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The Beating of His Wings (The Left Hand of God #3)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  1,747 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Ο Τόμας Κέιλ τρέχει να ξεφύγει από την αλήθεια.
Από τη στιγμή που ανακάλυψε ότι η βάναυση στρατιωτική του εκπαίδευση είχε έναν και μοναδικό σκοπό -να τον προετοιμάσει για να αφανίσει το μεγαλύτερο λάθος του Θεού, την ίδια την ανθρωπότητα- ο Κέιλ καταδιώκεται από τον άνθρωπο που τον έκανε Άγγελο του Θανάτου: τον Πάπα Λυτρωτή Μπόσκο.
Ο Κέιλ είναι μια μεγάλη αντίφαση: αλαζόνας
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Hardcover, 512 pages
Published August 15th 2013 by Michael Joseph | Penguin (first published July 18th 2013)
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Gavin
I was happy with The Beating of His Wings. It was a good conclusion to Paul Hoffman's The Left Hand of God trilogy. If you have reached this stage of the trilogy then you will already know what to expect from Hoffman's weird writing style. It has remained consistent throughout the series. It's strangely engaging. We did have a couple of weird intros at the start of this book but I found both highly amusing.

The plot revolves around Cale forming the allies he needs to help him in his final battle
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Matus Rejty
I was going to make an esay on how bad this book actually is. But then i told myself that it is not worth of my time actually.
Lets make a quick summary -
1st book - briliant, sharp, well written we love our hero, we care about him etc.
2nd book - Not so good but good enough to keep us waiting and hoping for big finale
3rd book - Sigh... Not a big finale, not a single logic conclusion (effective hanging still not what we were looking for ) a trilion opened questions which of my most frequently as
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Nikki Finn
A tak tu máme konec jedné skvělé trilogie... zavřela jsem knihu s jemným úsměvem na rtech. Posledních padesát stránek tu bylo velké finále, které v žádném případě neskončilo tak, jak jsem si představovala a přitom mě to nezklamalo. Možná tahle závěrečná část nepředčila první díl, ale rozhodně je svým způsobem nejlepší. Je delší, spousta věcí se vyjasnila, tedy spíše Thomas Cale "vyjasnil".

Je mi líto, že je po všem. V závěrečném díle muselo zemřít hodně osob. líbilo se mi, jak spisovatel z šestn
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Paul Cheney
Thomas Cale has been running from the truth. Since discovering that his brutal military training has been for one purpose - to destroy God's greatest mistake, mankind itself - Cale has been hunted by the very man who made him into the Angel of Death: Pope Redeemer Bosco.

Cale is a paradox: arrogant and innocent, generous and pitiless. Feared and revered by those created him, he has already used his breathtaking talent for violence and destruction to bring down the most powerful civilisation in th
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T. Edmund
Reviewing this book is a challenge. I originally had not planned on completing the series after panning the first book, however then I had to go and receive this book for christmas last year, (of course that means I had to endure read the second, yes I have a reading problem.) In light of this however I felt that maybe I should at least consider Beating of his Wings in the context of someone perhaps enjoying the first two novels.

So 3 stars was my charitable verdict, in all honesty this entire se
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Sasha
So, we have reached the end of The Left Hand of God series. I have to say, a better conclusion than I thought it would be. It also explains many things that weren't quite clear in the previous books and the author himself added even more material to explain his inspiration on what made him write this or that or portray certain people. Still I am torn with this book. I wanted to like it more than I did, but it's still not bad. For that little tug of wanting I subtracted one star and gave it 4 ove ...more
Liviu
once upon a time huge asap, left me a bit cold on arrival and i decided to browse through and see if it rekindles my interest or I put it down for good; after a while some great stuff that got me hooked again so back to page 1 and top current read...

finished the book and overall it was a good ending to the series but it became essentially a superhero (or anti-superhero if you want) against the corrupt world and especially the big baddies and the specialness of the first volume and to a large ext
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Nanne
From the very first book I had no idea what to make of this series but something about it made me keep reading and so when I finished the first book I was curious to see where it would lead. The second book was even more so and now with the end of the third book I feel like I've foolishly plowed on despite knowing better that it was never going to turn out the way I wanted it.

You see the problem with this story is that the characters are entirely unbelievable, grotesque even in their eccentricit
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Hannah
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Obaid Haroon
SPOILERS
And so we come to the end. The greatest hook about this trilogy wasn't the great writing or the amazingly twisted plot. It was the characters. Such abused and flawed creatures that no one in their right mind would spend more then five minutes with one.

And that's exactly why we read a trilogy about three of them.

So first we start off with a confusing few pages. Apparently this book, and it's predecessors, were found in an excavated rubbish tip. Surviving the Great Snowball to tell us al
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Toralf Thomassen
What? is this the end of the book?
It was for so long such a promising story. I was waiting for something big to happen, but the book only drags on with no development. There are a lot of threads that have nothing-as far as I can see-with the story of the book. The whole book is giving an impression of leading to some grand finale, but it just sort of ebbs out into nothingness. It is like this third book is Paul Hoffmans first book, triving to make this and that story connect-but fails miserably.
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Andréia
Review in portuguese by blog MON PETIT POISON

Confesso que termino essa série dando ‘graças a Deus’, todo mundo brinca que ‘pior do que está não pode ficar’, mas eu sempre falo, pode e com certeza vai. Essa série foi um caso clássico disso. Como uma série que começa bem, tem uma ideia tão interessante e diferente e acaba despencando ladeira abaixo? O final dessa série foi tão sem noção que ainda estou me perguntando por que li essa série. Deveria ter desistido no meio do segundo livro.

Os aconteci
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Dryad86
The Premise: Last book in the Cane Trilogy. Really, what else can one say?

Other comments: Arg. The first two books were so great it's tragic that this one falls so short. I developed a completely unsubstantiated theory that the book existed in outline form and was hurriedly written to a deadline.

This is why we shouldn't whine when books we are waiting for take a long time. Let this be a (hypothetical) example of what we get when the author is rushed.

I also suspect that the author was being posse
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Phil
Everything was great and heading towards a five star...spoilerish alert...the ending left me deflated. Paul really knows how to take you into his world and show you the intricacies of it with the sort of clarity shared by Philip Pullman.

However, the ending seemed rushed. As if he wasn't clear on how he wanted to end it, or maybe an indication of pressure for a timely release. Either way I will be purchasing more of this author. The only weakness was the ending in this trilogy. Otherwise I would
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Nabeel Thomas
A sinfully good read, right from the delightful "note" in the beginning to the very last page, Hoffman has a unique narration style and rather than being off-key, it somehow manages to draw you in. All in all a good ending to a great series.
Calvin Wong
The ending was rather melancholic. However, the conclusion to the series still contained everything I love; the brutal sarcasm, the in your face quotable phrases, and the unorthodox fantasy battle tactics (how realistic it is, I can't say).
Cliff Thompson
I've read many negative reviews of this third book in Hoffman's trilogy. I certainly understand their frustration. Hoffman begins by placing the fiction in a historical/archeological context, much like Herbert does at the beginning of "God Emperor of Dune." Hoffman's third book, we learn, has been found in the "Rubbish Tips of Paradise" which seems to be some vast chaotic wasteland of source materials from before the "Snowball," a global freezing some 165,000 years earlier. Somehow, knowing that ...more
Nikhil Jain
I have often felt that it is only in the process of describing something that I really come to terms with my understanding of it, which supposedly is my justification for the pointless rants that I have to employ in order to pave a path towards better clarity. How does one completely dissociate oneself from the influence of a story and talk about it in an objective manner is, as a concept, lost on me.

A narrative is, to me, not only a sequential revelation of characters and events, rather, a proc
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Jimmit Shah
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Mike
I really enjoyed the first two books and most of this third and final part of the trilogy. Thomas Cale is a very interesting, complex and terrifying character indeed.

However I found the opening and closing device whereby the books are described as some form of lost gospels resulting in political persecution from the translation as, quite frankly, weird. It distracted from the story. I would have preferred an epilogue similar to the second book where Hoffman explained the sources for his main sc
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JJ DeBenedictis
It's hard to figure out what to say about this book. It's very well-written, and it held my attention on a page-by-page basis just fine. Unfortunately, the external plot is simply stuff that happens sequentially, and the internal plot is almost as disjointed.

My take on the protagonist is that he's a very young man who doesn't know what he wants. As a result, most of his experiences are interesting to read about, but they don't connect logically to one another, which makes the book seem like a m
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K115987
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Miłośniczka Książek
"Człowiek walczący z potworami niechaj lepiej baczy, aby walka ta i jego nie zamieniła w potwora. Jeśli patrzysz w otchłań zbyt długo, otchłań odwzajemni twoje spojrzenie."

Thomas Cale cierpi. To już nie ten sam wszechmocny młodzieniec, rzucający się bez zastanowienia w wir walki, pozbawiający na prawo i lewo życia ludzi, którzy ośmielili się stanąć na jego drodze. Dotarło do niego, że nie jest jedynie bezwzględną maszyną do zabijania, lewą ręką Boga, Aniołem Śmierci siejącym na ziemi strach i sp
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João Henrique
----SPOILERS----

''You can almost hear the beating of His Wings''

I think that in order to review this book, you need to review the entire trilogy, because this last installment in the franchise brings back a lot of facts from the previous books. I liked 1st book, disliked the 2nd one, and loved this 3rd one. The author is really witty and if you don't decide to ''jump'' in his way of narrating the events, you'll end up hating the book. Cale being weak and sick the whole book was at the same time
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Jon Carton
*PLEASE NOTE - While there are no spoilers for this book in this review, I do talk about certain things from books one and two which, arguably, might be considered spoilers for those books. You've been warned!

Well, here it is. This final installment see's to dreadful and inevitable conclusion all of the dreams, dangers, hopes and fears that were set up during the first two books. As someone who really took to the strange-yet-familiar world that Hoffman created with enthusiasm, I can honestly say
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Allan
Where to begin...or end as that is what it is, an end of the Left Hand Of God trilogy. Anyway, it begins with the three "lads" Thomas Cale, Vague Henri and Kleist following separate tales revolving around Spanish Leeds. They're all waiting for the next big attack by the Redeemers, who basically want to kill everyone including themselves and, as that clash becomes inevitable, the three tales come together

It's been a good series and well worth reading. There are no elves, magicians, dragons or any
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Beps
Non ho mai letto un libro finale di una trilogia tanto deludente.
Se anche si leggesse saltando una parola si è una no non si perderebbe niente.
Quasi uno esercizio linguistico, l'autore si specchia in se stesso riempendo il libro di citazioni, sarcasmo, cinismo fini a se stessi... La storia?
Troppo, completamente diverso lo stile e il tono dai due precedenti. Una marea di capitoli che iniziano con "si dice che, si racconta che, la storia insegna.... Bla bla bla bla" un mucchio di parole inutili.
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Rory
I loved this series of books. The final book has not disappointed. Great characters, black humour, brutal violence and expansive battle scenes. A pleasure to read. Looking forward to seeing what Paul Hoffman does next. This will be hard to beat.
Carmen8094
Non l'avrei mai detto, eppure mi sono trovata a leggere anche quest'ultimo capitolo della trilogia di Paul Hoffman, per non deludere chi si offriva di prestarmi il volume, al colmo dell'entusiasmo.
Ebbene, è la cosa più brutta che io abbia mai letto in vita mia.
Ho impiegato dei mesi per finirlo, ed è stata una tortura.
Sembra scritto da un folle, con frasi buttate lì a casaccio e quei soliti richiami al mondo reale (Belgrado, Siracusa, Caracas), alla sua storia (Pearl Harbour) e a personaggi realm
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Ultan
There was something that didn't quite flow in this book. The second in the series (The Last Four Things) had a similarly disjointed feel, but finished in a more satisfying manner to this one.
Overall, I did find that at the end Hoffman betrayed Cale as a character, taking him from the very definition of martial excellence to a weakened creature. This book steals the final victory of the series and punishes Cale for his past misdeeds.
However, some of the characters themselves still managed to shin
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