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The Second Sun (The Great and Terrible #3)

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The old king struggled, lifting his had again. The prince smiled at the motion and placed his mouth to the old man’s ear, feeling the heat of his skin on his lips. As he spoke his voice changed, as if another man were there. “It has started, my father,” he whispered in a soft, evil hiss. “There is no turning back. You might as well lift your hand to stop the sunrise as to ...more
Hardcover, 443 pages
Published October 17th 2005 by Shadow Mountain
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Tovi
This book is truly crazy!!! This series is about the Last Days. The author is LDS and writes it from that perspective, but was also a fighter pilot and doesn't fill the books with sappy Mormon stories, but truly opens your eyes to what the Last Days may be like and how the battle between good and evil has been an eternal thing. What a great serious that helped me understand my faith more and what purpose and preparation we need in our everyday lives. This book will leave you thinking and maybe s ...more
Denise
Now we're getting somewhere. This entry in the Great and Terrible series really starts ramping up the action. It's very today, very current, and sadly, very possible. This book made me rush out to buy the fourth one immediately. I keep wanting to know what happens next, and these books have an annoying habit of leaving things hanging. Good business on the author's part, but frustrating for the reader!
Susie Carson
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Janean
So glad I kept reading this series! This book was like reading a season of the TV show 24. I was completely engrossed the whole time and really had a hard time putting this one down.

The story continues as each of the main characters face little struggles of their own to do what is right and follow the spirit as it directs them to do great things. But most of the book is dedicated to the side characters, the various world leaders and how the beginning of the end of this world as we know it starts
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Heather
The battle for freedom and goodness continues against darkness and evil. I still don't know exactly how I feel about this series, but I want to finish it and see how it all comes together. It does make me think about life's purpose and the importance of standing up and fighting for good and right and remembering who we are.

Satan's lies continue and he deceives and leads many to horrible destruction as they seek for power. I thought this was an interesting quote where Satan calls his army into ac
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Cindy
Yikes. Scary. An apocalyptic novel that sugar coats nothing. I know the next books in the series will get worse before they get better but I'll keep reading.
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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John Worthington
I am really enjoying this series and the insights I am gaining on how Satan and his followers try to influence us. It is also very interesting how "the great ones" can be placed in situations that are very hard and difficult but will make them grow. I was sad (spoiler alert) to see the boys father die. I am ready to read the next book. What an excellent series with good and evil.
Shauna
What an influence Satan can have on our lives. He controls people, adds doubt, manipulates and lies, all to achieve destruction and misery. While he sits in the background and smiles.

This book brings us to World Wars. I was enthralled at the simplicity of the destruction of an individual, and the complexity of destroying nations.

Makes you think!
Luisa
Oh so good. I miss these books already and I just finished them and had to return them. : (

Favorite Quote: "The Beggar at the Pools of Bethseda- 'Do you know how long he waited? 38 years. Almost his entire life. 38 years he suffered alone, waiting patiently. Yet whenever the angel came, he never could reach the water intime, for he was too weak and feeble to be the first to the ppol. Can you imagine his discouragement? Can you imagine how he felt? 38 years he suffered, waiting for a miracle. He
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Andrea
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Mike
The Great and Terrible by Chris Stewart is a series of books that piqued my curiosity when I first heard about them. For those that have heard of the Left Behind series this takes the same subject matter but addresses it from an LDS perspective. Not only is Chris Stewart LDS but he is also retired military, so many of the things that are addressed in these books are done so through a perspective that I can really relate to.

I find it very interesting to see what might happen in the future which i
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Erin
This volume in the series, is fast moving and full of surprises. There are three story lines going on throughout the book. I love the relationship between Sam and his adopted father, Neil Brighton. They are so respectful of each other. I also love the part where Sarah Brighton and her sons are making a decision of where to go. They listen to and follow the spirit of the Lord that directs them to safety. I hope we all can listen to and follow in order to be safe.

OK so, the end, what a shock. I w
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Jenben8426
Prince Abdullah is finalizing his dark and evil plans to take control of the world and bring himself more power than he ever imagined. Azadeh is all alone in the world after her father was brutally murdered and she must find her way in a society that does not accept a young girl being alone. Sam Brighton is looking at a promising career as a soldier as he moves up the ranks. General Brighton has a deep feeling that things are horribly wrong in the world but how can he tell the President of the U ...more
Becca brown
I thought this book was a little better than the last one (where angels fall) because all the characters were already established and so there was no more confusion. Though, honestly, I love all the books.
Reading this book helped me recognize the difference between the prompting of the Spirit, and the tempting feelings and thoughts of the Devil. Very interesting insight. It helped me to see how real Satan is….and also how important and vital listening to the Holy Ghost can be.
I loved how Stewa
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J
I've only read this, the third in a trilogy. But I got the gist.

Basically, this is a Mormon-based view of End Times. Desert Books is the publisher, author is a Utahn apparently of Mormon persuasion. I as a Christian* however did find common ground in the basic scenario.

In this novel, a Satan-inspired Middle Eastern prince brings nuclear Holocaust to the U.S. Protagonists are Gen. Neil Brighton, his wife and oldest son, Sam -- who each do their part, as the holocaust approaches and occurs, to pro
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Mark Mitchell
This is the third book in the series by Chris Stewart called The Great and Terrible. Even more than the others, this is a page turner, (or in my case, a CD changer)and it is truly gripping throughout most of it, but I have the same objections I had before. In this one, Stewart kills off another major character, one that we know was ordained to do much good in the world. His death seems completely senseless, and I felt betrayed when I heard it. We know the character really well, we love him, we s ...more
Jeannie Lee
Oh My! What a book! I can see everything he describes as being entirely plausible. I can just imagine it going on in the world right now. This book certainly moved faster than the last. I the give the last one its due because it was setting up the characters. Great lessons learned, again from his spiritual insights that are incorporated into the book. Am I susceptible to my sisters' whisperings? Do I listen when they start whispering that I am not good enough, I am not thin enough, I am not pret ...more
Nancy
Unsettling is the word I'd use for this book. The epic last days battle of good vs. evil heats up very literally in The Second Sun. It's hard to imagine facing such evil. I'm not sure I'd want to. The book bounces from one storyline to the next and of course in true series fashion leaves questions unanswered and fates undetermined making the reader need to move on to the next book to look for answers. I felt sad to see a likeable major character killed off, but I suppose in this cataclysmic batt ...more
Deanna
I am painfully making my way through this series by author Chris Stewart. I'm sure he's a very nice person, and he certainly knows the military very well -- the descriptions of military action in these books are gripping and terrifying, enough excitement to warrant 2 stars. However, the rest of the writing, any time when he isn't describing a military intervention, is abysmal. His dialogue is stilted and fake (everyone calls each other "babe" or "baby"), his characterizations are one-sided and f ...more
Denise
This book was non-stop action and suspense! Really feels like our times. At times I really wondered how much of this was fiction. Chris Stewart has made this so true to life. Very fascinating and captivating! Another non-stop read!

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 an
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Apzmarshl
Installment 3.5...I know the parts that bore me are the ones that everyone else likes. But I am no strategist and the build up to the final events at the end of the book, were the parts that lost me. I mean, I totally read them and they weren't that bad but I am more invested in the relationships. Sue me. I'm a girl.
Luke and Ammon are preparing for missions. Luke finds a snarky little chick that derails him for a time.
Azadeh is saved from a refugee camp by Sam. She is brought to America and is
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Teri
The Second Sun Vol. 3 The Great and Terrible by Chris Stewart

This riveting series by Chris Stewart leaves you hanging for more. This end of days thriller gives you food for thought as I can see these things occurring. If you're not religious and into scriptures, you might have a hard time believing this speculative series. If you are religious, you'll devour this series, especially with so much happening like this series talks about. The Brighton Family are prepared for what's to come, Azadeh fi
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Tanya
I had to rate this one lower than the first 2. My attention kept getting lost in all the military parts of this book. I know that is where the story goes since it is a war, but I didn't like it as much. But because I like the characters and want to know what happens to them I kept reading. It ended better than I thought and renewed my interest a bit again.
Darlene
I began reading this last night (8/1) and had to put it down mid-way through chapter one.
'Perhaps this chapter is better suited to daytime reading' .... I thought, 'or an evening when I am not so drained from the sun and heat'.
This morning I picked it up again and a shiver ran down my spine.
Yes, this occurred with the other Stewart books I've read thus far in this series - not only thought provoking, but deep, lost-in-thought-pray-for-the-world thought.
As I said with the first in the series. I k
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Laura
This book was okay, but not as thrilling as some of my family members have said. Some of the situations, however, are quite plausible.

I really don't get into real-time feeling fiction books. They are probably among my least favorite genre of literature.

The thing I like best about this series is the wake up call it gives me. It is similar to C.S. Lewis's Screwtape Letters in that it helps me see and understand more clearly the different methods that the powers of light or Darkness work to influen
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Barbara
Aug 26, 2008 Barbara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Barbara by: Emily Watts
This book (the third in a series that depicts a great battle between Lucifer and the followers of Christ) focuses on a possible doomsday scenario for the United States. What would happen to our nation if we lost our allies, got booted out of the United Nations, and found ourselves on every country's enemy list? Could our nation survive a nuclear attack on Washington D.C.?

Although asking myself these questions scared me (because it could happen), it made me feel great motivation to be PREPARED.
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Natalie
whoa. This book has really made me think, like as in consider-every-thought-every-action-I've-made-eternal-worthiness think. All about the last days before the second coming, this book really helps me see things in perspective. and it also worries me that i live so near to DC. I mean, DC might really be a target some day...
Scott
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Kara
Another crazy intense read! I find myself thinking about preparation and being in tune with the spirit and understanding the eternal picture as I read these. Such a powerful story! I'm both scared and excited to see how it all continues to unfold.
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Great and Terrible (6 books)
  • Prologue: The Brothers (The Great and Terrible, #1)
  • Where Angels Fall (The Great and Terrible, #2)
  • Fury & Light (The Great and Terrible, #4)
  • From the End of Heaven (The Great and Terrible, #5)
  • Clear as the Moon (The Great and Terrible, #6)
Prologue: The Brothers (The Great and Terrible, #1) Where Angels Fall (The Great and Terrible, #2) Fury & Light (The Great and Terrible, #4) From the End of Heaven (The Great and Terrible, #5) Clear as the Moon (The Great and Terrible, #6)

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“There are others watching over you from the other side of the veil. We watch. We listen. And we understand. We never leave your side, Azadeh. Someone is always near, someone who knows you and loves you and wants you to succeed. You are never alone. There is always someone there. Think of that, remember, and it will give you the strength that you need.” 5 likes
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