The Last Four Things

The Last Four Things

eBook - 2011
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To the warrior-monks known as the Redeemers, who rule over massive armies of child slaves, "the last four things" represent the culmination of a faithful life. Death. Judgement. Heaven. Hell. The last four things represent eternal bliss-or endless destruction, permanent chaos, and infinite pain. Perhaps nowhere are the competing ideas of heaven and hell exhibited more clearly than in the dark and tormented soul of Thomas Cale. Betrayed by his beloved but still marked by a child's innocence, possessed of a remarkable aptitude for violence but capable of extreme tenderness, Cale will lead the Redeemers into a battle for nothing less than the fate of the human race. And though his broken heart foretells the bloody trail he will leave in pursuit of a personal peace he can never achieve, a glimmer of hope remains. The question even Cale can't answer: When it comes time to decide the fate of the world, to ensure the extermination of humankind or spare it, what will he choose? To express God's will on the edge of his sword, or to forgive his fellow man-and himself?
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2011.
ISBN: 9781101543405
110154340X
9781101540527
1101540524
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC RESOURCE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (370 p.) : map
Alternative Title: Last 4 things

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Incinerated_Newt Apr 05, 2012

I wasn't as fond of this one as I was the first novel, but I think it's because the author takes the time to flesh out more of his post-apocalypitic world and , honestly, I liked the narrow, unexplained feel of the first book. The story's still strong and you still find yourself cheering for protaganists who are anything but "good," but that's okay. It's still a good read and I'll definitely be picking up the next one.

Librarymans Feb 09, 2012

If you liked the first book you will like this one.

The main character ins not a hero, but you root for him anyways. THe world is dark and bad things happen to good people. Bad people are in charge and things are only going to get worse.

The author continues his "borrowing" from our history, with such figures as Female Popes, Spartan warriors, and Leonardo Da Vinci making appearances. He sometimes doesn't bother to even change the names.

I recommend this to anyone who likes history, fantasy and Anti-heroes.

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Palomino
Jan 02, 2012

Lucky, lucky me to ring in 2012 reading a book you can really get your teeth into. I haven't done this well for a New Year's read since I read the Sea Wolf when I was 13.

Is Paul Hoffman even real? At various times I'd have sworn I was reading Rudyard Kipling, William Shakespeare, Dave Duncan, Neil Gaiman, or Diana Wynne Jones, except the subject matter was all about God and War and politics and philosophy, so it was like a Canticle for Leibowitz or Riverworld or something by Charles Dickens. At the end, "Paul Hoffman" admits to, erm, stealing bits from the King James Bible, Edmund Spenser, and Saddam Hussein, so there you go.

It's depressing. In these days of extreme political correctness, I'm so delighted that our monstrous hero successfully maintains his leadership status by suddenly and violently punching serfs and soldiers in the nose, whether they deserved it or not. Pour encourager les autres.

Finally, it's a beautiful book, with a decent cover painting, fancy headings on every page, great type, maps, and a simple but stylish two-page title spread.

A blurb on the back talks about teenagers liking it; huh, I would not recommend this for children. Think of the difference between Harry Potter and Hunger Games, then jump that much again.

I'm off to find book 1, which I really should have read first.

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Dec 05, 2011

This is not for teens, the subject matter makes it difficult to read.

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Librarymans thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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