Eclipse of the Sun (Children of the Last Days) Paperback – 1 Dec 1999
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About the Author
O'Brien taught at the University of Arkansas until 1987. He is now Phillip R. Shriver Professor of History at Miami University of Ohio.
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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.
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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Thoroughly absorbing from the beginning. The author draws you into the story. Having read "strangers and sojourners" and "the plague journals" it includes elements... Read morePublished on 23 Sept. 2013 by Inquisitive Silver Surfer
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. Read morePublished on 20 Aug. 1999
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... Read morePublished on 11 July 1999
This book is a psychological thriller, an inspirational powerhouse and one heck of a ride all the way through. Read morePublished on 14 May 1999
"Just read 50 pages, that's all I ask...," a friend suggested. I read 50 pages, and couldn't put the book down. I lost sleep reading it. Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 1998