Sunday, April 15, 2018

Book Review: Freedom City by Philip Becnel

Freedom City
By Philip Becnel
Genre: Contemporary fiction

FREEDOM CITY is an anti-Trump satire that pays homage to The Monkey Wrench Gang.

After Donald 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. 

My Review

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.

About the Author

I was born in San Francisco and raised in Cotati, California, but I spent my formative years in New Orleans and then Northern Virginia. I now live in Washington, D.C., where I've been a private detective for almost twenty years.

FREEDOM CITY, an anti-Trump satire about resistance to American fascism, is my debut novel, but some years ago I published two nonfiction books about investigating: Introduction to Conducting Private Investigations and Principles of Investigative Documentation. I've also published articles in a variety of legal and popular journals, including Time Magazine.

On Goodreads:


Despite the odium and widespread condemnation of Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America, he passed with all the fanfare of a fart in a mesh sack. Medical examiners said it was a thrombotic stroke, likely exacerbated by obesity and high blood pressure. Some said cocaine and opioids had been found in his system, but these reports were never confirmed. Trump was dead, and now it was time to start glossing over his dismal legacy and perpetuating his vision, posthumously, for Making America Great Again…

1 comment:

Philip Becnel said...

Thanks so much for the thoughtful review! It means a lot to me.