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Top Dog [Kindle Edition]

Dougie Brimson
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The sequel to the best selling thriller, The Crew. 
Hooligan gang leader Billy Evans is above the law. He knows it, and they know it. And when you regard the law as an irrelevance, all kinds of opportunities can open up for you. Especially when you begin to exert your increasingly powerful influence over the back street pubs and clubs of East London.

So when Billy gets the chance to make some serious money very quickly by helping a football club with an insurance scam, he grabs it with both hands.

But he's about to discover that this time, he's finally pushed his luck too far. And this time it isn't the law he'll have to contend with. It's something far more dangerous.

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Review long as you are not too faint-hearted (David Mattin, The Times)

Book Description

Sometimes it's not the law you have to worry about...

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 732 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Category C Publishing (1 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GHM13Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,524 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Perhaps best known for penning the multi-award winning feature Green Street, Dougie Brimson began his writing career began in 1996 when, after 18 years service with the Royal Air Force, he co-authored the best-selling non-fiction work, Everywhere We Go. A book that remains essential reading for anyone with an interest in the culture of English football.

A further 14 books have followed including the crime thriller, The Crew which has topped the Amazon sports book download charts for almost three years, and the comedy Wings of a Sparrow which, after a successful electronic release, is now available in print.

In 2003 Dougie made the move into screenwriting first with the critically acclaimed short movie It's a Casual Life and then with his first full length feature, the Hollywood funded Green Street starring Elijah Wood. Following its release in September 2005, the film won numerous awards including:
Narrative Jury Prize - SXSW Film Festival
Narrative Feature Audience - SXSW Film Festival
Best of Festival - Malibu Film Festival
Jury Award (feature) - Malibu Film Festival
Official Selection - Tribeca Film Festival

May 2014 saw the release of his second feature, an adaptation of his own novel Top Dog. Directed by Martin Kemp (The Krays, Eastenders) the film took the Best Feature award at the British Independent Film Festival as well as the Best Actor (Leo Gregory), Best Supporting Actor (Ricci Harnett) and Best Supporting Actress (Lorraine Stanley) awards.

A third feature, the urban revenge thriller We Still Kill The Old Way starring Ian Ogilvy, James Cosmo, Steven Berkhoff and Danni Dyer, was released to critical acclaim in December 2014.

Current projects in development include the third book in the Billy Evans trilogy (The Crew/Top Dog) and three movie features including an adaptation of Wings of a Sparrow.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio Download
As a blind person and a regular reader of audible books. It is important
that as well as a good book, it is necessary to have a good narrator.
I really enjoyed the book, it really tied together strong language,
violence, humour and friendship. The book has a very good ending with a
clever twist. It was an all round good read and if you are interested in
this genre then I would certainly recommend it. I thought the book was read
very well, and at times I thought the reader could of been the main
character in the book. This helped me relate more to the storyline in the
book and keep me gripped and engaged.
I enjoyed listening to the book. Without a good reader, the book wouldn't be
a good listen but this wasn't the case and I would certainly look forward to
listening to another book read and narrated by Karl Jenkinson
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as The Crew. 4 April 2001
By A Customer
Having read the brilliant 'The Crew' last year, I was eagerly awaiting this book although I had my doubts that Dougy would be able to deliver anything as punchy and dramatic. But I shouldn't have worried for this is certainly an excellent sequel and is, if anything, even punchier than the first book. The descriptive but raw style of the writing leaves the reader in no doubt that here is an author who knows exactly who his books are pitched at while the content shows, if there were any doubts, that he clearly knows his stuff.
A great read and I only hope that this isn't the end of the line for the hero Billy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Real Lad Lit 30 April 2001
By A Customer
At long last there seems to be some 'real' books written by 'real' people, finding there way on to the shelves. Streetwise, working class 'bloke' authors are somehow getting passed the stuck up twats in publishers who don't seem to realise that a lot of people have no interest in the diary of some fat old boiler, or struggling through a novel where the author seems more intent in proving how clever he or she is, rather than writing an entertaining story.
This book is real lad lit. Colin Butts, Is Harry On The Boat? and Kevin Sampson, Powder, are two other authors who seem to fall within this category, and I wish there were a lot more. Unlike the two aforementioned books, Top Dog probably wouldn't appeal to the fairer sex. What it has in common though, is a feeling that it would make great viewing. All these books seem to contain little mood or scene setters, which are great for conjuring up mental images.
In Top Dog though, one of these is done to death and has made me take off one star - smoking. Was the author sponsored by B&H as well as a computer co? It became tiresome, annoying and almost laughable. More imagination and variety next time please!
On the whole the book was well researched and the best complement any book can have in my opinion, is that I looked forward to picking it up again. To make the reader care for such an obnoxious 'hero' is no mean achievement. The ending had some nice twists and didn't quite go down the Long Good Friday route I was expecting.
On the whole, this is the sort of book I'd recommend to friends who don't normally read books. If there were more Lad Lit books like this, then I reckon the book buying greater than it already is. Keep churning them out son!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read ! 20 July 2012
By Hampton
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Having read the first book I felt it right to read the sequel.Really worth a read although slightly far fetched with the security and the involvement with the IRA but with a really surprising twist at the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Downloaded after reading The Crew 19 Jun. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wouldn't have read this if I did not have a kindle. Really enjoyed The Crew for free so paid for this to share with my dad. Gosh is football really like this!
I got a bit bogged down about 75% through but then could not put it down. I didn't see the ending twist and it's true I got to quite like billy as a character although he didn't deserve being liked. A nasty man..but there are worse
Am female and near 60 and i don't do chick flick preferring more of a story which this was
It could be read stood alone from The Crew
Well done and look forward to book 3
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 14 Mar. 2012
By Berry
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Got this for my husband to read, he thoroughly enjoyed it, as he has all of Dougie Brimson's books. Great plot, well written and thought through and excellent twist at the end!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than average 24 Mar. 2001
By A Customer
Great to see that someone has finally moved the hooligan genre away from the increasingly boring autobiogrphies of sad, self-obsessed idiots and on to something more interesting (and genuinely fictional).
As with his previous novel The Crew, Dougie has delivered a cracking story which, if anything, drives along at an even more frantic pace than the first book. The story, clearly based on rumours that surrounded a certain East London club throughout the 80's(!) is both credible and thought provoking and is delivered in a brilliantly descriptive and atmospheric manner.
If this is the future of the genre, all I can say is thank goodness. Lets have more of this and less of the non-fiction dross please.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frightening stuff 24 Dec. 2014
By paul
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Having read the previous book a while ago, I was eager to read this.
Fantastic reading, I could see the characters in my mind, which made it all very real.
Billy, hard man but also family man, likeable at first but when I realised what he was capable of, he got what he deserved.
Unlike his poor wife Sam who didn't seem to realise just how hard he could be.
Unfortunately, it was Sam who suffered the consequences.
Both books are about football hooligan gangs but I can highly recommend them to everyone as a good read.
I have no interest in football but my attention was held throughout.
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