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Fury & Light (The Great and Terrible #4)

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The world waits in suspense as America struggles to survive following the attack on Washington, D.C., but who remains to run the government? Who will make the world-changing decisions that must be made? As King Abdullah prepares for the final attack that will bring America to its knees, the characters are trapped in a desperate fight for their lives. Sara Brighton and her ...more
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Shadow Mountain
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Kara
It took me a lot longer to get into this one than the previous books, but I still really enjoyed it. My mind is always racing as I read these, thinking about what can happen in the world and how crazy it could be. But then I remember that if we are prepared we don't need to fear. And I remember how God is truly a god of miracles and He can guide us and direct us and do amazing things. It's the world and Satan's influence that teaches us that good can't happen and that things are impossible, but ...more
Joshua Steimle
Once again the story is interesting enough and well-written enough to keep me going, but not well-written enough to keep me from rolling my eyes every now and then. Stewart indulges in stereotypes, cliches, and downright cheesy language. Worst of all, I keep finding myself reading and thinking "But a real person would never do that!" or "A real human would never say something like that!" It's not so bad as to make the series unreadable--I still like the books although I wouldn't necessarily reco ...more
Deanna
Okay, this series deserves a review. Hmmm. Where to start?

Writing Style and Story: two stars. It is painful in parts. Especially in the first book, "Prologue: The Brothers." The series is many parts boring, and several parts cheesy. I skimmed a lot of this series. It seemed that over half of the entire series was devoted to everything and everyone but our main characters. Everyone that was in the story seemed to have a chance to tell the story from the good to the bad to the insignificant. There
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Denise
Big payoffs! Things really heat up in book 4, but it still leaves us hanging, so I hope the author is hard at work on book 5. I was very happy with the developments in the story. Thoroughly satisfying.
Teri
The Great and Terrible Vol 4: Fury and Light by Chris Stewart

This installmen of Chris's fantastic and mesmerizing end days series was the best thus far in my book. I thoroughly enjoyed an d was held spellbound by what was happening to the Brighton's along the way after the aftermath of an EMP devastated America. It showed how miracles can still happen amidst chaos, even with Satan and his minions doing their dastardly evil. This volume shows how an EMP throws America back to the pre-industrial a
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Jenben8426
The world is on the edge of total disaster of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has brought the United States to their knees. His evil plan is moving forward with the help of Satan. Sara Brighton is heading West with her sons Luke and Ammon. She is relying on the Spirit to help her know what to do. Sam Brighton is on his way home from overseas but does not know what he will find once he returns to his home near Washington, D.C. Meanwhile Avadeh has met her foster mother and sister and begins to crea ...more
Becca brown
Wow. WOW. I just can’t believe it. This book is very satisfying. After all the endless military detail, violence and jumping around in past books, this one is like a breath of fresh air. I loved it. It was easier to follow, more touching, and more exciting. Now that the characters are fully developed and you feel a lot closer to them, their stories and feelings have a greater impact.
The whole thing was mind boggling. Could that EMP thing really happen, and that easily bring the US to its knees?
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Emily
Oct 10, 2008 Emily rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everybody
Recommended to Emily by: Ellen
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Mark Mitchell
The fourth book in the series, "The Great and Terrible," by Chris Stewart. This book seems to begin the return to hope in the series. We see the adversary, in his quest for domination of men's souls and the whole world, finally meet defeat. We see people finally able to thwart his machinations. This is exceedingly satisfying. One cannot help but wonder why we had to wait this long for God to begin inspiring people for their protection and temporal salvation, but maybe because Stewart has almost ...more
Heather
When the world turns dark and is coming apart it becomes even more apparent that the most important blessings we have are the guidance of the Spirit, the power of prayer, and the power of the priesthood. This is a crazy book - and makes you think about what you would do if the world changed in an instant and you were left on your own. "'But if ye are prepared ye shall not fear (D&C 38:30 on p. 261).'"

A few other quotes that I liked:

"'Nothing makes sense anymore, Mom. Nothing at all. The only
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Janean
This one was really good too! The story is about the journey of the main characters finally coming together in one place despite the challenges and craziness of the end of the world going on around them. The Lord guides them in the directions they should go and Satan puts obstacles in their paths. We know that Satan continues to get stronger in these days and we see evidence of that every day. But it will be truly amazing to see the power of God in the last days as well. I do believe there will ...more
Devon
Nov 18, 2008 Devon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who would listen to me
Recommended to Devon by: my Sister, Terry Kocher
This is Volume 4 of the Great & Terrible series. I read it out of order, but it was a great book stronger than volume 5. In this book, those dirty old Saudi royalty set off an atomic bomb over Washington, DC and that pretty well shut down the government. The soldiers around the world were called home to regroup. Then (gnashing of teeth, here) the rascals set off 4 atomic bombs over the 4 quadrants of the USA which resulted in an Electro-Magnetic Pulse that successfully burned out every elect ...more
Denise
All of these books leave you hanging at the end! AHHH! Who knows when the next one will be out. I waited like a year and a half for this one. It was awesome! Another one way too close to reality. I love it! I couldn't put it down!

About the series:
These books are fantastic! The series starts in the Pre-existance and is supposed to conclude with the Second Coming. They are wonderfully written and packed full of action and suspense! I love them because they are written in line with the Gospel and
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Erin
Jun 16, 2009 Erin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes books on "last days"
Recommended to Erin by: My sister, Marcy
Just like most everyone else, this is my favorite book in this series, so far. Some of my friends had a hard time reading books 2 and 3 of this series because they seemed so violent and depressing. This book makes up for the other two. Although full of hardships, trials, and impossible tasks, there was hope in this book. A hope that despite these hardships, divine direction is given and people do survive such hardships.

Thinking about the possibilities of what could happen, I am motivated to con
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Sue
I've been reading the Great and Terrible series and I really enjoyed them. However book 4, "Fury & Light", really threw me for a loop! I had never understood what could or would happen if "the grid went down" where all electrical everything stopped working. In this book 4 nuclear bombs were detonated high in the atmosphere over the four quadrants of the United States effectively destroying everything that operates with electricity or batteries. Think cars, cell phones, computers, lights, wat ...more
Susie Carson
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Wendy Burke
While the story line continues strong and interesting as ever, there is a marked difference between Stewart's releases through MERCURY INK and the original release of this on-going story.

The MERCURY INK releases (ie Glenn Beck's pub house)are edited better and formatted properly for Kindle, etc. The original releases (and I started buying/reading them as I didn't want to WAIT for another month for the Mercury release ...sorry, Glenn, I love ya, but I read quickly!) have a bit of head hopping (po
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Scott
Almost too glossy in the area of "God-directed Coincidentals". Think, Soldier jumping out of a jumbo jet intercepting a doctor on the way down and landing like a pillow in his lost mother's arms just in time to save his brother's life who is bleeding out on the side of the road. Chris, you had 6 books to spread it all out in! Why rush it in this one? The book started off so good, and then the excitement gave way to predictability. Let Down. What I continue to enjoy is the contrasting good vs. ev ...more
Kevin
Another terrific book in the series. The book is fast-paced and well-written. Probably the fastest read I've ever seen.

The one annoying trend I'm starting to see is the overuse of words like "cool", "dude", and "baby" in conversations. It makes the dialogue seem contrived.
Max Skidmore
Another great book in this series. This time, the bad guys launch four nukes aboard Scud missiles that detonate almost simultaneously about nearly 300 miles above the United States. The resulting Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) fries every electrical circuit in America that isn't protected or hardened. Think cars (electronic ignitions), watches, computers, refrigerators, water pumps, etc. Airplanes fall from the sky and everyone in flight dies. The US is immediately sent almost 200 years into the pa ...more
Cherie
This book is really terrifying because you realize that something like
what happened in this story (a complete electrical wipeout, an EMP, caused by terrorist generated nuclear explosions in the atmosphere)
is not a far-fetched fictional idea, but could really happen in our world. The Brighton family in this multi-volume saga is as prepared for a disaster of this nature as any family could be and they still face so many problems and obstacles that they hadn't even thought about!
Where does that lea
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Tricia
So far, my favorite of the series. I like fiction, laced in reality. Usually I find that the author will take you from, everything is good, but there's some type of mystery. To a place where it seems like the world is falling apart. To, oh joy, our hero has fixed everything, and life is back to normal, maybe even better! This series has gone from bad to worse.... I'm not complaining it is an 'End of Days' story. I've read the Bible, they're not going to be pretty. Things have gotten very bad for ...more
Darcee
Again, GREAT book! Really gets me thinking about how I need to prepare for emergencies; both physically & spiritually.

This book does a great job of making a fictional story seem so real. I love how it also helps you see the big picture in life. It helped me realize that God really does have a plan for me and the people I meet in life could be apart of it. Most of the time being an instrument in God's hands has to do with relationships we have with others.

Anyways, this book shows the streng
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Carl Johnson
One of the best series of all time. The only problem is that after reading the whole series, I keep thinking how probable/possible the premise may be...
Cindy
This series gets better and better. At times I was reading as fast as I could - almost skimming - because I couldn't wait to see what would happen.
Von Sowards
Three stars are those ok books that I enjoyed but did not fall in love with. As I read a book I envision how I would make it in to a movie. I know that this book series would never be made into a movie due to its need for a large budget and it's limited target market. Don't get me wrong, big budget production companies aren't going to refuse it JUST because it is LDS Fiction, they would not take up the project because the Mormon market is not big enough to pay the bills. If the honestly thought ...more
Erin Despain
The series is finally getting more interesting to me. There's more action and more focus on the main characters rather than just background information and technical details. It's still not a favorite by any means, but I'm actually interested in finishing the series now- not just because my mom and brothers suggested it.
Cydnie
My friends all know how frustrated I have been with this series. Each volume ending with a cliff hanger - not really concluding. But, I am so emotionally invested with the characters that I have to keep reading to see what happens!!
I was sort of depressed as volume 3 ended, but I loved that volume 4 brought everything together. [made me hope for a 'happy' ending to come:] I like the way that the author weaves spirituality into his characters. They are willing to listen to the Spirit and follo
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Angie
Hard to put down and thought-provoking. The scenarios that happen are nightmarish. Makes me want to be more emergency prepared. I can't wait to see how the series ends.
Melody
I read this all in one day, for I didn't want to put it down. I absolutely loved this one, even as I was realizing wow, what devastation to our country could happen in an instant... (Makes me want to be prepared as much as possible!)
But this book left me with hope, and I just loved the idea that though Satan is fighting against the light with all his might, we will prevail, for the Lord is always there, and He is always going to lead us, we just need to keep listening to Him, and following the
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Chris Stewart is a bestselling author and world-record-setting Air Force pilot whose previous military techno-thrillers have been selected by the Book of the Month Club and published in six different countries. He is the author of the highly acclaimed series The Great and Terrible, as well as A Christmas Bell for Anya, which was performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir during their 2005 Christma ...more
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Prologue: The Brothers (The Great and Terrible, #1) Where Angels Fall (The Great and Terrible, #2) The Second Sun (The Great and Terrible, #3) From the End of Heaven (The Great and Terrible, #5) Clear as the Moon (The Great and Terrible, #6)

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