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Retirement. Publishers, thank you for the many years of reading pleasure you gave me, but all good things must come to an end. Due to failing eyesight I am forced to retire. I can no longer review your books, and any that you send will be donated to the local library, unread. Do not send any more. I can only read for a couple hours every day, and this does not allow me to finish a book in reasonable time. I will be devoting time to my own books from now on, and reading on a personal level. Books that interest me. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks, not eBooks. My eyesight has been failing the last few years, and I cannot handle hundreds of review books any more. My books are still available for review. Anyone interested in reviewing any of them, they are found in the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. Contact me for pdf copies at

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Home For The Holidays

Home For The Holidays (Holiday Special)
By Gary Reilly
ISBN #978-0984786060
Running Meter Press
187 Pages
Price $14.95
Rating 5-Stars

“A Miracle In Wichita”

When the Murphy clan gathers in Wichita for Christmas, Brandon’s Maw calls Murph home. It’s been twenty years since the Asphalt Warrior was home, so he leaves the mean streets of Denver and Taxi #123, and heads home for the holidays. His sisters, their families, and his evil brother, Gavin are all present.
But true to form, you can take Murph out of his taxi, but you can’t take the taxi driver out of Murph. He runs into an old school friend who is determined to work over the holidays, and Murph decides to talk him out of it.
We get to meet the Murphy clan, and learn a lot about Gavin and Brandon’s childhood. In fact, I was laughing so hard at one point, I had to quit reading the book until the chuckles went away. The scene where Brandon talked Gavin into swinging on a rope from off the top of the garage was just too much.
This light-hearted tale of a homecoming of sorts was a nice read over the holiday season. For readers not familiar with “Murph”, this would be a good book to start with. For those who have followed the Asphalt Warrior in his previous tales, you will finally get to meet his family, and learn his Irish Catholic background in Wichita, Kansas. You’ll come away with a new perspective for the Evil Gavin, and laugh at their childhood antics. Highly recommended reading.

Tom Johnson
Detective Mystery Stories

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