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The Last Four Things (The Left Hand of God #2)

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  6,143 Ratings  ·  363 Reviews
The Last Four Things is the second in Paul Hoffman's remarkable series.

Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell
These are the Last Four Things
Now there are Five
Meet Thomas Cale

Returning to the Sanctuary of the Redeemers, Thomas Cale is told by the Lord Militant that the destruction of mankind is necessary; the only way to undo God's greatest mistake.

Cale seemingly accepts his rol
Paperback, 497 pages
Published February 16th 2012 by Penguin (first published April 28th 2011)
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Dec 20, 2013 Laz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I'm so disappointed. I think I just wasted my time. How did this get so bad and so out of control? I had liked the first book, really liked it and I got into this hoping and wishing for a book that would blew me away... Instead, I got a bland, boring book..

I swear, by the end of the book nothing has really happened. I did an experiment while reading the book and read some paragraphs and skipping some because I felt like there were lots of detail with no reason whatsoever.

The writing, the p
Jul 23, 2011 Ruth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spec-fic
c2011. From Hero to zero - considering how much I enjoyed the first book. I did not find this to be "epic" which is how it is described by the publisher. By the author's own admission, this story contains "many acts of righteous larceny" culling, distorting and summarising some well known historical events and personalities. While I felt that he got away with it in the first book, this second book was a real mish mash cobbled loosely together (see what I mean). I actually hated this book...disap ...more
Below quick thoughts as I was reading the book; as usual I will c/p the full FBC review in due course

4/16; Some 1/3-1/2 in the book and it is as crazily inventive and good
as The Left Hand of God, with the same alternating of styles, tones and narrative modes; there is considerably more backstory and world building and things make sense and hang together well, but the same "all but the kitchen sink" is thrown in and this one has some stuff that's even more outrageously funny than in The Left Han
Lord Nouda
Jul 09, 2011 Lord Nouda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If anything, it was only marginally better than the first book. In other words, still completely horrible to read. The Last Four Things was a confusing mess of random turn of events, spurred on by the whims of characters who themselves don't know what they want to do. If the plot wasn't being predictable as hell, it was being entirely random; kind of like a retard wandering around a well-known paved road and then deciding in his little mad head to go off the path into the unknown.

1. The battles
Oct 21, 2011 Joana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ora portanto, resumindo o livro numa "palavra": nhe.
Quando li A Mão Esquerda de Deus, ao início achei o livro um pouco parado e desinteressante. No entanto a partir mais ou menos das 100 pág a história começou a tornar-se interessante. Parecia que as coisas aconteciam com uma finalidade.
Quando parti para As Quatro Últimas Coisas ia preparada para que pudesse, eventualmente, acontecer o mesmo. Um início mais morno e depois desenvolvimentos interessantes. Não podia ter ficado mais decepcionada. O
Feb 19, 2012 Hanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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hanging on the three star border...

I want to love the books in this series. I probably do a bit. So let me explain my rating...

When reading the first book I fell in love with the main character. And the idea for the story? Wow. Very nice there Hoffman! But when I finished the first one I was left with the thought that not a lot had actually happened in it. Sure, there were parts of action and big revelations, but when I turned the last page I was still waiting for that something.

Never the less
Nick Brett
Jul 04, 2011 Nick Brett rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was underwhelmed by The Left Hand of God, while I thought it had potential it was also flawed. The test was going to be whether the author built on the potential or not.
Sadly, in The Last Four Things the flaws are much more evident in a rather difficult read where the author seems to have abandoned the potential and built in more flaws! The narrative style seems different, with a smug observational style and the author then rather over indulges himself in the very things that jarred in the fi
Kristina Čechová
Thomas Cale. Čtyři poslední věci je již druhý díl této trilogie. Pro hlavního hrdinu mám opravdu velkou slabost. Již v prvním díle si mě získal svou krutostí, chytrostí, nebojácností, ale také dobrým srdcem. Po přečtení druhého dílu jsem si říkala, že by Thomasovi neuškodila ještě krutější povaha. Obvykle to nesnesu, ale tenhle akolyta si o to naprosto říká. Nicméně, ačkoli jsem byla z pokračování Levé ruky Boží unešena, nemohu říci, že by bylo stejně tak výborné. Ani nedokážu přesně popsat v če ...more
Katrina Ly
Jun 14, 2012 Katrina Ly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book was just as great as the first book. It had an awesome plot which contains a twist at the end which you will NEVER (and believe me when i say NEVER) see coming. The writing was as gripping as always and no less expected from paul Hoffman whose fast becoming one of my favourite authors. now, some people might say that this book was darker than the first and to a degree this is true but its only because this book doesn't have all that sappy romance in it (not that there's anything wrong ...more
Robin Carter
May 07, 2012 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Last Four Things"
So how does the sequel to "The Left Hand of God" fare? I think for a lot of people it will have a similar marmite effect, it is one of those books that leaps and bounds around the imagination, pulling references from the literary world willy-nilly EG: Edmund Spencer's A view of the present state of Ireland, to show a description of starvation (which Hoffman does in gruesome fashion), the king James bible, a Boer war training manual and many more. As well as ideas from histo
Dec 04, 2013 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 Stars

The Last Four Things by Paul Hoffman picks up right where the first book the Left Hand of God left off. After my first read through the first book, I doubted that I would ever go on with the series. I decided to reread the first book, and I am glad that I did. The problems that I had with it the first time through now seemed forgivable and the story felt fresh and new. It is rare but on occasion a second time through can change your perspective. Here I am now having completed the second b
Blodeuedd Finland
Sure I read it fast, but would I have read on if this had been book 1...? No. I have to read it ok then.

The thing is that nothing happened, and if something happened it was rather fast and dull. What is Cole now? 15? Srsly he should be older, I cannot take him for serious. He goes from lamenting over Arbell (how old was she anyway? euww.) to butchering people. All while I am all, just put a arrow through his neck. That kid needs a talking to. I liked him in book 1, there he was growing, here I c
Alice Spades
a primeira metade do livro foi dolorosa, não aconteceu absolutamente nada de relevante. depois lá ganhou algum interesse, mas mesmo assim tive de ler algumas partes 'na diagnonal'. espero que o último livro seja melhor tbh
Aug 12, 2015 Despina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the first one. This book was dragging and I had to skip so many pages about war and stuff that I didn't need to read about. Only in the last few pages,the plot started to become more interesting. I hope the next book is like the first one.
Jan 11, 2017 Robert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping this was going to be an improvement on book one, but the best I can say is that, like the curate's egg, it was OK in parts. My biggest problem was in trying to spot any general direction that the book might be trying to move in, but it seemed to be a series of barely connected episodes, mostly depicting barbaric cruelty. I suspect you have to be not only Roman Catholic to appreciate this, but to have been brought up by Irish trained Christian Brothers. I won't bother to buy the fina ...more
Apr 06, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Four Things is the sequel to Left Hand of God.
It continues to follow the story of Thomas Cale, now back with the Redeemers, and separated from his two `friends'.

I will start with what I liked. The first thing, which I also liked about the first book, was what feelings I have when reading about Cale. I feel pity, sympathy, but mixed in with disgust. Sometimes his actions make me cringe, and his coldness make me fear he knows no remorse, his actions make him seem like a stone-cold killer.
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Rasanya lebih suka buku pertamanya, deh...
Apr 29, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Last Four Things continues the story begun in The Left Hand of God with Thomas Cale - the young man heralded as the 'Incarnation of God's Wrath' - back in the hand of the Redeemers and his erstwhile and hated master Bosco. Bosco believes that God has ordained the race of mankind to be destroyed for it's imperfection and that Cale is the instrument of the Almighty's anger.

Cale, heartbroken and disillusioned by the events in the first book, goes along with Bosco's direction as life with the Re
Sep 16, 2011 drey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2011-reads
When we last saw Thomas Cale, he'd just gone through battle and heartbreak, then was handed over to the Redeemer who made Cale's life at the Sanctuary positively miserable. He learns that Redeemer Bosco actually has a plan for him--to mold him into the Angel of Death. And as it happens, so far Cale has been pretty darn good at bringing chaos and ruin wherever he goes...

Now, to say that Cale is an evil mastermind is completely overstating it--he's just had a combination of (mostly) bad luck and o
Thomas Edmund
I really wasn't going to go forward with this series. After finding Left Hand a painful and clumsy exercise in poor writing I decided to ditch the series (which is a big thing for me)

Unfortunately some well-meaning friends gave me the third book for xmas last year. Well me being me, rather than thanking my friends and returning the book, I loaned The Last Four Things from the library.

What struck me first is an apparent change in tone. Maybe I just didn't pick up on it in the last book, but the v
Jun 26, 2011 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was no where near as the first one in the series. It was... passable.

After the first one I felt that there was great character development and a great plot line getting ready to unfold. However, the reality was something else.

The plot was... boring. It didn't hold much attention for me and seemed to jump around the place. The characters became annoying and dull, and as the time passed so quickly I just couldn't give a damn about them or what they were up to.

In fact the first three quarte
JJ DeBenedictis
Like the first book in the trilogy, my rating for this one is more because it's so memorable and well-executed than because I liked it.

There is a lot a person *could* like about this book, but you also have to be able to tolerate the very cynical view of humanity it takes as well as horrifyingly-skewed version of Christianity it portrays. It's all really interesting stuff, and I can see some readers loving this and others hating it. I was merely flummoxed by it, but I also haven't been able to s
Apr 28, 2011 Alča rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mě se to líbilo mnohem víc než první kniha. Možná je to tím že jak jsou prázdniny a v knihovně nic není a já se nemůžu dokopat ke Kindlu, probírám se samýma plevama tak mi tohle přišlo dost dobré. Já toho hajzlíka Calea prostě žeru a jsem fakt zvědavá jak to s ním dopadne, doufám že se nenechá zabít!

Jen by mě zajímalo, taková věcička - jestli si to pan Hoffman dobře spočítal...? V knize se tvrdí, že ta Kleistova kočena je v devátém měsíci, ovšem Arbell je v měsíci osmém a tvrdí že dítě je Caleo
Bart Van Loon
I was pretty disappointed, really. Two years ago, I found `The Left Hand of God' to be a really wonderful book. I loved the protagonist Cale, and the setting in The Sanctuary. I was looking forward to this sequel that I even temporarily quit another book I'm curently reading to start with it as soon as I got my hands on it. This time, however, I was never really dragged into the story, nor the world in which it takes place. Also the dark and bitter atmosphere I loved so much in the first book se ...more
Ivan Bogdanov
Последно време на Запад има една тенденция - пусне ли се качествена книга, почват да се пишат едни дълги продължения, сякаш се готвят все ново колело да издават . Тази книга е поредната в този списък. Първата беше сравнително нова и интересна, но във втората част действието се разстла така, че не е ясно как ще се събере.
Авторът е доста добре запознат с военната история и продължава да се бъзика с големите битки в Средновековието, макар че обърква тотално епохите - праща спартанци срещу оръдия.
I never would have found The Left Hand of God if I hadn't received it in a Goodreads giveaway. The Last Four Things, the second book in the trilogy, picks up right where the first book leaves off and we quickly learn Redeemder Bosco's plans for Thomas Cale - as fanatical and sinister as ever. There is more action in this second book - and occasionally the battle sequences are a bit of a struggle to follow - but there is also a great deal more background about the various groups of people that in ...more
May 06, 2014 Eva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Přežití a sebezáchova. Nebo snad přežití x sebezáchova?
Když chce člověk přežít, musí to ve svém důsledku být za každou cenu, i za cenu sebezáchovy své osobnosti? Je to opravdové přežití? Nebo se stačí rozhodnout, že sám sebe nezaprodá, může ho to ale stát život? Když se za těchto podmínek někdo rozhodne, že zvolí život a svolí zaplatit vším, co z toho na konci vzejde? K čemu jej tahle cesta dovede? Když ale není ochota platit, není ani odměna...

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Dec 29, 2012 Rebekah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was absolute torture to read. The author changes writing styles so many times in the book looking at things from different angles that it was so annoying. Because of my OCD with having to finish a book or a series of books once I've started only added to the dread every time I picked it up (hoping it would get better but it never) sorry it's not my cup of tea. However being the freak I am I will have to finish the series .....
Angela Nunes
gostei tanto do primeiro,que fiquei mesmo desiludida com este.....o primeiro é fantástico,conta a narrativa de Cale ,nos meandros dos Redentores.
este é um relatório elaborado de guerras....somente..conta a chegada ao mundo exterior de Cale e depois só fala em estratégias de guerra..espero que o terceiro seja bem melhor
Jan 26, 2014 Kaitlin rated it liked it
This is book two in this series and I read book 1 a fairly long time ago (maybe 3 or so years) so it did take me a while to get back into this book and remember who all of the characters were and where we had left the storyline.

This is the story of a young boy called Thomas Cale. Cale is a boy who has been raised in a Redeemer (like monks) Sanctuary and he has lived a very dark, horrific life at the hands of one Redeemer named Bosco. Bosco, like all Redeemers, believes that punishment is the ans
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Possibly the only novelist of his generation to be born by the light of a paraffin lamp, Paul Hoffman spent much of his childhood on airfields all around the world watching his father – a pioneer of sports parachuting and European Champion – jumping out of aeroplanes. After a long battle with the English educational system which involved avoiding school whenever possible he was offered a place to ...more
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