Freak City

Rated 4.25/5 based on 12 reviews
It’s hard to control your destiny while you’re waiting for the bus. The trouble for Argus Kirkham began when a stranger pushed his way through a crowd at a bus stop and pressed a package into his hands. Inside the package were various random items. As Argus and his friends unravel the clues, very strange things occur in this story of mystery and ghosts. Book Two of the Dragon City series.
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About Tom Lichtenberg

I've written a lot of stories, and one thing I've learned is that stories have a life. They want to be read, and they're brought to life by readers. Readers give them meaning, give them substance and fulfill their destinies. Stories aren't picky about who reads them. They welcome everyone. Money means nothing to them - they don't care how much the reader paid and they equally don't care how much the author made. Stories want to live and they want to be a part of your life. I often think of them as like paper boats you place upon a stream. You never know where they'll end up!

"Author of curiously engaging novellas. His stories are not driven by action but by mood and metaphysics. His premises often begin with fairly standard, often vaguely science-fiction concepts, but he spins those concepts out into melancholy, thoughtful tales in which he explores the emotion and (often) dislocation that people feel when confronted by something outside their normal experience." - Devon Kappa

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Review by: James Jenkins on Nov. 11, 2017 :
I enjoyed this continued story from part one.
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Review by: Victoria Zigler on March 23, 2015 :
A great read, though the ending was

a bit sudden.
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Review by: Dark Rider on Jan. 16, 2013 :
After reading the first book in the series, I came looking for the second. Both were enjoyable reads and the third and fourth are free as well - which made my day, perhaps my week. These books are written as "young adult" fare, but I am an old man and I enjoyed the read greatly. If the author reads these reviews, thank you for making your works free in eformat. I am disabled and would not be able to read them if I had to pay for them.
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Review by: B Vaughan on Nov. 4, 2011 :
I couldn't stop reading. I liked everything about it. It is worth your while to read this mystery and detective thriller. I give it five stars.
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Review by: Robert Glenn on Oct. 25, 2011 :
i thought it was a good book, and entertaining.
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Review by: Ronald C on Oct. 19, 2011 :
A perfect book then ...
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Review by: John M on Oct. 16, 2011 :
All the rudiments of a high quality book.
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Review by: John Warzel on Sep. 28, 2011 : (no rating)
The title was what attracted me at first, but the story was what kept me. The creativity is very evident and I can't wait to read book one in this series!
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Review by: Jimmy on May 24, 2011 :
I like these “walk-ins” stories about Spring Hill Lake. They never really end or offer you any closure. They are curiously interesting and a fun puzzle/mystery to unravel. The blankness that fills Argus Kirkham isn’t depression, but something else entirely. As unsociable as he is, Argus can’t seem to break from its grip even though he lives with five other room-mates. Why would a strange old man tell him that he is sorry and give him a box of unrelated items? As Tom Lichtenberg explains, “…the mystery often remains mysterious. Otherwise they would be called “solution” novels, not mysteries.”
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Review by: Ecowitch on April 11, 2011 :
An unconventional story following Argus, a solitary and reclusive character, as he tries to unravel the clues handed to him one morning as he boards the bus. With the help of his few friends and housemates he gradually pieces together the message enclosed within the plain white box, leading him to more than just the answer to the mystery. The only flaw is that the ending feels a little rushed, leaving the reader wanting to know more both about the reasons behind the box but more importantly about Argus and how the events throughout the story have changed his perceptions, both of himself and of others, which is hinted at throughout. Otherwise a pretty good read that keeps you hooked and wanting to know more until and beyond the end.
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Review by: Willie Wit on March 15, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this book , it felt like a pleasant little trip with lots of interesting things along the way to keep your attention , i will agree with grace that the ending felt abrupt but despite this it was a well told story that i will return to .
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Review by: Cat L on Jan. 19, 2011 :
I forgot to rate..sorry
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Review by: Cat L on Jan. 19, 2011 : (no rating)
I agree with Graces review. The end felt a little unfinished as though this was perhaps a book waiting to be followed up by another and I'd definitely like to see more.

Overall it is very well written and I like the character Argus very much and would like to know more about what has happened to him and more about the mystery under the city.

Definitely a page turner....kept me up past my bedtime ;-)

Thanks to writer.
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Review by: GraceKrispy on Dec. 4, 2010 :
Argus is in a dead-end job, with a crappy living situation and an uneventful life. He is largely absent from the world, choosing not to interact with his many roommates, and having little experience with quality human interaction. That is, this is Argus' life until now. A mysterious encounter with a stranger leaves Argus with a strange box filled with seemingly unrelated artifacts. He doesn't know what it all means, and, with an absent family and no real friends, he doesn't have anyone to ask. When one of his roommates reaches out to him in kindness one night and notices the odd collection, the roommates set out on an adventure to discover the meaning behind the mystery.

Tom Lichtenberg has written a short novel that is both appealing and spellbinding as you discover clues right along with Argus. The desire to figure out the meaning behind the box of items keeps you reading until the end. That ending, however, felt somewhat abrupt and rushed, and was a bit of a disappointment after the path of discoveries. It is hinted that this experience has left Argus changed, and I would have liked a little more information about that change and what impact it might have. I wanted to know more about what happened to the other characters at the end as well. I wanted a little more, and I would be interested in further stories in this same vein.

The writing style is unique, but well-suited to this type of unconventional story. The character of Argus is fairly well-developed. He is a very insular man who has very few authentic interactions with others, preferring to spend endless hours alone with his own thoughts. There is just enough information given to make you wonder more about Argus' family, as well as his experiences with others growing up. Some of this backstory may well be included in "Snapdragon Alley," a prequel of sorts to this book, where Argus' older brother holds center stage. I also want to know much more about the character of Fulsom. How did he end up needing to be "in charge" of the situation presented at the end?

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