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A youthful vagrant, Billy Tabbs has been living in the streets for as long as he can remember, scratching out a pitiable existence in a city that doesn’t much care if he lives or dies. Amidst rumors that his kind are disappearing from the alleyways and the overpasses, Billy is recruited into a bizarre homeless sect living in the underbelly of high society. It is here where ...more
Paperback, 388 pages
Published November 3rd 2014 by Bitingduck Press, llc
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    Meredith Amelotti
    May 12, 2014 Meredith Amelotti rated it really liked it
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    This novel is the debut novel of Michael P. Michaud. For a debut novel, I was pretty impressed. I was a bit skeptical when I first started reading it. There was not a real attention grabber that would grab my attention for an extended amount of time. I found my mind drifting to other things that I needed to finish, or just zoning out in general. One thing that really irritated me was how the chapters were not consistent in length. I am not saying that every chapter needs to be exactly the same, ...more
    Ana
    Aug 31, 2014 Ana rated it really liked it
    Imagine living your whole life as a homeless individual, starving all the time, just trying to get through the day, your only concern being the next meal. Imagine getting used to that because it's all you ever knew, to being treated less than human, and then someone comes and tells you it doesn't have to be that way, that you are worth just as much as everyone who passes you on the street and watches you suffer on a daily basis. Someone who actually wants you and tells you that you can belong to ...more
    Sandy
    Jun 18, 2014 Sandy rated it really liked it
    People need a sense a belonging at least that is what I believe. No matter who you are, you need someone to care about you and sometimes that could be a four-legged animal but you need to feel a connection, a reason to keep moving forward. In Billy Tabbs, it was the individuals on the streets that joined together to form an alliance. This alliance was lead by Darrow and it began with solidarity and protocol as Darrow provides the group with security. He guides them and gives them hope, something ...more
    Brianna Lawson
    Sep 08, 2014 Brianna Lawson rated it really liked it
    First off I'd like to thank the author for giving me the chance to read his debut novel Billy Tabbs (& The Glorious Darrow)

    I shelved this not only under my shelf dystopian favorites but also Classics because I feel like if enough people see this book it's going to be widely talked about! This would be an excellent book to assign in schools! I definitely feel like it's going to be a book that will spark conversation and good healthy debates about the fault of human nature!

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    Mrs Mac McKenzie
    I received this book as a preview from Net Galley and so glad I did. It is an allegorical satire combining the larger themes from 1984, Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, and Brave New World describing the community that is set up working toward a better future. I cannot and will not give too much away as it is quite deep, it gets you thinking, and it has a wicked twist at the end which made me want to reread the book knowing this information. No one should reveal this information for anyone about ...more
    Liz
    May 09, 2016 Liz rated it really liked it
    I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
    This was a disturbing book to me. It took some time for me to really get into it but, once I did, I was hooked. I read it virtually straight through. It was thought provoking and engrossing. The characters were well drawn and the action was easy to follow. I began to see all kinds of parallels to what is shown on the evening news each night. And the ending! It has been a long time since I was so blindsided by an ending. It made me go back and rea
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    Varsha
    Jun 30, 2014 Varsha rated it it was amazing
    This book is definitely different from any book I've read recently, and I mean that in the best way possible. My brain was constantly working trying to figure out what would happen next and how different aspects of the story would tie together. I don't want to give anything away so all I will say about the ending is that it was completely unexpected and thought provoking. Immediately on finishing this book I wanted to start it again with my new knowledge! A must-read for sure!!

    I received this bo
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    Peggy
    Mar 09, 2015 Peggy rated it really liked it
    When you start reading this book, it will for sure have you thinking. It's a great book! Easy to follow with a well balanced plot and character line. I had a hard time putting it down, kept telling myself one more page and would find myself reading a few more chapters. Very talented author!


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    Sonja
    May 21, 2014 Sonja rated it really liked it
    Very clever and thought-provoking!
    Tracy
    Sep 30, 2016 Tracy rated it it was amazing
    Loved it. I'm pretty good about figuring out where a book is going and reading into the characters. This read ended with a great reveal at the end that rocked me and my whole book club. Had go read it again immediately!
    Sarah Briggs
    Sep 30, 2014 Sarah Briggs rated it really liked it
    (I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).

    (This review may contain spoilers).

    I found this book to be a really intriguing storyline. It was really interesting to see the breakdown in Darrow's original commitments. I actually find that to be really interesting - the leader of the so-called resistance basically becoming what they're fighting against. It was intriguing to see how Darrow started off with all these tenets that then started falling by the wayside.

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    Kelly Knapp
    May 03, 2015 Kelly Knapp rated it really liked it
    Recommends it for: Adult, and mature young adults over 16
    Recommended to Kelly by: Won from Goodreads Firstreads giveaway
    Well written, intense, and timely considering Baltimore and Ferguson!

    A dystopian society where the lowest social class (the homeless and displaced) form a community to bring about change...Problem? It's run by a man who is a little too like Charles Manson. Billy is a teen, recruited by what may first seem like Fagin and the boys from Oliver! But Darrow is more like Bill Sykes or Charles Manson, sending his followers out to attack and destroy the upper class and like Manson, it's innocents who pa
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    Carly
    May 31, 2015 Carly rated it it was amazing
    I was so lucky to win this goodreads giveaway. Thanks also go to the author for putting this book up!

    I don't usually give out 5 stars for books but wow!
    This was an amazing read so i had to. It was so well written and not often, do authors deal with these kinds of issues like homelessness. I will be recommending this book to my friends and anyone who wants a good, gritty read.

    I can't wait for the day that this book comes to life on screen! It could work as three movies. I can really see this happ
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    Ramona
    May 05, 2015 Ramona rated it it was amazing
    Thank you for choosing me to read this novel. I was finishing this book and thinking about how to review the novel and then I read the ending. I was stunned and that does not happen very often. There were hints along the way...in hindsight you could see the pieces but I didn't see them . The novel dealt with issues of social justice and society and was extremely thought provoking. I am definitely a jacob.... It was a great well written story and I am so happy that you chose me to read and review ...more
    Sam
    Jul 25, 2014 Sam rated it it was amazing
    OK, I did not see that ending coming. Read this book as an eBook so you're not tempted to skip forward. I found the actions of the characters disturbing or frustrating at times until I got to the end and it all came together. I literally put the book down at the reveal and rethought the whole story. I'm not often taken by surprise by a book, I bow to the author.
    Polly
    Jul 19, 2014 Polly rated it liked it
    Shelves: fiction, ya
    This is a very compelling and interesting book (and thank you to Netgalley for providing me with the opportunity to read it), with a lot of violence and gore, and while some of that is explained by the ending that I won't spoil, it's still pretty rough to read. And regarding the ending, I don't think it quite works. Almost, but not quite.
    Talizmyn
    Oct 05, 2014 Talizmyn rated it really liked it
    Well.. that was unexpected.
    Ashley Maher
    Apr 19, 2016 Ashley Maher rated it it was ok
    Shelves: giveaways
    I loved the point of view of Billy Tabbs. It was uniquely told from the perspective of a young homeless man. The plot has a lot of intriguing story lines from disappearing homeless characters to the cult headed by Darrow to the fear of being discovered by police.

    What I didn't like as much was some of the wording and language that the author used. A great deal of the dialogue between members of the House of Darrow read like conversations between young educated professionals instead of talk betwee
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    Chrissy
    Jan 06, 2015 Chrissy rated it liked it
    I received this book for free from GoodReads. When I started the book some little thing niggled in my brain...the description of the characters, their actioins, their mannerisms.....now I know.

    I like a book with a great surprise ending and Billy Tabbs did not disappoint. The book is an interesting take on society and hierarchy and rules and freedom. A good read!

    I found myself drawn to Joseph and his way of thinking. His calm demeanor and peaceful trouble shooting. Now that I know what I know - I
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    Colleen
    Mar 27, 2015 Colleen rated it liked it
    Shelves: wins
    Was fortunate to receive this novel as a Goodreads Give-away. Really enjoyed the book & was amazed by the ending. Mr. Michaud takes his reader on a great ride.....with thought-provoking social questions.
    Belle
    Aug 01, 2015 Belle rated it it was ok
    Shelves: didn-t-finish
    Unfortunately I got to page 110 but it didn't really grab me. The writing was rather cringe-worthy sometimes. I wanted to like this book though - still discusses important topics.
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    An American-Canadian citizen, Michael holds a B.A. in English, Honors B.A. in Political Science (summa cum laude), and a J.D. in Law. He is employed as a Crown Prosecutor in the Greater Toronto Area.

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