The Outlaw Gillis Kerg

Physics, Lust and Greed Series, Book 4

Fiction - Science Fiction
383 Pages
Reviewed on 05/02/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Outlaw Gillis Kerg by Mike Murphey is a work in the time travel, surrealist, and adventure subgenres and forms the fourth novel in the Physics, Lust and Greed series. It is best suited to mature readers for its adult humor and references. In this amusing, witty, and full-throttle science fiction adventure, we are embroiled in dangerous AI companions, murderous plots to kill prominent legal figures, and a dangerously stupid political campaign. To top it all off, the central protagonist and former time traveler Marta Hamilton has inadvertently caused the creation of a cult hell-bent on revenge against her.

Mike Murphey is a socially sharp writer who knows how to repeatedly hit the funny button on issues that we might all have a lot of trepidation and exasperation about today. There’s wit all over this novel, from the intricate narrative surrounding the characters to the plot line's worryingly familiar campaigning and dirty politics. Still, it shone through most in the slick dialogue that genuinely made me laugh out loud several times. There’s a comic timing to what Murphey does that draws you in, smiling along with the moments you think you recognize until a newly surreal incursion causes the other shoe to drop, and suddenly you’re in on a joke you didn’t even know was building. In addition, the character development keeps things somewhat grounded so that you’re never too lost in the absurdity of it all. Overall, I’d say that The Outlaw Gillis Kerg is a wonderfully well-balanced novel packed with satire, adventure, and humor galore.

Alma Boucher

Marshall Grissom and Martha Hamilton are enjoying their retirement when someone tries to kill them. Some members wanted Gillis Kerg tried for the murder of Warren Pitt and Phillip Lucre. Senator Josiah Mumford visits Marshall and Martha to tell them in person that the Time Travel Project is canceled and that they are now officially fired. Someone from the future kills a Federal Judge and no one is safe anymore. President Dobler tells Mumford about his dreams where he visits himself, saying he must phone Mumford and asks about time travel. Mumford arranges for a meeting between the President and Marshall, Martha, and Gillis. The software in The Outlaw Gillis Kerg: A Tale of Physics, Lust and Greed by Mike Murphey is named with personalities. Each one has a specific task and set of skills. They work together with humans to keep the time travel machine safe.

The Outlaw Gillis Kerg: A Tale of Physics, Lust and Greed by Mike Murphey has an interesting and exciting plot. The story is fast-paced with many twists and turns and I was intrigued. It is action-packed with a surprise around every corner and never a dull moment. This story kept my attention from the first line, and it was a page-turner. I had a thrill ride from the beginning until the end. The characters were excellently developed and well described. I enjoyed the dialogue between the software and the humans. It was funny and very entertaining. It was easy for me to be part of this world created by Mike Murphey. The book is well written and interesting, and describes the humans and software in detail. The story exceeded my expectations by far.