Deep Shadows (The Remnant Series #1)Vannetta Chapman
Deep Shadows is the first book in Vannetta Chapman's newest series, The Remnant.Life in Abney, Texas, is predictable and safe--until the night a massive solar flare wipes out all modern technology. Shelby Sparks, novelist and single mom, had one goal: to provide for her d... Read More
Life in Abney, Texas, is predictable and safe--until 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 priority--to keep Shelby and her son safe--could 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.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jul 1, 2016
- UPC: 9780736966535
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 368
- Publish Date: Jul 1, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042060"
- ISBN: 0736966536
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- First book in The Remnant series! by Kris Anderson, The Avid Reader on 1/21/2017
Deep 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 ejection—solar 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 Max’s 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. Shelby’s 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, Abney’s mayor, rises to the occasion is helping to organize the town’s 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 Shelby’s 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 Chapman’s 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.
- Thought Provoking by Seasons of Opportunities on 8/29/2016
I enjoyed this book, even though, it wasn't just a fast page turner for me. In spite of that fact though, the story line was captivating, as author Vannetta Chapman takes us on a futuristic journey of solar flares, power outages, and a return to a past way of life. As Vannetta mentions at the end of the book, solar flares are actually possible, and the book is somewhat realistic, as far as, the fact that it could happen. She also includes some really helpful preparation tips in case you were caught in an emergency.
Shelby and Max have been friends for years, high school sweethearts at one point in time, and together on a hike when the solar flares hit. They don't live in Alaska where the Northern lights can be seen, but on this day, they witness them as far south as Texas. Frightened they head back to their town which is already in the beginning stages of disarray. Shelby's son Carter is a diabetic and on insulin. Power outages are everywhere, and modern technology is a joke (of the now past). How will they survive? All Shelby knows is that she will do whatever it takes to keep Carter alive, and Max will do whatever he can to see they are both taken care of. But when the situation spirals out of control, and Shelby is bent on taking care of herself, what can he do?
As they learn a whole new lifestyle and their small town attempts to make due under the current conditions, they also learn the value of friends and family, and most importantly faith. The main goal is currently - survival - and hopefully not just their own. I enjoyed reading about the way the town pulled together to weather the tragedy. How they got creative with coping and coming up with ways to fill in the gaps. I enjoyed Vannetta's take on faith and God's sovereignty in all that happened.
This book ends well, but also leaves a bit of a cliffhanger to encourage you to read number two in the series, which of course I am eagerly awaiting the release of when the time comes.
I received a copy of this book from Harvest House in exchange for my honest opinion. I was also blessed to win one from the author.
- Deep Shadows not for Me!! by Robin on 7/26/2016
Book Summary: All It Takes Is One Night to Plunge the World into Darkness Life in Abney, Texas, is predictable and safe--until 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 priority--to keep Shelby and her son safe--could 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. In this first book in an eerily plausible dystopian series, a memorable cast of characters must navigate a familiar world thrown into chaos.
Review: I love Ms. Chapman’s writing. Her characters are relatable and realistic. The storylines are realistic and easy to read. Yet, for me, I do not like this type of story. I tried really hard to enjoy the topic, yet I found it tragic. Her descriptions were realistic and scary. I think that Shell was a little self serving at times. Understandable at times. This was more for a prepper or doomsday enthusiastic type. I am not that type of person. I have enjoyed all of her book previously and believe I will enjoy her books after this series. The books are well written and well thought out. Ms. Chapman is truly a gifted writer and normally a favorite of mine, but had this been written by anyone else, I would have quit after 30 pages.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Harvest House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
- In the shadow priorities change and you adapt or you die! by Anne on 7/1/2016
Vannetta Chapman begins a new series (The Remnant) with her newest book, Deep Shadows. With the flash of a solar flare, life for residents of a small Texas town is changed, perhaps forever. Such a believable and possible situation to write about and the author does a wonderful job of making this story credible. She touches on aspects of life that one might not think about being affected with this type of disaster. Nursing homes--the lack of medication, food and staff. Stores--being depleted of supplies with no hope of being replenished. Murders for just about anything. The main characters are strong and easy to relate to. Shelby is a single mom whose main concern is her son and his health. "How do I protect Carter in a world that no longer makes sense?" A new and treacherous world in which she is now an immigrant. Max, a long-time friend, just wants to keep Shelby and Carter safe. Will faith in God and friends be enough to find a way to survive? Will God's children be able to grasp that despite agony and despair, they are under the care of a Heavenly Father? With edge-of-your-seat suspense this is an intense, provocative book, causing readers to wonder about their own reaction and preparedness for a disaster of this magnitude. At the end of the book, Chapman includes several very helpful additions--discussion questions, emergency preparation lists, suggestions on growing a victory garden and instructions on how to do CPR. A book NOT TO BE MISSED!
I received a copy of Deep Shadows from Harvest House Publishers in exchange for an honest opinion.
- Deep Shadows by Elizabeth on 6/28/2016
Deep Shadows ( The Remnant Series - Book 1 )
By: Vannetta Chapman
Deep Shadows is book one in The Remnant series by Vannetta Chapman. Wow, what a story. I have read most all of Chapman’s books and Deep Shadows is totally different from her Amish and Mystery books. She captured me right at the start and did not let go till the end, and then I wanted more. The story and the characters both are so real that you feel like you are right beside them. As I was reading I had to tell myself to breathe . A Solar Flare hits as far as Abney , Texas . Planes crash, trains run into each other, and all modern technology is wiped out. Chapman weaves a story that will make you think what would you do if this happen to you and the country? Are you prepared? What would you do if you had to take a certain medicine to live and no way to get it? This story is so powerful I did not want to put it down once I started it. Deep Shadows is one book you do not want to miss out on. Be sure and get your copy today. I can’t wait for book two in The Remnant series.
I was given a copy of this book by Harvest House Publishers and the author for my honest review.
- Impressive! by Nancee on 6/25/2016
Deep 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.
- Makes You Think by Maureen on 6/23/2016
Deep 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 isn’t fair and decisions are made for them.
This is a book you won’t be able to put down, and after the last page is turned, you won’t 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.
- Light Creates Horrific Darkness... by Babbling Becky L on 6/21/2016
Fans 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.