Freedom City

Freedom City

by Philip Becnel


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Freedom City by Philip Becnel

FREEDOM CITY hilariously ridicules the current kakistocracy (government run by the worst people) in a gripping satire that pays homage to The Monkey Wrench Gang.

After President Trump unceremoniously dies from natural causes, four misfits from Washington, D.C. who call themselves the Fearless Vampire Killers sever the heads of Confederate statues and wage a comedic guerrilla war on post-Trump America. When President Pence enlists droves of fascist volunteers to crush the "alt-left" uprising, the rebels must risk their lives to run the fascists out of D.C.

What follows is not only a battle for survival-but a desperate search for remnants of what once made America great.

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ISBN-13: 9781387416042
Publication date: 05/30/2018
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 860,107
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)

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Freedom City 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
SageA More than 1 year ago
Holy smokes - Freedom City is an intense ride. The Trumpmerica we are currently living in doesn't feel too far from the country that Becnel writes about in his novel. He has nailed the frightening possibilities, but what I was super impressed with is the character development of Beach, FD, Clare, and Joe. These people had been beaten down in different ways, have flaws (like we all do) and I felt so much for them. Their passion for revolution is contagious and had me rooting for them throughout their journey. I inhaled this fast-paced story in one sitting! 5 STARS.
xonkism More than 1 year ago
I find myself writing this review after just removing myself permanently from the pages of facebook for the abject absurdity of their ‘policies and procedures’ so it is the perfect time for me to pen a critical analysis of this stunning novel. FREEDOM CITY is a bleak glance into a dystopian alter-america not far removed from this one, set in the very near future. Our HEROES, the Fearless Vampire Killers, are launched into a desperate last stand in a country lost in the mire of rampant nationalistic capitalism masking itself as ‘patriotism’, after the death of Trump and rise of the Pence presidency (shiver). The character development of each member of our dear Fearless Vampire Killers individually makes you love every hair on their revolutionary heads, and the melodic and hilarious flow of plot is entrancing! As a counter-point, the ‘bad guys’ fill the reader with animosity and dread, not unlike the cast of characters we find ourselves encountering on the daily now. Richly descriptive, blunt, poignant, funny, complex, beautifully textured, and brilliantly scripted. How many more adjectives can I throw at this fine novel? If you are a fan of suspense, crime noir, action-adventure, or highly literary fiction, then this is a book for you! On a personal note ~ As an active member of the ‘alt-left’ in this, OUR country, I am adding this novel to my small but powerful collection of books that I will keep until I perish. I will refer to it often, as a primer, or for inspiration. I sincerely hope our future does not parallel the scenario of this novel (well, maybe some of it, winking eye), but if it does, thank you so much, Mr. Becnel, for lighting the path. For action. As I write this, Woody Guthrie is on the radio singing ‘This land is your land’. Sometimes all is right with the universe. SIX STARS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this today, after we have lived for almost a year now (!) under the agony of Trump's mockery of the Presidency, was cathartic. The book was both funny and moving – a dystopian novel of an unlikely group of misfits using wit and their combined craftiness against an empty, fascist administration.
BookFidelity More than 1 year ago
I jumped at the chance to read Freedom City by Philip Becnel because of the subject matter. I mean - in case you needed me to say it, I am not a Donald Trump fan. So, I'll jump at the chance to read some satire in that vein. Becnel's writing is witty and it definitely did not take long to get my attention (which is good because it is a short book!). His writing was able to make me laugh, while at times kinda terrifying me in a real-world kind of way. It gave me some terrifyingly glimpses into what could be (what is?), while at the same time making me hopeful (and admire?) those who are willing to protest in the streets, and those who stand against what they know is wrong. It made me thankful for any protest, as well as the tiny, but meaningful protests most of us do every day. I recommend this book to all those who enjoy satire. It's a quick read and totally worth it!
JBronder More than 1 year ago
President Trump has died and President Pence is about to take over the control of our country. But a group of four that calls themselves the Fearless Vampire Killers have decided to wage war on this America. In this story, you have an alternate America and Trump has died. Of course you have people that are all worked up about his presidency and how this country is supposedly going to hell in a hand basket. What ensues is a group hilariously trying to fight back against the government and what our country has become. If you can take a step back from the strong opinions of politics, you will enjoy this book. I had to step back and put a distance between myself and this book. I did enjoy it but will be honest that I probably would never have bought it on my own. I think it is a book you will either love or hate, but one that you should consider checking out. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
fishstick90 More than 1 year ago
Freedom City is funny (and a little scary). I would like to believe that the dystopian world created by Philip Becnel could not happen, but it feels a little too real. But he then creates this amazing group of misfits (in the best way) to start a revolution using hilarious (and non-violent) means. I don't know how he came up with this stuff, but it is so entertaining and had me laughing out loud. It is a fast read that I couldn't put down. My only word of caution for some is that there are some graphic sex scenes (although no rape or violence - it is all consensual) that some might find offputting.
Kid_Oh More than 1 year ago
As an avid fan of Edward Abbey, I can say that Freedom City is every bit as brilliant and revolutionary as The Monkey Wrench Gang, while still being completely unique. I laughed and cried at the same time. Everyone in America should read this book!