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Posledné štyri istoty

(The Left Hand of God #2)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  8,016 ratings  ·  427 reviews
V druhom diele trilógie Paula Hoffmana trpí hlavný hrdina Thomas Cale pocitom roztrpčenia po tom, čo ho zradila láska jeho života, a zahráva sa s čoraz lákavejšou predstavou vyhladenia ľudstva. V sprievode majstra Bosca sa vracia do útulku, kde už nie je chovancom, ale obávaným a uctievaným stelesnením Božieho hnevu. Bosco mu vysvetľuje, že ľudský rod je skrz-naskrz prehni ...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published 2011 by Ikar
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Dec 20, 2013 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 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
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This had a very different feel to the first book in the series. I was more of a droll military fantasy. I liked it, but not as much as the first book.

The plot lacked the humor and fast pace of the first book, but was still interesting enough. I enjoyed learning more of Bosco's plans for Cale and the world as a whole and his scheming made for compelling reading. He does think big!

Cale is still an interesting character to read about, but he is a bit less likable in this one as he was still strug
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 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
Nick Brett
Jul 04, 2011 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
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
Mark Harrison
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book two of the series. Now recaptured Cale seems destined to help the Redeemers defeat all enemies and bring darkness down on the world. Feeling betrayed and now separated from his friends he attacks the role with relish out generaling all comers in brutal battles. The book is grim, dark and utterly gruesome with maybe one character with a hint of redeeming features. Having said that I love the edgy feel and the matter of fact brutality is not gratuitous. All in all a good series and looking fo ...more
Katrina Ly
Jun 14, 2012 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
Apr 29, 2011 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
Robin Carter
May 07, 2012 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013, e-books
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
Estevam (Impish Reviews)
Very good like very very good, this book is very heavily in the description of military strategy and the thought behind them and i simply love it, this book has some character development but not much, i guess Cale evolves a little but probably the character that changes the most is Kleist, vague henri is kinda of a dog that follows Cale around, Bosco and Gil are badasses and Brizca is an artist. I would say this book is a 4 to 4.5 stars, it progresses the story but it could be better, i suppose ...more
Despina Frantzi♡
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.
Stay Alive
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's kinda painful to read about Thomas and all that he's going through. I need time before starting the third book.
Apr 06, 2012 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.
Amandeep Singh
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I picked up the first book based on a good review by a critic. I had a lot of high expectations from the first book (The left Hand of God) which unfortunately it was not able to live upto. But after starting the story I just had to see it through. So this is how I continued on the adventures of one Mr. Thomas Cale and believe me I was just blown away. The book was unputdownable (not only because of the long chapters).

The Last four things is a good fast paced continuation to a rather slow start.
Sep 16, 2011 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
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
Nov 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
There's not much I remember about this, except that the most interesting character was Bosch/Bosco and their intentions of destroying the world by killing everyone using religion. It didn't actually sounded that bad, except for the execution.

I think it's here Cale gets a massive handicap to his overpowered abilities/thinking, while also getting separated from his buddies. That pretty much killed him for me as he and the others spent the book doing nothing interesting, except for Kleist, that att
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
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
Jan 11, 2017 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
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Hmm ... what to think? To my astonishment, this book was more entertaining than the first, although the first book had a bigger charge, and the story was more surprising.

I don't know ... I'm still waiting for this series to charm me with something.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
initially this book picks up with the question youre left with at the end of 'the left hand of god' what will happen to Cale and friends now the redeemers are back in his life. This leads to an exciting first half of the book with battles and engaging interactions between some of the first books best antagonists and Cale himself.

after the first half on the other hand the book exponentially declines into meandering descriptions of where the heroes went next. It's as if the author got bored of his
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
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the second in the trilogy and it is about Thomas Cale who was recaptured by the redeemers and was taken back to the Sanctuary. Cale was taken back to the sanctuary by redeemer Bosco because Bosco believed that Cale had a special ability and that ability was to see things a split second before they happen. But Cale was treated a lot different than before. Before Cale was treated poorly and was often beaten by the redeemers, but now he is in control and bosses the redeemers around lik ...more
I was still invested in this story enough to keep reading but, as seems to be so often the case, the second book in a series is simply a bridge to the climax. (I am including my own work in this generalization.)

So I saw some reviewers were disappointed with Cale's cavalier loyalties (as in, he doesn't have any except to himself) and that he is not a hero.

Um. He's not. He's an antihero. This isn't a hero's quest type of story or even a reluctant hero. Or, if that was the intent, it failed. It wor
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