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The Asphalt Warrior Paperback – May 28, 2012
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Gary Reilly is the kind of writer who leaves you smiling at the sheer pleasure of his word choices. The Asphalt Warrior is a fun-filled read, and you can't help rooting for the the book's taxi driving hero. If Murph doesn't win your heart, it can't be won." -- Mark Graham, Co-Author of The Natanz Directive, St. Martin's Press (September 2012)
“The Asphalt Warrior is one of those rare books that a reader really should savor, line by line, taking time to enjoy the intelligence, sarcasm and dry wit of the main character, Murph. I found Murph to be laugh-out-loud and consistently funny, yet life-smart and grudgingly loveable.” -- Kathy Lynn Harris, Author of Blue Straggler, an Amazon #1 bestseller in comic fiction.
“Gary Reilly proves himself to be not just a gifted stylist, but a kind of Jedi Master of the understated." -- Fred Haefle, Montana Freelance Writer & Author of "Extremeophilia."
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"The Asphalt Warrior" is a great ride around Denver and a very funny ride around the philosophical world a lot of us inhabit: how can I manage to pay the rent without selling my soul? How do I love my fellow man when I don't want to look him in the face? And, of course, what is the Meaning of Life?
I won't say the book answers those questions, but it certainly engages and entertains the reader. And, in my philosophy, that's pretty good going.
Against all odds, Reilly somehow managed to amass a large body of work without having to endure the travails that being published can bring: the loss of one's precious anonymity; the pitfalls of wealth; the constant hounding by agents, adoring fans, etc.
Most writers as gifted as Reilly have had to fight to establish and maintain their solitude, but Riley was able, somehow, to protect his solitude and his creative flame almost as effortlessly as his words and stories carry a reader. If, for instance, Reilly had been required to fend off the paparazzi every day, I doubt that he could have remained so philosophical and so hysterically entertaining. I doubt that his prose would have sizzled the way it does. And had Reilly been published while he was still alive, he almost certainly would not have been allowed to embrace his obvious true love -- cab driving. I drove a San Francisco taxicab for twenty-eight years, and I have read every cab-driver-authored book that I can get my hands on, and I have never seen anyone nail the profession the way Reilly has. How did he pull off these feats? No one really knows or can explain it (or maybe his wife Sherry can), but to me it all seems superhuman.
I have now read each of Reilly's first five books, word for word, brilliant vignette after brilliant vignette, pausing only to let myself guffaw and wipe my eyes. I think it a miracle of sorts that a book -- any book -- can make a person laugh out loud even once. I am not exaggerating when I say that Reilly's books made me laugh out loud approximately thirty-seven times per book. This man is Funny.
And I anxiously await the publication of his next couple of dozen.
You'd have this book. And you need to read it.
The Asphalt Warrior, first in a promised string of taxi tales of urban adventure on the high (and low) streets of Denver, is a howlingly funny, literary cab-with-no-brakes ride through one Boomer's late 20th century angst--that of Brendan Murphy, otherwise known as Murph. I mean, any cabbie that quotes Nabokov's Lolita, ("That Nabokov. What a Russian." Ref: page 155), uses a copy of Finnegans Wake as a piggy bank, ruminates on English Romanticism (1789 - 1815), running everything through a screwy Sixties TV sitcom filter debating its intellectual value, well, I'll ride with that guy.
That Murph. What a cabbie.
May I quote the wit and wisdom of Murph? Sorry, not enough room here. My copy is dog-eared, scribbled and beat up. I need to have a set of those metal bookmarkers. I'll set it up showing Murph's Greatest Hits. I tell ya, reading this book will make you feel like three hundred bucks. (Ref: page 72) Don't worry, the Cab Driver's Prayer applies: "It doesn't matter, it doesn't matter, it doesn't matter." (Ref: page 26 et al)
Cue Tommy James and the Shondells' Hanky Panky. (Ref: every time Murph turns on the radio)
But at heart, it's a big-hearted personal story, with Murph as stand-in for author Gary Reilly and what he must've thought was a failed career, with the both author and character struggling to come up with the courage to face that typewriter and the blank page yet again. To write. Thankfully, he did. And now we've got it. And we laugh.
That Reilly. What a writer.
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Gary Reilly's fictional alter ego, Brendan "Murph" Murphy, is an immediately engaging and likeable character.Read more