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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984786008
  • Publisher: Big Earth Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Edition description: Media Tie
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 496,197
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    I actually laughed out loud  as I was reading this book.  Reilly

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

    Asphalt Warrior by Gary Reilly is a fun and entertaining read. I

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    First, I have not read this book, and sincerely hope B&N wil

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    What I noticed right way about The Asphalt Warrior is how brilli

    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.  

    Disclosure:  I received a complimentary review copy from Running Meter Press.  The opinions are my own.

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