The Day of Atonement

  • by David Liss
  • Narrated by Samuel Roukin
  • 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lisbon, 1755: A distinguished-looking gentleman emerges from the bowels of a ship freshly arrived from London, and sets into the city with a singular purpose. This is Sebastian Foxx, born Sebastiao Raposa, and his parents were abducted by the Inquisition when Sebastian was just 13 years old. Now trained in the arts of coercion by bounty hunter Benjamin Weaver - whom listeners will recognize from several of Liss's other novels - Sebastian has returned to the city to repay old debts… and to find the man who killed his father. He'll need money. He'll need power. But most importantly, he'll need to find his allies and identify his enemies among the Inquisition's spies. David Liss is the author of The Twelfth Enchantment, The Whiskey Rebels, The Ethical Assassin, A Spectacle of Corruption, The Coffee Trader, and A Conspiracy of Paper, winner of the 2000 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.

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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.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

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

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- Dennis "Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-24-2014
  • Publisher: Recorded Books