First Line Friday — Vanished

24 Apr

Happy Friday! Today I pulled another unread book off my shelf that has been there a very long time — Vanished by Kathryn Mackel. After reading the back cover, I am at a loss of why it has been neglected so long. One of the endorsements describes it as intense suspense and white-knuckle reading. Oh yes, I need to move this book up to the top of the TBR. Have you read it? Please let me know your thoughts.

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A terrorist bombing. A rogue experiment. A community vanished. Who will save them now? In a series that blends the urgent action of the Left Behind books with the alluring weirdness of the television show Lost, this first book opens with a terrorist bombing that combines with a rogue underground experiment to rip a clovershaped section of the working-class city of Barcester loose from the world. Cut off from any hope of help, police sergeant Jason Logan fights to keep order and track the terrorist mastermind. But after a second bomb explodes, effectively sealing the displacement of the vanished area, he knows the nightmare is just beginning. As the mist from the bomb slowly clears, those inside the vanished community find themselves surrounded by a majestic wilderness that is both primitive and primal as the vanished community battles for survival against enemies they’ve always known and forces they’ve never imagined


As a screenwriter (writing as Kathy Mackel), Kathryn Mackel has worked for Disney, Fox, and Showtime. She’s famous with the kids for the Disney movie Can of Worms. She was the credited screenwriter for Frank Peretti’s Hangman’s Curse (with Stan Foster) and part of the story team for Left Behind: The Movie.


9 Responses to “First Line Friday — Vanished”

  1. Paula Shreckhise April 24, 2020 at 11:41 am #

    My first line is from chapter 6 of One Hundred Valleys by Bonnie Leon:
    The Indians had kept moving, but Emmalin held on to the rifle.

    • rbclibrary April 25, 2020 at 6:08 am #

      That sounds exciting!

  2. lelandandbecky April 24, 2020 at 12:41 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Collateral Damage” by Lynette Eason:

    “Sergeant First Class Asher James stared at Captain Phillip Newell, sure that he’d heard wrong.”

    • rbclibrary April 25, 2020 at 6:09 am #

      I have this on the TBR shelf. Can’t wait to read it.

  3. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) April 24, 2020 at 3:51 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing the first line from Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock: “He left me for a size-two selfie star and didn’t want me to make a scene.”

    • rbclibrary April 25, 2020 at 6:09 am #

      My book club loved that book.

  4. bellesmoma16 April 24, 2020 at 8:01 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    On my blog I’m sharing from Being Known by Robin Jones Gunn. It’s such an EXCELLENT story. Currently, I’m reading Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish by Bethany Turner. I’m just getting into chapter 2 so I’ll share a line from there.
    “Meemaw? Are you home?”
    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy reading! 🙂

    • rbclibrary April 25, 2020 at 6:10 am #

      Enjoy your reading weekend!

      • bellesmoma16 April 26, 2020 at 1:35 pm #

        Thank you! You too!!

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