To the warrior-monks known as the Redeemers, the last four things represent the culmination of a faithful life: death, judgment, heaven, and hell. The last four things represent eternal bliss or endless destruction, permanent chaos, and infinite pain. These things are embodied in the dark soul of Thomas Cale. He’s been betrayed by those closest to him yet has managed to maintain just a sliver of his childish innocence and naivety. He has a remarkable skill for death and destruction and has taken the role of the Angel of Death who will lead the Redeemers into a battle meant for the destruction of the human race.
In this sequel to Paul Hoffman’s The Left Hand of God, the Redeemer General, Bosco, learns of Cale’s Angel of Death identity. He informs the young man that his intention is to use him as a means to install himself as Pope and thus allow him to fulfill his life-long crusade to purge the world of the wickedness of mankind. With the fervor of a fanatic and demonstrating a lethal range of ruthlessness, Bosco uses religious propaganda set Cale up as more than a mere human child. Bosco means to use Cale as the embodiment of God’s Wrath and thus destroy all of mankind. But Cale is not entirely convinced of Bosco’s inconceivable intentions and is patiently biding his time until the decision must be made. Will Cale fight for God’s will or save himself and in turn, all of mankind?
Paul Hoffman’s writing style is definitely one that takes a little bit of getting used to. It took me a while to decide if this was going be an overly religious tale with some preaching in between the lines. I still can’t quite decide if Hoffman is serious or not, but it’s definitely a style that needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Hoffman mixes in a variety of religious views ranging anywhere from the Bible itself to Star Trek. His style is amusing and straight to the point, making The Last Four Things worth the read.
Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. She goes to school full time as an English major with a focus in creative writing. She likes anime and reads books and plays video games in her moments of spare time.