Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: An Eye for Glory
Author: Karl Bacon
Release Date: March 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction
Year/Setting: 1863/Civil War Battlefields
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Intense/Extreme (Battle)
Karl's Website/Blog: www.karlbacon.com
Being that this is one of the most interesting periods in history to me, this book was an extremely fascinating piece of fiction.
Told in first person through the eyes and words of a "good citizen" living in New England, readers are pulled into a story of a man who answers the call to fight for his rights in the Civil War. This book would be invaluable reading for a Civil War buff because the scenes are so real you feel that you are there fighting right alongside the soldiers.
Michael Palmer is a good, God-fearing man with a loving home and family, who is called by Abraham Lincoln to fight in a war to save the country. After many months of agonizing marches and battles, Michael begins to lose faith in his God and comes to hate the enemy with a fierce, unbridled passion. When his unit marches into Gettysburg, Michael, after a long and dusty march, is filled only with hatred for the confederates and his only wish is to kill as many of them as he possibly can so that he can go back to his family. He very cold-heartedly counts, out loud, the rebels that he kills, but is stopped by a confederate soldier who holds up his Bible to Michael and asks him to read the 25th Psalm for him before he leaves the earth. He also begs Michael to position him toward the mountains as he reads, so that he can have thoughts of his home as he passes into the next realm.
Michael comes to understand, after the man dies, that he was a brother in Christ and the hatred he felt for him...the cruel hatred to his very core, was something that was very, very wrong; that no matter the "side" they fought for, they were each individuals - all Americans - who simply had different views of how the country should be run.
When Michael returns home following the conflict, his wife Jessie is confronted with a man, unlike the loving husband she remembers... a man who is still fighting his very own emotional war. Jessie wonders where Michael's faith disappeared to and tells him that he should try and return the Bible to the dead man's widow. Another journey takes place in Michael's world, but this time it is certainly not a journey of anger and pain but a journey back to faith. Michael leaves his family once again to find the widow of the soldier and return her property, and in doing so regains his hope.
This is a fabulously written book that would appeal to many. The battles are so real and the fact that these men were fighting against their brothers in arms (and sometimes their real brothers) made it so much harder for their friends and families to deal with. All Civil War historians will be swept away by the power of the story. Enjoy!
Until next time,
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