Sleeping Late on Judgement Day by Tad Williams (Bobby Dollar: Book 3)

Bobby must face the consequences of his actions, route out a traitor in Heaven ranks and maybe, just maybe save the love of this life or afterlife depending on your viewpoint. So, not much to worry about then.

For the most part Sleeping Late brings all the story's threads together nicely, throws in the Big Bad behind Bobby's troubles (with some hints to his past, which are then left unexplained, grrrr) and provides him the opportunity to kick some major donkey (see, no swear words) while still getting his ass (damn!) handed to him in various colorful and unique ways.

The introduction of the book, which begins with Bobby on trial in heaven for his past deeds, provides a great starter as well as a few good chuckles as he tries to get himself out of another mess. It’s a fair way through the story before we rejoin this piece of the plot and it is an interesting road that’s travelled.

In the beginning of Sleeping Late Bobby is suffering greatly following the aftermath of Happy Hour in Hell. His depression, while very human, was an interesting touch considering his angelic origins. However, without the background to his past I am not sure it had the effect it could have. This same lack of history and context does detract a little from other aspects of his human behavior, namely the love notes between Caz and himself, which were really just sexing and a little teenager-ish. These human aspects are a great idea, but ultimately a bit hit and miss with the history.

Along his path of realisation and the recovery of Caz Bobby crosses a new group of crazies: neo-Nazi zealots who pit weird and gruesome creatures against him in the hope of getting hold of Eligor's horn. I enjoyed the introduction of this group as they provided a fresh source of trouble for Bobby and lead to the appearance of the Lesbian fighter girls, aka Amazonian Warriors. While the characters were very entertaining, providing a constant headache to Bobby and occasional underwear trouble as they ran around half naked, I did find the fact they were Amazonian a little on the nose and an unnecessary plot element.

As you would expect there are some good gumshoe moments and lots of action with my favorite being the final battle at a museum with the person behind all of Bobby's trouble resulting in an all in battle including some automated defense systems and the monsters the neo-Nazis have been sending against him. As you can expect mayhem and destruction are good friends of Bobby.

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The one issue I did have with the story took place in the last few chapters and concerned the idea behind the third way. It boiled down to the premise that the people there could live forever, heal themselves spontaneously and live normal lives after they die. This place is not some heaven or hell but people who eat, breath, sleep and do all the other fun bits. This concept felt like a bridge too far for my tastes and I had hoped for something a little subtler.

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The final book in this Bobby Dollar series doesn’t disappoint (well not much). It is a nice conclusion to this particular storyline and I hope there is more to come as there is still so much still waiting to be answered.

7/10 The final book in this Bobby Dollar series doesn’t disappoint.

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