Sunday, November 24, 2013

Review - Home for the Holidays by Gary Reilly

Taxi driver, Brendan Murphy, abandons his cab and the mean streets of Denver for his hometown, his dear ol' Maw, and an Irish Catholic clan the size of County Cork. It's Christmastime in Wichita.

The fourth book in the Asphalt Warrior series has Murph reluctantly re-establishing relationships with his brother and sisters while trying to save an old friend from making a soul-killing mistake: seeking a socially acceptable job.

It will take all of his persuasive powers to rescue Jimmy Callahan from The Suits. That, and maybe a Christmas miracle.

Review by: Scott

4.5 stars

Home for the Holidays is the fourth book in the Asphalt Warrior series by Gary Reilly.  I love spending time inside the head of Murph.  The way that he looks at life is fantastic and at time hilarious.  The other books in this series work pretty well as standalone stories (I still haven't read the first one) I think reading one or more of the others would let you appreciate this book more.  The essence of Murph is his philosophy about life that he realizes through his taxi driving, and he doesn't spend much time doing that in this one.

The fact that he isn't in his taxi as much does make this excellent for fans of the series though as it reveals a lot more about Murph's past.  The stories of the things he and his brother did as kids are pretty awesome and the way that his mother still manages to manipulate him, even though he knows that's exactly what she is doing are a lot of fun.

With or without his cab Murph is still Murph though.  He manages to get himself wrangled into driving someone that he went to highschool with home, despite having not seen him since highschool.  To the surprise of no one familiar with the series that leads Murph to getting much more involved in someone's life than he is especially comfortable with, but feeling that he must do his best to help out his fellow man.

1 comment:

  1. I have loved all of these books, but I can also honestly say if you absolutely must not read one of them, the first one is the best to not read. Don't misunderstand, it is an awesome book, but Reilly hadn't quite hit his stride with Murph yet in it.