I've been told to go to Hell more times than I can count. But this time I'm actually going. My name's Bobby Dollar, sometimes known as Doloriel, and of course, Hell isn't a great place for someone like me - I'm an angel. They don't like my kind down there, not even the slightly fallen variety. But they have my girlfriend, who happens to be a beautiful demon named Casimira, Countess of Cold Hands. Why does an angel have a demon girlfriend? Well, certainly not because it helps my career.
She's being held hostage by one of the nastiest, most powerful demons in all of the netherworld - Eligor, Grand Duke of Hell. He already hates me, and he'd like nothing better than to get his hands on me and rip my immortal soul right out of my borrowed but oh-so-mortal body. But wait, it gets better! Not only do I have to sneak into Hell, make my way across thousands of miles of terror and suffering to reach Pan-demonium, capital of the fiery depths, but then I have to steal Caz right out from under Eligor's burning eyes and smuggle her out again, past demon soldiers, hellhounds, and all the murderous creatures imprisoned there for eternity.
And even if I somehow manage to escape Hell, I'm also being stalked by an undead psychopath named Smyler who's been following me for weeks. Oh, and did I mention that he can't be killed? So if I somehow survive Hell, elude the Grand Duke and all his hideous minions, and make it back to the real world, I'll still be the most hunted soul in Creation. But at least I'll have Caz. Gotta have something to look forward to, right? So just pour me that damn drink, will you? I've got somewhere to go.
©2013 Tad Williams (P)2013 Penguin Audio
You'll find me chattering and chasing shiny things.
So you don't waste your credit on this book I'm going to sum up the entire middle of it for you: Hell is awful, Bobby Dollar is an idiot, Cas is really beautiful. No, really Hell is every bit as bad as you ever imagined, Bobby Dollar has the decision making skills of a hormonally carbonated adolescent, and Cas is the hottest thing since the sun! We know that cause we're hit over the head with it over, and over, and OVER.
I kept expecting Dollar to stop at some point and say "Hey, something must be up here, because I'm this angel who was a pretty big bad ass, so this thinking with my genitalia about a woman, whose only redeeming quality is her looks has to stop." At which point the plot would advance.
The only reason this thing makes 2 stars is the beginning and end were decent. Not enough to make up for the middle, though. Not even close. Also the narrator was good, so should be acknowledged.
This book has an interesting and scary take on Hell. We got to see some of the love and purity of heaven last book, now you get the other side. Dollar learns a lot about true desperation.
There's a few things that really bothered me about the book. The biggest one is the "interludes" to his one night with Caz. The problem is, in the other book it was quite detailed, they did this, fell asleep, woke and did this... But in this book there's ALL these conversations and sexual experiences that don't feel genuine to the original story of the night. It feels like they are just in here to justify him being in Hell and being infatuated like a 14 yr old boy. I also don't see the connection between them. I see obsession and infatuation from him, and a careless attitude at the best of times from her. She's either being bitchy or WAY to vulnerable for a hundreds of years old demon. At one point she's telling him to shut up so she can tell a story, but then doesn't want to finish it once she gets his attention and is at the last part. I was getting so annoyed with her character.
He seems to truly be in love with her beauty, but nothing about her. Their whole thing just doesn't add up for me. It detracts from an interesting story.
Another thing is the amount of time spent in hell vs what was actually accomplished. I did a lot of fading in and out of interest, and when I realized I faded, I didn't need to go back, I knew it was just stuff. Not actual needed info to progress the story.
I will probably give another book in the series a chance. I think Williams is a creative writer, but his relationship and romance writing needs some work.
The first book was great. There was an interesting detective-like story with clues along the way. There was one sex-scene and the rest was story.
This book - not so much. It is a series of the author's imaginings of what Hell would be like. You go from one tortured description of torture to another. Dollar loses limbs, is subjected to horrific sights, sounds, tastes and experiences. There's no feeling of progression. It's just boring after a while. These scenes were littered with flashbacks to Dollar's sexual encounter with Cas. Now, however, it's really more about the sex. The entire book is torture and sex and sex as torture, in explicit detail.
I know the author can do better, the first book proves it. This book, however is a huge waste of money and time. Relying on sex scenes to propel the story is just cheap and beneath the author's skill and my respect.
Skip this one - you won't miss out on anything.
It didn't measure up to the first book. Yes, I did enjoy the book but I expected more.
Yes I could see this made into a movie but it never will be unless his next books to this series is better then this one.
Its a good listen. To me it was barley worth the credit, but it was worth the credit. I hated that he is so obsessed with his demon lady. I mean come on she is a demon and he is a angel. You know that he's going through all kinds of hell and she will probably just screw him over cause its in her nature. I loved the first book. This book not so much.
The details of travels through Hell were so ponderous that whole chapters could have been skipped. I was particularly disappointed with the wrap-up at the end by way of an epilogue... that left way too many questions unanswered. More time on sound development of the story line and less of the junior high-school focus on the distasteful details of Hell would have been nice.
I thought Newbern did a fine job. Too bad he didn't have a better story to work with. I have to suspect that he would have had a difficult time keeping his interest up in the story, too.
I was very intrigued with the first book, "Dirty Streets of Heaven." I really looked forward to this second installment of Bobby Dollar. I was terribly disappointed in this book.
It's hard for me to imagine a publisher's editors letting this get to press in this form. There were so many unnecessary chapters that should have been pulled out before this project was ever printed or performed.
The escape from Hell was too long. A reader wants to know how the story turns out and it just took a long time to find out
Excellent as always
I give it a 3 out of 4
There has to be a third book to wrap the series up. I would like to see more conflicts from Heaven and the hopefully good outcome on the forbidden romance.
Story picks up right where the first leaves off pretty much, and is a non stop torture fest for our boy Bobby. Lots of gritty stuff, and it gets dark at times. Not for younger readers/listeners.
Just a bit of fair warning, my wife and I share this account, so there is no promise that all my reviews are my own.
A Chase Story
This series is a lot like the Dresden books. A hard boiled character in a magical world. Only this time it's heaven and hell instead of wizards and vampires.
George Newbern's narration kept the story rolling along through all the slow bits and his character voices were well done and distinctive.
A few of the descriptions of hell and hell's denizens were such that I had to pause the story while I ate my meal or risk loosing my appetite.
I read this book when it first came out and found it a little tedious, a little boring, and suffering from all the worst faults of a middle book. But the audiobook went down easier and was enjoyable. All the slow bits seemed to flow past more smoothly and I was less aware that so little of note was happening. I actually enjoyed listening to the story, where the reading almost felt like a chore.
There really wasn't a happy hour in Hell. But Bobby Dollars' tribulations in Hell were a great story. Many reviewers complain this book is nothing like the first, but that's what makes it great. I found it fascinating with rich descriptions of Hell and the inhabitants. The places and structure of Hell in this book add a new flavor for the unfortunate consequences of a life lived sourly. A great adventure. I kept wondering what would happen next. I was not disappointed.
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