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Top Dog [Paperback]

Dougie Brimson
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2 Jun 2014
When Billy Evans, kingpin football hooligan, decides to go semi-legit and start his own security firm he believes no one can touch him. But when he agrees to help a football club out of its financial crisis by putting its young Irish star out of action so they can claim the insurance money, his troubles are only just beginning. For the footballer has connections in Ireland who will not let this crime go unpunished. Suddenly Billy Evans realises that everything he holds dear is under threat.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Caffeine Nights Publishing (2 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907565450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907565458
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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Having written 15 books and a multi award winning feature film in under 16 years, former serviceman Dougie Brimson has emerged as one the UK's most prolific writers.

After 18 years service with the Royal Air Force -including both the Falklands and Gulf War 1- the ex-Sergeant engineer's literary career began in 1996 when he co-wrote a book based on his experiences as a soccer casual entitled Everywhere We Go.

This groundbreaking work examined the culture of soccer fandom from the inside and has become essential reading for anyone with an interest in the game and its supporters. A further 13 books have followed and their success has established the author as one of the worlds leading authorities on the issues of both the game and lad culture. His latest book, Wings of a Sparrow, was released in December 2012.

The next 12 months will see the addition of at least two new ebooks onto the Brimson portfolio.

The first, will be the third book in the best-selling 'The Crew/Top Dog' trilogy followed by the much anticipated sequel to Billy's Log.

Away from the literary world, Dougie is also an accomplished screenwriter having penned the critically acclaimed short movie IT'S A CASUAL LIFE and the full length feature, GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS 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

After a successful worldwide cinema release, the movie went on to sell over 80,000 DVD units during its first week on sale in the UK alone.

TV and radio credits include Sky News, BBC News, BBC News24, NBC, CBN, ESPN, Talk Radio and Radio 5 Live whilst Dougie has also produced and presented two motorsport series for Granada Television as well as working as a presenter for Bravo TV. In 2007, he also produced a motorsport series for Channel 5 in the UK covering the sport of BrisCA Formula One Stock Car racing.

Dougie is currently working on a variety of new movie projects including the forthcoming Brit-zombie flick Killerweed (currently in pre-production), Mister One Hundred (a biography of Welsh darts legend Leighton Rees), Wings of a Sparrow (a football based comedy), Soldier, Soldier (based around the war in Afghanistan) and an adaptation of his own novel, Top Dog, which is due to begin filming in Summer 2013.

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Sometimes it's not the law you have to worry about... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 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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7 of 8 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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 AWESOME! 10 Mar 2001
By A Customer
When I heard that Dougie was writing another hooligan novel, my first reaction was that it would simply be a rehash of the first one. Instead, what he's done is deliver a story that if anything, is even better than The Crew for the simple reason that it is even more credible. Just as importantly, the authenticity of both the writing and the scene setting is even stronger and as a result, sets this book apart as being a cut above everything else on the market.
Do yourself a favour and read it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Storming! 16 April 2001
By A Customer
Top Dog was one of the best reads I've enjoyed in ages. True to life, brilliantly researched and more fist and boot violence than any book legitimately requires!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
God book
Published 17 days ago by brizy-cee
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good follow up to his initial book The Crew.
Published 18 days ago by DJ Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read
It's not often I enjoy a boom as much as I did this and it's prequel, The Crew. Good work Dougie.
Published 1 month ago by Richard Grey
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
great read good follow up book hope
there will be another follow up book but will have to wait and see what happens
Published 2 months ago by valerie mowat
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
Here you go Dougie as you asked so nicely :-) A good easy reading book with a couple of twists along the way. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Vmax
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for men!!
Loved this second book slightly off the hooligan scene but great story brilliant ending

Bring on more of the same quality (can't wait)
Published 4 months ago by ing
5.0 out of 5 stars top dog
good easy read, that said you could not warm to the characters in the book. the police came across as out of depth and disorganized which am sure is untrue.
Published 5 months ago by thomas jones
5.0 out of 5 stars bill
This is a great free book and a must for your kindle I don't normally read this type of book but found it hard to put down
Published 5 months ago by Billy h
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Dog
I'd have bet you a pound to a penny that Dougie's fiction would be no good, but then again I'm not a good gambler. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Antonio Cavaldoro
5.0 out of 5 stars top dog
An absolute brilliant read, well worth the time, and a great ending anybody who follows football will enjoy this ...
Published 7 months ago by the ghost
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