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About the Author

Michael and his wife Janis live in a log house they built on the plains. A retired captain with a major airline, Michael is active in the alpaca industry while keeping up with the bed-and-breakfast they operate out of their home. In addition to his love for aviation, Michael also enjoys bow hunting and shooting various firearms, gardening, raising livestock and fowl, volunteers for Honor Flight Organization,  meeting new people ... and now, writing. They have four grown children and fourteen grandchildren. 

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  • File Size: 712 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing (June 21, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 21, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008K50TT4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,764,973 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael Murphy was born 1953 in Oklahoma. With a father in the military, moving and adapting to change became a part of normal life. Michael has diverse interests and abilities; from nature, to photography, to flying and now writing. Retired from a major US airline he has flown all over the world in various aircraft, from B737 and A320 to the B747 and B777. Spare Time is his first novel, but not his last. Now operating a B&B out of the log house that is their home allows him to meet new people from around the country, even the world. He also is active in volunteer work with Honor Flight, a non-profit organization that takes WWII veterans to Washington DC to see the nation's memorials. He loves the animals on their ranch; alpacas, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks and guineas...and he loves the Kansas sunsets as you can see in the pictures. Married to his wife of 30 plus years, with 4 adult children and 14 grandchildren.

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Format: Paperback
I don't write books. If I did write a book, I'd be concerned that someone might recognize himself as a character, however loosely, and sue me. It wouldn't particularly bother me, but my lawyers and agents would be all shook up, and the project would be squashed. Michael apparently doesn't share my concerns.
I received this book as a review copy, and stated my policy that I would not be able to review it unless it had more than 3-1/2 stars, or had some significant literary merit, or offered a unique viewpoint of benefit to the 6 or 7 billion of us on Planet Earth. In accord with those reservations, I offer this review. I didn't much like the beginning - kind of slow, kind of implausible, kind of wooden characters, uncertain point of view...John Galt pops up years later, he's been cropdusting or something, he's married now, he's still a little out of touch with reality. But who isn't? I kept reading through the middle, didn't like that much either - kind of a kabuki theater of the absurd, Officer Monday out on a mission to clean up the neighborhood, strange characters appearing out of the mist...yes, some are easily recognizable as present day actors, Michael should expect some legal difficulties. Why can't we have a modern literature like the old literature with memorable characters like Yossarian, Count Alucard, Morticia Addams? I didn't like the end, either.
In short, a thought provoking book, that might make you feel a little uncomfortable, and might become influential. When Michael comes through town, I'll go get a signed copy. You should too.
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Format: Paperback
as john galt has apparently retired to a reclusive island life and never hear from stu & frannie anymore, there is now michael murphy's SPARE TIME to ponder...such a pleasure to not encounter the soldier/spy & beautiful newsreporter/attorney girlfriend trying to save the world from mid-east terrorism......this is fiction that feels real.....only the lack of news headlines is reassuring of a so far fictional story/but one that could unfortunately come to fruition.....the unique introduction of the characters, the intriguing plot development and a plausible resolution will keep me listening for my phone to ring...... and look forward to more from this talented & skillful thinking author
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I had the pleasure to meet Mr. Murphy and get an autographed copy of his book. This is an awesome book, written in third person about things that are very close to real in his own life. Yes, he did build a 4000 sq. ft Log House on 13 acres by himself in his SPARE TIME. Yes, his insights into the America of today is very close to the real thing, and his story of the near future is very realistic. Yes, he has cats, dogs, ducks, alpacas, and quineas. Oh, yes, he was a pilot for a major airline, just as the story weaves into the novel. SPARE TIME Pilot, Contractor, Author and FULL TIME American. This book is a must read.
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Spare Time had me captivated from the beginning. I rarely read fiction but found this to be one of the best books I've read in many years. Michael Murphey has a way of telling this story around his personal life which gives you the feeling that you are right there with him. Spare Time has many lessons within it that the public should learn. If you have any spare time on your hands, and even if you don't think you do, you must pick this book up and read it.
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Mike draws on decades of experience flying all types of aircraft and of being a very observant man. The story flows with ease, beginning slowly which clearly animates the mind.

His observations of what has transpired in America over the recent past is very telling of a nation in hurt and perhaps even mortal peril. Please read this work and learn from a reasoned and well educated writer and American.
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