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Spare Time [Kindle Edition]

Michael Murphy
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Turmoil in the Middle East. Economic crisis in Europe. Violations of the Constitution in the United States. Division, fear, entitlements, and class envy are tearing the nation he loves apart. Why doesn’t someone do something about it? If efforts are made to change the direction of things, will someone be upset enough to try and stop it? To what lengths will either side go to stop the other? Spare Time, a novel about the issues the real world and the United States face, takes a fictional look at real solutions to real problems. Everyone is busy, but maybe we can get something accomplished … in our spare time.

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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. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 444 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Publishing (June 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008K50TT4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,374,381 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Do It July 9, 2013
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stop reading!! October 8, 2012
Wonderful book--a real page-turner that examines what ordinary Americans would do if faced with the unthinkable in our country. Frightening at times at how real it seemed, this is also a very hopeful book. Michael Murphy is a patriot for writing it. I look forward to more from this talented author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an eye opener. A must read. September 7, 2012
By Polly
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Murphy hit a home run September 6, 2012
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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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More About the Author

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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