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The Spirit Man

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Is it possible to un-do the past? Is there still time to right the wrongs from years ago?

Johnny Sullivan seems to have it all. Still in his 30s, he’s cashed in his high-powered career and hit the road for a new life in California. But deep inside, Johnny carries with him the tragic death of his high school sweetheart years before. In an Arizona diner, a chance encounter with a mysterious Native American sends Johnny on a journey back in time ...
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Overview

Is it possible to un-do the past? Is there still time to right the wrongs from years ago?

Johnny Sullivan seems to have it all. Still in his 30s, he’s cashed in his high-powered career and hit the road for a new life in California. But deep inside, Johnny carries with him the tragic death of his high school sweetheart years before. In an Arizona diner, a chance encounter with a mysterious Native American sends Johnny on a journey back in time to rewrite history. Will his second chance forever change the destiny of those he loves? Find the startling answers in The Spirit Man, a timeless story of love and redemption, a journey of the heart.
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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
Emotional, gripping, and thoughtful in its portrayal of love and the human struggle for redemption, The Spirit Man is highly recommended reading for those who enjoy an original and well crafted story.
Brooklyn Parent Magazine
Books We Love: The "what if" scenario is one of the most satisfying premises for a novel because it strikes a universal nerve. After all, haven’t we all had a moment (or ten!) in our lives when we have wondered: What if things had been different? or, What if I’d made another choice? This is the question The Spirit Man asks.
Love Romances
The Spirit Man is a fascinating and quick read. It keeps the reader enthralled from one page to the next.
June 2003
Kirkus Discoveries
Murphy's shifts in narrative voice are masterful...The overall caliber of the author's craft...is captivating and at times cinematic . . .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401058012
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/3/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.27 (d)

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  • Posted March 28, 2009

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    A Sensitive,Well Constructed Novella

    Time travel is not a new topic for novels, poetry or film or even the visual arts. The concept of second chances if only one or two aspects of events of history were altered is the stuff of dreams: every reader will relate to the 'what if' setting of Sean K. Murphy's fine first work, the novella THE SPIRIT MAN. But what Murphy does with this technique of providing a character with a return to the past to mend problems that resulted in an altered life of anxious regret is the talisman of a fine story teller: he propels his tale with enough twists and turns, discoveries, and realizations that the reader is compelled to run with him to the surprising end.

    The plot is one of an encounter in a stopover in Arizona where one Johnny, living a life driven by attention to business rather than emotion, pauses to mend his car and encounters a Native American 'spirit man' Huber who provides him with the means of returning to an emotional explosion twenty years ago when Johnny's behavior and choices resulted in the accidental death of his high school girlfriend and the end of his 'dream life'. How Murphy manages to make this time warp trip seem so natural and so filled with realignment of the negative aspects of the past with the 'informed' changes Johnny is allowed to make given his twenty years of living life in a fashion that has been unsatisfying is what allows THE SPIRIT MAN to succeed. For example, returning to a high school history class Johnny has the courage to say 'Sure, there are a lot of things wrong and a lot of things that I wish could be different. The luck in this world isn't equal; it should be. Yet still we keep learning and growing and finding ways to make life better, almost everyone's life. You talk about history. It's knowing history that leaves us better equipped to deal with the problems that progress brings'.

    Sean K. Murphy has learned the value of brevity, of character shaping, and of leaving all angles of a story resolved - even as he quietly invites the reader to identify with some solid concepts. It would appear there is a fine new artist on the literary scene, and one from whom a longer novel would be mot welcome. Grady Harp

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