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About the Author
Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. All of her books have been Christian Book Distributor bestsellers. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather's birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. She currently writes Amish fiction for Abingdon Press, Zondervan, and Harvest House. She lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.
Rebecca Mitchell is a performance artist and classically trained vocalist, as well as a professional host, emcee, and personality. Her natural flair for the dramatic, coupled with her love of being in the studio, brought her to the world of narrating in 2013.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B01M0GH06Y
- Publisher : Harvest House Publishers (January 31, 2017)
- Publication date : January 31, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 822 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 354 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #138,255 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Vanetta Chapman wondered all those things and has written an amazing book, Raging Storm.
Small town Texas, it happened, a solar flare and no one expected this...the total chaos, friends turning on friends, complete ransacking of grocery stores, panic...but yet, there remains those who would still share what they have with those who do not. But what if your child is an insulin-dependent diabetic?
Raging Storm is a stunning novel of the speculative genre. Well-worth the read. You won't be able to put it down, I promise.
PS. If you haven't read the first in the series, Deep Shadows!
Honestly, Carter's parts were my favorite in this installment, and I found myself understanding and appreciating his perspective quite a bit. I love how, even with everything he's been through, he still looks for ways to apply his knowledge and ingenuity to help make other people's lives better. Also, I totally understood how difficult it would be for him to know that others were risking their lives for his and not be allowed to do anything to help it. Oh, and I adored his relationship with Roy and Georgia! <3
Shelby, on the other hand, annoyed me rather badly at times. For one thing, I couldn't figure out why she thought the chaos in Austin wasn't going to be exponentially worse than the chaos in Abney. Granted, there are certain things that don't make rational sense (like people burning perfectly good buildings for no reason), but I felt like a lot of problems that knocked Shelby for a loop were rather foreseeable. Also, her apparent assumption that they were just going to be able to waltz into Austin, find the insulin, and trade for it without any knowledge of the lay of the land was a bit baffling, and when combined with her impatience every time they had to take a detour or wait for someone who could help them, it became downright frustrating. Maybe her impatience would have been more understandable if they had been up against a tighter deadline--say, if Carter had only had a week's supply of insulin left--but as it was, every time Shelby started to complain about how long it was taking, I wanted to stare at her and ask, "What did you expect?" My frustration with her on that point in particular made it a little hard to empathize with her as much as I wanted to.
I did love all her friends and the way they surrounded and supported her--that scene near the end... *sobs* And while I had guessed the generalities of one character's revelation, I had not guessed the specifics, and I had to backtrack and revise my mental image of a certain character a bit. :) I also enjoyed getting to know several of the peripheral characters as well.
The near-total anarchy did come with a fair bit of violence, and I liked the fact that the characters acknowledged the moral dilemmas they faced, although there weren't a lot of straightforward answers. I did hesitate at one point when Shelby was mulling over the lengths she'd go to to protect Carter's insulin supply--is it the same as self-defense when you're protecting something necessary to someone's survival?--but overall, I thought the author did a good job of not shying away from how difficult these issues are, even in a survival scenario.
I was a little confused by the ending--not sure why it ends on a cliffhanger when the next book appears to pick up months afterward--but maybe that will become clear in the next one. I'm still very curious how or whether they're going to solve the problem of a long-term insulin supply with society in the state that it is at the moment...
Content--mentions of blood, wounds, dead bodies, etc.; violence, including gunplay and deaths; mentions of swearing; mentions of smoking and drug use; mentions of kissing; mentions of a cult-like leader manipulating people
• The writer's words painted clear pictures that helped me to visualize the scenes and the emotions of the characters. The author's writing style was concise vivid, and clear.
• The descriptions of locations and emotions were well done, easy to visualize, and to feel. I felt like I was a part of the scenes with Shelby, Max, Patrick, and Bianca on their quest to find insulin for Carter.
• I liked Shelby in the first book of this series. Now, she is a hothead, stubborn, impatient, and makes bad decisions. Her actions are sometimes irrational.
• There were many twists and turns to this plot, which kept my interest. There was lots of action and suspense. This book was not predictable.
• The pacing of the story was neither too slow nor too fast.
• There was a smooth, coherent flow to this book.
• This story had a satisfying ending and was a great starting place for the next book in the Remnant Series.
• This was a clean read and I appreciated that.
• This was a Christian apocalyptic novel. Religion was a part of the characters' daily lives. No religious lectures.
• The narrator had a pleasant voice. However, there were not many different character voices.
I am looking forward to reading more of the Remnant Series and learning how Shelby, Carter, and Max deal with the situations life deals them.
I wanted to mention the fact that these books are free of swearing/foul language and anything of a sexual nature. What a refreshing change!
One thing I would have liked to see, since the folks are mostly Christians, would be the mention of prayer, more than just in passing.
Why is no one praying over them before they venture into various scary situations?? Why not even a prayer of thanks over the meals out on the ranch?? It wouldn't be "preachy" but a natural part of what believers do if they truly walk with the Lord.
Other than that, this is another compelling and probably quite realistic look at life as we might know it in the near future.
I've been prepping to some degree for several years, but this reminds me of how far I have to go, and I appreciate the useful lists at the end of each book.
I still don't like Shelby or understand what motivates so much negativity.
This series was great and I look forward to the next book in the series.