the Angel of Death


The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman

The one thought that kept repeating itself in my head: This wold make a great movie.
With all the lame books being made into movies lately, I don’t understand why this one hasn’t been picked up yet. It has it all!

A mysterious warrior lead character? Checked!

An evil and even more mysterious enemy? Checked!

Suspense and excitement? Checked!

Action-packed scenes? Checked! Checked!

Love interest and some non-explicit sex? Checked!

War, death and betrayal? Checked, checked, checked!

I admit that it was not what I was expecting. I thought we would be talking more about paid assassinations and pro-assassin training, but this was more about innocent kids being prepped to die on a holly war without regard for their identity as individuals.

One of those kids is our main character, along with his two friend Vague Henri and Kleist.

I think the anti-hero thing always makes for a good story. You know, the one that’s not sure why he saved the girl and continues to regret it to the end? That’s precisely what we get here.
The few and reluctant acts of kindness Thomas Cale performs are special mostly because they’re unexpected. As much for the reader as for the character himself.
And it is his incomprehensibly good actions and reactions that make you sympathize with him when others try to manipulate him or when he gets finally betrayed by his girl.

“The older I get the more I believe that if love is to be judged by most of its visible effects, it looks more like hatred than friendship”.

At least by the end, we can see he still has friends, loyal ones… even when they are as confused about their friendship’s origin as he is… they don’t abandon him.
One of the things I liked was that it never felt overly depressing even with the descriptions of all the hideous things done to those boys. It never gets too gory, even with the vivisection part and the slaughter/war chapter. And, more importantly to me, it never gets too corny nor too melodramatic even with all the underhanded betrayals and political maneuvering. And I think the reason for this is the running (funny) commentary and (serious) explanations that we get from IdrisPukke and Chancellor Vipond.
The wise elder that have lived through so much that they can get by with telling it as it is, have always been my favorite.
There’s no choice but to read the other two books from this trilogy if we want to know Cale‘s ultimate fate.
Would he put and end to all humankind? After all that has been done to him, can you really blame him is he does?

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