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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-01-10

A must listen

This is a fantastic story, brilliantly narrated. It's the perfect audible experience. Sean Barrett is a master story teller and really brings this book to life.

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  • 04-05-10

The Left Hand of God

Enjoyed this book, however....
I could accept a description of the battle of Agincourt, although Bernard Corwell's is better BUT... to use Solomon Ballou's last letter to his wife, is unforgivable.
(Google, Solomon Ballow last letter and weep)

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  • Phillistein
  • 06-09-17

Thoroughly engaging and different story

I hesitated at first but was glad I chose it. Just had to finish! Very well read with clarity, understanding and pace

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  • Daniele M.
  • 04-14-17

Shows well but superficial environments

One of the few fantasy which show things instead of telling and telling about other people doing other things elsewhere. The problem is that doesn't go deep enough in building a believable context for such a story

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  • Alexander Sutherland
  • 02-23-17

Top notch!

What did you like most about The Left Hand of God?

Super book. Great story. Super narration.
Interesting well developed characters and something of a "game of thrones" intrigue make for a great listen.
I like the constant usage of actual recorded history interwoven into this fantastical story and I especially enjoyed random bits of Catholic dogma which pop up all over the place. The usage of actual cities into the story also help in imagining the setting.

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  • lee
  • 11-14-16

Absolutely fantastic

The narration was superb. The plot thickens and I cannot wait for the next book in the series. This will be an immediate purchase.

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  • Oliver Machacsek
  • 09-09-16

Extraordinary story

I love this story so much that even although I had read most of this book before I was listening to it from start to the last second and enjoyed it even more. Sean voice made the story even better than actual reading .

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  • Richella Scally
  • 07-16-16

Excellent narrator, gripping tale

Found this book took a while to get going but had me gripped and igor to learn more but end was poor not sure i will read next books. Excellent narrator.

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  • pik1973
  • 04-06-16

awesome!

well read and gripping story would recommend can't wait for the next one bring it on

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  • GobiD
  • 03-14-16

Best Book Ever

Amazing story, wonderful characters, beautifully read. A masterful piece of storytelling made all the more sublime by the tones of Sean Barrett.