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Authors: Vannetta Chapman

Deep Shadows

BOOK: Deep Shadows



Scripture quotations are taken from

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Published in association with the literary agency of The Steve Laube Agency, LLC, 5025 N. Central Ave., #635, Phoenix, Arizona 85012.

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.


Copyright © 2016 by Vannetta Chapman

Published by Harvest House Publishers

Eugene, Oregon 97402

ISBN 978-0-7369-6653-5 (pbk.)

ISBN 978-0-7369-6654-2 (eBook)

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Chapman, Vannetta, author.

Title: Deep shadows / Vannetta Chapman.

Description: Eugene Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, [2016] | Series: The Remnant; book 1

Identifiers: LCCN 2015034375 | ISBN 9780736966535

Subjects: | GSAFD: Christian fiction.

Classification: LCC PS3603.H3744 D44 2016 | DDC 813/.6–dc23 LC record available at

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For Brenda and George





Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen

Chapter Eighteen

Chapter Nineteen

Chapter Twenty

Chapter Twenty-One

Chapter Twenty-Two

Chapter Twenty-Three

Chapter Twenty-Four

Chapter Twenty-Five

Chapter Twenty-Six

Chapter Twenty-Seven

Chapter Twenty-Eight

Chapter Twenty-Nine

Chapter Thirty

Chapter Thirty-One

Chapter Thirty-Two

Chapter Thirty-Three

Chapter Thirty-Four

Chapter Thirty-Five

Chapter Thirty-Six

Chapter Thirty-Seven

Chapter Thirty-Eight

Chapter Thirty-Nine

Chapter Forty

Chapter Forty-One

Chapter Forty-Two

Chapter Forty-Three

Chapter Forty-Four

Chapter Forty-Five

Chapter Forty-Six

Chapter Forty-Seven

Chapter Forty-Eight

Chapter Forty-Nine

Chapter Fifty

Chapter Fifty-One

Chapter Fifty-Two

Chapter Fifty-Three

Chapter Fifty-Four

Chapter Fifty-Five

Chapter Fifty-Six

Chapter Fifty-Seven

Chapter Fifty-Eight

Chapter Fifty-Nine

Chapter Sixty

Chapter Sixty-One

Chapter Sixty-Two

Chapter Sixty-Three

Chapter Sixty-Four

Chapter Sixty-Five

Chapter Sixty-Six

Chapter Sixty-Seven

Chapter Sixty-Eight

Chapter Sixty-Nine

Chapter Seventy

Chapter Seventy-One

Chapter Seventy-Two

Chapter Seventy-Three

Chapter Seventy-Four

Chapter Seventy-Five

Chapter Seventy-Six

Chapter Seventy-Seven

Chapter Seventy-Eight

Chapter Seventy-Nine

Chapter Eighty


Discussion Questions

Author's Note

Emergency Preparation Lists

How to Grow a Victory Garden

How to Perform CPR

About the Author

More Great Suspense from Vannetta Chapman

About the Publisher


This book is dedicated to Brenda and George Lumpkin. Thank you for enduring my think-out-loud process with this story line. Our shared backyard barbecues sustained me through that difficult first draft. You both provided valuable perspective, not to mention good, solid spiritual guidance. The games of 42 were a bonus. Love you guys.

I'd also like to thank the wonderful staff of Harvest House for allowing me to write something outside of my proverbial box. You took a chance on me, and for that I am quite grateful. You are a dream team to work with, and you deserve an acknowledgment page all your own. Also, I want to express gratitude to my agent, Steve Laube, who was invaluable in the negotiation of this contract.

Thanks to my pre-readers, Kristy and Janet, who combed through every word, searching out my errors. Thanks to Connie and Bill Voigt for the use of your names and for answering my questions. Thank you to Dorsey Sparks for the use of your name as well as your spunky personality.

I would like to express my gratitude to the folks in central Texas who not only answered my questions, but also have provided a lovely place to live. You are
salt of the earth
folks, and I'm proud to call you my neighbors.

Last, I would like to thank you, dear reader, for following me down this path of a different genre. My prayer is that this novel will cause you to look at your life, your neighbor, your town, and your faith with fresh eyes. If you've never been to the Texas hill country, come on down and enjoy some of the most beautiful land God created.

And finally…always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:20).

So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.

, C
11, V

We are living on the brink of the apocalypse, but the world is asleep.



Abney, Texas


helby Sparks couldn't breathe.

Max had knocked her to the ground seconds after the explosion. She heard the
of a home collapsing and felt the heat of the fire from where she lay in the middle of the street. None of that mattered.

She pulled in a deep breath, coughed on the smoke, and choked on the words she needed to say.

Someone screamed for help.

Another explosion ripped through their neighborhood.

A roaring fire surrounded them.

Shelby was consumed by a single thought—Carter was out there. She had to reach her son. She pushed against Max, pleaded with him to let her up, tried to jab him with her elbows. All the while, she fought the sobs tightening her throat.

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