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The Last Sacrifice

(The Last Disciple #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  505 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Helius, Nero's most trusted adviser, anticipates the death of his sworn enemy, the legendary warrior Gallus Sergius Vitas, scheduled to die a gruesome death in the arena. However, the badly beaten man who appears in the amphitheater is not who he seems. Rescued by a stranger and given a mysterious scroll, Vitas is told he must decipher this letter to find the answers he ne ...more
Paperback, Reprint, 416 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published September 28th 2005)
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Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is Historical Fiction/Christian Fiction and this didn't work for me. This mixed Nero's time in Rome with early Christianity. It wasn't a successful mix for me; it felt like two different stories. Now I will say, that this is the second book in a series and I didn't read the first one. So I definitely felt that I was missing some much needed back story on a few of the characters. So 2 stars.
This book was such a disappointment to me. I picked it up thinking it was just a book that brought to life the reign of Nero’s terror against Christians in Ancient Rome. However, actually, it was a book that touts the belief that the millennium reign of Jesus and the tribulations of martyrs has already happened. For that reason, which I highly disagree with, I don’t like this book or it’s author!
Warning: excessive details of sexual assault, imprisonments, torture, abortion, martyrdom, and Nero’
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I recently posted a review of the first book in this series, The Last Disciple, and loved it. This book was even better. It picks up where the first book ended and brings all of the characters back from the first book.

As I stated in my other review, the authors wrote these books with the premise that the Tribulation spoken of in Revelation has already happened in the first century. I disagree with that idea, but it is still an interesting idea and did not make me enjoy the books any less because
Jul 25, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This will be "The Empire Strikes Back" of the series. Too much time reintroducing the characters, to long to get to the story, and when it does, stops too early.
Gruesome in spots. PG14 for implied violence/adult situations.
Aug 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The is the second book to the The Last Disciple which I didn't like. I didn't like this one any better. It's still the horrible details of Rome. I also thought that by the end of this book we'd have closure of Vitas and Sophia. But we don't. They plan to drag it out for one more book.
Maurice Williams
This is the second novel in this preterist interpretation. The first novel ended with the two main characters, John the Evangelist (the last disciple) and Gallus Sergius Vitas, aboard a ship hurriedly cast off for Alexandria. Two of Nero's fictional henchmen are concerned that John has been writing about what will soon happen and about the beast whose number is 666. I see a flaw here in the author's story-line when the authors have John the evangelist already writing “Revelation” when his is on ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book tells the story of how Vitas escaped the consequences of standing up to the emperor Nero, and his path to finding the meaning of a secret scroll given to him by John the apostle.

I quite liked the pace of this book, for it wasn't too fast or too slow. I don't necessarily agree with people who say that the antichrist has already come (which is strongly suggested in this book), I still enjoyed reading the book. I liked how the author told a large story through many points of view and tie
Mary-Anne Finlay
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the series is definitely better, but the author still doesn’t build depth into the characters. I would have like to know a bit more about them. What brought them to the places they are. There are only small hints and so it’s like reading a history book.
Great book!!! Great series!!!
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The Last Sacrifice sees the return of Gallus Sergius Vitas, who had been sentenced to death by Emperor Nero and his most trusted adviser, Helius. While Nero waits in the arena stadium to watch a man he believes to be Vitas die at the hands of a gladiator, little does he know that Vitas has already been spirited away out of Rome after having been tossed onto a ship along with the Apostle John. Along with his freedom, Vitas has been given a scroll written in Hebrew and filled with symbolism he has ...more
Andrew Miller
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The second installment in The Last Disciple series, The Last Sacrifice picks up nearly where the first book leaves off, with Gallus Sergius Vitas fleeing Rome aboard a ship. He has been entrusted with a secret missive, instructing him in what he should do in order to avoid Nero. As it turns out, the men who arranged for his rescue from the arena are conspiring against Nero in order to overthrow him, and they hope to use Vitas in that coup. Whilst Vitas attempts to unravel the mystery he has been ...more
While an enticing sequel to the previous book, The Last Sacrifice suffers heavily from a lack of clear direction.


A lot of the pros from the previous book still stand. The characters are still interesting and complicated, the eschatological view is still great, and the book is still page-turning and very hard to put down. While none of these are as top-line as in book one, they're still good enough to keep the book interesting.


While this was present in the previous book, this becomes ve
Renn Shearin
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Helius, Nero’s most trusted adviser, anticipates the death of his sworn enemy, the legendary warrior Gallus Sergius Vitas, scheduled to die a gruesome death in the arena. However, the badly beaten man who appears in the amphitheater is not who he seems. Rescued by a stranger and given a mysterious scroll, Vitas is told he must decipher this letter to find the answers he needs—a letter that Helius is also determined to decipher and to keep hidden from Nero. As Nero’s reign of terror grows, so doe ...more
The sequel to "The Last Disciple." This was the continuing story of Romans and Jews during Nero's era of persecution. It followed in much the same sort of adventure and story line, and as before, the tales of persecution could be troubling. Intrigue.

Favorite quote:

"When you live with the Christos in your heart, you can face any tribulation."

In the afterword, the authors speak about John being told to measure the temple in Revelation 11:1-2, and that is partly why they believe that the temple st
While I don't completely agree with the views set forth in this series, I found this second volume much more enjoyable than the first.

It still has too many character threads (I'm constantly mentally trying to catch up with who's who, doing what, and with whom), and does end AGAIN on a cliff hanger. Despite this, this series is probably one of the most meaty and wonderfully honest Christian fiction works of modern note. It's a refreshing change from the female-slanting fluff one mostly finds. It'
Jamie Boehmer
You can look at this book as a counter to the incredibly famous Left Behind series. While the LB series takes an approach to the tribulation occurring at some point later in the future, with the anti-Christ being some European evil personified, The Last Sacrifice (part of a series) writes from a framework that the tribulation has already happened, specifically during the reign of Nero before the destruction of the Jewish temple in A.D. 70. It's a very interesting and compelling story. The charac ...more
Margaret Roberts
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblical, fiction
The story and mystery continues for key characters: vitas, sophia, ben-areyah, the apostle John and maglorius, as well as other characters interloped. There is revolt in Jerusalem, persecution of Christians and a complex unfolding of events circulating around a letter that may or may not lead to revolution. What was though as impossible, is possible and in the midst of uncertainty; promise, in tumult there is peace as the early Christians take a stand of peace and love. Another faat-paced read t ...more
Tiffany DeOs
Feb 08, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Sacrifice by Hank Hengraaff and Sigmund Brouwer is a historical fiction book written just after the disciples time. It is a continuation of the first in the series The Last Disciple The description of this book had me super excited to read it. Unfortunately it left me wanting. It is very wordy and slow, very, very slow. I kept reading hoping it would pick up but it doesn’t. If you want a lot of facts that aren’t completely pertinent to the story then this might be the book for you. This ...more
William Dicks
Nov 13, 2013 rated it liked it
The book was well written, it kept my attention, and I think the characters were mostly well developed. The book is written from a partial-preterist point of view with the belief that the book of Revelation was written before the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in A.D. 70.

I do believe that the ending could have been better s it was a real anti-climax when I suddenly realized I had just finished reading the last chapter.
Jan 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful story/stories about Romans, Jews and Nazarenes mixing differnt characters so you could view differnt perspectives. I accidently read this one before The Last Disiple, but it was easy to get into the story. The end is abrupt and leaves a lot of questions, hoping for another book.

If you liked the Left Behind series, you're going to looove this series!
Apr 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the first. As one other reviewer said, there was too much time reintroducing characters and plot lines from the first book when I just wanted more story. And I was very sad to find out that, though this clearly seems to lead up to a third book, there is not one available...what happened?!
Justin Nichols
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
4.8 -- Not quite as good as its predecessor, but still an excellent novel. I'm very impressed with this historical fiction story so far. A lot to cover factually, but it's not overpowering the micro-level of character interactions and plotlines. I really enjoyed this 2nd book in the series of 3 and am extremely excited to find and start The Last Temple!
Denae Christine
These reminded me of the Left Behind series, except set in the 1st century. The government is cracking down on Christianity, and God's church is taking a stand. ...more
Mar 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting to learn about the time period. The story was pretty engaging, but I found out it's the second in a series so I guess I'd better read the first. There were a lot of characters and I got lost sometimes. A little gruesome here and there, but over all pretty clean. I enjoyed it.
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 4 1/2 stars (: I will write a review won my blog soon. But I think I liked this second book in the series better than the first one, quite possibly.

Review here: http://assertionsofahousewife.blogspo...
very good story about early christian period.
Jun 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall it was a good book, but the ending I didn't reallly care for. It left you hanging.
so far somewhat gruesome
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was very fast-paced, but very riveting ( I could hardly put it down) Five-stars! recommended for anybody that enjoys historical fiction.
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just a phenomenal series. Incredibly well-written with so much attention to details, especially the culture of the time. Just a great series.
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Hank Hanegraaff serves as president and chairman of the board of the North Carolina–based Christian Research Institute International. He is also host of "The Bible Answer Man" radio program, which is broadcast daily across the United States and Canada as well as around the world through the Internet at Widely considered to be one of the world's leading Christian apologists, H ...more

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