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The Left Hand of God | [Paul Hoffman]

The Left Hand of God

The Sanctuary of the Redeemers is a vast and desolate place - a place without joy or hope. Most of its occupants were taken there as boys and for years have endured the brutal regime of the Lord Redeemers whose cruelty and violence have one singular purpose - to serve in the name of the One True Faith. In one of the Sanctuary's vast and twisting maze of corridors stands a boy. He is perhaps fourteen or fifteen years old - he is not sure and neither is anyone else.
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Publisher's Summary

The Left Hand of God is a stunning first installment in a remarkable epic trilogy...

"Listen. The Sanctuary of the Redeemers on Shotover Scarp is named after a damned lie for there is no redemption that goes on there and less sanctuary."

The Sanctuary of the Redeemers is a vast and desolate place - a place without joy or hope. Most of its occupants were taken there as boys and for years have endured the brutal regime of the Lord Redeemers whose cruelty and violence have one singular purpose - to serve in the name of the One True Faith.

In one of the Sanctuary's vast and twisting maze of corridors stands a boy. He is perhaps fourteen or fifteen years old - he is not sure and neither is anyone else. He has long-forgotten his real name, but now they call him Thomas Cale. He is strange and secretive, witty and charming, violent and profoundly bloody-minded. He is so used to the cruelty that he seems immune, but soon he will open the wrong door at the wrong time and witness an act so terrible that he will have to leave this place, or die.

His only hope of survival is to escape across the arid Scablands to Memphis, a city the opposite of the Sanctuary in every way: breathtakingly beautiful, infinitely Godless, and deeply corrupt.

But the Redeemers want Cale back at any price... not because of the secret he now knows but because of a much more terrifying secret he does not.

©2010 Paul Hoffman; (P)2010 Penguin Audiobooks Ltd

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  • Jodie
    Watford, Herts, United Kingdom
    4/7/10
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    "The Left Hand of God"

    Really gripping story. Can't wait for the follow up. The narrator was really good on this one too.

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  • Michael
    Ellesmere, Shropshire, United Kingdom
    4/7/10
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    "Ripping Yarn"

    Just a great story, well told and very well narrated. I have struggled through a few books recently that just failed to tell a story in the classic beginning - introduce some characters, middle - develop their relationships and a plot, and end - give some closure to the plot and characters. This book did all that. It is (thankfully) obviously one of a series but there is a sound end to this book that doesn't give away too much but sets the reader up with a sense of anticipation for the next installment.

    Well worth a credit or the purchase price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elaine
    Dunfermline, Fife, United Kingdom
    4/6/10
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    "Loved it!"

    This is absolutely not my usual "read" but I loved it. A great story, brilliantly read, it captivated me from start to finish.

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  • Kirsty
    Stroud, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
    4/3/10
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    "The Left Hand Of God"

    Brilliant and compelling. My MP3 goes off after 30mins in case I drop off to sleep as I usually listen to help me drop off. However, I couldn't fall asleep, I had to listen to the end of the 30 mins and then some more. It's creepy and sinister and the narrators voice just reels you into the story. I have been a member of Audible for over a year and this is definately the best I have had. And I have listened to some brilliant books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
    Taunton, Somerset, United Kingdom
    4/2/10
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    "Unusual and gripping story"

    Probably not the style of book I would have chosen usually and although parts were hard to listen to they were even harder not to listen to. Could not stop listening to how the story proceeded. Excelled any expectation I might have had. Looking forward to the next part.. as much as getting on a rollercoaster. Narrator and story well matched. A must listen even though you may think it is scary, thats just the brilliance of it. Feel the fear and do it anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    Preston, Lancs, United Kingdom
    3/24/10
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    "Nearly Perfect"

    One of the best audiobooks I have listened to so far, very good narration and top quality writing; there were a few potential areas for plot holes that lesser writers would have fallen into, but Hoffman avoids, fills or explains them away brilliantly.

    The only downside is a few clich?s creep into some of the characters' speech, maybe half a dozen in the entire book so does not ruin it but does irritate slightly especially when next to A-game narrative.

    It will leave you wanting more, and this was only out in Jan 2010, (I stupidly forgot to check when the next one was out before buying! doh!) so now we'll likely have to wait aaaages before the next installment :( but it will be worth it if its like this :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    3/10/10
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    "excellent"

    One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. Great storyline with the right amount of pace, interesting characters and faultless narration. Sean Barrett would make the phone book interesting! Looking forward to part 2...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Folkestone, United Kingdom
    3/2/10
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    "The Left Hand of God"

    Excellent listen, can't wait for part 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    2/28/10
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    "Dark, powerful & funny"

    I loved this book! From the start to the finish it was really engrossing - right up my street. I'd say it was definitely a bit of a boys book - it can be a bit much at times! But that's kind of what I liked about it. Its one of those books that leaves an impression on you for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    2/25/10
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    "Engrossing..."

    Not usually my sort of thing but the story and the characters drew me in. The narration is first class, possibly one of the best narrators I have listened to. He really brought the characters to life for me and was easy to tell the difference between them all.

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