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The Great and Terrible, Vol. 6: Clear as the Moon

(The Great and Terrible #6)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  3,094 ratings  ·  490 reviews
“We have this one chance,” Brucius told Sam. “If you can get him, if you can locate and extricate King Abdullah, then we can punish him. Justice will be served. We could stop the final world war. Find him, we'll try him and hang him. Don't, and we'll have to retaliate.”

The United States, stunned by the nuclear detonation in Washington, D.C., and further crippled by the EMP
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Paperback, 364 pages
Published August 4th 2010 by Deseret Book (first published 2008)
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Donna
Nov 10, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: LDS Readers
Recommended to Donna by: Emily Freeman
The final book in this LDS fiction series. The author seemed rushed and bit lazy in this one. He leaves out many sceens that would be difficult to write--letting the action play out "behind the scenes." There are also some big holes. If you read this, I recommend doing it quickly. Don't give yourself time to think and analyze along the way, or things will start to break down. . . .

This series is not great literature by any stretch of the imagination. However, I would still recommend reading it f
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Heather Murphy
Feb 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather by: Deseret Book Bookclub
A very exciting, suspenseful page-turner. Written well and not as disturbing as many of the earlier books of this series. Delving into the depths of the lives of both the very righteous and very wicked, this book is motivating to choose the right way.

***The following paragraph contains a tiny bit of potential Spoilers**** but not the paragraph after that.
I had expected this series to end with the coming of Christ or even beyond that since it began in the premortal life. So I was disappointed th
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Lisa Wheeler
Feb 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't comment on every book in this series. I read them last year, but just joined goodreads. I loved this entire series and couldn't put them down until I had read the next one. I recently met Chris Stewart at Time Out For Women in Ogden Utah. He is an incredible author and person. Very intelligent and knowledgeable about current affairs. He is going to be writing more having to do with this series my friends. We all thought it was over, but not so. That is coming straight from him.
Deanna
Aug 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good conclusion to a well-crafted plot over these six novels, but the writing style is ruinous, as are the characterizations. Most disturbing is the main characters' fluctuations of personality -- few are consistent enough to remain recognizable from the others. A person who is standing defiantly against evil one minute will the next minute be sitting despairingly on the ground staring blankly into space. It just really was annoying. But the military stuff was very well done, so if you're ...more
Holly
Nov 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVE this series, and I wish I could say the same for this book. The whole thing felt like "Oh, this is the last book so I have to wrap everything up and do it fast." Very little character development, and a lot of skipping over events that would have been very important to that. And it took three chapters to get to the storyline with the main characters. Once it did get there, it was better.

One of the things I love about Chris Stewart is his knowledge of the technical aspects of th
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Leslie
Feb 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the end of a series of 6 books. They relate to today with corruption around the world, and those who have all the money they that want but now want all the power. It tells of Satan and his followers whispering to us all, promising great power, wealth and happiness. There are those in the story who stay true to who they were in the pre-existence. Those who fought on the side of light, free agency and who still believe in these things. They are the ones who listen to the whisperings of th ...more
Max Skidmore
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this series of books for many reasons. The author's description of the nuclear attacks was compelling and the aftermath of the EMP was very thought provoking. Makes me want to get a VERY generous supply of iodine tablets to purify water if needed. The interaction between the forces on either side of the veil of mortality was well done. The series didn't finish with the end of the world but it was close to the edge. Reminds me of what I used to tell friends: "I grew up in Mud Lak ...more
Denise
Oct 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally, the last book in the Great and Terrible series! I loved it. It wasn't without its faults, but I thought it was among the best of the series, and where the other books ended with cliffhangers, this one finally gave closure. It was riveting, compelling, satisfying. I even cried, dang it. I hate it when a book does that. It is very much a sequel, however. It can stand on its own, but without knowing the backstory of the characters, the reader might find it hard to follow.

I recommend this
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Lacey
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great series! It really made me think about a lot of things, and while I realize it was fictional I appreciate the authors ideas of what may be going on around us daily that we can't see with our mortal eyes. The series is incredibly intense, so much so that I had to take a year and a half break half way through. Very glad I finished it though. First book in the series is completely different than the rest, so if you don't like it, it's still worth sticking it out through book two bef ...more
Leslie
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, lds-audience
I really enjoyed the final book in this great series. I am sad to see it end but I really felt like it gave you enough that you could see what was coming. As a whole I felt that this series was very valuable and well worth reading!
Mindy
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mindy by: Brittany
Awesome series! It really made me think, and I loved all the characters. I'm kind of bummed to be done.
Jelina
Sep 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did chris get tired of writing? I loved the series but this book left a lot of story lines from precious books completely unresolved and open. Why put them in there in the first place?
Lori
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this series and this is coming from someone who does not typically enjoy reading LDS fiction. These were thought provoking and reading them has made me want to get better prepared.

A few complaints: I wish the author would have better defined the timeline. There seemed to be some discrepancies in how things were timed. I understand why he wouldn’t want to use a year, but I wish he had somehow portrayed how much time had passed between certain events. For example, one character i
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Lisa Reising
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I would have liked the story to go on. Not all the ends were wrapped up neatly, but I appreciated the surprise at the end! I read all six books within about a month and a half - intense, but fun. I would give the whole series 4 stars, despite the first and last books lacking some meat. They all lack artful writing, but the story-telling is wonderful.

I feel compelled now to read something by this author that is not for a targeted LDS market. Just to see what differences there might be.
Catherine Dean
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't like to read an entire series of books. Lets just say the this is the second series (6 books!) where I've read the entire series. A page turner for me. A novel from the beginning of time to the end of time. Gave me perspective and I loved the story line
Sadie Starkey
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book you can read!
Lindzee
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
I absolutely loved this whole series! very well written and kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end! I'm sad there aren't any more
Deanna
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
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Mary Mecham
So I am writing this review for the entire series. I really struggled with the first two books. The only reason I continued to read the series, was because my husband read them, asked me to finish them so that we could discuss them. I obliged, even if it was through some grumbling.

I have many friends who LOVED this series, so I couldn't figure out what was wrong with me. I will overall say that they are "Ok". I didn't like the writing. I didn't feel like the author was that great at storytellin
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Heather
These books are just a little bit too real/unreal for me. This last one is exciting, but in some cases I thought it was a little too unbelievable - just a little too much. I believe the main story line of good against evil and the idea that we all have a mission to perform in a crucial time, but I feel like some of the story might get in the way of reality. I think I like historical fiction better than I like futuristic fiction - we can look to a record to find what's real and what's not when it ...more
Robert
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lds-fiction
Good finish to a good series. Didn't go quite where I expected. I'd be curious to see how Stewart envisions the next 20 years unfolding.
Von Sowards
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Chris Taber
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series grew on me as I went through it. The style was generally fast-paced and almost had a Clancy-like feel to it. The author seemed to force it when he tried to include "tough guy" language that did not include profanity. I know it's written for an LDS audience, but the "fake" swearing by the non-LDS characters or the bad guys was pretty contrived and it would not have been missed if left out altogether. As it was, it almost drew attention to itself by its conspicuous NON-swearing.

The au
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Sharon
Feb 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No real review, just some quotes I want to remember in regards to this book.

Thought provoking, and this volume brings to an end the Great and Terrible series. A page turner....

"the world is full of darkness. Sin and wickedness is overwhelming the world as the waters cover the great deep. The devil rules over the world in a great measure. The world will war against you; the devil will, earth will, and hell will. but . . . do your duty, and the Lord will stand by you. Earth and hell shall not pre
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Karen
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this series so much. I think I read them all in 2008. The stock market crashing, and other things happening to the world helped me relate to them even more. Although I still am, I was very interested in preparedness, food storage and the like in 2008. This made me think of things I hadn't thought of before in relation to what I had been preparing in my own life. Gave me some good ideas. Made me want to be a better person spiritually so I can be prepared for the big or small things that com ...more
Jodie
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jodie by: Ann
I was truly disappointed in this book. My least favorite in the entire series. The "ending" was so unrealistic. If things really happened as portrayed, there would not have been a funeral with everyone there. There was no contact. The brothers Ammon and Luke, would not have been there, parents would not have. Seriously. Really upset that they lost contact with Mary and Kelly. I also HATED that the relationship didn't develop well between Sam and Azadeh. All of the sudden she says something about ...more
Teri
Oct 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Great and Terrible Vol. 6: Clear As The Moon by Chris Stewart

This last installment was just as mesmerizing as the prior two books in the series, but did feel this one was rushed just a tad bit. I could figure out who "the old man" was, even with it being disappointing, but that happens sometimes. I really liked how the Special Op Team lead by Sam and Bono really had a masterful, ingenious plan for getting King Abdullah out without killing him. These books really give us a shake-up in being p
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Nolan
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I gave this a four-star rating, I did so mostly this time because of the premise of the entire series. This one felt kind of lazily written--a bit like the author was running out of gas. Whole scenes from previous books seem to get rewritten here. I came away thinking that there was probably enough plot for a novella, and a lot of filler got added throughout the book to bring it up to a length that everyone could be haspy with.

I love the premise expressed here that Americans will find a
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Emily
Nov 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Emily by: Ellen
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Brenda
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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