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December 11, 2015


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David Liss

(from Night Owl Reviews)

  • Number: 9780345520197
  • Release: September 22, 2015
  • Author: David Liss
  • Availability: Print-Book
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: HIST: Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY LIBRARY JOURNAL • Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more. The bestselling author of such novels as A Conspiracy of Paper and The Whiskey Rebels continues his masterly run of “atmospheric” (The Washington Post), “page-turning” (The Baltimore Sun), “tremendously smart” (Newsweek) historical thrillers. In The Day of Atonement, David Liss blends meticulous period detail with crackling adventure in the tale of one man’s quest for justice—and retribution. SebastiĆ£o Raposa is only thirteen when his parents are unjustly imprisoned, never to be seen again, and he is forced to flee Portugal lest he too fall victim to the Inquisition. But ten years in exile only serve to whet his appetite for vengeance. Returning at last to Lisbon, in the guise of English businessman Sebastian Foxx, he is no longer a frightened boy but a dangerous man tormented by violent impulses. Haunted by the specter of all he has lost—including his exquisite first love—Foxx is determined to right old wrongs by punishing an unforgivable enemy with unrelenting fury. Well schooled by his benefactor, the notorious bounty hunter Benjamin Weaver, in the use of wits, fists, and a variety of weapons, Foxx stalks the ruthless Inquisitor priest Pedro Azinheiro. But in a city ruled by terror and treachery, where money and information can buy power and trump any law, no enemy should be underestimated and no ally can be trusted. Having risked everything, and once again under the watchful eye of the Inquisition, Foxx finds his plans unraveling as he becomes drawn into the struggles of old friends—and new enemies—none of whom, like Lisbon itself, are what they seem. Compelled to play a game of deception and greed, Sebastian Foxx will find himself befriended, betrayed, tempted by desire, and tormented by personal turmoil. And when a twist of fate turns his carefully laid plans to chaos, he will be forced to choose between surrendering to bloodlust or serving the cause of mercy.


David Liss is the author of The Day of Atonement, The Twelfth Enchantment, The Devil’s Company, The Whiskey Rebels, The Ethical Assassin, A Spectacle of Corruption, The Coffee Trader, and A Conspiracy of Paper, winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and children.

Sebastian Raposa, at the young age of 13 is alone in Portugal.  His parents have been put in prison by a priest, the Inquisitor, for crimes that they had nothing to do with.One of his father's friends helps him get out of Portugal and go to England.
 He returns to Lisbon ten years later to kill the Inquisitor that was involved in his parent's deaths.  Things aren't always as they seem.   Lisbon is a place where you can get killed just for having the wrong religion.  It is a city filled with mistrust and terror.
Sebastian takes on a new identity as he goes undercover.  He realizes there are people he cares about, especially a beautiful woman.  He went to Lisbon for revenge against the Inquisitor priest, Pedro Azinheiro. To his amazement he finds that the priest is having him followed.  The author puts you in this world where greed and corruption are everyday event.  The author, Mr. Liss has created a suspenseful game of deceit.  I found the book a little hard to get into. Will Sebastian realize that sometimes in order to find happiness you have to give up on the revenge?  Will the DAY OF ATONEMENT arrive?  Pick up a copy and decide for yourself! 
I received a complimentary copy of DAY OF ATONEMENT by David Liss from Night Owl Reviews for my view of the book. 

I would give this book 4 STARS.


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