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Book Title: Days of Atonement|
The author of the book: Walter Jon Williams
ISBN 13: 9780812501803
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 23.21 MB
Edition: Tor Books
Date of issue: January 15th 1992
Read full description of the books Days of Atonement:The ending of this book was unfulfilling to me because the protagonist didn't really solve any of the underlying problems driving the story. Instead he just went on a religiously stoked fanatical shooting spree and destroyed a lot of property. He probably killed some innocent people, too, since he set two huge brushfires in a populated area, though the author doesn't address this. Not does he address how this course of action, apparently justified to the protagonist by the desire to protect his family, would actually affect his family (it wouldn't be good, most likely).
The really compelling problems the characters face in the book (the corruption of the town, poverty, changing times, racial tensions, even the bizarre results of the science experiment that provides the sci-fi aspect of the book) are all subsumed by shooting a bunch of Uzis at a villain who is ultimately made into nothing more than a sad stereotype.
I don't think that the author intends to say that the protagonists actions are "right," but he doesn't provide any alternatives either. That the religious fervor is more than a little crazy is reflected by the fact that the pastor is himself a murderer (the only reason I can think of other than sensationalism to include that subplot.)
Read information about the authorWalter Jon Williams has published twenty novels and short fiction collections. Most are science fiction or fantasy -Hardwired, Voice of the Whirlwind, Aristoi, Metropolitan, City on Fire to name just a few - a few are historical adventures, and the most recent, The Rift, is a disaster novel in which "I just basically pound a part of the planet down to bedrock." And that's just the opening chapters. Walter holds a fourth-degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, and also enjoys sailing and scuba diving. He lives in New Mexico with his wife, Kathy Hedges.
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