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.
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This book feels like it written by a 16-year old boy with a decent writing talent who read The Dresden Files and decided he wanted to do that too. The premise is interesting, that is why I give it 2 stars. I didn't care much for the characters, they all feel 2 dimensional and stereotypical. Most of the parts that could have been interesting with the world building, like how heaven and hell and the rules thereof works, is just not here, all explained with "no-one remembers when they leave" or "I'll tell you later" of some sorts. The main character feels like a really naive 16-year old with too much attitude. He's supposed to have been in the angel special ops division, but you would never have guessed that if Williams didn't tell you. Most of the time he just runs around like a headless chicken, knowing nothing about anything.
The 2 female characters in this book (yes, that is all) are both just something to 'do' for Bobby. One of them is the stereotypical...
Oh man was this a miss for me. I have to preface this by saying that Tad Williams is probably my favorite fantasy author of all-time. The guy can do no wrong. Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn is phenomenal and the Shadowmarch series is not far behind in quality in my opinion. I was a bit skeptical about him delving into the urban fantasy realm. I say this because Tad is such a damn good epic fantasy writer. He's so good that he dominates that segment of the fantasy genre. Nobody writes with the beauty and originality of Tad in an epic fantasy setting. But since he's one of my faves, I finally relented and wanted to see what all of the Bobby Dollar stuff was all about. Well, I didn't like it that's for sure. To be honest, I'm just not an urban fantasy type of guy. It never clicked with me as a genre, so I was going into this series already with a check mark in the negative column. Then I started reading and realizing that Tad should just stick with epic fantasy (which I'm glad he's doing by...
I have to admit I was a little hesitant at first when I read the synopsis of this book but, boy, am I glad I bought it. Bobby Dollar is a wise-cracking, sometimes reluctant angel advocate who gets mixed up in something much larger than himself. Not to give away too much of the plot, he stumbles upon a back room deal made between Heaven and Hell, is accused of having something both sides really, really want to get their hands?-claws?-hooves? on, gets chased around Silicon Valley by some really nasty hell beasts and falls in love with someone that he probably shouldn't have.
Tad Williams has been one of my favorite authors for a long time, ever since I read his Otherland series, still one of my favorite SciFi/Fantasy series, and I think he really did an exceptional job with this one. Written sorta tongue in cheek it also reads like a old detective novel as well. The supporting cast of characters are both wonderful and a might bit unusual. Well, after all, most of them are...
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