to comfort those in need, stood nearby, fighting her umbrella with a distraught look on her face.

"Okay, Melba," he said. "Let's go."

She led him to her car parked on the side of the road. He got into it, and she slid her round body into the driver's side. "Honey, are you all right?"

He shook his head. "It's not about me, Melba. There's a man dying."

She reached into the backseat and got a box of tissue. "Sweetie, your hand's all bloody."

Cade looked at it. The man's blood had stained it, though the rain had begun to wash it away. He pulled out several tissues and wiped the rest of it off.

Melba pulled out onto the street, and Alex directed her so that she could turn around and head back to the station. When they were on their way, she stayed quiet, which Cade appreciated. Clearly, Melba knew when words were appropriate and when they weren't.

She drove him up to the station, pulled into the parking lot. "I'll get some people praying, Cade," she said.

He nodded. "You do that. Thanks for the ride, Melba."

Cade jogged across the gravel parking lot to his truck, jumped inside, and was pulling out onto the street before Melba could get her car turned around.

Excerpted from Southern Storm by Terri Blackstock Copyright © 2003 by Zondervan
Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    They think Cade ran away and got married without telling anyone?

    Why on earth would people believe something like that? Well, yes, there was a letter from Cade saying that he ran away to marry some girl he never had introduced anyone to. Who would believe that? All of the cops. The FBI. Just not Blair so she sets off to find out who that woman was that he was last seen with.

    Then Karen, one of the residents of Hanover House, hands her baby to a nurse in the hospital. Only it wasn't really a nurse - it was a kidnapper - and now her baby is missing.

    And Sadie, poor Sadie, can't make friends. The only person who ever speaks to her at school Morgan & Jonathan don't want her to socialize with. So what is a seventeen year old to do? She sneaks out.
    This is really an enthralling book. It is very interesting and watching their trust for God grow and change is encompassing. It's definitely worth the read - I couldn't put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2005


    i was constantly on the edge of my seat reading my book. This book was even better than the first one. I'm now addicted to Terri Blackstock books!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014


    Kiss your hand three time and post this on three different books.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2013

    Very Good Book

    Strong characters with a good story line. I look forward to reading more of this authers books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013


    This book is only &1,99 on kindle

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Cape Refuge Series is Fantastic!

    I loved this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I love to read Terri Blackstock!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Good Book

    Cape Refuge series ¿Äì Southern Storm book 2 by Terri BlackstockThis was a good book. There was suspense as the Chief of Police Matthew Cade came up missing. Even though most of the town believed he just walked away from his position after hitting a pedestrian and killing him. Blair Owens wouldn't believe that even after evidence showed that most of the town was correct. I enjoyed her character of determination in the midst great opposition. This second book wetted my appetite for the next book. We want light to overcome evil and that's were the next book is headed. I would give this a good rating as I think the characters at times did become unreal. I was able to see things coming so some of the book was not a surprise. Overall I did enjoy Southern Storm but Terry has done much better in her other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2011

    So slow

    Gosh, didnt get exciting until like page 275.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2011

    Average read

    Good for a nice, easy read. Predictable but keeps your interest.

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

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    southern storm

    when I down loaded this to my nook it was a free book and when I finally read it, I was pleasantly surprised at what a good story it was..thouroughly enjoyed reading this book along with Southern Storm

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  • Posted February 11, 2010

    Good Read

    fast paced. VEry interesting good story line

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  • Posted November 4, 2008

    Couldnt put it down

    This was better than the first! I couldnt stop reading it can't wait to start the next in the series the characters draw you in and you can't wait to see what happens next!! GREAT READ

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2007

    Great book!

    I am an avid reader, but I had never heard of Ms. Blackstock before my son had to do a book report on one of her books. My teenage son does not usually like to read, but he couldn't put this book down. I wanted to see what had caught his attention. No sooner had I picked up one of her books than I knew. I can't put them down. This one is so good, and I can't wait to read the third in the series. Teenagers on up to adults will enjoy these great reads, and, if you know someone who is really pondering Christianity, these books are a great way to introduce them to a wonderful way of life!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2006


    I LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT. I honestly don't know how she does it. She can keep me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I thought my heart would stop everytime the gun went off. Blackstock did a magnificent job which screams SUSPSENSE.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2005

    Great Series

    I love this series. I wish Terri would write more. I love the characters and the plots. SUPER!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2005

    This book should come with a warning!

    Well I didn¿t think it was possible, but Terri Blackstock has out done her previous book, Cape Refuge. This second in the series will hold your interest from the first few pages. When Chief of Cape Refuge Police Department, Matthew Cade, is called to divert traffic around a downed power line in the middle of a storm, his day doesn¿t end the way he expects it to. With lightening bolts almost constant, and wind and rain coming down so hard umbrellas are useless, he cautiously makes his way through the pouring rain. As he navigates traffic he notices a man standing on the opposite side of road, being splashed by the passing cars. He wonders why the man doesn¿t move. When cars don¿t clear the way for him, Cade decides to pass the car ahead. Carefully he pulls out in the southbound lane with traffic coming towards him, thankfully they pulled over to make way. As he passes the car he tries to see who is driving, when he turns his attention back to the road, it¿s too late to react, the man on the curb steps onto the road ¿ right in front of Cade¿s car! After the impact Cade rushes to the man¿s side, an ambulance is called and the man is rushed to hospital, where he later dies. The autopsy reveals the man had a gun shot wound. However that doesn¿t stop Cade from blaming himself for the man¿s death. A day after the accident, Cade turns up missing! Has he disappeared to lick his wounds, or has something very sinister happened to him? Sadie, Morgan and Jonathon¿s foster daughter is having a difficult time adjusting to school. The other kid¿s ignore her because of her past. When Trevor, a fellow student with his own shady past, shows an interest in Sadie, she can¿t resist. She is warned about his family and her guardians refuse to allow her to see Trevor. Even though she is caught after sneaking out to attend a party with him, she secretly sneaks out again to attend a wedding with him. Blair, Morgan¿s sister and a non-believer, is desperate to find Cade. The two have become very close after their parents¿ murder a few months earlier. Despite a written note, supposedly from Cade, Blair continues her search. She begins staking out the widow of the man who died after Cade¿s car hit him. Could this grieving widow have anything to do with Cade¿s disappearance? After trying to get help from the Savannah police, Blair decides to take matter into her own hands. Even her sister can¿t stop her now. Will she uncover more than she thinks is behind those walls? And who is kidnapping all the newborn from surrounding hospitals? This story has so many twists and turns you won¿t be able to put it down. This book should come with a warning ¿ ¿Don¿t pick up, unless you read it cover to cover!¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2003

    Best book Ever

    The book doesnt let you go till the last page.....your breath will stop at whats happening to this small island town.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2003

    As good as Mary Higgins Clark

    Southern Storm keeps you on the edge of your seat! I love Terri Blackstock's writing. She captures you from the first page...

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    Posted August 18, 2010

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