Item description for Eclipse of the Sun (Children of the Last Days) by Michael O'Brien...
Overview In this fast-paced, reflective novel,(the third in the Children of the Last Days Series following Strangers and Sojourners) Michael O'Brien presents the dramatic tale of a family that finds itself in the path of a totalitarian government. Set in the near future, the story describes the rise of a police state in North America in which every level of society is infected with propaganda, confusion and disinformation. Few people are equipped to recognize what is happening because the culture of the Western world has been deformed by a widespread undermining of moral absolutes.
Publishers Description In this fast-paced, reflective novel, (the second in a trilogy following "Strangers and Sojourners") Michael O'Brien presents the dramatic tale of a family that finds itself in the path of a totalitarian government. Set in the near future, the story describes the rise of a police state in North America in which every level of society is infected with propaganda, confusion and disinformation. Few people are equipped to recognize what is happening because the culture of the Western world has been deformed by a widespread undermining of moral absolutes.
Against this background, the Delaney family of Swiftcreek, British Columbia, is struck a severe blow when the father of the family, the editor of a small newspaper which dares to speak the truth, is arrested by the dreaded Office of Internal Security. His older children flee into the forest of the northern interior, accompanied by their great-grandfather and an elderly priest, Father Andrei. Their little brother Arrow also becomes a fugitive as the government seeks to remove any witnesses, and eradicate all evidence of its ultimate goals.
As O'Brien draws together the several strands of the story into a frightening yet moving climax, he explores the heart of growing darkness in North America, examining events which have already occurred. The reader will take away from this disturbing book a number of urgent questions: Are we living in the decisive moment of history? How dire is our situation? Do we live in pessimistic dread, or a Christian realism founded on hope? This is a tale about the victory of the weak over the powerful, courage over terror, good over evil, and, above all, the triumph of love.
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Studio: Ignatius Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.37" Height: 2.05" Weight: 2.05 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 1999
Publisher Ignatius Press
Series Children of the Last Days
ISBN 0898707722 ISBN13 9780898707724
Availability 0 units.
More About Michael O'Brien
O'Brien taught at the University of Arkansas until 1987. He is now Phillip R. Shriver Professor of History at Miami University of Ohio.
Michael O'Brien currently resides in the state of Ohio. Michael O'Brien was born in 1948.
Reviews - What do customers think about Eclipse of the Sun?
I want to love this but... Jan 19, 2008
The scope of O'Brien's Last Days series is expansive and imaginative. The books have interesting characters and a well developed underlying world-view. His plots, although perhaps a bit "over the top", are instructive and like much good fiction, leaves his readers with a more focused lens for interpreting the world around them.
So why I am disappointed? The answer is that these books could have been so much better with disciplined editing. The motivation for murdering obscure journalists and nuns are implausible, even for the minions of Hell, and a prophesy or some other motivation should have been provided early in the book which would explain why these groups were specifically targeted. Numerous other plot flaws abound, many of the characters are one dimensional stereotypes, and the dialog is extremely stilted in places.
O'Brien has a wonderful imagination, and writes instructively. (One hopes that his characters' literary and theological name dropping will inspire readers to pick up Aquinas, Czeslaw Milosz, and Hans Ur von Balthasar) His books are still worth reading despite their flaws. He simply needs to be paired with a better editor who can help offset his weaknesses and help him to bring his work to the next level. We need someone like O'Brien writing works that are at the level to become literary classics.
Excellent book Jan 10, 2007
This is O'Brien's last book from the "Children of the last days" series. It's quite fat, but I have read it in a few days (during my exams week :-). I highly recommend it for anyone who read previous books. I am not a native english speaker, but I had only little problems reading it. Go and get it!
Beauty Jun 3, 2006
This novel is about beauty. It is my favourite book, and is closely followed by all the rest of the Children of the Last Days series. I'm not a catholic; I'm not even a Christian (gasp!), but this book has made me think a great deal about a deeper meaning of life.
Excellent but meandering Dec 18, 2003
Michael O'Brien continues his excellent Children of the Last Days series that began explosively with Father Elijah in this third part of the Delaney family trilogy (the first two books are Strangers and Sojouners and Plague Journal).
O'Brien is obviously an excellent writer, but he tends to be overly didactic in his novels. A better editor could have helped with that. O'Brien, as most talented writers do, also overwrote his novel. And, again, a better editor could have helped him pull out the extraneous material which could have been included in a collection of short stories in an additional book.
Having said that, O'Brien continues to show keen insight into issues that haunt Western society and the Western church. A committed Christian with traditional Catholic faith, he decries the secularization of the church, including the domination of our lives by television. He presents a bleak view of Western governments, filled with nefarious conspiracy theories that are both audacious and plausible at the same time.
As huge as this book is, O'Brien keeps his readers turning their pages because of his wonderfully human characters and intriguing plot.
fascinating and riveting Jan 23, 2003
This, along with Fr Elijah, is the best book I have ever read. There are many stories within stories, and so wonderfully written. I hate to even hint at what is in it, just to say if you are interested at all in contemplating man and our possible future, read it. Don't open the pages with any preconceived notions, just read.
After 911 some people said they would give up some freedoms for more safety. hmmmmmm