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The Great and Terrible, Volume 6: Clear as the Moon Paperback – August 4, 2010
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There were two sections that were not framed in the pre-mortal life. The story opens up with a funeral at Arlington Cemetery. It doesn't say who's funeral it is but I figured I would find out eventually. The ending of the story was a preface for the following book, where the story takes place here on Earth.
I liked the first book but it seemed somewhat, well, simple in presentation. I gave Chris Stewart for writing something original but had actually planned on stopping with that book since the story had already reached its climax and the only question left open was "Who's funeral is it?"
But then I reflected on that opening scene in the book, the funeral. I remembered how powerful it was, how emotional it was, how moving it was, and how un-simple it was. It seriously almost brought me to tears. So I decided that maybe he would do it again with his story.
So I have read the rest of the series. And I'm glad I did... what a phenomenal story and engrossing story! When others ask what the series is about the easiest way to sum it up is like this: A Mormon Tom Clancy. Chris Stewart seems to have a good understanding of government and military protocol and has put together something that is both scary and thought-provoking. Could any of this really happen? Unlikely, but it still scares the living daylights out of me.
There are basically three plots in this book.Read more ›
Clear as the Moon
Clear as the Moon is the 6th and final book in the Great and Terrible series, published in 2008, by the Deseret Book Company. This aw-inspiring last book written by Chris Stewart has just about everything from suspense, to spirituality. The author Chris Stewart, who has also written Shattered Bone, The Kill Box, The Third Consequence etc. lives with his wife Evie and 6 children in Utah.
There are few words to describe the complexity of the characters in this series. Katherine Lee Bates author of "America The Beautiful" summarizes a few of these characters greatly "Oh, beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife, who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life!" Sam Brighton, Luke Brighton, Ammon Brighton, Sarah Brighton, Azadeh Ishbel Pahlavi, Bono, and Caelyn. All through the series we have watched them develop, now, and finally they are at their fullest potential, which will finally defeat Abdullah?
So far Abdullah has bombed Israel, made the whole entire United States go dark with an electromagnetic pulse, bombed Washington D.C. and multiple other things. It is our characters job to stop them. In the Beginning everyone is trying to fix little things on their own, but in the middle they all get together to devise a plan to take him down. The son of the first prince of Saud, who is the rightful heir to the throne, is hiding deep in the mountains. He is their only hope. In the end Sam and the other Cherokees develop a plan. An extremely risking plan because of all it will take, and all it will involve. It will take all of their efforts as they try to do what they truly need to for their country.
"Twenty-four roses. Twelve red and twelve white. White roses for virtue. Red roses for blood.Read more ›
From the first page of the first book this series had that very concept in mind. Jesus died on the cross because the needs of the many outweighed the needs of the One and this self sacrifice in the name of love and Faith was sprinkled throught the series. I loved loved loved how the author took ordinary human beings and showed how when rubber meets road we can overcome. Not of our own power but by relying on Him and trusting in His purposes for us. It did so without being preachy and in your face. To take ordinary soldiers and show their struggles and why they do what they do was my favorite part of the series over and over with each chapter that covered their heroism in the face of human existence in a world full of despair, anger, evil and uncertainty. The author did a wonderful job of developing the characters so that though they may, at times, feel hopeless, I never once got the impression that any of them had missed a few appointments with their psycologist like with so many "victim" heros in popularity today.
In the same token to see the needs of the 1 met in the ending chapters of book 6 just ripped my heart with tears of joy and emotion. What a powerful ending. what a powerful series.
Should you decide to read the series, don't bother wondering about how accurate the author is getting with the concept of heaven. Remember we can't truly begin to fathom the reality of it from our limited perspective any more than an ant can understand how a super computer works. Just enjoy the series for what it is.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just wish there was a little more romance between Sam and Azadeh - the end of their story was cut-off short it felt like.Published 19 days ago by kari kruger
What a well written series. I loved this series. It hard to find clean wholesome books anymore. Love the book.Published 1 month ago by Cami Thomas
This is one of my favorite series, but I felt like the series was cut short with the ending. There needed to be more story on when the Savior comes again, more on Sam and Azadeh,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Danielle S.
Ok, I've got a big problem with the way the Characters Ammon and Luke were used in the story. Stewart put most of the focus on Ammon and Luke in Book one: The Brothers. Read morePublished 6 months ago by TB
Unlike any book or series I've ever read. Books 1-6 are equally powerful. Highly recommended and a must read. 5 Stars!Published 9 months ago by Chase Boyd
Excellent series. Each book kept me excite to read the nextPublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer