Book Review | An Eye For Glory

Title: An Eye for Glory: The Civil War Chronicles of a Citizen Soldier

Author: Karl Bacon

My Review:

I don’t read much historical fiction. However, I am a student of American history (I have a degree in history, even), so when I came across An Eye For Glory, I was intrigued. The author (a first-time author, mind you) used firsthand accounts of the 14th Connecticut Infantry to create this very real, very accurate novel. In fact, it rings so true that I had to keep reminding myself that it was a novel.

There’s something unique and special about this first-person account of the Civil War. It’s so human, it encapsulates so much of the era — the religious, cultural, political, familial, societal aspects — that you feel as though you’ve been transported back in time. I will admit that some of the accounts in An Eye For Glory are gruesome…but they’re never gory and excessively violent. They’re genuine but, more important, they re-create the landscape of Civil War America, accurately and honestly. Accounts in history books can’t do that. They can’t make you feel, deep in your gut and in your heart, the realities of these battles and the horrors that were faced by these men. An Eye For Glory does that.

An Eye For Glory is one of those books that you can read relatively quickly although you won’t want to. I sat up til 3 a.m. one night reading this book and had to force myself to put it down so I could sleep. I highly recommend An Eye For Glory to anyone who is interested in reading a remarkable novel about a remarkable period in America’s history. Keep an eye out for Karl Bacon — he’ll be delivering great things to readers for quite some time.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Kristin is the mom of two boys and two girls and lives outside of Philadelphia, PA. She loves to read, write, shop, and spend as much of her summer as possible at the Jersey shore!

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