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Williams's ( Angel Station ) flawed futuristic thriller is set at the beginning of the next century, during the "days of atonement" observed by the Church of the Apostles, a period of contemplation, each day devoted to one of the seven deadly sins. Loren Hawn, police chief of Atocha, N.M., is driven by overwhelming rage, religious fervor and the desire to "guard his marriage, his daughters, his community"; he styles himself "the sword and arm of the Lord." Then an experiment at the nearby Advanced Technology Laboratories leaves a body on Loren's doorstep--apparently that of a man who died 20 years ago. As Loren investigates the "John Doe"--is his appearance some sort of miracle?--he gradually comes to believe that he has been betrayed by all he cherished--his family, his town, his church. Ironically, he is right--ATL is involved in a crime--but Loren is over the edge. He is ultimately overtaken by rage and driven to a frenzy of murder and destruction. Although not completely successful in his portrayal of Loren's disintegrating personality, Williams does present a credible exploration of a near-future community.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The police chief of Atocha, New Mexico finds himself in trouble from all sides when his investigation of an impossible murder forces him to cross wills with a nearby research institute conducting secret experiments involving space and time. The author of Hardwired ( LJ 6/15/86) brings his gift for hardcore realism to this near-future tale of one man's confrontation with the unknown. For most sf collections.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 900 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 2, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FNQLTQ
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I didn't expect to like this book. In fact, I left it sitting on my pile for months before I gave it a chance. An unlikely combination of police procedural and hard science fiction, this novel somehow manages to pull it all together perfectly, making it one of Williams' best (which is saying a lot). Try it
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter D. Tillman VINE VOICE on September 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
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Just a quick heads-up re this excellent New Mexico political/police-procedural/SF thriller, which I just reread.

It's a terrific page-turner -- kept me up til the small hours. I enjoyed it more the second time than the first -- I hadn't remembered it as being so good, and put it on the reread pile after someone online commented on how good the book is.

This is as good a portrayal of red rage as you're likely to see anywhere.

There are nits to pick -- a 3 digit code to unlock the heavies' Uzis! -- but they won't bother you during the read.

This was WJW's "crossover" novel before The Rift, and it's a far, far better book -- one of his best. Don't miss. Out of print, but readily available.

Happy reading--
Pete Tillman
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Read on May 14, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
We see Days of Atonement's story through the eyes of the main character, who is a passionate, principled man who is also deeply flawed, deep in denial, and full of rage. His capacity for sudden violence is incredible, and he regularly crosses lines--yet he also cares deeply about order and tradition and community. He actively pursues goodness and redemption in his religion, family, and police work while he is at the same time immersed in a system of casual corruption. The complexity and inherent tensions in this main character forms the gravitational center of this excellent novel, the first I've read by Walter Jon Williams.

Williams masterfully builds the setting of the small New Mexico town and its inhabitants, its history, traditions, and hidden iniquities. The setting is essential to the drama of the story and the motivations of the character, and I found all of it plenty interesting myself. It might be too much setting, background, and character development for someone who is more interested in the speculative ideas, but without this immersion in this tiny town and its inhabitants, we wouldn't understand this character. And many elements important to the plot would have seemed contrived.

Williams knows exactly what he's doing. The technical aspects of the writing and plotting are solid, and the dramatic tension was pretty intense for me. At the same time, the story arises very organically out of this very powerful and complex main character. Williams is steering this thing, but this character drives it.

I suspect that if this book does not satisfy everyone, the dissatisfaction will in some way arise from the way Williams has mixed genres.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vind3d on May 21, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Remember the small town cop from the first Rambo movie, First Blood? He's a good comparison of our main character, Loren Hawn, the small town, good ole boy, sheriff who gets things done, even if he has to break a few laws to do it.

He loves his family, his town, his way of life.

But forces come into play that try to upset everything.

Drug dealers, local teen hoodlums, mean drunks, crazy street people, eco-terrorists all turn on Loren and try to change his town and the people he has sworn to protect.

Then there is the strange goings on at the new local Physics lab. William Patience, Hawn's nemesis, is the head of security of the lab and does everything by the book, his book, that is.

On top of all the other problems for Loren there is the Murder. The recent murder of someone who died in a car wreck 20 years before. And Loren is sure Patience and his lab are somehow mixed up in it.

As Loren tries to find the killer many of the towns dark secrets are pushed out into the light. And his hard-knock methods cause his friends to turn on him.

But that's alright, Loren gets things done anyway as he sets out to right wrongs because he is the Sword and Arm of the Lord!

This book shows Walter Jon Williams' versatility as a writer. Although it has Sci-Fi and cyberpunk elements, it's really nothing like my other two favorite books of his, Voice of the Whirlwind, and Hardwired.

If you are fans of those works, be ready for a change of direction.

A fantastic story of one man's fight for what he thinks is right!Days of Atonement
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N Boren on August 2, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A wonderful and exciting novel with a lot of surprises. Hard SF meets the Southwest Law and Williams makes it interesting all the way through.
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Format: Hardcover
sooo.... great read, found it on the shelf at my forward operating base back in 2007, and it kept me entertained for a few days. the plot was great, lots of interesting turns, and I love the characters, particularly the ATL head of security..he's a pretty accurate representation of an SF washout if I've ever seen one. now as far as the Large Hadron Collider in the story, CERN just released some interesting info that suggests there may be some truth to the book's time travelling cows and people: They're detecting temporal distortions around the LHC, and found a piece of breadcrumb buried deep in the machine last year... you could write that off as a clumsy frenchman doing a working lunch... or consider that the physicists in charge of the machine are claiming it was somehow placed there in the manner that the cows, and eventually Loren were in the book.... food for thought. look it up on CNN after you read the book.
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