Linehan Savesby Published 05 Feb 2019
"Linehan Saves" Reviews
Linehan Saves (Sean Linehan)
By Bryan Murphy
Bryan Murphy, author and poet, writes a short story about Sean Linehan’s attempt to establish a World Football Sporting event in China. The ever scrutinizing Chinese leaders find two Brazilian players guilty of cheating, and plan on executing them. It's Sean’s job to prevent this, but in spite of his best efforts and even his good understanding of China's clever tactics, somehow things don't work out the way he plans. To make a bad situation worse, he loses his girlfriend — through a message no less.
This short story is worth reading, written with a touch of tongue in cheek humor. The ending comes as much a surprise to Sean as well as the reader. Author Murphy has also written other works certain to entertain readers who like his style, such as: “Breakaway”, “Goodbye, Padania”, first in a series of e-books featuring Daria Rigoletti, “Linehan’s Trip”, “Murder by Suicide”, “Heresey”, and “Postcards from Italy”. Each one is a unique, enjoyable read and highly recommended.
Micki Peluso: writer, journalist, and author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang
This is an attempt to add value for the reader by giving a bit more background and explanation than I have put in the blurbs.
The previous story, "Linehan's Trip" was firmly in the genre of dystopian speculative fiction. Apart from amusing people, my aim was to warn them that a racist state in the heart of Europe is no longer a viable proposition. To help do this, I made my main character, Linehan, a kind of bad Candide, full of negative naivety. A deliberately superficial character who nevertheless decides to change his ways at the end, after witnessing an atrocity that not even he can ignore. In "Linehan Saves", we see whether he can really put his new-found determination to be good into practice, in the midst of temptation. An attempt to develop the character, to make him more human.
This time, instead of a future Italy, I imagine a future China, extrapolating from a visit there last summer after 20 years' absence.
My exposé of how illegal betting syndicates are destroying the world's best-loved sport owes much to the courageous work of Jerry Bullivant and his blog, "Football is Fixed".
See what you think.