This was an
Advanced Reader’s Copy given to me by the author.
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.
My favorite character:
It would have to be Bobby
Dollar. His human qualities shine through his angelic soul. I also like
Countess of Cold Hands because she really does show that the lines can blur and
you can find yourself in the grey area between.
This is a Rip-Roaring Trip through the fields
of Heaven with a quick detour across Purgatory back to the gritty side-streets
of Earth. Tad Williams still remains one of my favorite authors and he doesn’t
disappoint with this foray into urban fantasy. The first thing I was surprised
at was the number of pages in this book. Not the typical Williams storyline but
still had the descriptive elements that I’ve come to enjoy. It’s these exact
elements that really help me jump into the story and get to know the people
inside. Bobby Dollar is one of the characters you wish you could have a drink
in a pub with and really listen to what he has to say. The human qualities are
really striking and mask the fact that he really is an Angel.
The take on
Heaven and Hell and everything in between was mind-bending and I especially
liked Hell’s Prosecutors.
All is not what
it seems and this is a common theme throughout the whole story.
always on the run from the next baddie or Hell-beast while somehow invoking
human emotions and concepts such as love, doubt, and passion. He can’t seem to
get a break from demons, hellbeasts, angels, or spirits, makes you really feel
for the guy and root for the underdog.
There are a lot
of otherworldly visitors and that never ceases to fascinate me. Everything you
thought was real is turned upside down, inside out and sideways. When you think
you get an answer, another question pops up.
recommend this to urban fantasy fans. There are action scenes, love scenes, and
surreal moments. It is what I always look for in a book and sometimes have
difficulty finding. It really is a complicated case of Good vs Evil and you
begin to wonder whose side you are on. The grey area between doesn’t seem so
I give this
book 5 fairies for the complex array of supernatural elements, human emotions,
and action packed scenes that keep you turning the pages and running through
the book with Bobby Dollar.
Some of my favorite
appearances only seem to be important to earthbound types like me, staggering
around in meat bodies all the time, living mostly in three dimensions.”
“There is no
greater bliss than ignorance.”
“I called them
bosses or employers, but unless you’re in the mob or an army under fire your
bosses can’t usually kill you when they get pissed at you, and no other bosses
but mine and my opponents’ can have your soul jerked out of your body and sent
to the deepest fiery pits to suffer for eternity. Unless you work for
“Jude is like
one of those favorite books where you find something new every time you open
“Either way, by
the time the preliminaries ended a whole lot of nothing had been said, but the
massive ballroom stank with the odor of violent subtext.”