The Spanish Sacrifice

One Hundred Years Of War Book 6

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 03/11/2024
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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

Jay Perin's series One Hundred Years of War spans decades from the 1970s through political upheaval and the relentless pursuit of power in the energy sector. In the five-novel lead-up to The Spanish Sacrifice, Senator Temple's misstep allows a criminal to seize control, sparking a struggle among the deeply pocketed and influential Kingsleys, Sheppards, and Barrons. As criminal oilman Jared Sanders eyes the presidency in the 1980s, Temple unites with oil dynasty heirs to thwart his ambitions. However, Temple's presidency is marred by global unrest and internal strife, leading to the collapse of his oil empire and an attempt on his life that leaves him mute. Treason accusations haunt as Temple's chosen heir, Lilah, fights to dismantle the corrupt oil network and balance treacherous alliances. Now, as Godwin Kingsley's influence looms large, Temple endeavors to rectify his past mistakes before his time runs out.

I'm not new to the One Hundred Years of War series by Jay Perin, and I was thrilled when The Spanish Sacrifice landed in my lap. Perin excels in rich characterization, starting with Temple's internal conflict with mortality despite his past as a formidable politician and war leader, tinged with a dose of survivor's guilt. His pursuit of redemption juxtaposes Lilah's struggle with loyalty and betrayal with the broader context of geopolitical conflict, ethical considerations, and the consequences of past decisions. There's a quote that sums this aspect of the penultimate episode up perfectly when it says: “In this saga, you will find men and women seeking the purpose of their existence. You will hear about their actions, both honorable and dishonorable... At the end of it all, you will hope for their redemption.” Perin plays into the settings by using pop culture like cell phones that clip onto waistbands and a school dance with Britney Spears blazing, but lays the tension on top of it thick with a high body count, not all dying the way initially believed. The writing is on point and the pacing races forward, and while I look forward to seeing how everything falls into place, I sure as heck will be sorry to see the series end. Very highly recommended.

K.C. Finn

The Spanish Sacrifice is a work of fiction in the historical fiction, political thriller, and interpersonal drama subgenres, and is the sixth novel in the One Hundred Years Of War saga. The work is best suited to the general adult readership. Penned by author Jay Perin, this gripping historical political saga navigates the complexities of loyalty, rationality, and sacrifice, setting up a startling finale. Against the backdrop of the approaching twenty-first century, the story follows Temple, a former American president determined to rectify his past mistakes, and Lilah, his chosen heir, who grapples with the moral implications of their political legacy. As tensions escalate, alliances are tested, betrayal looms on the horizon, and the characters embark on a harrowing journey spanning from Paris to Silicon Valley.

Author Jay Perin has crafted another excellent tale packed to the brim with intrigue, ambition, and moral ambiguity that culminates in a thrilling finale for this deeply engaging saga. I was so impressed by the way that all the remaining plot strands from the series were handled, each given a good amount of time and attention to ensure that no stone is left unturned as we hurtle toward the climax of this explosive plot. The twists leave you with your heart in your throat, and even in the quieter moments between them, the character work and excellent speech and thought presentation ensure that you stay right on the characters’ shoulders, feeling every moment of triumph and despair. Overall, The Spanish Sacrifice offers a riveting exploration of the human cost of power and the sacrifices demanded by history, and I would recommend it and the series in general to fans of historical political thrillers everywhere.

Pikasho Deka

The Spanish Sacrifice is the sixth book in the One Hundred Years of War series by Jay Perin. After coming back from her long exile, Lilah is seeking revenge for what happened to her and the Kingsley brothers in Cuba and makes a deal with the CIA to bring the perpetrators to justice. Meanwhile, Harry Sheppard spearheads a plan with the five Kingsley brothers to overthrow Steven Kingsley as the CEO and chairman of the network. However, the Kingsley family patriarch, Godwin, stands in the way. As sins of the past rear their ugly heads, family ties deteriorate further, the gloves are off, and nothing is sacred except obliterating the enemy. But this generational war will take its toll on the young. Will Harry, Lilah, and the Kingsley brothers be able to win this war?

The penultimate book of the One Hundred Years of War series sets things up nicely for the finale as The Spanish Sacrifice enthralls you from the first page to the last. Jay Perin's plotting is as intricate as ever, featuring a large yet compelling cast of characters whose stories will break your heart in ways you never see coming. You will find yourself invested in even the secondary characters whose story arcs have broader ramifications on the overall narrative. While Harry, Lilah, and Alex have their own paths to travel, I was most attached to Michael's plot thread in this book. The series, as a whole, is tailor-made for fans of generational family sagas. With a healthy dose of political intrigue, romance, action, and drama, Jay Perin has crafted a truly epic series that I highly recommend to a wide range of readers.