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  • Paperback: 857 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898707722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898707724
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 5.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By A Customer on 7 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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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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By A Customer on 3 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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By A Customer on 14 Mar. 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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By A Customer on 25 Nov. 1998
Format: Hardcover
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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By A Customer on 14 Dec. 1998
Format: Hardcover
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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By A Customer on 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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