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Prologue: The Brothers

(The Great and Terrible #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  6,446 ratings  ·  1,349 reviews
Before the Great War, before so many sons of God turned away from their Father and walked knowingly into the dark, there was a choosing, a sifting, a contest of ideas and a battle for souls. Brother fought brother. Families were torn apart. Some fought to protect their homes, their freedom and peace. Others fought to destroy everything they had once held so dear. And as th ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Shadow Mountain
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G (galen)
Jun 20, 2008 rated it did not like it
This book made me wonder if Deseret Book was unloading their low-end junk on the Time-out-For-Women-Book-Club, a commercial decision to get duds off their inventory and on to the bookshelves of faithful Relief Society Sisters across Utah Arizona and Idaho.

It's a speculative look at the pre-existence and the war that took place there between the followers of Jesus and the followers of Lucifer. Sort of a Saturday's Warriors with political intrigue, espionage, double agents, and a voldemort-style
Feb 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I read this book only because it was assigned for a book club review. It was incredible because of what it did for me. I believe in a pre-earth life and what I believe about it is what this story is all about. But admitedly, I never really thought about the role I played in it before reading this book. It made me think about my personality traits now and which of those are part of who I was then and which were shaped by my experiences in this life. Was I someone who watched casually and went wit ...more
Dec 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Since I'm actually not too fond of most LDS fiction, I was surprised to discover that I really enjoyed this book! The story takes place in the pre-existence during the great battle between "good and evil." Since we know very little about this conflict, it is obvious that this story is completely fictional. I've never been fond of the common worldly view that we spent our time "sitting on clouds playing harps" and this was the first time I've thought about the reality of what happened and the emo ...more
Jan 06, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone with an open mind
Recommended to Sheri by: Carman
Not the most talented writer in the world, but still great. Like other reviews before mine, a few parts about premortal life made me a little wincey, if I may use the word. It was a great book to jump start your thoughts of premortal life if you don't have many. I actually look at my daughter a little differently now. I imagine her up there fighting for what was right. So if anything, it made me respect her and all the other people on the earth who fought for the Plan. It made me give myself a l ...more
Mark Bugg
Jan 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
If I could give this negative stars I would. Terribly written, boring story, predictable outcomes to every situation. Maybe the worst book I've read (and yes I read Twilight) Apparently Satan likes purple bows in his hair? Seriously?

Above all that I can't stand the way this book is written, the word "for" is not needed in every sentence. He looked out the window, for he was curious about the weather. She walked down the street, for she was bored. He stabbed his own eyes out, for this was so ter
Jan 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, religion
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Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'd give this book a 3 for the writing style. I also think there were some missed opportunities in explaining how people came to decide which plan they wanted to follow and why. It could have been developed a lot more. In that way, it seemed like a young adult book to me - is it?
After the first 73 pages (almost halfway through), Grove asked me how the book was and I said, "I don't know - nothing happened yet." so I think it was slow to get going. Maybe because there are so many books in the seri
Apr 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds-church, fiction
Book 1 was awesome. Really shines an interesting light on the pre-mortal life. It's got great characters and a
wonderful plot. Couldn't put it down!

On 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 some of the main characters are LDS. There is nothing in them that is offensive, ie
Sarah Adams
Aug 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
this book has changed my perspective on the premortal existence. i felt the spirit so many times while reading this book and has helped me become a better person.
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
It was hard to rate this book. I wouldn't give the "writing" 4 stars. It wasn't a book that I "couldn't put down" and honestly I just kept reading it because I've heard the series is incredible and I wanted to get to the next book. BUT because of the impact this book had on me, I gave it 4 stars and maybe should give it 5. It was a book that made me think NON-STOP about the war between Satan and our Savior. I believe this is a serious, real war that each of us face every single day of our lives. ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
May 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is a great book. Even though it is fictitious, it had the ring of truth dealing with the pre-mortal existance. It helped me examine my beliefs and firmed up my testimony.
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What a great insight into what/how things happened in the pre-existence. I know non of us know exactly how things occured, only what the scriptures say, but this story creates a very possible story. Lucifer is so creative and evil. And the reasoning of the righteous when trying to choose what side was very logical. I'm not doing so well at explaining, but the bottom line is... I really liked it!

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

pg 189: This statement may not seem as powerful when just quoted,
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
this was a painfully boring read for most of the book, plus I had a hard time getting past all the physical sensations the characters were having (ie. cold, tired, in physical dannger), since LDS doctrine says we came to earth to get a mortal body to experience these things for the first time. In terms of studying Satan's tactics for tempting us, I'm a much bigger fan of The Screwtape Letters. I don't like that members of the LDS church think that they are learning truth from this book. Until th ...more
Josh Steimle
Jul 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book in that it gave me insight into someone else's perspective on what life was like before this life. I'm not sure I agree with it, but it was interesting and good food for thought and a decent enough story.

That said, man, I've never read a book that had so many cliches. And wherever the author quoted scripture, popular LDS lore, or snippets from the LDS temple movie it made me cringe. Don't tell me the book is written for teens--Harry Potter was written for pre-teens but it wasn
Jeannie Lee
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! Granted it is fiction, as we cannot remember what happened in the pre-earth life, but this sounds like it really could be true! I loved so much about it. There were so many truths in it, that I love to throw out to people when we get to talking. Having been to many rock concerts, I absolutely adore the idea of Lucifer holding a concert type of rally for his supporters. I cried my heart out as we all sat in council, and he describes the look on Mother's face, and her solemn res ...more
Apr 10, 2008 rated it did not like it
I tried, I really tried to like this. I just can't do it. . I can't like a fictional book about premortal life with speculation about the conditions there. For crying out loud, if you're going to write a book about it, maybe including so many details isn't the way to go. He wrote about the color of the flags whipping in the wind that Lucifer used. . . . .. (more rant & rave go here).

To those who love it - that's great. I just can't do it.
Jun 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Kim by: my mother
I had a hard time getting into this book in the beginning. But when I picked it up again later, I was hooked. Really made me think about how things could have been in Heaven before coming to earth. It really helped me to reconnect with the fact that we all knew each other in the pre-existence and we cared for one another. How important it is for us now on Earth to look out for, find, love and support one another. We are all Brothers and Sisters of our Heavenly Father.
May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. At first I thought it was so weird! I didn't know if I'd be able to get into it. But some of the messages in there really got to me and I appreciated the truths written.
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Actually didn't finish this one. Never did like "mormomy" books and this certianly was no exception. There's a reason for a vail people, stop the speculation.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I really like the concept of this book. It made me reflect on my feelings and thoughts about our premortal life and the war in heaven. I just wish it had been developed more. He barely scratched the surface of the story he could've told, but instead it was rushed and surface level. I'll continue to read the series.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Pretty good premise. Intriguing story telling. Incredibly sloppy writing. The editor should be shot! Did anyone proof read this at all? The author found it impossible to imagine a premortal life that wasn't just like mortality. Are you kidding me?
James Mastromarino
Jul 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Nicole Lyman Fry
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a great, quick read! Really was a great spiritual boost!
Mark Mitchell
Jun 13, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the first of a series of at least seven books, but when I checked it out, the library only had the first three, so I thought it was the first of a trilogy. I listened to it on audio book, which was quite well done.
In this first book, the writer did something that frankly I am a little jealous about. (I tried really hard to make that last sentence not end in a preposition, but I was unable) He takes a world that many people believe in but know virtually nothing about, (our pre-earth life
Oct 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
**Update**What a good easy fast read. However very thought provoking. I haven't read many books with this same premiss (I usually avoid them). Nor have I thought about what life was like before this time on earth. I never thought of myself as learning and preparing and maybe even having the same strengths and weaknesses. I don't know why, it seems fairly obvious. I didn't think of the fact that I could have known the Savior and Lucifer personally. I often forget that we are fighting a war that s ...more
Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Mormons looking to think a little about the pre-existence
Recommended to Tamra by: several of my Mormon friends whom I love dearly
I'll give this book an immediately-after-reading 2.5, but I know over time that score will diminish into a 2.nothing.

If you're not Mormon, don't bother with this book. You won't get it. That said, even for Mormons this is speculative doctrine land (which isn't an insult, since he says the same thing in his opening pages). Therefore, if you aren't clear, and I mean CLEAR, on the doctrines of the pre-existence, please don't read this book.

I liked that it made me think about the pre-existence in a
Debbie Simpson
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I put this book on my Kindle only because my son requested it. He was on day 10 following a serious accident and severe brain injury. I realized that maybe I could bring him comfort and a distraction by reading to him. We asked him what book he'd like to hear, not fully sure how much he was understanding. In a voice that was very difficult to understand, he told us, "The Brothers." And when searching this title on Amazon and then giving him the choice between authors, he was confident in what he ...more
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting book from an LDS perspective. It definitely provokes thoughtful contemplation on the pre-mortal life and the war in heaven. Since we know very little about the pre-earth life, Stewart had to take several liberties in developing the world. While the doctrine was accurate, his vision may or may not match your imagination of the pre-earth world and I can see some LDS people having a hard time with it while others will love it. For myself, it has broadened my own vision o ...more
Dec 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Very speculative with someone rightwing American apologetics thrown in, but still fun so far if you keep firmly in mind how speculative it is. It does treat the topic respectfully and attempt to be meaningful, despite being a little over-the-top in parts.

OK, I finished it. I have very mixed feeling on this one. I often hate religious fiction that is too speculative, and this has plenty of that. But his rabid (and doctrinally false) Ameri-centrism in this book and the beginning of the next one bu
Joshua Julien
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book by Chris Stewart is the first in a series of books about the end of the world. This is the first book, so it is introducing characters, and talking about our lives before this life. In later books the setting will be earth, but in this one it is the premortal existence.

The characters in the book are angels. They are facing the threat of Lucifer and his minions. Many angels are deciding which plan is right for them. Follow Lucifer and never sin, or lead your own life and try to be the b
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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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