The Beating of His Wings

The Beating of His Wings Following the bestselling novels The Left Hand of God and The Last Four Things comes the final installment of Paul Hoffman s stark epic trilogy Thomas Cale has been running from the truthSince discov

Following the bestselling novels The Left Hand of God and The Last Four Things comes the final installment of Paul Hoffman s stark, epic trilogy Thomas Cale has been running from the truthSince 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 tFollowing the bestselling novels The Left Hand of God and The Last Four Things comes the final installment of Paul Hoffman s stark, epic trilogy Thomas Cale has been running from the truthSince 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 who created him, he has already used his breathtaking talent for violence and destruction to bring down the most powerful civilization in the world.But Thomas Cale s soul is dying As his body is racked with convulsions, he knows that the final judgment will not wait As the day of reckoning draws close, Cale s sense of vengeance leads him back to the heart of darkness the Sanctuary and to confront the person he hates most in the world.

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The Beating of His Wings

  1. Note Paul HoffmanPossibly the only novelist of his generation to be born by the light of a paraffin lamp, Paul Hoffman spent much of his childhood on airfields all around the world watching his father a pioneer of sports parachuting and European Champion jumping out of aeroplanes After a long battle with the English educational system which involved avoiding school whenever possible he was offered a place to read English at New College, Oxford when no other university would interview him After graduating he worked in over twenty different jobs, including boardman in a betting shop, messenger boy to a City merchant bank and teacher He was also senior film censor at the British Board of Film Classification.His first novel, The Wisdom of Crocodiles took thirteen years to write Among other things it predicted the re emergence of international terrorism in the 21st Century and the precise nature of the collapse of the world financial system Part of the novel was made into a film starring Jude Law and Timothy Spall His second novel, The Golden Age of Censorship, a black comedy based on his experiences as a film censor, was published in 2007 As a screenwriter he has written or co written three produced films and worked with, among others, Francis Ford Coppola.

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  1. 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 to st [...]


  2. The Beating of His Wings is the conclusion of the story of Thomas Cale, The Left Hand of God or is he I felt torn about the first book, ambivalent about the second, and I was bored, and irritated, by the third.Rarely have I given a two star review, and it is hard for me to do The author obviously very obviously from the afterward put a lot of himself into the book As someone who was raised albeit in a different time in catholic school, I can certain emphasize So, we know why he wrote this book, [...]


  3. 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 finale3rd 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 asked was What forc [...]


  4. A tak tu m me konec jedn skv l trilogie zav ela jsem knihu s jemn m sm vem na rtech Posledn ch pades t str nek tu bylo velk fin le, kter v dn m p pad neskon ilo tak, jak jsem si p edstavovala a p itom m to nezklamalo Mo n tahle z v re n st nep ed ila prvn d l, ale rozhodn je sv m zp sobem nejlep Je del , spousta v c se vyjasnila, tedy sp e Thomas Cale vyjasnil Je mi l to, e je po v em V z v re n m d le muselo zem t hodn osob l bilo se mi, jak spisovatel z estn ctilet ho hrdiny opravdu dok zal ud [...]


  5. 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 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 eccentricity Whe [...]


  6. 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 the world. [...]


  7. 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 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 than I did, but it s still not bad For that little tug of wanting I subtracted one star and gave it 4 overall, which i [...]


  8. 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.Dont [...]


  9. SPOILERSAnd 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 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 all about one [...]


  10. 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 series [...]


  11. Non il peggiore dei tre, ma alquanto deludente.Pazienza, sempre meglio che restare col dubbio su come potesse finire.



  12. Decent end to this trilogy but oddly left me a little cold Cale is sick so his campaign to defeat the dreaded Redeemers is stalled for a long time Kleist is still traumatized by the massacre in the last volume and Vague Henri continues to be annoying By the time the war starts much of the book is finished and there is a lot of glossing over great battles which had been a narrative strength The ending is suitably tragic and brings much of the darkness of the series back to the fore Shame it ended [...]


  13. 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 readed 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 extent second i [...]


  14. The third book in a trilogy Not much point reading it if you haven t read the first two If you have read them you know what to expect More mad geography, stupid jokes, clever jokes, military tactics, weapons, death, insane religious fundamentalism, historical jigsaw work This one brings the series to a conclusion Unlike the previous two, it is book ended by a fictional conceit in which the author defends himself against criticism of the first two books It s sort of funny, but also a littl [...]


  15. Oh my God Best book I ve read in ages I was dying at the end, and I don t cry easily at books Why would you kill Vague Henri WHY He was so optimistic and good natured and just lovely, and you killed him with a pencil HOW DOES SOMEONE DIE FROM A PENCIL WOUND To be fair, I had a feeling one of the main characters was going to die, mainly because none of them really have died, as far as I can remember I just can t get over that ending Why can t they all go and live somewhere nice with girls and cak [...]


  16. Review in portuguese by blog MON PETIT POISONConfesso que termino essa s rie dando gra as a Deus , todo mundo brinca que pior do que est n o pode ficar , mas eu sempre falo, pode e com certeza vai Essa s rie foi um caso cl ssico disso Como uma s rie que come a bem, tem uma ideia t o interessante e diferente e acaba despencando ladeira abaixo O final dessa s rie foi t o sem no o que ainda estou me perguntando por que li essa s rie Deveria ter desistido no meio do segundo livro.Os acontecimentos d [...]


  17. 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 possessed by [...]


  18. Though this was fiction, there was a lot of it that reflected real life events but with a different name If I had a chance, wold probably give this book 4.5 stars needed a little bit at the end but wow I learnt a lot about warfare, battle tactics and torture What really hooked me, was the role that little normal everyday things had on major events how thousands of people could lose there lives because one person tripped over and the lift of a butterfly wing could result in 350 people drowning c [...]


  19. Everything was great and heading towards a five starspoilerish alerte 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 of this author The only weakness was the ending in this trilogy Otherwise I would put it up there w [...]


  20. 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.


  21. P ni e tete o n kom a o n jak m sv t , i kdy pozorn a se zv davost , n kdy s obavou, neznamen to, e na konci se v m dostane z zra n ho proz en Jen mal ho posunu, kter asem snad povede k p evratn j m v cem Jen se mus m postarat, aby to nedopadlo jako s t m mot lem, kameny v ece, dubov m kmenem a lod mi.



  22. Wow wat een kut einde Alsof deze man geen zin meer had om het laatste boek te schrijven en toen maar inspiratie putte uit New Moon Twilight 2 door 300 pagina s te besteden aan een tiener die zich niet zo lekker voelt Vet balen



  23. 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 proce [...]


  24. 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, la cosa pi brutta che io abbia mai letto in vita mia.Ho impiegato dei mesi per finirlo, ed stata una tortura.Sembra scritto da un folle, con frasi buttate l a casaccio e quei soliti richiami al mondo reale Belgrado, Siracusa, Caracas , alla sua storia Pearl Harbour e a personaggi realmente esis [...]


  25. 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 the first [...]



  26. Non ho mai letto un libro finale di una trilogia tanto deludente Se anche si leggesse saltando una parola si 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 Un sacco di no [...]


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