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The Dirty Streets of Heaven: A Bobby Dollar Novel, Book 1 | [Tad Williams]

The Dirty Streets of Heaven: A Bobby Dollar Novel, Book 1

Bobby Dollar isn't your average angel! Sure, he takes the occasional trip to Heaven, but his job as an advocate - arguing the fate of the recently deceased - keeps him pretty busy on Earth, and he's more than happy to spend the rest of his time propping up the bar with his fellow immortals. Until the day a soul goes missing, presumed stolen by "the other side". A new chapter in the war between heaven and hell is about to open. And Bobby is right in the middle of it, with only a desirable but deadly demon to aid him.
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Publisher's Summary

The Dirty Streets of Heaven is the first in a new set of fantasy-fuelled thrillers from the author George R. R. Martin cites as one of the major inspirations behind Game of Thrones: Tad Williams, international best-selling author of The Dragonbone Chair.

Bobby Dollar isn't your average angel! Sure, he takes the occasional trip to Heaven, but his job as an advocate - arguing the fate of the recently deceased - keeps him pretty busy on Earth, and he's more than happy to spend the rest of his time propping up the bar with his fellow immortals. Until the day a soul goes missing, presumed stolen by "the other side".

A new chapter in the war between heaven and hell is about to open. And Bobby is right in the middle of it, with only a desirable but deadly demon to aid him.

©2012 Tad Williams (P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton

What the Critics Say

"When I heard that Tad Williams was writing an urban fantasy novel, I got all tingly. Now I've read it, and it's even better than I'd dared to hope. It's snarky, fast-paced, and above all, original. You should be tingly, too." (Patrick Rothfuss)

"'Tad Williams' ... famous four-book trilogy was one of the things that inspired me to write my own seven-book trilogy. [ I ] said, "My god, they can do something with this form," and it's Tad doing it." (George R. R. Martin)

"Exhilarating action, fascinating characters, and high stakes will leave the reader both satisfied and eager for the next installment." (Publishers Weekly)

"Williams has managed to create something really special with The Dirty Streets of Heaven that manages to breathe new life into the urban fantasy genre while at the same time retaining the magic of his earlier novels, an incredible start to a promising series."(SF Book website)

"Williams has managed to create something really special with The Dirty Streets of Heaven that manages to breathe new life into the urban fantasy genre while at the same time retaining the magic of his earlier novels, an incredible start to a promising series."(SF Book website)

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    Jm Buckley United Kingdom 01/10/2012
    Jm Buckley United Kingdom 01/10/2012
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    "Excellent!"

    I loved this book. I wasn't very sure about this book when I first started it. I am not usually into Urban fantasy. But this book grabbed me right from the start, I loved Bobby Dollar's character and the tryst with Cas, and the take on the whole heaven and Hell saga. Recommended.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline ambleside, United Kingdom 28/10/2012
    Caroline ambleside, United Kingdom 28/10/2012 Listener Since 2010
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    "Brilliant"

    Was not sure what I was going to make of this, as a lot of movies had a similar theme and ended up a let down. I had a credit and downloaded on a whim. What a brilliant book, real laugh out loud, and I am a hard one to make laugh out loud. Funny, dark, exciting....it had a bit of eveything really, a real good story to switch off and enjoy..excellent narration too...Cant wait for the next book

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Huw Swansea, Swansea, United Kingdom 09/11/2012
    Huw Swansea, Swansea, United Kingdom 09/11/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "Heaven Sent"

    An excellent story, not really into sci-fi but saw the other reviews and decided to give it a go and found that I really, really enjoyed the book. Leave reality behind and enter the world of Angels and Devils!!! Roll on the next installment!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Forgetful Gillingham, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Mr Forgetful Gillingham, United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting take on the age old battle"

    A modern day twist on the eternal battle between heaven and hell. I am a fan of this background setting and Tad Williams introduces some interesting ideas in his take on the subject. The protagonist occasionally lays the wise-cracking on a bit thick, but overall an entertaining read and I'm very much looking forward to the continuation of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M Gauntlett Bristol 23/12/2012
    M Gauntlett Bristol 23/12/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "More, please."

    When I started reading this I thought it was going to be a bit like a boring whodunnit, written to a forfmula. I persisted, because I had paid for it! How glad I was. By the time I reached the end, I was searching Audible's store to find a sequel. I hope it's on its way. I can hadly wait.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sharon Falmouth, United Kingdom 19/07/2013
    sharon Falmouth, United Kingdom 19/07/2013 Listener Since 2010

    I listen to my books while working, and I work alot!, love Detective, Dystopian, Science fiction, Fantasy, U/F, PNR and Steam Punk.

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    "A different spin.."

    Angels and Demons who fight for your soul when death comes!
    I enjoyed this offering on the whole and it kept me interested throughout, first time with this author and would like to read more, saying that would like to have had more interaction with other characters, you are in Bobby Dollars head on his own a lot of the time and although his inner thought processes are witty and entertaining. enjoyed the banter and interactions with other characters more.. on the whole a good read..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Chester, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Sam Chester, United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy Sci-fi, fantasy and History books.

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    "Write the Sequel now!"

    This is a nicely balanced book, with action, investigation, philosophy and romance all muddled together in good proportions. It does take a little bit of time to grab you but you will be thoroughly involved by the end of it. Unfortunately it is a multipart series and for the time being you will be waiting hanging. Occasionally if you are as stupid as me you may well be scratching your heard trying to puzzle together all the clues, but thankfully the author brings them together frequently enough that you can work it all out :D

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Dudley, United Kingdom 18/12/2012
    Mark Dudley, United Kingdom 18/12/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "Can't get past the bad accents."

    So here's the weird deal.



    My review on the book is at least a 3, which will increase once I've read the book myself. But the narrator on this really drags it down. I could have lived with it, moved on, took it in my stride. But then the Solihull Sisters made an appearance. And the Foxy Foxy.



    I worry that I'm judging someone based on 2 lousy representations of accents. But hell I'm forking out the cash for it so why not. If you can't do the accents don't bother, I can make it work in my own head. Don't think a poor Irish accent is even vaguely close to a Birmingham accent. I've gone right through the recording but I'm still going to get my credit back. Frankly it will compensate my need to buy the book.



    The novel? Yeah. Loving Bobby D and the way its written. I've tried to start reading Otherland by Tad Williams but not got past the first few pages, but a review of this really intrigued me. Its a great pretext and there is so much more for this series to be. Can't wait for the next.



    Just think about who reads it out!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M Wakefield, United Kingdom 26/08/2014
    M Wakefield, United Kingdom 26/08/2014 Member Since 2012

    I'm a singing songwriting postie living in Yorkshire. Sometimes I like to be challenged by a book, and sometimes I just want to lose myself.

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    "$Bobby"

    Tad Williams set himself quite a task writing a detective noir novel set in heaven, but I think he pulls it off quite nicely. The narration is spot on, getting just the right level of humour in the darkness, and the writing is rich with one-liners and smart descriptions. Overall, pretty damn fine - on to the next one ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsty UK 29/09/2013
    Kirsty UK 29/09/2013 Member Since 2008
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    "slightly disappointing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I was really looking forward to listening to this book but found it really hard to get into, it wasn't untill about 4 hours into the book that I began to care what happened to the main character. Too slow and a bit all over the place to begin with. I didn't hate it, but i won't bother listening to it again.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I wasn't surpised by the ending at all and had guessed exactly what would happen long before the end of the book.


    Have you listened to any of Joe May’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Joe May was the saving grace for me in this rather disappointing book, I have heard him narrate books before and he did bring the book to life.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No I wouldn't bother going to see it if it were a film as I would have given up and gone home before anything happened. The good thing about listening to audio books is that you can do other things whilst listening so at least I don't feel I have wasted my time!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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