“Murphy’s Hero” by G. A. Hauser is very enjoyable. The main character Alexander has a penchant for encountering people in distress whenever he goes out. While this is a bit fanciful, it serves Alexander’s story well. I was surprised that the publisher listed this book as science fiction for I didn’t find that to be accurate. What I discovered and enjoyed so much was that all the events are based in reality. It was engaging to see how Alexander could go from pathologically shy and insecure to rescuing people in trouble with the help of an interested boyfriend and a Corinthian helmet. One gives him self-confidence and the other allows him the freedom to express himself.
Alexander is an intriguing character. At first he seemed too shy and too unaware of how beautiful he is; but when we finally meet his shrewish mother, the pathology makes sense. I found his journey to be realistic with, perhaps, a bit of the fanciful around the edges.
The other main character is Adrian; he is fun and interesting. He discovers Alexander and brings him out of his shell. Adrian’s bewilderment at Alexander’s shyness certainly rang true. As a professional man who is comfortable with his sexuality and yet sensitive to Alexander’s issues, he is the perfect balance.
Together they create a very enjoyable, quirky story, with good sex, some interesting adventures, a wonderful journey, and a thoroughly satisfying ending.