The Dirty Streets of Heaven

Bobby Dollar, #1

Bobby Dollar is a real angel who believes he’s doing the good works for the Powers That Be… whoever or whatever that is. Interestingly enough, angels on earth are on the lower rungs of the hierarchical Heavenly ladder. Their job is to be fighters for the dearly departed who have just passed. Judgment is doled out at the moment you die, not in some futuristic sense, and you only go to one of two places. Bobby’s job is to make a case, an argument before a judge, as to why a soul belongs in Heaven. In reality, it is an “us vs. them” kind of world… anything for Good to “win” and for Evil to “loose.”

When a soul goes missing, however, Bobby places himself on a new path that wasn’t executed by the archangels. He wants answers and he knows he will get none if he doesn’t figure it out on his own.

Bobby is a likable character. He is grungy and has issues. He’s more believable as a person than he is as an angel… with the exception of his job, of course. He does a great job at explaining all the things we want to know about Heaven, in his own ways. Sometimes there just isn’t an answer for us petty humans to understand, so it is left with no answer and it works perfectly for this story. I imagine if there was an answer to all the usual questions, there would be too many pages of explanations to read, thus taking away from the story.

There is also a little bit of a love story here. Being as this is an Urban Fantasy, that does not ensure an automatic romance read. I wouldn’t necessarily say it was romance, but it is a bit of love and lust for a fellow enemy, a demon that is, that our angel hero has found himself tangled in.

What else I enjoy about Bobby and his imperfections is that the events that occurred in this book lead him to question what he’s never questioned before. He suspects that perhaps his Celestial higher-in- commands are perhaps not exactly as trustworthy as he once believed them to be. This is a big step for an angel because now he doubts the “perfect design” of the Heavens, and that’s just not his job.

I wouldn’t call it an easy read, but it definitely is not a difficult read. It is challenging enough to keep it interesting and your creative juices flowing. If you are looking for something different, perhaps a new series, then I would recommend this book. When the next installment of this series comes out, I will pick it up as I am intrigued as to what will happen next.

Book Blurb for The Dirty Streets of Heaven

Bobby Dollar has a secret. Actually he’s got a ton of them. The most important one is that his real name’s Doloriel and he’s an angel. Not an important angel, maybe, but a rough-and-tumble guy who’s always done his part in the long cold war between Heaven and Hell.

But now he’s stepped into the middle of something that’s got both sides very nervous — an unprecedented number of missing souls. And if that wasn’t enough, someone has summoned a truly unpleasant Babylonian demon that’s doing its best to track him down and rip him to pieces. Also, his opposite number on the case is arguably the world’s sexiest she-devil, and Bobby has feelings for her that Heaven definitely does not allow.

The Dirty Streets of Heaven is the first book in Tad’s new fantasy-fueled thriller series about an afterlife investigator — the angel Doloriel (Bobby Dollar) — who searches for a missing soul and finds himself caught up in a battle much larger than he imagined.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2012 4.00