From the End of Heaven (The Great and Terrible, #5)
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From the End of Heaven (The Great and Terrible #5)

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As millions of Americans face the prospect of imminent starvation, chaos and violence rule the angry streets. For some, all hope is lost as they struggle in a world suddenly turned on its head. But for those who keep their faith, hope is still alive. While Sara Brighton helps a shadow government rise to power, Sam and Bono are sent on the most dangerous military mission of...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 14th 2008 by Deseret Book
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Deanna
I discovered something about this series with this book -- it wasn't meant to be read aloud. I have listened to the audio CD of the first 4 books, and unfortunately, this allowed the mediocre reader to emphasize the cliche phrases of Mr. Stewart ("she pressed her lips together", "he compressed his lips," "she bit her lip" -- what's with the lip fetish?) over and over again. All of these books have been obtained for me by my lovely local library from the Salt Lake Library system, but an error was...more
Diane
I had to read it so my mom sent it to me -thanks! I couldn't put it down and now I have to wait for number 6 -yikes! I did read from the author that #6 will be the last book but in a few years will write a trilogy with the grandchildren of the characters. Interesting!

Here is the interview he was talking about his upcoming writing:

When people finish this last book they are not going to have a sense that the story is unended. They are going to feel like, "Oh, that's it." And I think there is a rea...more
Kelsey
This is my least favorite of the series. I'm entertained by the general story but the author's writing weaknesses this far into the series are driving me crazy. He is good at building suspense, creating despicable bad guys and escalating drama but in those moments he sometimes gets caught up in telling unnecessary details that bog down momentum and I find myself mouthing, "Blah, blah, blah."

Another weakness is to repeatedly exaggerate similar spiritual events, but with different characters, to...more
Denise
If I were the type of person to get freaked out about the future, this book would really get to me. Oh, wait. I AM that type of person. And so I'm determined to get those water barrels filled TODAY, and finish my food storage inventory. And possibly buy a gun. Or three.

This book continues the Great and Terrible saga, and things are coming to a head. Battle lines have been drawn. Food is scarce, water is scarcer, the government is in shambles, and people are showing their true natures, for better...more
Erin
So far my favorite from this series has been the first book, however I have enjoyed them all very much. More than the actual storyline, what I find most interesting are the events that take place and the overall reactions by the people who are not key figures. The writing isn't wonderful and some of the conversations seem a little bland but it is still a compelling story. I hear there is only one more book after this; I can't imagine how it will wrap up that soon!
Amy Gilson
I'm LOVING this series. It's one one those stories where you can sit back and say, Whoa, this could totally happen, it IS happening all around us. It has completely changed my outlook on the "Last Days" and preparing for the Second Coming of the Savior. We all know it's going to get really bad before it gets better and Chris Stewart has woven a wonderfully complex story portraying the Great and the Terrible!
Kristin
Yea! I finally got to read book 5 of this series. I love this author and this series. He certainly leaves the door wide open for book 6 at the end of the book. Sigh . . . I guess I'll start anticiptaing it's release already.
Kelley
My dad is actually the person who got me reading the "Great and Terrible" series. The author, Chris Stewart, is a business associate of both my dad and myself from the banking world. Chris is a very gentlemanly, professional, soft-spoken man and its strange for me to imagine such horrible stories coming out of his imagination. I simply can not imagine him saying some of the things his young characters say like "dude" and "awesome."

I am not a fan of Mormon fiction - let me say that up front. Som...more
Verona
Feb 15, 2012 Verona rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: those who would like to see into the possible future
Recommended to Verona by: Ashley Funkhouser Nuga, my granddaughter
We are loving this series of books on CD. The series is called "The Great and the Terrible," and is a series of 6 novels by Chris Stewart. I read the first novel in hardback book form, and was intrigued. So when my friend Monja Burgess offered to loan us the whole series on CD, I jumped on that idea. I wanted to share this with my husband, so we started over and now have listened to 5 of the 6 in the series. This one has brought new thoughts and considerations into my mind. I haven't worried ov...more
Heather Murphy
Gripping excitement about endearing characters in the last days of the earth. Scenes containing vast intricate details from the mechanics behind certain types of shooting guns to the politics behind international relations to what motivates people to act. Extremes play out between evil and goodness, darkness and light, bound and free, the vileness and the beauties of the earth, fear and hope. This author doesn’t hide the terrible. It makes one consider and perhaps even prepare in case something...more
Candace Salima
Sep 27, 2009 Candace Salima rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Candace by: Me
From the End of Heaven is the fifth book in the very excellent "The Great and Terrible" series by best-selling author, Chris Stewart.

I'll be honest, from the very first book in the series, Prologue: The Brothers, I was completely blown away. Chris Stewart can write! I was hooked immediately and have anxiously been awaiting each new release. Yes, I am one of the first to be at the store on the day of release. I had to wait three weeks before I could purchase this one and thought I was going to di...more
Jenben8426
The United States continues to spiral downward as food and water become ever more scarce and evil continues to take hold of the citizens. The Brighton family along with their new friends must move away from the city of Chicago but it is becoming increasingly difficult to move through all the destruction. Meanwhile the government grows more corrupt with evil men calling the shots behind the mock president. A small group of loyal patriots hide out and try and pull the constitution back together, b...more
Heather
The story and war continues. This was probably my least favorite in the series so far, but there were a few interesting points and definitely suspense. I liked the messages of the importance and power of prayer, following the Spirit, having faith and being courageous. The book definitely paints the picture of the reality of the war going on on both sides of the veil.

Here are a couple quotes I liked:

"The eyes of God and all the holy prophets are watching us. This is the great dispensation that ha...more
Maggie
What happens when the world goes dark? The battle of good against evil intensifies in the darkness of an EMP-devestated America. The electromagnetc pulses that wiped out the country'sentire electrical grid have reduced people to an almost animal existence. While those with good hearts pull together to help each other, those inclined to evil find free reign for the rage that Satan and his minions are stirring up in their hearts.

For Sara Brighton, the time is fast approaching when she must face th...more
Heather
This is the first Chris Stewart book I've read--and it's book 5 in a series. The writing was great, although the story wasn't as developed as I'd hoped. Browsing through other reviews, I can see that his other books are better in that avenue.

Knowing it's for the LDS market, I was able to forgive the obvious language replacements for swear words--which were silly at times. As an LDS writer myself I know what it's like to write inside the box.

Overall, the plot was dark and depressing--with only a...more
Wendy
This is absolutely LDS junkfood fiction. However, I really enjoyed the book and the series. It's a story that takes individuals from the spirit world and tracks them through their lives and the ways their lives connect. The story is set in the last days. I've been especially interested to see how the characters deal with the events that happen. It's definitely made me think about my own physical preparedness. The book is also a techno/military thriller. It reminds me a bit of Tom Clancy's Jack R...more
Max Skidmore
It has been fascinating and sobering to seriously consider life without electricity. Especially if everything that worked on electricity (watches, cars, trucks, planes, water pumps, etc.) suddenly stopped as if someone had turned off a giant switch that controlled the entire USA. So many IMMEDIATE challenges. You could flush a toilet ONCE and then later wish you had the gallon and 1/2 of water that had been in the tank. Within a day or so, everything in your refrigerator would spoil. Reading thi...more
Teri
The Great and Terrible Vol 5: From The End Of Heaven by Chris Stewart

This Volume is just as mesmerizing as the previous book, but since this one was a Whitney finalist this year, I'd say it's a tad better. We see The Brighton's, Mary, her young, cancer-ridden daughter Kelly Beth and Azadeh keeping one step ahead of the enemy. Bono is attempting to reach his wife and daughter in Memphis, while Sam tries to find his family near Chicago. The never-ending battle between Good and Evil keeps you readi...more
Von Sowards
What would you do if all the lights went out? How would society react? Would we all become savage, desperately doing anything just to secure the survival of our families and more importantly ourselves? Would we be ready to kill at a whim because now that society as we know it is gone right and wrong don't matter anymore?

Or maybe...

Would people actually become more down to earth and loving toward each other? Would we band together in order to survive? Would the life of another become more valued...more
Sabrina
This series really makes me think... What I loved about this one is how during the book there is all this turmoil and bad things happening, but towards the end I can sense that things are going to be right and end the way they are supposed to. There are many series that I have read that I get that sense of a turning point in the story. I am really looking forward to the final book!
Cydnie
I can't believe that these books that depress me also keep me wanting to read more! I just hope that Volume 6 has a 'happy ending'.

In volume 5 our family is struggling to survive along with the rest of the country. Lucifer is rejoycing as people quickly turn
'animalistic' as food and water run short. We see the country being taken over by evil men and women, with their own special agenda in mind - not what's best for the 'everyman'. But as bad as people can become, there is still hope. Those who...more
Emily
Nov 01, 2008 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: people who like Mormon fiction
Recommended to Emily by: Ellen
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Steph
Oct 30, 2008 Steph rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone- read the first 4 first though
Recommended to Steph by: Jen
I had a harder time getting into this book than the first 4, but it was still a very good read. Whenever I read one of these books, it shakes me to the core-- if a nation-wide disaster on the scale described in these books is possible (and let's not be naive... it is possible) we had better do what LDS church leaders have been admonishing us to do for decades, and get some food and especially water stored up!! Not to be paranoid, but these books really help you see what the world will be like if...more
Amy
Jun 07, 2008 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone LDS or anyone interested in preparedness and the last days
This book was great! Chris Stewart is such a dramatic writer. There was a part toward the end of this book that I told Karl (my husband who I have been reading this series with) I don't think I can read this. My stomach is tied in knots and I'm afraid. I thought I would have nightmares! I won't tell you more because I don't want to give anything away! I LOVE this series and this author. I have to add that I don't just love it for the writing, it has improved my knowledge and faith. It had made m...more
Joyce
Aug 14, 2008 Joyce rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: LDS fiction, end of days fiction
Shelves: lds-fiction
Too many characters--did we really need to add so many more in volume 5? The flow of the book was jerky, as we continually broke away from one character's story (at the most interesting point, of course), to spend several chapters on another characters story line, only to break away from that when it became interesting, and move on to a third, etc. By the time we returned to the first character's plot line, who could remember what it was anymore? And did we still even care? The political line wa...more
Verlee
Aug 29, 2008 Verlee rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone interested in preparedness
The best part of this book for me, was showing me what can happen to our society, so that I could figure out what more I want to do to prepare. I want to buy a cow now...and make sure my bicycles are in good shape! I guess I'd heard about emp's but never registered what that would really do,....seems likely...and I want to be in a good position when it does. These books are a bit scary, but they also portray how the good will win..so if we are prepared and living right, and something like this h...more
Janet
I thought this book was great. But tough! It is hard to read about the horrible things that people do to each other. The thing I have really liked about the whole series is the way Stewart writes about the adversary and his minions (I love that word-- minions) whispering in our ears, feeding into our insecurities and fears. I think it must be exactly that way. I like that he puts them out there as very real and present all around.
You read this book, and the others, and you find yourself ponderi...more
Janean
This book was about surviving the chaos and anarchy that has erupted both in the cities and the country. It is scary how quickly people become desperate and turn to violence over little things. This story also illustrates how quickly the grey areas disappear and people show whose side they are really on. Despite the massive amounts of evil in the world, Satan almost has no power over the truly good people because they are so powerful and full of the spirit. He can only make their lives hard. Bec...more
Tricia
This is a good story, and I'm excited to read the last of the series. I really hope it wraps it up well. For me the problem with these books has never been the story, it's really the writers style... not my favorite. I have a huge problem with everyone in the book having the same characteristics, in this case they all bite, chew or press their lips... Just saying, it bothers me. I'm also feeling like all of the spiritual experiences are way too similar. I'm glad they're having them but, I find t...more
Emily
I can't help but love this series. They are scary real books! In this book there is mass chaos in the US. Washington DC got annihilated last book, so this one continues with the lack of government and wickedness going on in the leadership. Also, the Brighton family and friends have to try to escape from Chicago which has turned into a war zone. These are written for an LDS audience, and it is so interesting to see how Satan and his minions control the hearts and minds of people. If you are inter...more
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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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