Asphalt Warrior

Asphalt Warrior

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by Gary Reilly, Mike Keefe

Introducing Denverite Brendan Murphy or "Murph" as he is known to the rest of the world.

Murph lives alone in his crows nest apartment, fries a hamburger for every meal, does his dish, then channel surfs for reruns of Gilligan's Island.

Murph is a radical minimalist. He strives to earn no more money as a driver for Rocky Mountain Taxi


Introducing Denverite Brendan Murphy or "Murph" as he is known to the rest of the world.

Murph lives alone in his crows nest apartment, fries a hamburger for every meal, does his dish, then channel surfs for reruns of Gilligan's Island.

Murph is a radical minimalist. He strives to earn no more money as a driver for Rocky Mountain Taxi Company than his needs require. He is determined to stay out of the lives of those he transports. He struggles with one issue and is spectacularly bad with the other.

The Asphalt Warrior is the first of eleven adventures. Come prowl the mean streets of Denver with Murph and ponder the meaning of the world and all sorts of deep questions, such as: Why would anyone want to do anything?

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"What makes this book worthwhile is the voice and that rare feeling of encountering a truly original fictional creation, whose narrative voice is imbued with the author's own personality and idiosyncratic worldview." - Booklist

"Reilly is a master wordsmith." - The Denver Post

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The Asphalt Warrior 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually laughed out loud  as I was reading this book.  Reilly wrote so well which added to my enjoyment.  It's a quirky read , meant for those who have good senses of humor and enjoy excellent writing.
Camondrak More than 1 year ago
Asphalt Warrior by Gary Reilly is a fun and entertaining read. It follows the adventures of Brendan “Murph” Murphy, a cab driver for the Rocky Mountain Cab Company in Denver. He is a crusty loner who eats a hamburger for each meal, watches Gilligan’s Island, and refuses to get involved in the lives of his passengers. Except, of course, he does get involved in their lives. After a quick chat with a confused young man, Tony, and a card for a free haircut, Murph is hired to follow Tony’s wife and see what she’s up to during the day. What follows is a good-hearted mystery mixed with a lot of humor. Gary Reilly was my uncle. I’m sad to say that I have one vague memory of him from when I was about 10. I didn’t know him well. I have really enjoyed his writing, humor, and getting to know him through Murph. While the book isn’t autobiographical, he did drive a cab, and, I’m certain, had some very interesting fares. I’ve asked my mom several times if the quotes from Murph’s Ma are actually quotes from their mother (she died when I was young). There is also a point in the book where Murph talks about his car doors being stolen and driving to work sans doors. This actually happened to my uncle Dan! I really enjoyed Asphalt Warrior and the recently released sequel Ticket to Hollywood. Gary was a funny, creative, and awesome guy, and I’m sad that I didn’t know him better, but thrilled that I have a chance now to read his books.
Dantzr More than 1 year ago
First, I have not read this book, and sincerely hope B&N will allow this to remain here. In fact, I only found out about it today but because of the circumstances thought I should say something about the book, the character and mostly the author. Gary Reilly, a cab driver who writes mysteries, died last year at the age 61 from Cancer. This book was published by friends according to his will. All in all, there are I believe 10 books in the Brendan "Murph" Murphy series altogether. This alone would make me curious as to what the book holds for the reader. The main character, "Murph" is a cab driver who writes mysteries. He enjoys his life and hopes it won't change. But he writes because he enjoys doing so. Very similar to Gary Reilly himself. From the dozen or so reviews I read of the book, and of the author, Mr Reilly was an incredibly funny guy, and an even better writer. He deserves, even posthumously, to be acknowledged for the effort he put into his books. Steig Larsson and his "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" books made him a posthumously legendary author. I do not honestly know first-hand if Mr. Reilly's books with do the same for him, but I feel he deserves a chance. Oh, as I am writing this, Mr. Reilly's 2nd novel is being released (Not at B&N yet) called "Ticket to Hollywood". Myself, I am off right this moment to the local B&N to pick up a copy. I do not want to wait for the mail to bring me an ordered copy.
isniffbooks More than 1 year ago
What I noticed right way about The Asphalt Warrior is how brilliant Reilly’s writing is.  It’s modern, fresh, and real.  You feel like Murph is speaking directly to you.  I had to restrain myself from jotting down lines and passages that I liked otherwise I would have ended up transcribing the whole book into my notebook — because yes, the writing is just that darn good.  The entire book is quote-worthy.  (As a side note the bit about Murphy frying a pre-shaped hamburger patty on pages 12 – 13 is so spot on!!!!  The Asphalt Warrior is classified as fiction but it feels like non-fiction  – Murph and everything and everyone in his world seem real.  As you read, you feel like you are sitting next to Murph at some dive bar as he tells you his life story — which is an honor and privilege since Murph is pretty aloof yet, in my opinion, completely likable as a character/person. In Reilly’s hands, the ordinary life of Murph becomes extraordinary.   The plot is not driven by dialogue; instead it is driven by events and Murph’s observations and reactions to them.  As the story progresses, details about Murph’s private life are shared with the readers.  Little facets are shared early on, but it isn’t until later we get the full scoop.  For example, it isn’t until chapter 11 that we learn where Murph lives or what his job was at Dyna-Plex (a white collar job he had before he became a cab driver) — both of which were mentioned in chapter 2.  This lack of full personal disclosure initially on Murph’s part is right in sync with his persona, but when Murph does spill the beans later it only enhances the connection between Murph and the reader — you feel like Murphy’s true buddy and confidant. Without a doubt, this is a 5-star book.  The Asphalt Warrior is one of those books that you want to shove in to the hands of everyone you know and make them sit down and read it. They will thank you for it.   isniffbooks[dot]wordpress[dot]com Disclosure:  I received a complimentary review copy from Running Meter Press.  The opinions are my own.