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Top Dog by [Brimson, Dougie]
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` Brimson can tell a story and if Billy and his boot boys are nasty and brutish, at least they're interesting' Sunday Times

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1043 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0747266573
  • 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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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 131 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,176 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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By A Customer on 30 April 2001
Format: Paperback
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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Dougie Brimson doesn’t pull his punches, not in his storeys nor in his writing style. Brimson, in a nutshell, is not afraid to write the truth as he sees it. Unlike a lot of authors, he’s not afraid of his heroes. Most authors can’t resist writing a little bit of decency into their hero, but in Billy Evans Brimson has created an antihero with no redeeming features whatsoever, no nobility of mind or spirit at all. The reader doesn’t even like him.

Can I say something nice about him? He’s loyal to his mate, Hawk. He loves his wife and kids. And he stands his round in the pub. Apart from that he uses and exploits just about everybody.

But who is Billy Evans? I’ll tell you who he is. Back in the 70’s Richard Allen published a cult classic on youthsploitation and the skinhead culture in East London. Joe Hawkins had no morals, no principals to know right from wrong, no scruples, no decency, and he lived for violence and rape.

Billy Evans is Joe Hawkins grown up, but with a difference. He’s got a brain. Those who read the cult Richard Allen books would expect skinhead Hawkins to move into businesses with easy money. Skips for instance. Easy money. But Billy Evans has intelligence. Skips are a dirty business, and Evans likes to keep his hands clean. He controls West Ham’s Cockney Suicide Squad with an iron fist, but finds it unseemly to fight rival supporters himself unless he really has to. And for a business he runs his own BMW and Mercedes showroom. Clean, you see

He’s wealthy, has a business that ticks over nicely and gets his kicks organising violence at football matches. But he’s ambitious, and is ever on the look-out for more easy money.

How about a protection racket. What could be easier?
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By A Customer on 4 April 2001
Format: Paperback
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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Being fairly new to Dougie Brimson's work, I purchased this book after first reading "The Crew."
Just like The Crew the book has many unexpected twists and turns. The thought of a hoolie firm taking over the security contract at their football club is a concept that can only come from a mind that thinks far "outside the box!"
I have already purchased "Everywhere We Go" although I haven't read it yet, but if it is anything like the first 2 Brimson books, I'm sure it will be both entertaining and thought provoking.
I understand Everywhere We Go is Brimson's first novel and am looking forward to reading it very much.
I'm sure I will be working my way through all Brimson's catalogue in the near future - I am definately a fan!
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