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The Beating of his Wings (Left Hand of God Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Hoffman
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Beating of his Wings by Paul Hoffman is the final instalment in his epic Cale and the Sanctuary of Redeemers series.

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 destruction to bring down the most powerful civilisation in the world.

But Thomas Cale is weak. His soul is dying. As his body is wracked with convulsions he knows that the final judgment will not wait for a sick boy. As the day of reckoning draws close, Cale's sense of vengeance leads him back to the Sanctuary - and to confront the person he hates most in the world. Finally Cale must recognise that he is the incarnation of God's rage and decide if he will stand against the Sanctuary of the Redeemers and use his unique skill of laying waste to all things.

The fate of mankind rests on Cale's decision.

The Beating of his Wings is the third and final instalment in Paul Hoffman's epic Cale and the Sanctuary of the Redeemers trilogy, following The Left Hand of God and The Last Four Things. Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials meets Umberto Eco's Name of the Rose, and fans of epic heroic fiction will love this series.

Praise for Paul Hoffman:

'This book gripped me from the first chapter and then dropped me days later, dazed and grinning to myself' Conn Iggulden

'Tremendous momentum' Daily Telegraph

'A cult classic . . .' Daily Express

Paul Hoffman is the author of four previous novels: the two previous Thomas Cale titles, as well as The Golden Age of Censorship, a black comedy based on his experiences as a film censor and The Wisdom of Crocodiles, which predicted the collapse of the world financial system.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for the Left Hand of God Series
“Brooding and magnificent. Hoffman has created a terrifying world and fitted it with strange and complex characters.”—Eoin Colfer, New York Times Bestselling Author of Artemis Fowl
“The Ender’s Game–meets-the-Inquisition premise should draw fans like moths to a flame....A rousing next step for fans of Terry Goodkind, R. A. Salvatore, and their ilk.”—Library Journal
“[An] increasingly epic tale, full of grand passions that twist in the hand like a knife blade.”—The A.V. Club

About the Author

Paul Hoffman studied English at New College, Oxford, before becoming a senior film censor at the British Board of Film Classification. He is the author of The Left Hand of God and The Last Four Things.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1033 KB
  • Print Length: 524 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 071815522X
  • Publisher: Penguin (August 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BQ4NHP4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,524 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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After having waited for the best part of a year from reading the first 2 enthralling instalments of this story, I eagerly anticipated a thunderous denouement in which Cale finally vanquishes his ultimate enemy - Bosco. What we actually get is a far more subtle and sophisticated realisation of Cale's ambitions, beautifully drawn and characterised by the author who deserves high praise of his treatment of a delicate emotional battle within the hero. In all honesty, on first reading I felt it slightly anti-climactic in nature, but on reading it again, more slowly and able to appreciate the lustre of the prose and the subtly of the sub-plots woven to alternatively contrast and complement the inner struggles of the main protagonist, I began to appreciate the artistry and skill of the author. Rarely can the attribute of "depth" be accorded to a novel of this genre, but, I truly believe that Mr Hoffman has thus achieved this worth accolade.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars As a Trilogy 3 stars but this book was a poor ending. December 27, 2013
By Julie S
Format:Kindle Edition
This Trilogy started very well but gradually lost its way through Book 2 and into Book 3. The transition of Cale from powerful warrior to sickly invalid wasn't explained well or justified and left me feeling it was done just to shake things up a bit rather than for the good of the narrative.

Overall this trilogy is worth a read but would have been far better if the high standards of Book 1 had been maintained. Disappointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What was he thinking? September 14, 2013
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First book in the trilogy was good. Second was ok but this one was just wierd. Author tried too hard to be clever and forgot about the plot.
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2.0 out of 5 stars HARVEYP September 13, 2013
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Loved the first book in the series, the second book was okay, however this one was a disaster. It did not marry up with the first and second books, it took a quantum jump which seemed out of character of the preceding books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Trilogy as a Whole February 22, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a tough nut to rate.. I'm not sure that I like it, and yet I never wanted to put it down. The best description I can come up with is "different". It's unlike any I've read before, and it could have been awesome, but end up as a fizzle.

The idea behind the book is remarkably and refreshingly different. Not really a fantasy book in traditional sense, more like an alternate high-medival fiction history book, presented in a satirical and very entertaining manner. There is a treasure trove of historical insights and easter eggs, and especially the descriptions of large battles are marvellous. We do have the hero and the villains, with the sidekicks and all, but the story takes a much higher perspective than what is usual, and it works well, in my opinion.

What is really missing here, is some editorial oversight, because the books progressively looses direction and momentum. The first book is fast-paced and strict, the second starts to ramble and go off in tangents, while the third makes you feel as if Mr. Hoffmann has lost interest in the story, but is contractually obliged to finish it. A good editor would have kept the storyline in check, making sure the good notes from the first book had lasted throughout the trilogy.

Such a shame, because Mr. Hoffmann is an exceptionally gifted writer. Even when he rambles it's entertaining. The prose is dry and crisp, the dialogue is sharp and the authors wit and humour is commendable. It saves the trilogy from chrashing down completely, because it's still a good and entertaining read, for all it's other flaws. It could have been so much more if the great writing and the great idea had had great structure too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought it COULD be... May 7, 2014
I really wanted this to be Cale's defining moment in the trilogy. But, alas, it was not to be. The first book in the trilogy left me wanting more. This amazing character who could defeat mostly anyone in single combat, a master tactician, and supposedly the bringer of death upon the world. It all came to him being a cowering wreck and leaving me bored at his sections. I felt bored through most of the book, to be honest. I did plod on with the book, but it did feel like a plod. Although the reveal of Kitty the Hare was one of the most anti-climatic for me. I expected more from the reveal and possibly a bigger threat, but he wasn't anything special.

This could have been so much more, but it just wasn't. I don't know if Paul Hoffman became bored with his trilogy or he was under a time constraint, or if he just didn't care. But something was missing, and it was pretty big.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hoffman lost me on this wrap-up April 26, 2014
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He was "okay" enough on the first two kindle versions that I actually bought the hard-cover (as it's not available on Kindle). Too bad. The 1st two were worth the investment; but this final volume let me down. It's like he lost track of his characters or he failed to develop them enough early on so the reader wouldn't be confused by their development through the end. Too bad.
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Hmm, rather annoyingly, I have to review, as promised, The Beating of His Wings here, as I cannot review it on Amazon, as it apparently hasnt been released, which is interesting, as I have purchased it, and read it in just over 24 hours. Either that or I have been subject to a very realistic premonition, or hallucination. So, reader beware, there spoilers a plenty in this comment!
Firstly, Mr Hoffman sportingly took the comments above onboard and crafted a little exposition, just a tiny tiny bit, basically contextualising the Left Hand of God trilogy by a cunning "Level 7" type snippet of a memo from the United Nations 150,000 in the future, showing the events of the LHG to have occurred in an interglacial period some 15,000 years in the future, following a climate related apocalypse resulting in a period of almost total glaciation. The trilogy itself was purported to be translated from documents discovered in a futuristic landfill dating from some period contemporaneous to the events of the trilogy! Following me so far? In fact, there is definitely a sense of "Canticle for Leiberwitz"in the overall presentation of the books.
The novel is written far more in the "Idris Pukke" style of The Last Four Things than the LHOG, despite the partial exposition, the same muddle of Geography still occurs, with the novel generating a feeling of spiralling round a plug hole faster and faster with the historical and current social references appearing thicker and faster as the book goes on. Most, almost all, of the references will be recognised from the Wars of the Roses, Hitler and the Final Solution to Bohemian Rhapsody (maybe) and all places inbetween. I felt the author had his tongue firmly in his cheek, despite the lashings of brutal violence.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great series, really liked the underlying themes in the story.
Published 5 days ago by marla tracy
4.0 out of 5 stars A great ending to a great series
The world is in a state of chaos. The war started by the Redeemers continues, their commitment to their mission unwavering despite the fact that Thomas Cale--their Angel of... Read more
Published 11 days ago by C. Jefferson
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Wonderful read, keeps you interested and pulled in after following the chars for so long. By the end, you really feel for these boys
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good closure.
Published 2 months ago by Mike Bailey
2.0 out of 5 stars Continuously confused
I slogged through 200 pages, and then gave up.

I somehow missed that this is the 3rd book of a series, so there's probably a lot of background I'm missing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris812
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Triology
This is an excellent series which depicts war in its brutal form. The hero is not a perfect knight in shining armor but a young boy who while initially seems to be a formidable... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hari K Rajagopalan
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
I ordered this long before it was published because I loved the first two. Wonderful character development and philosophical outlook at good and evil and how authority can... Read more
Published 3 months ago by The King
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Super good book, great writing, a great ending for the trilogy
Published 3 months ago by Susan Howell
4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what was expected.
Exactly as expected, shipped quickly.
Published 3 months ago by Joseph Latessa
4.0 out of 5 stars So much better than the reviews had me believing
So much better than the reviews had me believing! Is the beginning slow? Yes. Does it have trouble with pacing? Yes. Goofy place names and "historical references"? Read more
Published 5 months ago by bob-E
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