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Introducing Denverite Brendan Murphy, or "Murph" as he is known to the rest of the world. He lives alone in his crow's nest apartment, fries a hamburger for every meal, does his dish, then channel surfs for reruns of Gilligans Island. He 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 eight novels published to date. 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?

©2012 Running Meter Press (P)2018 Running Meter Press

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Riding with Murph is a total trip

The Asphalt Warrior, Brenden Murphy, does his best to stay out of the lives of his passengers, but just can't help himself try to help them after all.
Take a ride with Murph and get a kick out of life!!!

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  • Tim
  • Rapid City, SD, United States
  • 06-20-18

The Asphalt Warrior is a GREAT, funny story.

The Asphalt Warrior is the perfect story for any road trip. Reilly's taxi driving character "Murph" tells a fantastic story with his constant stream-of-consciousness banter. Buckle up! This story is worth the ride & you'll WANT to leave a tip!

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Self deception is cheaper than vallium

The first in a series of books in which Murph, a Denver taxi driver and unpublished author, delights and surprises with his (first person) stream of consciousness ramblings about fares, tips and tipping, incidents from his past, his love of burgers - there is a deliciously funny section on the differences between home made versus preformed meat patties - people, friends (he doesn't like them), money, literature, places in Denver, his trunk of unpublished novels, TV shows, life in general and his in particular: in fact, almost anything and everything. There is a basic story line but that is really unimportant. It is the comudgenly character himself who is all important. With so many one liners and throw aways, the book had this reader laughing out loud throughout, something very rarely achieved.
Murphy is interpreted by narrator, Michael Goldsmith, whose gruff sounding voice is the perfect foil. Perhaps not a narrator for many publications but for the Asphalt Warrior he is superb, really feeling his way into Murph's quirky character to bring him alive and travelling through his life with the reader as accidental passenger. Marvellous.

Until recently, I had never heard of Gary Reilly. His books are being published posthumously by friends. A great talent - and he must have been quite a personality. The second book in this series has also been published in audio. I have, of course, purchased this also and hope that the others will soon appear: the print books are good but with Mr.Goldsmith becoming Murph, the Audio version is simply superb.