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"A wealth of chills, plausible characters and more than a hint of evil." - The Richmond Times Dispatch


"A character-driven tour-de-force." - Blood of the Muse Reviews


"A riveting and philosophical thriller." - Midwest Book Review


"Reminiscent of the early works of Stephen King." - Dark Realms Magazine


"King and Koontz may be the masters, but TJ Vargo isn't far behind." - Stacy Dittrich, author

About the Author

T.J. Vargo is a marketing and public relations professional. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, and is currently living in Ohio.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2868 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: TJ Vargo; 2 edition (December 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063LJ178
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,546,249 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By cait VINE VOICE on December 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Benny Assissi's life is about as low as he thinks it can go. His good paying job is gone, moved off to somewhere cheaper, and the best job that he can find is as a night clerk in a run down convenience store. During the days, he is going to college, in an attempt to better himself. But because of that, he rarely see his wife and young son and his wife seems about ready to walk out on it all. And now his son is very sick and he can not even go to the hospital ER with his family for fear of losing the rotten job that is barely providing enough income to keep their heads above water.

But just when he thinks it can't get any worse, of course it does. The store is held up by a man at gunpoint and he is forced to open the safe. He knows that his boss will fire him if he gives over the money and in the middle of the robbery, his wife calls from the ER, desperate that he join them, because his son is much, much sicker than they thought.
Benny has met his breaking point and without really thinking about what he will do, he grabs a gun he finds under the store counter and gives chase to the robber. Shots are fired, shots that will start a course of events Benny could never have foreseen.

This book is in the horror genre and it is a terrifying and frightening journey that Mr. Vargo takes us on. I have seen it compared to the early works of Steven King and Dean Koontz and there are similarities. I am not a great fan of Mr. King's work...a bit too 'much' for me maybe...but I have read a great deal of Koontz's work and in it best parts Low Man bares some favorable comparisons.
What I like about Koontz and what I like about this book is that they are very character driven stories and have a clear moral sense.
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Low Man is an excellent book reminding me of Perretti's style. Got it on my Kindle Fire and finished reading it in one day. Lots of action and other worldly creatures. Makes you wonder about life and what really happens after death or in the inbetween place. Kept me guessing and holding my breath several times till the end. Highly recommended.
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And I struggled to finish this book. It meandered a lot into past memories that had nothing to do with the present story, and this became long and boring to me. Was not my cup of tea--but that's just my opinion.
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Over the years I have read and studied many forms of religion and spiritualism, including one known as Theosophy, as taught by Dr. Leadbetter and Annie Besant. I think they might appreciate this novel, as I did. It covers ground not ordinarily found in most "who done-its."

The reason I didn't give this novel five stars? It seemed too long in making its point or describing the "territory." I had no problem with where it went and how it got there and even more, where it ended up.

You will need patience and stick-to-it-iv-ness to get through Low Man but, in the end, you might find it worth your time, just to see a way of thought which is espoused by a large number of people, and considered arcane and esoteric by most others.

Then, you might take the time to read C. S. Lewis' "The Great Divorce". It is similar while also being different. The dichotomy might just fascinate you.

Low Man is well written, has excellent character development and more. You watch the main characters grow right before your eyes!

My only reason for not giving this the fifth star? It is simply too long ... In my very humble opinion.
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it really should be heavily edited and released as a short story or novella. The writing itself seemed repetitive and I found myself frequently glancing through a page then flipping forward to the next. It was like eating fast food versus lingering over a great meal.
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TJ Vargo could have called his book Low "Men". It's a book about two men pushed to the bottom of society by an economy turned sour by a factory closing. Benny has all he can do to hold on to his home and family, and Sam has all he can handle holding on to his life. This is the crux of the story and it is a brutally strong one, its a story of men willing to go all the way to death to save what little they had.

I think the author did an outstanding job of guiding Benny through a near death experience; a purgatory full of terror and temptations. He also gives Benny the courage to cling to hope when his life was near its end. After finishing the book, it dawned on me he has created a new kind of "Inferno" for Benny's soul, a place from which Benny struggles heroically to escape. The vivid and flowing language was masterful, if not a bit too full of adjectives.

Mr. Vargo is a master story teller who uses his skill as a writer to show us how a person's spirit can save their life. It was a story well told, exciting, imaginative, and a lesson in the strength one can gain from love and family.

I love the book.
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This book had a huge amount of description and not enough action. It took me longer than usual to finish. It was also confusing with the alternate realities. It was never explained what the places were, it was left for the reader to determine. When you can get past all the description the overall story of a many realizing his mistakes and going through hell & high water to save his child was admirable.
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