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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Book Review: The Dirty Streets of Heaven (Bobby Dollar #1) by Tad Williams

The Dirty Streets of Heaven (Bobby Dollar #1)
by Tad Williams
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published September 4th 2012
by DAW Hardcover

Bobby Dollar is an angel—a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own—pride, anger, even lust.

But his problems aren’t all his fault. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new kid that Heaven has dropped into their midst, a trainee angel who asks too many questions. And he sure as hell doesn’t trust the achingly gorgeous Countess of Cold Hands, a mysterious she-demon who seems to be the only one willing to tell him the truth.

When the souls of the recently departed start disappearing, catching both Heaven and Hell by surprise, things get bad very quickly for Bobby D.End-of-the-world bad. Beast of Revelations bad. Caught between the angry forces of Hell, the dangerous strategies of his own side, and a monstrous undead avenger that wants to rip his head off and suck out his soul, Bobby’s going to need all the friends he can get—in Heaven, on Earth, or anywhere else he can find them.

You’ve never met an angel like Bobby Dollar. And you’ve never read anything like The Dirty Streets of Heaven.

Brace yourself—the afterlife is weirder than you ever believed.

The Dirty Streets of Heaven is the first book in the Bobby Dollar series by Tad Williams. Bobby Dollar, an angel, is an advocate for souls. Basically, he is the lawyer that defends your soul when you pass away. Who would equate a lawyer with an angel? Not me, but its okay because Bobby sure doesn’t act like one. Bobby is sarcastic and funny. Plus, he is constantly fighting bad guys. In fact, I caught myself wondering plenty of times when they were going to throw him out of heaven.

As unlikely an angel as Bobby makes, he was a good character who finds himself in the middle of a mystery. This is the same mystery that has both Heaven and Hell scratching their otherworldly heads. Frankly, Bobby’s not sure who to trust, especially when his own superiors are acting somewhat questionably. With the hope of saving his own angelic hide, Bobby decides that maybe he needs to get to the bottom of the problem, even if it means working with some shady characters, like the Countess of Cold Hands. But can Bobby trust her?

I’ve got to admit, I really liked the Countess, bad girl image and all. I even liked her backstory. Not sure I felt that way about all the characters, but that’s okay. The supporting characters I wasn’t too keen on seemed to play a rather minor role in the overall story. In truth, that probably added a little flavor to the book, if you know what I mean. This isn’t a romance, but I will tell you there is a female love interest. I’m not telling you more than that because I hate spoilers, just know that I was wishing for a little more development in that department.

Overall, the book was really good. It was on the longer side, with over 400 pages. In addition, there was a whole lot of world building going on. It was a little heavy on the description, which made it a slower read, but that might be down to personal preference. Even though I won’t give you spoilers, I will give you this, I didn’t see the end coming and that’s just how I like it.

4 Not So Angelic Sheep


About the Author:
Former singer, shoe-seller, radio show host, and inventor of interactive sci-fi television, Tad Williams is now a full-time writer. His 'Memory, Sorrow and Thorn' series established him as an internationally bestselling fantasy author. The series that followed, 'Otherland', is now a multi-million-dollar MMO launching in 2012 from dtp/realU/Gamigo. Tad is also the author of the fantasy series, the 'Shadowmarch' books; the stand-alone Faerie epic, 'The War of the Flowers'; two collections of short stories ('Rite' and 'A Stark and Wormy Knight'), the Shakespearian fantasy 'Caliban's Hour' and, with his partner & collaborator Deborah Beale, the childrens'/all-ages fantasy series, the 'Ordinary Farm' novels. Coming in September 2012 are the Bobby Dollar novels, fantasy thrillers set again the backdrop of the monstrously ancient cold war between Heaven and Hell: the first is 'The Dirty Streets of Heaven.'

Tad is also the author of 'Tailchaser's Song': his first novel spawned the subgenre of cats and fantasy that we see widely today. 'Tailchaser's Song' is currently in preproduction as an animated film from Animetropolis/IDA.

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