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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse Now?
Excellent, excellent, excellent! Don't let the page count daunt you--this is an amazingly fast read. While this is an end-times book with a decidedly Catholic flavor, all Christians and even secular civil libertarians will find it to be an edifying (and sobering) read.
Basically, it is the story of a "creeping totalitarianism" that is engulfing North...
Published on 7 April 1999

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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas but diluted in poor fiction
The critique of society contained in Eclipse of the Sun is not new. Huxley and Orwell have already blazed the trail and unfortunately Michael D. O'Brien does not explore new territories.In fact, he does not even go as far as these authors. But the major flaw of the book is its style. It is poor because Micheal D. O'Brien has pre-conceived ideas and uses words only to...
Published on 20 Aug 1999


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse Now?, 7 April 1999
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Excellent, excellent, excellent! Don't let the page count daunt you--this is an amazingly fast read. While this is an end-times book with a decidedly Catholic flavor, all Christians and even secular civil libertarians will find it to be an edifying (and sobering) read.
Basically, it is the story of a "creeping totalitarianism" that is engulfing North America and the few heroic (mostly Catholic and Evangelical) souls who recognize it and attempt to resist, especially when they discover that it is NOT happening by accident.... Although O'Brien says (I'm paraphrasing) that the novel has a "near future" setting, it has a disturbing "today's headlines" feel. This is well-done Catholic Christian literature, and as such it is not afraid to name names and identify the evils of our time: rampant consumerism, globalism, the New Age infection of orthodox Christianity (and its globalist ties), television, degenerate "art" calculated to destroy the sense of the sacred, the deliberate harassment of the devoutly religious, the annihilation of due process--the list goes on and on. In short, EOTS grippingly depicts the fall of night on Western civilization. The struggle against the darkness of sometimes uneasy coalitions of believers in Christ (and other people of good will) sustained by the grace of God makes for an inspiring cautionary tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HOLD ON TO YOUR SEAT!!!, 3 July 1999
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Michael O'Brien's "Eclipse of the Sun" is a roller coaster of books! It's the Indiana Jones of epics. Open the book, and you are hooked. This will keep your heart racing and your fingers turning pages.
But don't mistake it for a fluff novel--this is the meat and potatoes of our times. Read the book. Recognize today's headlines? This book will challenge you to reflect on your own life, your community, nation and world.
I have read three of the Children of the Last Days series, and I would recommend this as the first to be read. It is gripping. It will introduce you to the characters in O'Brien's other books; you will want to read the other books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmorising spiritual novel, 14 Mar 1999
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It is rare to find a book that inspires. This one does, with a profound grasp of the spiritual struggles of Man, worked out in the fragments of our humanity. God is rarely protrayed in any way reminiscent of the experience of Christians, and O'Brien manages to evoke something of the richness of our own lives graced with the Divine Presence. This book made me pray, made me re-evaluate the preciousness of being a Catholic Priest, and awoke in me that desire for God which I last sensed when a much younger man. This is a novel which takes you back into your own life...and beyond.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly good!, 2 Jan 1999
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The story is worthy of C.S. Lewis for its spiritual depth, and the quality of the writing nearly as good. Without giving much away, the characterizations of "the old lady and her boys" is one of the most moving and truthful I've ever run across in literature. This is not merely excellent stuff, but inspired.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, 14 Dec 1998
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I am presently somewhat bewildered that a writer of such calibre as Michael O'Brien is not more recognized in the English-speaking world. Content aside, O'Brien's writing craftmanship is such that it ought to place his works in the upper ranks of contemporary fiction. Of all his books, I liked this one best, for has the suspense and story of a Stephen King novel and the wisdom and depth (and yes, even prophetic sense) of Dostoevsky. I hope thousands, even millions more will read this extraordinary novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!, 25 Nov 1998
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This book got me hook, line, and sinker. I am a Canadian living in the States and am from the local where "Eclipse" is set. It hit a special note for me to say the least. The storyline is convincing (which is sad given the state of Canada), the imagery is powerful, and the tone is perfect. If you are a Catholic then this is a must read but even if you are not then this story can give you a lot of things to think about. I won't say anymore about it because its all there waiting to be unfolded. Take the time, it will go quickly I promise you that!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read., 27 Feb 2014
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I really couldn't put this down. O'Brien draws upon the sinister currents in society today that make the life of the Christian, who go against such currents, very trying indeed. The plot revolves around several characters who are counter-cultural, though not all Catholic, or even Christian. Will good triumph?
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5.0 out of 5 stars different, 23 Sep 2013
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Thoroughly absorbing from the beginning. The author draws you into the story. Having read "strangers and sojourners" and "the plague journals" it includes elements of realism. This is not a "true" story, but is believable the things described as being "here and now" .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit!, 11 July 1999
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Eclipse of the Sun is an amazing story set in, of all places, British Colombia. With an excelletn plot, engrossing characters, and events that seem all-too lifelike, this is the tytpe of book that had me losing sleep. An excellent read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I've read in years and probably the best novel, 14 May 1999
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This book is a psychological thriller, an inspirational powerhouse and one heck of a ride all the way through. If you enjoy apocalyptic fiction, you will be in "hog heaven" with this one. Do your heart and soul a favor and read this wonderful book and then do what I did: loan it to, not one, but two friends.
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