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The Second Sun

(The Great and Terrible #3)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  4,108 ratings  ·  405 reviews
The old king struggled, lifting his hand 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
Paperback, 443 pages
Published August 4th 2010 by Deseret Book (first published October 17th 2005)
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May 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 16, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Mar 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lds-fiction
This was the best of the 3 so far because the plot is more interesting/exciting but it seems like the story could be so much shorter without any problem. I feel like I'm laboring through the words to get to the story. But I'll continue to labor through the next volume so that says something for the story. The fact that it's laborious and that I always put it off if I have another book also says something for the writing.
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
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whoa . . .

Shocking and completely frightening how plausible this story is. Excellent. I'm anxious to get to the end. I'll review the series then.
Sydney Knight
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Samuel Jared
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Where Angels fall, the second book in the Great and terrible series by Chris Stewart. It is about a prince who desperately wants to become king, but is not the crown prince. When he meets a man who wants to help him, the man persuades the prince to kill his way to the throne. So throughout the book, the prince is trying kill off all of the crown prince’s family, including the crown prince. When the crown prince learns of this threat, he hides away his family in a remote location out of t ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I mentioned in another review, I am not a fan of LDS fiction but I'm so glad I'm reading this series. It's definitely worth the read and I'm enjoying the books.

As for this book in particular, I enjoyed it for the most part. There were several places where I felt the military lingo/description was too much (probably stemming from the author's time in the military) and I found myself skimming over much of the description of flying, airplanes, etc.

Another problem I have with the book is the deat
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lds-fiction
The plot picks up in this installment, and sets the stage for the rest of the series. Much more excited to finish the series now.
Jess Wilson
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loving this series!! There end was SO sad, but I can't wait until I read the next one.
Lisa Reising
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Wonderful story-telling, enough to overlook the annoying technical points of the writing.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this series
Orion Bowers
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very enthralling. It continues the story of Luke, Ammon, Sam, and Azadeh and highlights difference between their struggles. The book is a great introduction to the LDS's Plan of Salvation. The writing was descriptive but a bit slow. I did enjoy the constant changing of viewpoints similar to Robert Jordan's books. The cultures portrayed felt very real and seemed to grab my attention. Like all the other books, it ends in a cliffhanger. The story seems to be getting more and more inten ...more
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Becca brown
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely the best of the series so far. It still had some slow, dry parts, but it also had a few parts where I wanted to keep reading, so, better than the last 2!
Nov 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These just get better and better. It's almost like this author channeled Clancy. His own experience as a fighter pilot comes into play here in big ways. Rarely does a book leave me shaken with my guts in knots, but this one did. In this installment, the nation's capital is nearly obliterated by a nuclear device released by the Saudis. Days later, the entire nation is essentially plunged back to the 1880s as additional nuclear devices are released high over American cities--the release of which c ...more
Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Mar 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jeannie Lee
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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

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)
“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.” 7 likes
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