A Most Exciting Adventure Novel
BLBM Publishing, 2017
When coincidental fate brings together Richard Callahan, a brilliant scientist working on a top-secret government project inside the Franklin Mountains in far west Texas, and the lonely, complex Lester Winton, whose exhaustingly fearful world discovers an improbable observation that opens the door to turning back the hands of time, and the self-indulged artist John Andersen, who hangs over his backyard arroyo on his hand-crafted “Jesus Cross” to better understand the suffering Jesus experienced, more than a few sparks fly on the third Tuesday of April 2016.
Our main character, John Andersen, remembers back to when he was a teenager in Syracuse, NY. There was this black man who, with a rope draped around his shoulders and chest, would haul a wooden skiff loaded with rock up West Seneca Turnpike. John Andersen thought maybe he was the Black Jesus. One day John pulled over and asked the man who he was suffering for. The man answered, “His people.” John knew right then and there he wasn’t the Black Jesus because Jesus would be suffering for all of mankind. For forty years John carried the Black Jesus in his thoughts until it was time for John to act. John Andersen ordered a giant eucalyptus tree trunk (a tree common during Jesus’ day) from the homeland of Jesus and had it delivered to his Park North home in El Puente, TX. He proceeded to carve a beautiful, magical cross from the trunk so he could hang over his backyard arroyo tied to the cross and suffer for his people, the Irish and Ukraine, like the Black Jesus did. As you may have guessed, things do not go quite as planned.
Lester Winton, character #2, lived down the hill from John Andersen. Lester was a computer geek and dove into the world of computers as soon as they were available. He had a stockpile of PCs and Macs, and all of the necessary paraphernalia to go along with them. Both John and Lester were musicians and performed in the same band together for years. Lester was never on time for any gig they ever had. In fact, Lester was never on time for anything. This drove John Andersen nuts. One day while hiking up in the Franklin Mountains, Lester fell asleep inside an abandoned silver mine. In his dream, he envisioned Steve Jobs and Bill Gates visiting him, and together they shared a vision. It was decided that if they began to delete everything they had ever typed, backward from the very last document, word by word, line by line until they reached the very first document they ever typed, they would incrementally delete years from their aging lives. From this point forward Lester could focus on nothing else. This didn’t turn out too well either.
Richard Callahan, John Andersen’s drinking buddy, and close neighbor was working on a secret government project inside the hollowed-out North and South Franklin Mountains. He and his team of scientists were duplicating the beginning of the universe. Once invited to view the grounds by Richard “the giant” Callahan, it was the most beautiful exposé John Andersen had ever seen in his entire life. Continuing for more than a decade, the government decides to shut down the project. This didn’t go too well either. Coincidental fate has its fleeting moment in time and the world learns a forgotten lesson.
The Right to Kill, a 2016 release, is right in tune with today's political madness going on in the United States.
It follows the lives of six young boys in the 1950s and 60s—a time when the United States was still rather innocent, and working-class families were poor, uneducated citizens. The boys make a blood-bound pact to “clean up the neighborhood” at all costs. As time goes by their concept of what is morally acceptable expands and their once simple adventures escalate.
As adults, they find themselves at the forefront of the most significant political shift in United States history. By the ruling party’s executive order, “On this fine day,” the U.S. borders are immediately and indefinitely closed. Texas passes the controversial, Right to Kill Act. Anyone can petition the state to have someone killed. The catch? The petitioner has to make the kill. This is followed by the Texas Prison and Rehabilitation System putting to death 28,000 prisoners it houses as it opts out of having a prison system altogether. Before long the entire country is following the Lone Star State’s lead. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the country’s first Roman Catholic leader’s Dallas assassination is tied to South Vietnam’s assassination of their first and only Roman Catholic leader, Ngo Dinh Diem. While the world is caught up in an unprecedented warring spiral, our six north siders are implementing their own strategic maneuvers to dominate the world.
My Life Before I Decided To Commit Suicide: A Love Story
The crown jewel is Murphy's embellished memoir, My Life Before I Decided To Commit Suicide: A Love Story (now in its second pressing). Describing the writing process, Murphy notes, "I discovered who I might become as a writer. I was finding my voice." Don't let the title fool you, My Life is a series of short stories detailing the sometimes awkward, stumbling events in Murphy's childhood, adolescence and young adult life. My Life, in many ways, or so it has been told by readers, mirrors their own. The self-doubt, the trying to find your way among the masses, looking for love and the challenges endeared, and all else. The reason My Life is referred to as an embellished memoir is due to the fact that he took great license with the truth and created vivid pictures that he is sure you will enjoy. It's one funny book, except for the death thing at the end, but even that is pretty clever.
El Paso: 1850-1950
El Paso: 1850-1950 was Murphy's first book for Arcadia Publishing's, Images of America series, and his first book ever. A beautiful series that focuses on historical aspects of "any town" America through a collection of historic photos. Each book contains approximately 200 black and white photos accompanied by a brief analysis of each. Murphy was selected to write, El Paso: 1850-1950, and thus, the official book writing bug began. The project took one year from conception to the table. El Paso: 1850-1950 is loved by teachers, students, established El Paso families and new arrivals to this region of the United States. It is available online through several sources and locally throughout El Paso.
My Favorite El Pasoans: Past and Present
Murphy's second scheduled book was also for Arcadia Publishing, but after eight months of work, they rejected it. It was called, Legendary Locals of El Paso. Not to be defeated, Murphy changed the title to, My Favorite El Pasoans: Past and Present, rearranged the entire book and added several new characters. A book that the publisher turned down has become his largest seller to date. My Favorite El Pasoans is about famous El Pasoans. Not only movie stars like Debbie Reynolds, Marlon Brando, and Granny from the Beverly Hillbillies, who each was born in or near El Paso, but regular, hometown heroes as well. Like Tom Ogle who in the 1970s created a new type of carburetor that got 100 miles to the gallon. Once the auto industry found out about it, Tom was mysteriously shot and soon died. How about Eugene Anchondo. He was the first musician to own an electric guitar in El Paso way back in the 50s. Famous folk singer Phil Ochs is from El Paso as well. There are nearly 200 impressive people in this book.