Murphy’s Luck 3

Curse vs. Jinx

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
330 Pages
Reviewed on 05/13/2019
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Author Biography

Benjamin writes fun, genre-bending novels that inspire, uplift, and entertain. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, he has traveled widely and spent a large chunk of his adult life in Japan. He can now be found sauntering through the maze of narrow, stony alleyways in the ancient and legend-rich town of Safed, in Israel’s upper Galilee.

If you like original, life-affirming stories with characters who stay with you long after you’ve put down the book, please give one of his novels a try.

For more information, please visit his website at: www.benjaminlaskin.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Dan M. Kalin for Readers' Favorite

Murphy's Luck 3 continues the adventures of Murphy Drummer, a one-man demolition derby of bad luck or sole protector of the possible, depending on your point of view. Benjamin Laskin opens the story with Murphy's CIA Elite Hippie Unit, Granola Team Six in-laws being captured by a small but scrappy 99th largest South American crime cartel. They pin their hopes on a black helicopter-flying friend, Frank, to come and save their patchouli-wearing backsides. Frank knows when he needs help, given the improbable odds, and just who to recruit; a man to whom odds mean nothing and a former supermodel-turned-assassin with a score to settle. Murphy comes along to protect the enterprise from the inevitable bad luck which follows him everywhere he goes. How will Murphy and the team rescue the in-laws, find the buried treasure, and make it back to Eureka, Kansas in time for daughter Phaedra's birthday party? Will the cartel move up in the rankings and open an Adventure Bed & Breakfast?

Benjamin Laskin has crafted an extremely funny read, with recurring gags, wicked puns, witty dialog, and characters you could almost see. Frank reminded me most of the American president in Hot Shots - Part Deux, with all of his missing organs from past military engagements. The concept of a personal jinx field around an individual has been explored before, but never in so lighthearted and entertaining a fashion. Having a town basically quarantine Murphy and his similarly afflicted offspring seems entirely rational, given the alternatives. Plus, who doesn't like to read stories of former supermodels who are now walking arsenals? Murphy's Luck 3 will provide the laughs; bring your own oatmeal cookies!