Vicious Cycle, Intervention Series #2   -     By: Terri Blackstock
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Vicious Cycle, Intervention Series #2

Zondervan / 2011 / Paperback

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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 impossible work of getting Lance out of trouble, protecting a baby who has no home, and finding help for a teenage mother hiding behind her lies. In this latest novel of suspense and family loyalty, bestselling author Terri Blackstock offers a harrowing look at drug addiction, human trafficking, and the devastating choices that can change lives forever.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310250676
ISBN-13: 9780310250678
Availability: In Stock
Series: Intervention

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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 impossible work of getting Lance out of trouble, protecting a baby who has no home, and finding help for a teenage mother hiding behind her lies. In this latest novel of suspense and family loyalty, bestselling author Terri Blackstock offers a harrowing look at drug addiction, human trafficking, and the devastating choices that can change lives forever.

Author Bio

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 SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series.

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Vicious Cycle by Terri Blackstock is about choices and temptation. Barbara Covington, a widower and mother of two teenagers, must try to clear her son’s name after he's accused of kidnapping a meth addict's newborn daughter. As the story progresses, Barbara struggles with insecurity and with allowing herself to be in love once more.

Written in third person, the novel switches points of view among five characters: Barbara, the main protagonist; Lance, her sixteen-year-old son, an accused kidnapper; Kent Harlan, a police detective and friend of Barbara; Jordan, a young methamphetamine addict; and Emily, Barbara’s daughter and a recovering meth addict.

Barbara's relationship with her children is strong, and she always tries to do what she thinks is best for them, even going so far as to have Lance put in lockdown for his own safety. Kent is in love with Barbara, but is also afraid to show his feelings outright. Jordan is a poor lost soul who gives her baby to Lance, hoping that he will find a better home for the child. One scene I won’t forget easily is when Emily goes into a meth house searching for Jordan and the struggles she faces not to give in to the temptation to do drugs again. Throughout the temptation, she tries to remember a verse she learned in rehab, 1 Corinthians 10:13.

It has been a year since Barbara's daughter Emily started rehab, and all Barbara is hoping for is to welcome Emily home again. Now, with her son in jail under charges of kidnapping, all her plans are turned upside down as she tries to get Jordan to tell the truth and clear her son’s name. She attempts to confront Jordan at her home, but must first deal with Jordan’s conniving, manipulative, meth-addicted mother. As the plot moves forward, she and Kent discover evidence of an illegal baby trafficking operation that involves Jordan and her infant, Grace. In the end, they must race against the clock to save Lance, Jordan, and Grace from the human traffickers.

Barbara endeavors to be strong for her kids and do everything in her power to keep them safe. She also strives to be a friend to Jordan, although Jordan often rejects her friendship. Jordan struggles to overcome her addiction, failing most of the time. But she does what she thinks is best for Grace, selflessly planning to give her up for adoption. Her choices and their consequences are large aspects of the plot.

The book is well written and highly engrossing. Blackstock's fans will appreciate this sequel to her book Intervention. It deals with hard topics, such as responsibility, temptations, and consequences. I would definitely recommend it for fans of good Christian literature. – Nathan Sturgis, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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    JesusIsLord
    Detroit, MI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
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    This series has got to be her best to date! I thought Intervention, Book 1, was a page turner but this one right here definitely had me going. I absolutely loved it and couldn't put it down. The closer I got to the end, the more I thought I was having a heart attack, lol. Now on to the last book in this series, Downfall!
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    It was very action packed from beginning to end. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
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    Excellent book! Love Terri Blackstock's writing and this is a great sequel to Intervention.
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    It was a page turner. Hard to put down with all the problems happening to this family. Always thinking what can happen now and how this familt is going to resolve their issues of drug addiction and have a normal life. It shows a strong faith with this family and hw we can also face our problems with the Lords help.
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    This book has such a sting of realism! Having lived as an addict before meeting the Lord, I could relate to the thoughts that plague you. The desperation, hopelessness and anger that fuels addictions was clearly painted in this page turner. Yet there was the reality of God's commitment to His people. Through the stark realism of life in the gutter comes the grip of grace that is your only hope.
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