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Eclipse of the Sun

(Children of the Last Days #2)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  602 ratings  ·  37 reviews
In this fast-paced, reflective novel, (the third in a trilogy following Strangers and Sojourners and Plague Journal) 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 propag ...more
Paperback, 857 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Ignatius Press (first published December 1st 1997)
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Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Finished it! I can't get over how timely this book is. How there is so much in this book which reminds me of what is happening in our world today although it is over 20 years old. O'Brien could see what was coming. It is a BRICK at 856 pages yet it never seemed long reading it, just awkward holding such a huge thing. This would be a book to read on kindle simply for size, especially if you have to share your lap with a cat.

The thing which reminded me so much of today is how oblivious most peopl
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book for 25 cents at Goodwill. Knew nothing about it, or the series that this novel is a part of (although each novel in the series also serves as a stand alone, so you aren't missing out if you start in the middle). It's a beautiful book that changed my opinions about the Catholic Faith and that had me literally cheering during one tense scene. ...more
Mar 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I can never say enough good things about this author. He is tremendously talented and thought-provoking. His works are deeply inspiring despite their gruesome and sometimes harrowing twists and turns.
John O'Brien
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm rating my father's novels here as a fan. I look forward to his books as much as anyone else, and find them deeply moving. I am not unaware of their flaws, but their strengths surpass them, and so abundantly, that I find them almost moot. I'm normally moved to the point of tears about 3-4 times per novel (If I find myself choked up only once, I tell him it's not his best work). He has a rare gift of penetrating deeply into spiritual truths, which is a reflection of the person he is -- an arti ...more
Fr. Ryan Humphries
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Shelves: catholic, fiction
As I said before, a deep and profound book, perhaps too much so.
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What an amazing ending to the series! Eclipse felt so real - not far fetched at all and I believe a warning to the West.

Michael D O'Brien is the greatest Catholic writer alive
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
a profound examination of freedom, truth, and religious observance.
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A remarkable read. Captivating; hard to put the book down. Will not disappoint. Bob
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this series. It was a thought-provoking futuristic series. This final one did not move as quickly as The Plague Journal, but O'Brien still created a huge cast of interesting and sympathetic characters. Still, nothing comes close to his breathtaking Island of the World. ...more
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is no small book but I was amazed at how fast I flew through it. I consider it one of Michael O'Brien's best. ...more
Abby Glann
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: faith, dystopian
This book left me conflicted. I enjoyed the story and theme. Portions of the book were beautiful and stirring. I especially liked the Alice scenes and the ones with Frs. Ron and Raymond. Unfortunately, I am not a fan of O'Brien's writing style. The jump from short thoughts to lengthy sentences is jarring. The descriptions often do not aid the story. They feel more like lists rather scene building. The length was also more than I felt the story needed. Something just as beautiful could have been ...more
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club-books
A good read, but my least favorite of the series.
Nelleke Plouffe
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Island of the World was my first introduction to Michael O’Brien. It was a beautiful book, perhaps one of the best I’ve ever read. Since then I’ve also read Strangers and Sojourners, and this book. Both were disappointing after Island of the World. My expectations were raised too high, and it’s really too bad, because these books require a significant investment of time to read. I’m still going to read more O’Brien...I can’t give up because IotW was so amazing.
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half dragged a little bit but then the pace picked up. My favorite chapter was the thirteenth, when some priests and the bishop started waking up to the danger (evil) around them and the laity and they, the priests and bishop, started basically doing their jobs.
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This terrifying future is so close we can taste it. Nevertheless, O'Briens novel is 3 parts hopeful to 2 parts horror. ...more
Katherine Cozzi
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! The best book I ever read!!
Maurice Williams
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Michael D.O'Brien has written a six-novel series "Children of the Last Days." The first three novels form a trilogy within the series. "Eclipse of the Sun" is the third novel in the series. Each novel can be read and enjoyed on its own, but the reader will get more out of the first three if all three are read. The Delaneys live in an English-speaking Western society that has been rejecting its Christian roots and advocating a lifestyle at variance with Biblical morality. O'Brien's novels are "en ...more
Fr. Dominic Rankin
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It is difficult to sum up in a few hundred words the saga offered up by Michael O'Brien in this second installment of his series the Children of the Last Days. It remains in Canada, where much of A Cry of Stone (the first book in the series) was situated, but rather than following one character through ups and downs across a lifetime, this book narrows the time-scale to a matter of a few weeks and zooms out to follow the paths of several different individuals. A faithful priest, a lonely woman, ...more
David Woods
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it
This one was a little disappointing. O’Brien’s Island of the World is one of my FAVORITE books ever that oozes with beautiful Christian spirituality. After Island, I read Strangers & Sojourners which was no Island, but it was beautifully written. Then this one. I like his writing style and characters, but O’Brien seemed to have a bunch of agendas here and tipped his hand to what he believes true Christianity is. And his version of the remnant sure has a lot to do with right behavior and right be ...more
Ian Mackay
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The trilogy is a masterpiece. Although not without faults eg minor inconsistencies etc., it is written with such passionate sincerity and purposefulness that it jumpstarts one's resolve to move from consumer to contributer in the spiritual life.
It unrolls in a rapidly intensifying atmosphere of immediate and crucial relevance - it does what apocalyptic works set out to do, and does it brilliantly.
Cindy Warner
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
At times strange, at times disturbing, Eclipse of the Sun was an interesting read. There were a lot of parts that could have been cut, making the story more streamlined, and some things were just difficult to get through due to being information dumps. But my main problem with the book is that there were so many loose ends not tied up, and so many questions left unanswered.
Pete Orsi
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 5th novel I have read in the series Children of the Last Days series. Each one builds on the author’s primary belief that it is the little people , or sparrows, persevering in their faith lives that change history. I have always believed and have striven to join the Great Cloud of Witnesses and Michael O’Brien has deepened that desire.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such beauty in written words.
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could not put this book down!
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic story telling. Couldn’t put this book down.
It is well worth the time of reading Strangers and Sojourners + Plague Journal beforehand. High recommend.
Savannah Lyle
Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it
I sortof have a think for post-apocalyptic books. Not my favorite Michael O'Brien book though, definitely think Island of the World is his best ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So many scenes from this book have stayed with me - the family on the "Osprey" (I want to go there), the weird old lady who smokes like a chimney and reads detective stories but has a great heart. The over sized baby who needs diaper changes and seems kinda gross but exudes Joy. This one might fly under the radar a bit in O'Brien's bibliography, but I really enjoyed it. ...more
Marla Poirier
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever re-read a book simply because you missed the characters?
I've read this book four times. It's an immense novel, full of unforgettable characters and situations. As I live in the book's location, I'm well aware of the scenic elements, but it's the people in this book that haunt me, and draw me back to re-reading this again.

As large as this book is, I read it to my husband, (like a radio show, using voices for all the characters) I particularly liked using a voice for the Queen of Ju
Regina Doman
Mar 20, 2009 rated it did not like it
O'Brien plays to his weaknesses, not his strengths, in this nearly completely unbelievable tale of government and society spiraling towards the Apocalypse. Even I, who can usually believe anything of the Canadian government, had a hard time swallowing this one. It soured me on the whole apocalyptic genre. ...more
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The stunning conclusion to the beautiful trilogy, the Delaney's continue their flight from oppressive government authorities. It's been years since I read this one, yet vivid scenes remain with me about the power of community, compassion, and the difference one seeming "throw-away"life can make when love and value are given freely. ...more
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Michael D. O'Brien is a Roman Catholic author, artist, and frequent essayist and lecturer on faith and culture, living in Combermere, Ontario, Canada. ...more

Other books in the series

Children of the Last Days (7 books)
  • Strangers and Sojourners (Children of the Last Days #1)
  • Plague Journal (Children of the Last Days #2)
  • Father Elijah: An Apocalypse (Children of the Last Days, #4)
  • Sophia House (Children of the Last Days #5)
  • A Cry of Stone (Children of the Last Days #6)
  • Elijah in Jerusalem (Children of the Last Days #7)

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