of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Jessica5 Stars Out Of 5Outstanding!June 26, 2016JessicaQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I have been an avid reader for a long time and have always read a book for enjoyment, to escape reality. Every now and then I come across a book that shakes me, makes me think and wonder, and causes me to take a step back and relook at my surroundings. This. Was. That. Book. Do not let the author's name fool you! I have been reading Vannetta's Amish fiction for a long time and I love the way she writes them. This book was totally different, and not just because it wasn't about Amish people. I feel like I have found a deeper part of Vannetta to connect with, a raw emotional part that has been building up over the years just begging to come out in book form. Typically I feel a connection with characters, however in reading this book I felt a connection to the author.
I am typically a quick reader, however with this book I chose to take my time and recommend that you do the same. Deep Shadows will make you take a look around and wonder. You will think to yourself, could this happen to our world today? I know I did. Not only did I think about this book while I was reading, I thought about it during the day, at night when I couldn't sleep. I just kept thinking about what this world full of technology would do if one day it wasn't available. How would people survive? And more importantly, would I lose my faith in God, or lean on Him like the characters in the book.
Although the entire book consisted of a very heavy topic, I appreciated Vannetta's willingness to show the characters faith. I enjoyed the local pastor who wouldn't give up in a world of darkness. I especially enjoyed the church scenes where he lifted up the name of the Lord, refused to let the circumstances alter his view of the Lord, and encourage his congregation to do the same. I think this could be applied to our world today. Although we have not suffered from a solar flare, we do live in trying times and need to lean on the Lord now more than ever.
I highly recommend this book to everyone. While I understand a deep topic such as a solar flare (which I learned are real - thank you Vannetta!) is not for everyone, I encourage you to try this with an open mind. Look at it as a book that shows how a community can try to come together during a crisis, or how a mother will do anything to save her son, or how a friendship is tested. You will not regret it!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher in exchange for my honest review which I have given.
NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Impressive!June 25, 2016NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Deep Shadows may very well be Ms. Chapman's best achievement yet! This dystopian novel is staggering, so realistic that when I laid the book aside, I fully expected conditions from the book to be actual! I was forced to look at the world around me differently, and expected to discover my surroundings as they are described in this powerful novel.
The author has portrayed a terrifying fictitious event in a dramatic yet realistic manner. The events depicted in this novel are very real possibilities. I found myself inspecting power lines in an atypical manner, unlike any other time in my life. Deep Shadows changed the way I see the world, and the importance of modifications in our lifestyles for self preservation.
Characters throughout this novel are realistic and respond to their surroundings and current events in the most expected and humanistic manner. Abney, Texas is a representation of any small community, and the residents presented are authentic to their circumstances. An incident of such magnitude brings out the worst and the best in the residents of Abney. Compassion and benevolence among neighbors is admirable, and hysteria, violence and hatred in others exhibits the true nature of humans under extreme duress.
I highly recommend Deep Shadows! This is no ordinary story. It is reality fiction at its best, and everyone from young adults to the elderly can relate to the possibilities this powerful novel represents. Impressive!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Makes You ThinkJune 23, 2016MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Deep Shadows is a book that is going to make you think, you will become the mother of a boy with an illness that requires constant medication to keep him alive. Is this Armageddon, or pretty close to it, but life as everyone has always known it will cease to exist.
What has happened is a solar flare has wiped out all of modern technology, even the Northern Lights appear as far south as Texas. Shelby Sparks has been raising her son on her own, since her husband died, and earned a living writing romance novels, and had researched this very happening. She is with her lifelong friend Max when they see the Northern Lights, and of course Max looks out for her, and they head home, yes his truck works, it is an older non-computerized model.
We get to witness what life will probably be like if such a catastrophe were to happen, martial law happens, and it seems no one is like they used to be. There are fires, and explosions, needless death, and everyday fights for survival, and should they stay in their town, or leave and go to where they might survive. Shelby wants to stay, and so does her son, he has a new love interest, but life isnt fair and decisions are made for them.
This is a book you wont be able to put down, and after the last page is turned, you wont soon forget. There are more answers to come and more to this story, but we have to wait a bit for more.
I received this book through Harvest House and the Author, and was not required to give a positive review.
MelissaAge: Under 18Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Prepare for the futureJune 21, 2016MelissaAge: Under 18Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0In one moment, life changes beyond imagination for Shelby Sparks, her son Carter, her childhood friend Max, and for every person and every animal. A solar flare disrupts and dramatically alters the way of life in ways that no one expected. Basic necessities like food, water, and shelter cause people to become anxious and combative in their communities. Medical care, basic supplies and basic human needs are now precious items. How will Shelby and her family and friends get through this change in their existence? Carter needs insulin, but, how long will their supply last?
This is a story of survival and faith. Vannetta Chapman brings the story and the characters to life in such detail that I felt I was right there with the people in the story. I could smell the smoke from the fires, hear the rumble of explosions and more.
Deep Shadows has made me think about preparing for the future, in case of a disaster. God promise's to always be with us and we are told not to worry about tomorrow. God provides and we need to go to Him in prayer, with our concerns and joys.
A wonderful book that I plan to read again.
BeckySW MIAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Light Creates Horrific Darkness...June 21, 2016BeckySW MIAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Fans of Terri Blackstock's the Restoration series will enjoy Vannetta Chapman's foray into the future from the past. Deep Shadows,#1 The Remnant, revolves around four friends. We meet author Shelby, whose son Carter has just graduated; lawyer Mark, her neighbor and past boyfriend; and Bianca and Patrick, their close friends. While hiking, the group discovers a solar flare so great that power throughout the country and possibly world has been cut off. The world as we know it changes drastically. Suddenly life becomes about survival, fighting off people who would seize what they can find, and taking care of the less fortunate. This is a truly terrorizing book because one cannot help but feel like this is a very real possibility in our world today.
Would our neighbors start arming themselves and setting up neighborhood watches? Would people become a law unto themselves?
Fortunately, the characters in this book have a solid faith to rely upon. Sometimes they have to shore each other up, as disaster upon disaster seems to occur. Are they strong enough to overcome the obstacles? And will Shelby ever look at Mark the way he wants her too? How far will Shelby go to protect her son? Chapman writes in such a way that draws you unwillingly into the now unstable town. You, the reader,vicariously cannot escape the effects of the solar flare, but must use all your wits, faith, and friendships to see you through this horrific time.
This is only book one, and the book ended on a definite note of more to come. There are also discussion questions and lists of things needed to stockpile for such an emergency.
I gratefully received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.