Low Man

Low Man

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by TJ Vargo
     
 

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Selected as a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Winner, Low Man is a "wild ride through a Dante-like purgatory," (Soulless Machine Review), a "riveting and philosophical thriller," (Midwest Book Review), and "an enlightening and frightening story of reflection and redemption," (Dark Realms Magazine).

When Benny Assissi is robbed at gunpoint while

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Selected as a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Winner, Low Man is a "wild ride through a Dante-like purgatory," (Soulless Machine Review), a "riveting and philosophical thriller," (Midwest Book Review), and "an enlightening and frightening story of reflection and redemption," (Dark Realms Magazine).

When Benny Assissi is robbed at gunpoint while working the nightshift at a convenience store, he takes stock of his life. His good-paying factory job is gone—outsourced overseas—and his wife sits in a hospital emergency room with his dying son. Determined to gain control over his life, he grabs a gun from under the counter and runs after the thief. One bullet later, he finds out how precious life is and how far he must go to keep it, even if it means walking straight through Hell.

In the fog of death, he discovers that life isn’t about what you have, but how much you love—and how far you’ll go to see your love again.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940032959502
Publisher:
TJ Vargo
Publication date:
12/20/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
456 KB

Meet the Author

TJ Vargo has written novels in multiple genres, including crime, horror, action-adventure, and science fiction. His novel, LOW MAN, called a "character-driven tour-de-force" by Blood of the Muse reviews, won a silver medal in ForeWord Magazine's 2008 Book of the Year Awards. According to reviewers, Vargo crafts characters that are incredibly real. According to Vargo, characters bring stories to life. Vargo's novel TOMBS was selected as a finalist in The Great Novel Contest 2014. Visit his website at www.tjvargo.com.

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Low Man 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Oklahomabooklady More than 1 year ago
Benny Assissi tries hard to support his family. After being laid off from his factory job he takes the night sift at a local convenience store. He attends college during the day hoping to make a better life for his family. His wife Lisa isn't very understanding about all the hours he spends away from home.

One night as Benny is getting ready to leave for work his wife tells him she is taking their young son, Michael, to the emergency room. When he offers to go with her she tells him "NO!"
"Just go to work. I'll take care of it. Just go to work and try to be the man of the family for once."

Benny heads off to work. He wonders how his life has gotten so screwed up. He thinks maybe he's cursed. As he begins his routine of stocking and cleaning up the store he has no ideal that things are about to get a whole lot worse.
When Benny sees a man wearing a red baseball cap, something tells him this is really bad news. At the same time he is ringing up the man, his calls from the hospital needing Benny help. The man pulls a gun and tells him to get off the phone. He demands all the money in the safe. Benny bags up the money and hands it over to the robber. The robber runs out the door. Benny could have let things end there but he doesn't. Benny sees a gun lying by the safe. He grabs the gun and runs after the robber. Benny and the robber meet up in the park. Both men make a split second decision that changes not only their lives but those around them. A decision they both will regret the second its made, but unable to change the course of events that are set in motion.

I really liked this book. Its a chilling look at that place that is somewhere between life and death. Surprisingly the book does have an uplifting ending. I received this book through the Early Reviewers program at LibraryThing.com. This will definitely be an author that I will look forward to reading more from in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
T.J. Vargo's story will have you rooting for the "Low Man" in no time. Benny is down but not out, when his life is put under the gun, and his family is on the line he reacts how most of us wish we would, but few of us do. Benny is a true hero and must overcome hardship, angry customers, the sinister Berardi, as well as death itself. And just wait until you meet this death character. Vargo seamlessly blends fantasy with reality, life with death and horror with love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was advertised under Christian fiction. I have never read any Christian fiction using curse words before. Very disturbing. The use of foul language was totally turned me to the point that I would not finish the book. Too bad, the premise sounded promising.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed it.
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This book just dragged.
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