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By Dennis on 11-02-14
I never knew how powerful the Inqistion in Portual
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Some of the little known his of how oppressed the "New Christian" (Jews) in Lisbon
suffered and died for nothing but to keep the church rich.
What did you like best about this story?
The story told a tale with alot of twist and had more than a few surpises
What about Samuel Roukin’s performance did you like?
The reader Mr Roukin was masterful as always I enjoy his reads
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Time would not allow that but I finished it as soon as possible
Any additional comments?
Wasn't too crazy about the ending and hope Mr Liss will write another
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Jean on 11-29-14
Action packed adventure in an unusual setting
This is an interesting historical novel about the Portuguese Inquisition. We briefly encounter Benjamin Weaver hero of other Liss works. It is 1745 and Weaver, now middle-aged, is still catching thieves. He takes under his wing a thirteen year old Portuguese boy, Sebastiao Raposa, who has been smuggled to London from Lisbon, where the Portuguese Inquisition has imprisoned and executed his parents.
Sebastiao anglicizes himself into Sebastian Foxx. Our protagonist is Jewish, although his family is “new Christians”-Jews who, generations before, were forced to convert to Christianity but who are nonetheless subject to the special attention of the Inquisition.
The story jumps ten years and Weaver has taught Sebastian how to pummel thieves and practices the subtler art of deception. Foxx is unhappy and angry he decides to return to Lisbon to seek revenge for the death of his family. Our protagonist returns to Lisbon as Sebastian Foxx in the guise of a young Englishman bent on making a shipping fortune.
The story is packed with action, suspense, vengeance, thorny moral problems. The author works the famous earthquake of 1756 into the story. The plot moves swiftly to a shattering climax that throws notions of vengeance and atonement into sharp relief. Samuel Roukin narrated the book.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful