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THE EXCITING CONCLUSION TO THE EPIC LAST DAYS SERIES
“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 attack on the whole country, is on the brink of destruction. The unscrupulous leaders who have banded together to toss out the Constitution and divide the ruling of the world between themselves have all but achieved their objective.
But they haven't factored in one thing. They haven't considered the chance, however slight, that good people remain who will continue standing up for what they believe in. A daring plot to reinstate Brucius Marino to his rightful position as president of the United States, with an even more audacious plan to bring King Abdullah to justice — everything hinges on the courage and skill of Sara and Sam Brighton and their friends. The thrilling conclusion to The Great and Terrible series will keep you riveted to the very end!
- Pages: 360
- Book on CD: Unabridged
- Running Time: 10 hrs.
- Number of Discs: 8
About the Author
Chris Stewart is a New York Times bestselling author who has published more than a dozen books, has been selected by the Book of the Month Club, and has released titles in multiple languages in seven countries. He has also been a guest editorialist for the Detroit News, among other publications, commenting on matters of military readiness and national security concerns. He is a world-record-setting Air Force pilot (fastest nonstop flight around the world) and president and CEO of The Shipley Group, a nationally recognized consulting and training company.
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
The two angels stood on the highest point within the sacred cemetery and looked east, taking in the destruction of the once-mighty city. Behind them, on the west side, below the crest of the hill and thus protected from the nuclear blast, were rows and rows of untouched marble markers surrounded by grass and trees. Farther on, beyond the borders of the cemetery, the capital struggled still to live, but before them, on the blast side of the hill, the center of the city was nothing more than ash, the cinders so light and feathery they were caught up in the slightest breeze. The center of destruction was utterly bare, smooth as black glass—no trees, no grass, no living thing, certainly no people. Farther from the center of the destruction, the shattered buildings became somewhat recognizable. Here and there, a few marble pillars protruded from the landscape, and the roads were still identifiable by the lines of tumbled cars. Two of the main bridges across the Potomac River lay in a ruin of twisted steel and black cement, but the north bridge was still open although the downtown portion of the city had been abandoned and might never be reclaimed.
Behind them, crowds of people filled the cemetery, for the grassy knolls and open grass had become a makeshift sanctuary. Farther west, the city looked fairly normal, though it was not nearly as busy as it used to be. One in ten people who once lived here had remained. Others were leaving now, but some were returning, too, having discovered there was little reason to go elsewhere. There were no safe havens in other places. Wherever they went, things were pretty much the same.
Overwhelmed with emotion, the two men didn’t speak as they took in the devastating scene. Overhead the sky was dark and lonesome, a flat-gray plate of clouds that capped the sky. Finally, after nearly half an hour of earthly silence, the father turned to Teancum. “Too many cities have been destroyed now.” His voice was strained.
Teancum nodded sadly. “Parts of Israel. Most of Gaza. Cities in Iran. Other places throughout the Middle East.”
The father closed his eyes as he remembered. He and Teancum had walked those parts of the earth together. He knew what things were like there, having seen the devastation for himself. Entire regions of the mortal world smoldered in radioactive ash. Millions were surrounded by hunger and death and despair. Sin and depravity were so overwhelming there was hardly hope at all. “How could they do it?” he asked. “I simply don’t understand.”
Teancum thought before he answered. “Let’s not blame them all,” he said. “There are many good still left among them. And that is true everywhere. Whatever country or region you chose to take me to, I could find you good and righteous people living there.”
The father brought his hands up to his face, then slowly shook his head. It was just too painful to see the suffering and too frustrating to know it could have been avoided if the people had only seen, if they had only cared.
Teancum watched him thoughtfully for a moment, then touched him on the shoulder. “You’ve forgotten, my good friend, what it was like to live here. You’ve forgotten how powerful the voice of Lucifer can be. You’ve forgotten the pull of temptations, the anger, the lust and greed and weakness of the natural man. Your memory has been washed—although just a bit, perhaps—of the intensity of the experience, which is fine. Mortal life can be so acute, so severe and powerful, sometimes it’s hard for us to remember how difficult it really was. And the Dark One is even more dangerous now than he was before.”
The father shook his head. “No, Teancum, I haven’t forgotten. Not a moment. Not an hour. Every day, every emotion, every joy and every fear, every lesson learned is branded upon me. You know we don’t forget.”
Teancum didn’t answer for a moment. “I don’t suppose we do,” he said at last.
The father shook his head again. “No, we don’t forget.” Then he nodded to the mortals huddled in the tents below. “They think that we forget them, though.”
Teancum smiled, his eyes shining. “A bit of irony, I suppose. I mean, how could we forget them? How could we forget our own children? We love them now more than we ever did, for our love is more perfect, which makes it more powerful.”
“If only they knew. If only they believed. If they would just try to listen for us, then they might hear our tender words.”
Teancum folded his arms, his face relaxed. It was as if he knew a secret that he wasn’t telling. “They are so busy,” he answered carefully. “There are so many battles for their time. It’s hard for them, just like it was hard for you and me.”
The father thought a long moment as he studied the grassy cemetery that fell below him to the west. “So you think that I can help him.”
“Yes, I know you can.”
The father hesitated. He was a younger spirit than Teancum and not as sure.
Teancum watched the uncertainty in his eyes. “He’s your kin,” he reminded him. “The earthly bonds between you are deep, the heavenly bonds even more powerful.” He moved his head to the side and pointed to the west, almost laughing. “And remember this, my friend: his mother is out there praying. You’ve heard her many prayers. They are so strong and faithful, they almost drive me to my knees. Could you deny such faith?” He shook his head. “I don’t think either of us can.”
I love this series
by Customer - reviewed on September 27, 2008
I've been so excited to get this one. I'm sire it will be incredible - like all the other volumes. I'm sad the series is over :(
by Carol - reviewed on October 25, 2008
This sereies makes you think about where our country is headed today.
by Meriden - reviewed on October 08, 2008
Great ending to an awesome series. There were a few questions that were not answered in this book, which I wish would have been answered. One thing I learned from this book is that our country needs strong people who believe in God and in our constitution to rise up, have faith, and defend our constitution.
I vote Writer of the Year!
by Cami - reviewed on September 29, 2008
I just met Chris in person. What a great guy. He is so generous and caring. He mentioned that we will be excited about the way this book ends, and it will not be what we expect. Can't wait to read it.
The Best Series
by Cami - reviewed on October 29, 2008
A must read for every reader. Chris Stewart makes this series so realistic just like the way it may have happened all the way through how it could happen. This series has opened my eyes to really being prepared for the unknown.
by Customer - reviewed on November 28, 2008
These books keep both my husband and teenage son interested.
Ending is weak
by Customer - reviewed on January 24, 2009
This is a teriffic series, but the ending isn't as strong as I would have liked.
The Best Last Days Series Ever!!!!
by Teri - reviewed on April 18, 2009
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 prepared for the Last Days. We need to be strong, faithful and endure to the end, as our Constitution is hanging by a thread and our Country is the only Country that can save the World. With Sam, Bono, Sara, Ammon, Luke, Azadeh, Caelyn and Ellie working to uphold our freedoms and Our Constitution, America can be strong. This is the best Last Days series I've ever read!!! LDS Forever Friends Rating A Huge 5 Stars by Teri Until Next Time, See You Around The Book Nook
Too realistic to be ignored!
by Norrine - reviewed on September 29, 2008
I've been anxiously awaiting Vol. 6. Haven't received or read it yet, but the preceding volumes were so well written, I expect this one to be just as good.
by Norrine - reviewed on October 14, 2008
THIS IS A VERY WELL-WRITTEN BOOK, AS WERE THE PRECEDING 5 VOLUMES. I DON'T KNOW THAT "ENJOYED" IS THE RIGHT WORD, GIVEN THE SERIOUS AND SCARY SCENARIOS, BUT I COULDN'T PUT THEM DOWN. JUST AS IN THE BOOK OF MORMON, THERE IS ALWAYS A GLIMMER OF HOPE WHEN EVEN A FEW GOOD PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO STAND UP FOR WHAT THEY KNOW TO BE RIGHT.
by Janice - reviewed on October 11, 2008
I could hardly wait for the final book and read it in two days. It was an exceptional series and so relevant to the world we live in today. I was ready for the story to end, but wanted it to continue. I do see the potental for a second series here. What do you say, Chris?
My Favovorite Series
by Renee - reviewed on October 08, 2008
I have loved this series. Each book in the series has been excellent. I am glad to see the lastest book available for purchase. I will buy it soon and I know that I won't be able to put it down until I have finished. I have children from 12 to 30 years old and they all have loved the series of books.
by Colby - reviewed on October 14, 2008
I don't know how to describe this series!! Truly AWESOME!! I have never read any book so fast in my life before this one. The only bad part about it all is that it ends!!
Very disappointing ending to a great series!
by Holly - reviewed on August 15, 2012
Very disappointing ending to a great series!
Breath-taking, thrilling, emotional, thought provoking best of the best!
by Customer - reviewed on November 14, 2008
This last book of the Great and Terrible Series set me back because it is the last one, not what I anticipated, left me wanting for more and more as did all the other books. I am very impressed with the author, his military background, his knowingness, his futuristic ideas and the spirituality all make him highly regarded by many. What a thill and blessing to have the privledge of learning of this mans great capabilities. From 1-6, AWESOME!!! As is the 4th war. Can't wait to know there is more soon.
Non-stop action & unexpected end!
by Trisha - reviewed on October 04, 2008
I just finished this book. From the first page to the last, It was non-stop action. I couldn't put it down and the unexpected ending makes the final book in the series in my opinion, the best one! I now hope Chris Stewart begins a whole new series because this one is so true to life it blew me away!
by Joy - reviewed on November 20, 2008
After reading this series, I found myself relying more on the spirit, getting things in order, and looking in the news more.
What a gripper!
by Customer - reviewed on October 13, 2008
It was exciting from front to finish. Couldn't put it down. What a great writer Chris Stewart is! I really enjoyed the series. Hope he writes another. It is so true to life. This is something that could really happen in our day. This volume had lots of twists and turns. You think you know what is going to happen next but then Chris takes you off in a completely different direction than you anticipated. It was an edge-of-your-seat gripper. I found myself crying out of sadness in one part and then crying out of gladness in another part. Hated to see the series end!
What an ending!
by Cathy - reviewed on October 13, 2008
Just finished the book. Wow! It was gripping! I wondered how the author was going to pull everything together because the closer I got to the end there weren't many pages left and it seemed so much needed to happen. I was on the edge of my seat. I cried in some places for sadness but other times for joy. I'm sad to see the series end. It was a great series. The whole series for me brings out that Satan is really working hard on this earth. But there are also people on the other side that are wanting us to be strong and do the right thing--not let Satan take a hold of us. In the end light prevails darkness.
Amazingly true to life!
by mikel - reviewed on October 11, 2008
The only time I have to read is when I am driving back and forth to work and on trips. I have loved having this series available on unabridged CD and I recommend it to everyone! I'm sorry the series will end with #6, but I hope Chris Stewart will begin another series very soon! Fabulous writer!
Wonderfully Awe Inspiring!!
by April - reviewed on September 29, 2008
I am an avid book reader, and it's not everyday that a book can engross me as much as this series has. I have loved reading every page of this series, and have recommended them to all of my family and friends. I'm sad that this is the last one, but I'm soooo excited to read it. I love reading this over and over again, I never tire of this story.
by Marren - reviewed on October 08, 2008
If you are looking for a series of books that will have you gripping your seat, this is it! I read all 6 books in 10 days. And if you don't have your food storage together yet, this will motivate you to get with the plan. Great writer and great ending to this series. Vol. 6 was a 6 kleenex book.
As in his other books, I couldn't put it down!
by Sue - reviewed on October 14, 2008
Although I am sad that the series is now completed, at least I can maybe sleep through the night! This book should be a wake-up call to all who believe that our Constitution is sacred and we must be prepared to defend it at any cost. Brother Stewart's books have changed our lives and he has made me realize the importance of being prepared in more areas that food storage. I can hardly wait to see what Brother Stewart writes next! I actually wish I lived next door to him!
Sad to see this series ending
by Ron - reviewed on October 14, 2008
I have really loved this series, and I'm sorry to see that this book is the last volume. Usually I will wait for a book to become available from a used book repository before buying it, but waiting has not been possible for me with this series. Chris Hill does a very good job of putting the reader so deeply into the story that they can feel the desperate situations the characters were frequently in. With that being said I liked this last one, and as I got three quarters of the way through it, as I looked at the very small number of pages that were left, I was hoping that Chris didn't just get bored as some authors seem to do and end it quickly with a Scooby-Doo type ending. The ending was good BUT one more additional volumes could have been written to tie together the loose ends opened up in the previous five volumes. Such as (and don't read further if you haven't read this book yet) how Sarah got out of Raven Brook with the judge? The rescue of Bono, the role the church may have played in meeting the temporal needs of members and non members during the national ordeal (as was hinted in the last book). Plus I wanted to know if Azedeh ever got the 12 million bucks deeded to her by the woman she befriended in the refugee camp. And finally I think he should have written a two page weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth temper tantrum of Satan and Balam in the epilogue, even though what was written did cause me to grin. There was lots of stuff he could have used to compile one more edition. But overall this book along with the others was way better than any Richard Lloyd Dewey book. I will be keeping these books in my library I think I have now read everything Chris Hill has published.
Great book and Series
by Dan - reviewed on October 29, 2008
My mom and I have been waiting for this and we both enjoyed this book and series! I would recommend them to anyone! I'm trying to get my wife to read them too!
by Julie - reviewed on October 30, 2008
I have loved this series very much. I loved this book as I have loved the others and desperately wish that Chris Stewart will at least write one more. Well worth the money!
by Charise - reviewed on November 24, 2008
There is really not much more that needs to be said. These books really make you think and appreciate the many things we take for granted every day. I have really enjoyed the things that he portrayed and it has given me a new perspective to things that are going on around us. The thing that makes these so good and yet scary is that it could very well happen. I would recommend this to anyone who would love a good book. I can't say enough good. I loved this series.
by Jarrod - reviewed on December 16, 2008
What a wonderful series. I hate to see it end. This last book is a thought provoking emotional roller coaster. It really draws you in and makes you feel like your a part of the story. I just wish there was more. Great job Chris.
...Things will work out...
by Customer - reviewed on January 02, 2009
My daughter got me this for Christmas. I just HAD to finish it. Uplifting. I've read the whole series, and it is time to start from the beginning,again. This time, I am going to buy the books. (I LOVE libraries...they are marvelous places!) I have been with Chris since his first novel. He is on my bookshelf with Tom Clancy, Dick Francis, Patrick Obrian and J.K. Rowling. His novels are very good reads, in most cases, and you don't have to worry about vulgarity. He writes well, but there were a few slight errors and some awkwardness in terminology, particularly in weapons..."high-grain bullets" is one exmple. But,that is just me: Chris is Air Force, and an officer, so any slight mistakes are understandable and forgivable. They don't get in the way of a great story. Highly recommended.
This book is aTrain Wreck-Author quits Series and adds ending to the last 20 pages of book.
by Customer - reviewed on April 02, 2009
The book is great. It is right in stride with the other books in the series. The last twenty pages or so of the book appear to have been an after thought. After the book ends the author hits the fast forward button and repeatedly jumps forward over and over again. The ending leaves you wondering what did the author really have in mind before he decided to abruptly end the series? The heading above the title is also misleading. It states that this book is about the last days. It actually seems to end just before the last days.
What a let-down!
by Elizabeth - reviewed on October 01, 2009
I have loved this series and have always looked forward to the next volume. When I picked up the sixth book I thought it would have the same strong plot and in-depth characters we have come to love and expect. What a let-down! The book was rushed and it seemed as if Stewart didn’t even want to write it. It felt like he wanted to make this bold story throughout the first five books and then chickened out with the sixth installment. The sixth book feels like an overview which never fully develops plot or characters. In the end, a brief essay is devoted to each character in substitute of a conclusion. I kept wondering if there had been a mistake and this was not actually the last book until the very end. I can't help but think Stewart lost faith in his story.