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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

An Eye For Glory

It must never be thought that the field of battle falls silent once the fighting stops, for when the guns cease firing and the last echoes die, the wailing cries of the thousands of wounded arise in a pitiable chorus of woe. A short distance away I heard the rasping liquid breathing of a man who had probably been shot in the upper chest or throat. The whimpering sighs and guttural groans of those in the throes of deepest distress formed the cords of the ostinato, while from every direction individual voices called out their solo pleas, praying for help, hoping for deliverance.

"Help me...please help me.."
"I can't feel anything...just cold..."
"Hail Mary, full of grace, blessed art thou..."
"I am so sorry, Mother..."
"A sip of water...anyone...anyone..."
"Father, forgive this dying sinner..."
"Your Josh will not be home again..."
"Don't leave me, friend..."
"For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory..."

Then, from somewhere behind that dreadful rock wall, perhaps atop the frowning hill that had loomed over us all day, and carried between the lines upon a light breeze on that cold night, I heard the mournful strains of a violin as some soldier in gray or butternut bowed his own musical requiem out over that plan. The tune I did not know, but the sentiment that soldier conveyed was exceedingly somber and too familiar. So many died, and more would die before the dawn. (pg 125).

An Eye for Glory by Karl A. Bacon is the latest novel that chronicles the life of a citizen soldier in the Civil War. Eloquently told in breath-taking detail you can almost smell the gunpowder and hear the passing of a musket ball just inches from your face. This is an amazing book that any lover of war stories would love to read.

Using first hand accounts of the 14th Connecticut Infantry, author Karl Bacon has crafted a detail, genuine, and compelling novel on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Never reading a book like this before has changed me in ways I could have never imagined as we relive what it must have been like on the battlefields fighting for the end of slavery against the North and South within our own country.

I received this book compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and was humbled by the stories seen through the eyes of Union soldier Michael Palmer as he leaves behind his wife and family to head off to the war. This book rates a 5 out of 5 American stars for me! It is available in paperback, MP3 and eBook formats.

Here's even more great information on this book, the author and where to get a first chapter peek.
This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
An Eye For Glory
Zondervan (February 28, 2011)
Karl Bacon


A word from the author:

I grew up in the small picturesque town of Woodbury, Connecticut. After graduating from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, I returned to Connecticut and found employment in manufacturing. “Just a job” turned into a professional career, much of which was spent working for a Swiss machine tool company. In 2000 I started my own business to provide services to manufacturing clients across the USA. This change also allowed time to develop my writing craft.

From youth I’ve been a serious student of the Civil War. The draft of An Eye for Glory took ten years from conception to completion. Thousands of hours were spent researching every detail through copious reading, Internet research and personal visits to each battlefield so the novel might be as historically accurate and believable as possible. I live in Naugatuck, Connecticut with my wife of thirty-three years, Jackie.


Michael Palmer is a good man, a family man. But honor and duty push him to leave his comfortable life and answer the call from Abraham Lincoln to fight for his country. This 'citizen soldier' learns quickly that war is more than the battle on the field. Long marches under extreme conditions, illness, and disillusionment challenge at every turn. Faith seems lost in a blur of smoke and blood...and death.

Michael's only desire is to kill as many Confederate soldiers as he can so he can go home. He coldly counts off the rebels that fall to his bullets. Until he is brought up short by a dying man holding up his Bible. It's in the heat of battle at Gettysburg and the solemn aftermath that Michael begins to understand the grave cost of the war upon his soul. Here the journey really begins as he searches for the man he was and the faith he once held so dearly. With the help of his beloved wife, Jesse Ann, he takes the final steps towards redemption and reconciliation.

Using first-hand accounts of the 14th Connecticut Infantry, Karl Bacon has crafted a detailed, genuine and compelling novel on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Intensely personal and accurate to the times, culture, and tragedy of the Civil War, An Eye for Glory may change you in ways you could have never imagined as well.

If you would like to read the first chapter of An Eye For Glory, go HERE.

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  1. I loved this one, I would easily say it was one of the best books I have read this year.

  2. I would think this would be a very good book. You make it sound like one. Thanks for the review. I just wish I had more time to read. I love to read.


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