Linehan Saves

Linehan Saves

Bryan Murphy

Historical / Historical Fiction / Romance

The year is 2020. China has sentenced corrupt soccer players and officials to death in a crackdown. The world body sends Seán Linehan to save them. As usual, Linehan has his own agenda: no girls, art or money this time. He wants to be good. But China strews his path with temptations. Dark Future, good reading.In this story set in the near future, Seán Linehan, an international football executive, travels to China with a mission to save a group of players and officials from the death by firing squad to which they have been condemned. After his experience in the racist failed state of Padania, Linehan has his own agenda: no longer girls, art and money, but being good. How will he react to the temptations of this future China that range from beautiful young women in see-through burqas to an ancient scroll worth its weight in gold? The second story in the Seán Linehan series. Dark Future, good reading.
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Madeleine's Drug

Madeleine's Drug

Bryan Murphy

Historical / Historical Fiction / Romance

The future: work is a luxury, mating a duty and sex a drug. What will you take to survive?In the future Great Brighton, the administration has turned work into a luxury, which it doles out grudgingly. You take what you can of it, and outside of work, you take what you like. Madeleine takes Oratory. It sounds harmless, but in a society where mating is a duty but sex is a drug, can anything really be what it seems? Where will Madeleine’s addiction lead her once her only attempt at rebellion fails? Dark future, good reading from Bryan Murphy.
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Heresy

Heresy

Bryan Murphy

Historical / Historical Fiction / Romance

A riveting tale of a not-so-distant future in which who you are is what you eat. And loyalty depends on sharing, or refusing to share, blood. Literally. Dark Future, good reading.Well into adolescence, Dougal is finally doing his duty to the diet and marrying his allotted bride. They risk their lives by going abroad for the honeymoon. On their return, Dougal, his wife and the whole community face the biggest threat of all: heresy! A riveting tale of a not-so-distant future in which who you are is what you eat. And loyalty depends on sharing, or refusing to share blood. Literally. Dark Future, good reading.
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Murder By Suicide

Murder By Suicide

Bryan Murphy

Historical / Historical Fiction / Romance

A rare visitor to a hospice near Rome draws out macabre reminiscences from inmate Franco Tira, whose life changed when the day-to-day business of disposing of dissidents got personal. A gripping, illusion-free look at people we license to kill.The year is 2040. A rare visitor to a hospice in Frascati, nestling in the hills above Rome, elicits macabre reminiscences from inmate Franco Tira, whose life changed when the day-to-day business of disposing of dissidents got personal. Who is the mysterious visitor, and what is his purpose? A gripping, illusion-free look at people we license to kill. The e-book includes, as a taster, chapter two of the author’s novella “Goodbye, Padania”, which examines the career, style and motives of another fictional cold-hearted killer, Daria Rigoletti.
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Houlihan's Wake

Houlihan's Wake

Bryan Murphy

Historical / Historical Fiction / Romance

Can a young man succeed in dying amid the splendour of Mexico?In Houlihan’s Wake, a young Irishman goes to Playa Chisme, on the Pacific coast of Mexico, determined to die, and determined to do so in a beautiful setting. But can Houlihan’s death-wish do its worst in such a life-affirming place, where the lifeguards are adamant that nobody shall turn their massive party to celebrate a whole year without anyone drowning in Playa Chisme's lethal rip-tides into someone else’s pitiful wake? Houlihan’s Wake is accompanied by further stories and poems set in “Playa Chisme” and elsewhere in the country to provide a rich array of fragments of Mexico.Number One in Goodreads’ Listopia: “Books Set in Mexico”.
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SuperOldie

SuperOldie

Bryan Murphy

Historical / Historical Fiction / Romance

Retired spy Franco Tira saves an old Englishman, Charlie Dunpy, from poison meant for himself. Charlie has dementia, but also unusual powers that Franco wants to harness to protect himself against killers seeking revenge for his own past misdeeds. Will Charlie help him? Will his powers keep them both alive?In a nursing home in the hills above Rome, former spy Franco Tira saves an English fellow patient, Charlie Dunpy, from poison meant for himself. As a result they become friends. Charlie has dementia, but he also seems to possess unusual powers that Franco wants to harness to protect himself against killers seeking revenge for his own past misdeeds. Will Charlie help him? Will his powers keep them both alive? Dark future, good reading.
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Breakaway

Breakaway

Bryan Murphy

Historical / Historical Fiction / Romance

An independent state carved out of Italy is sliding into bloody chaos. A United Nations campus protects refugees. A foreign worker pursues a mission: to save the two children of his closest friends from murderous racist thugs. He is ready to pay any price, but will it be enough?2032. An independent, racist state, carved out of northern Italy. Economic meltdown. A slide into bloody chaos. A man with a mission: to save the two children of his closest friends. At what risk? At what price? Will it be enough? And who is the mysterious female go-between with the sensuous lips and steely eyes? Introducing Daria Rigoletti, the the contract killer desperate to renounce violence in "Goodbye, Padania", to which "Breakaway" is the prequel. Dark Future, good reading.
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Angels Versus Virgins

Angels Versus Virgins

Bryan Murphy

Historical / Historical Fiction / Romance

A young man with a mission: to get himself killed, to subvert the established order in the name of the one true faith. What can come between him and the virgins he has been promised, if not the Angels in his heart? Dark humour lightens this tale of teenage longing taken to the extreme.Lee Soylent is a young man with a mission: to get himself killed. In the England of the very near future, his task is to subvert the established order in the name of the one true faith. He knows that only the next world matters. What can possibly come between him and the virgins he has been promised, if not the Angels in his heart? Dark humour lightens this tale of teenage longing taken to the extreme.
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Linehan's Trip

Linehan's Trip

Bryan Murphy

Historical / Historical Fiction / Romance

The year is 2019. Sean Linehan, an international sports executive, arrives in Padania to vet the newly independent nation’s bid to join the world football community. As usual, Linehan has his own agenda: girls, art and money. He finds a ready supply, but how will he react when Padania reveals some of its dark secrets?In this short story set in the near future, Sean Linehan, an international sports executive, travels to Padania, which has recently broken away from Italy to form an independent state, and is now desperate to gain acceptance by joining the world football community. Linehan’s job is ostensibly just to look into its application and report back to his boss. As usual, though, Linehan has his own agenda: girls, art and money. Once again, he finds a ready supply, but how will he react when Padania shows him some of its unwelcome dark secrets? The short story is accompanied by the first chapter of Bryan Murphy’s novella of ideas, Goodbye, Padania.
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Linehan's Ordeal

Linehan's Ordeal

Bryan Murphy

Historical / Historical Fiction / Romance

Sean Linehan brings over his dead boss to Hong Kong to open Asia’s finest sports venue. Captivated by the alluring Hypatia, Sean gets kidnapped by Maoist guerrillas. His government will not pay a ransom. Can he stay alive long enough to fulfil his quest to become good? Dark humour and subtle satire enrich this tale of our all-too-near future.The third story in the Sean Linehan series, set in the year 2021. Linehan brings over his dead boss to Hong Kong to open Asia’s finest sports venue, the SplattaDome. Captivated by the alluring Hypatia, Sean gets kidnapped by Maoist guerrillas and help prisoner in a safe house. His government will not pay a ransom. Can he stay alive long enough to fulfil his quest to give up the perks of his job – money, girls and dodgy antiques - and become good? Or even long enough to see Hypatia again? Will his policeman friend, Wayne, rescue him? Dark humour and subtle satire enrich this short tale of our all-too-near future.
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Goodbye, Padania

Goodbye, Padania

Bryan Murphy

Historical / Historical Fiction / Romance

Set in an imaginary future country carved out of Italy, “Goodbye, Padania” is the story of a young woman’s attempt to go beyond the role that fate has apparently designed for her: contract killer. Against the background of the death agonies of a pariah state, Daria Rigoletti transforms herself first into a people-smuggler and then into a cult leader, but circumstances combine against her.
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