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Product Details

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1st edition (February 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310322022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310322023
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,478,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

For his first novel, Bacon has crafted the memoir of a Union Army veteran. Idealistic Michael Palmer enlists to fight slavery in 1862, but the brutality and senseless slaughter he witnesses produce disillusionment, rage, and guilt. After the war he manifests what today is called post-traumatic stress disorder. Evocative narrative writing is filled with accurate details of such battles as Antietam and Gettysburg and of the daily lives of ordinary soldiers. Dialogue and characterization is weaker. But the writing gathers force, and the novel ends with an emotionally gripping encounter that brings the book's evangelical Christian beliefs to the forefront. The depiction of 19th-century Christianity, however, is less authentic to the era than the military details; in an age when denominations mattered, the hero and clergy appear to belong to none. Rituals and reports of "a good death" that were crucial to soldiers and families during the Civil War are absent. But overall, the novel offers an engaging introduction to Civil War history as the 150th anniversary of the conflict unfolds over the next four years. (Apr.)
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About the Author

Karl Bacon is a first time novelist, but long time student of the Civil War. He and his wife, Jackie live in Naugatuck, Connecticut.

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Karl Bacon is a first time novelist, but long time student of the Civil War. He and his wife, Jackie live in Naugatuck, Connecticut.

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This book rates a 5 out of 5 American stars for me!
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Karl Bacon skillfully involves the reader whilst weaving each character into actual historical events and has a true gift for writing.
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Christians will find good over evil,forgiveness, grace and peace.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Deborah VINE VOICE on March 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
It is normally extremely rare for me to find good faith based historical fiction that is published by major Christian publishers. I say this because the majority of Christian fiction that is historical is usually historical romance. There's nothing wrong with that but sometimes you need something more meatier that focuses on history than romance. I have been pleasantly surprised though in the past several months that the industry appears to be slowly changing and there are more good historical reads without romance coming out. This debut novel by Karl A. Bacon can be added to that list.

Bacon's historical research is absolutely awesome as we travel with the characters. The life of the soldiers is not glamorized or made appealing. Instead we are treated to the harsh realities of the war life and how the men had to deal with it. He goes into detail about the battles and then the aftermath and how this affected the lives of the soldiers. Death is constantly surrounding them and every day could be your last. Luxuries are scarce but when they do happen, it's a joyous celebration. Since the story is told from Michael's point of view, we are also treated to knowing the fate of his family back home. I found it interesting that when Michael went on furlough, he found himself not able to sleep comfortably in the bed with his wife after being used to being on the ground for so long. War changed the men and Bacon shows both the positive and negative aspects about this.

Faith in the story is handled appropriately to the time period. This means that it while it is historically significant in the lives of the soldiers, it is not preachy to the modern reader.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Louis J. Toto on March 2, 2011
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An Eye for Glory is a riveting Civil War chronicle by a talented new author, Karl Bacon. Set against the back drop of a divided nation, this beautifully written and historically accurate debut novel is sure to please even the most fastidious history lover.

Michael Gabriel Palmer, a family man of integrity and conviction, answers the call to duty in 1862 along with his long time friend John Robinson. Together they learn how to become soldiers in the bloodiest war in U.S. history. Through sickness, hunger, loneliness, and political upheaval, Michael continues to pen letters to his beloved wife, Jessie Anne. It is his faith, his friendship with John, and his hope of being reunited with Jessie Anne that sustains Michael. But with every passing year, his loss becomes greater, and his battle becomes more personal. Duty is what drives him- kill as many of the enemy as possible and bring an end to the bloody war.
But when he meets a brother in Christ at the other end of his bayonet, Michael is forever changed. Long after the War Between the States has ended, the war within Michael G. Palmer continues. When alas Jessie Anne confronts his emotional absence, he confides in her the secret pain he has harbored. She knows what he must do. In order for Michael to be whole again, she must convince him to heed another call, one that will take him away from her again, and which will require of him the most difficult task yet.

An Eye for Glory is Michael's story, as told to his grown children many years later. It is a story of duty, honor, forgiveness, and hope. Bacon, a passionate student of the Civil War, weaves this like a master craftsman, with just the right blend of action, tenderness, pain, and prose.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 26, 2011
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Although he loathed leaving his beloved wife Jesse Ann and their children back in Connecticut, Michael Palmer heeds the call of President Lincoln and enlists in 1862. However, he quickly finds himself detesting the deaths of friends and the incompetent leadership of the political hacks in charge of the soldiers who sit in the rear sending people to their death without a thought. Still he vows to do his duty even as his anger at the killings of his comrades has him thirsty for the slaying of Confederate soldiers.

At Gettysburg, Michael keeps score of those he shoots until a dying enemy holds aloft his family bible. Michael is stunned as realizes he had demonized the foe, but like him they have families praying for their return. After he helps the soldier with his final dying breaths by reading scripture to him, Michael takes the bible with him. When the war ends, he tells his Jesse Ann what he did to Mr. Augustus Wyatt of North Carolina. She persuades him to find the soldier's widow in order to return to her the bible and pray she forgives his shattered soul.

This is an excellent historical tale with an insightful look at the 14th Connecticut Infantry through the eyes of Michael, who became immune to the death of the enemy as he no longer saw them as God's flock. He also loses his faith in the Lord with the deaths of his comrades. Bloody as the battlefields were and still are, the aftermath of combat in the survivors grips readers. Perhaps those who use the war card as a first option should peruse An Eye for Glory to comprehend first hand the true cost to God's children.

Harriet Klausner
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