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Deep Shadows#1 in the Remnant series, by Vannetta Chapman
When a solar flare wipes out modern technology, Shelby Sparks becomes soley focussed on providing for her diabetic son. Medication becomes a priceless commodity. Will she find a way to survive on her own or will a past love help her keep her son safe?
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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All It Takes Is One Night
to Plunge the World into Darkness
Life in Abney, Texas, is predictable and safeuntil the night a massive solar flare wipes out all modern technology.
Shelby Sparks, novelist and single mom, had one goal: to provide for her diabetic son. In the wake of this global disaster, her mission hasn't changed. Only now, medication is a priceless commodity and the future resembles an apocalyptic nightmare.
Max Berkman and Shelby were once sweethearts, but he lost his chance at claiming her love years ago. When the abrupt loss of power ushers him into a leadership role, he rises to the occasion. But his highest priorityto keep Shelby and her son safecould prove to be the biggest challenge of all.
As the brilliant northern lights give way to deep shadows, Max and Shelby's faith will be tested like never before. Only one rule remains: Find a way to survive.
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In this first book in an eerily plausible dystopian series, a memorable cast of characters must navigate a familiar world thrown into chaos.
Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace, including romantic suspense and Amish romance novels. Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full-time. She lives in the Texas hill country with her husband, pets, and a herd of deer.
ConnieRMEAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Do not miss this oneFebruary 12, 2017ConnieRMEAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book and its' followup, Raging Storm, fed into my own personal set of what-ifs. That is the reason why I finally caved in and bought the series. I basically read them in one piece over the course of four or five days.
Vannetta Chapman is one of my personal favorite authors. This set of books is SO far from what she usually writes, or at least what I have read of hers, that it boggles your mind. How does one person write both cozy mysteries and this crazy, modern, edgy thriller? Or at least "thriller" is my word for this book.
I was mesmerized from the moment I started and to be honest, I became so involved with the story that I would stop reading and have to literally look around at my world to reorient myself. It IS that realistic. I even stopped reading at one point and discussed what I was reading with my husband, because I was so taken up with the story.
I admit that it took me a while to decide to read this series, precisely because it was so far from what what I usually read. But I highly recommend that you take a chance and read it.
The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5First book in The Remnant series!January 21, 2017The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Deep Shadows by Vannetta Chapman is the first book in The Remnant series. It is June 10 when Shelby Sparks is out hiking with Patrick Goodnight, Bianca Lopez, and Max Berkman in Colorado Bend State Park when they see aurora borealis. Shelby knows that their seeing the northern lights is a result of a CME (Coronal mass ejectionsolar flares) and immediately advises the group that they need to head home to Abney. Shelby wants to check on her seventeen-year-old son, Carter. The solar flare has taken out all modern conveniences. Luckily Maxs truck is an older model without computer technology so the group can get back to town. This event has far reaching effects. Life will not be the same. Shelbys first concern is acquiring insulin for Carter. Carter was diagnosed as a diabetic when he was four years old and needs daily doses of insulin. Without this necessary medication, Carter will die. Shelby is not the only person seeking medication and other necessary supplies. Nadine Perkins, Abneys mayor, rises to the occasion is helping to organize the towns resources. It is soon apparent that the town will not be getting help from the state or federal level. Life deteriorates quickly and people must find a way to survive in this new world.
Deep Shadows is well-written, easy to read, and engrossing. I was immediately drawn into Deep Shadows. The novel has good characters. I especially liked Max. I had a hard time liking Shelby. Shelby has a single-minded focus on obtaining insulin. I can understand her concern, but I felt she should not let this rule her life. Personally, I would have obtained as much insulin as possible within the first 24 to 48 hours, and then I would have started researching alternatives (before people started burning books for fuel). Shelby is also an over protective parent (the kid is seventeen). I was surprised Carter had not rebelled from Shelbys constant smothering presence. I give Deep Shadows 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). The book is full of action and it is very realistic. We see how important it is to have friends, family and faith. I hope we never have to find out how people will respond when faced with a similar disaster. I do recommend that you read Overshadowed (a prequel) prior to reading Deep Shadows. Overshadowed sets the stage for Deep Shadows and its sequel Raging Storm. You will find Deep Shadows very different from Vannetta Chapmans Amish novels. It is a new direction for this author and she handles this topic splendidly. Deep Shadows will make you think (and question). I am eager to read the Raging Storm, the next book in The Remnant series.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Eerily grippingNovember 10, 2016KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Eerily gripping. I'm not a huge dystopian fan -- especially this kind because it seems so plausible and it gives me the heebie-jeebies. But I adore Vannetta Chapman so much that I will follow her anywhere, including into literary Dystopia. :-) And I'm glad I did (once the nightmares faded!)
Amazing characters that I bonded with from the get go are faced with the unthinkable as Chapman unravels their world with an epic natural disaster. We have become so complacent about our reliance on technology that I kept finding myself astonished by the catastrophic circumstances that kept cropping up. Everything from accessibility of fresh water to life-saving drugs become a battle for survival.
And, of course, an event of this magnitude brings out both the best...and the worst...in people. Makes for a mesmerizing read. And I love the way Chapman has woven a solid faith thread throughout it all. It doesn't necessarily make things easier for Max and Shelby and their friends and family, but it anchors them during these desperate times. There's plenty of action, the hint of romance and enough closure at the conclusion to book one of the Remnant series that you'll be satisfied to sit on your laurels until book two, Rising Storm, comes out in February.
Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Frightening possibilitiesNovember 6, 2016Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4When an author begins to write in a genre different from the one I am used to reading, I often wonder what to expect. That is how I felt when Vannetta Chapman announced that she was going to write a dystopian series -- and all I had read of hers were Amish stories.
Well, I was not disappointed in her new direction in Deep Shadows. The story was not a pleasant one -- in fact, it is pretty frightening to think of having to live through the situations it included. Vannetta's telling of the story, though, made for a very intriguing read.
One of the most engaging elements of the story is exploring how the characters deal with the difficulties that come when their normal day-to-day lives are completely turned upside down. Vannetta has obviously down her "homework" in detailing the various scenarios that have to be dealt with. Max and Shelby each bring their own strengths, weaknesses, pasts, and fears into the situation. Shelby is definitely a mother driven by concern for her son's health; my only criticism would be that her focus seemed to drag down and get a little repetitive in some spots.
I am anxious to see how the story continues in the next book in the series, as well as reading the prequel in an ebook entitled Overshadowed.
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5the end of life as we know it?November 5, 2016MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This dystopian story reads from the possible pages of the future. What if a massive solar flare knocked out all electricity and technology? Would modern society survive? In Chapmans novel things go downhill more rapidly than Id expect. The characters and their struggles were realistic and relatable, but I didnt care for the fighting and killing. I did appreciate the theme of maintaining hope and faith despite the despairing circumstances. In the back of the book, the author provides emergency preparation lists. Reading the book gave me the sense that this could be happening and I should be prepareda wise action to follow. The story is exciting as well as disturbing. Youll want to keep the pages turning to see how it concludes.
Author: Vannetta Chapman
Located in: Texas
Submitted: May 31, 2016
Tell us a little about yourself. My first book released in 2010, and Deep Shadows is my 14th novel (plus several novellas). I was a high school/college English teacher for 15 years, and now I write full time. My husband and I have 4 children, all grown, so we are empty nesters--though with 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a back yard full of deer the nest is hardly empty.
What was your motivation behind this project? I love a good survival story, but it seems that even with the huge popularity of dystopian fiction that we are not seeing much written in this genre from the Christian perspective. My goal was to show one of these scenarios from the viewpoint of someone like you and me--normal folks who fall on their faith in times of trouble, but still have to stand back up and find a way to survive.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? That God's grace is always sufficient. Take the worst scenario that you can imagine, and you can still count on our Heavenly Father--maybe not to make it instantly better, but to lead, guide, and care for us.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I've started stocking my pantry a little better! And of course it forced me to look at my own doubts and fears. What would I do to protect my child? That was a recurring theme, and the answer is always the same--I can trust my heavenly Father regardless of the circumstance.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I listen to a lot of music while I'm writing--Chris Tomlin and David Crowder, to name two. While writing this book, Ted Koppel's "Lights Out" and Barbara Taylor's "An Altar in the World" were both very helpful.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Most of us are woefully unprepared for something like I describe in Deep Shadows, but we can learn, and we can change our habits, and we can trust on the grace and provision and love of God.