Linehan's Ordeal

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
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. More
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About Bryan Murphy

Bryan Murphy is a writer from Kent, England. He has lived and worked in Africa, Asia and Europe. Bryan recently retired from a job as a translator and editor within the United Nations system, and now concentrates on his own words. He divides his time among England, Portugal, the wider world and cyberspace.

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Review by: JQDahiya on Jan. 2, 2019 :
Rated 3 stars, meaning I liked it well enough to write reviews and hope it gets good 'sales'.

A very well written story, but simply inserting one movie hologram in it doesn't make it science fiction.

Linehan goes to Hong Kong for his company and gets kidnapped. Why, and what role his new love plays in it is the rest of the story. He's friends with a top cop, but it made almost no difference to the search, which I found baffling.

The writing is top notch, but the plot itself left me unimpressed. Some stories start by looking like they will get more stars than they finally gather. This is one.
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Review by: uaem on April 30, 2015 :
The setting is Hong Kong, but not as we know it. The city is run by an elected mayor, not a CEO. A square is named in honour of the Umbrella protests, and “Occupy” denotes a luxury shopping mall. The fear is now of Maoist guerillas, on the run from Mainland China, where their ideology is now anathema. All this is, at first, of little concern to the main character, Sean Linehan, who has come to open Asia’s smartest sports venue, or rather to have it opened by the man stitched into his waistband, the deceased Franz Splatta, still apparently running the football world as a hologram. Despite being kidnapped, Linehan gets the job done, but his latest attempt to treat women as human beings, not objects, goes awry. The story is light and jolly good fun, and I look forward to the next helping of Linehan, no doubt set in an even more exotic location.
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Review by: Teresa Tait on April 29, 2015 :
Fun and games in an unlikely Hong Kong of the future. Linehan seems to have fallen victim to Murphy's Law now that he has decided to treat women decently. I just wish his adventures lasted longer.
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