Leonardo Murphy by Russell F. Moran

Leonardo Murphy by Russell F. Moran

A Coming-of-Age Thriller

You just launched a satellite into space without a rocket.

You took a $1,000 gift from your father and turned it into $1,600,000 in two years after you read a book on stock trading.

You invented a computer algorithm that writes novels.

You’ve just entered Harvard University on a full scholarship after completing high school in two years.

Not bad for a 12-year-old kid.

Leonardo Murphy, age 12, changed his name from William to Leonardo to honor his hero, Leonardo da Vinci. Young Leonardo, with the second highest IQ ever recorded, just launched a satellite into orbit using a helium balloon and a small jet engine he bought on eBay.

Among his many projects, he read books on stock trading. At age 10, he took a $1,000 gift from his father and turned it into $1,600,000 in two years.

Realizing that he could easily become an insufferable obnoxious brat, he heeded the words of his beloved great-grandfather, Ezekiel Murphy, who was also a genius. “Don’t be an a…hole,” grandpa Ezekiel told him. Leonardo always recalled those words—and tried to obey them.

At the urging of his father, a high-level FBI Agent, Leonardo is hired as a consultant to the FBI. Using his software design skills, Leonardo wrote an algorithm that tracked down the world’s most dangerous gang, MS-13, enabling the FBI and local law enforcement to end the gang’s activities.

Leonardo is fascinated by Artificial Intelligence. While a freshman at Harvard University, at age 12, he designed a computer program called Jane Austen, that could write 10 novels a month.

At age 20, Leonardo received a PhD in physics from Harvard. Shortly after that, he entered the Navy to follow in his parents’ footsteps as a naval officer.

After he left the Navy, Leonardo, now 25 years old, met a beautiful young woman named Janice Reynolds, and fell madly in love. They married a year later. By that time, Leonardo had become a fabulously wealthy multi-billionaire from his stock trading and patent royalties. Janice loves to teach at a nearby private college. When the college hits financial problems and is about to close, Leonardo buys the school.

Janice loved to say, “My husband used to be a cute little nerd. Now he’s a tall, handsome, rich nerd.” Janice and Leonardo, who she calls “Lee,” collaborate on various secret projects with the CIA and FBI.

But their activities with law enforcement and intelligence put a target on their backs. They narrowly escape four assassination attempts, including one on their honeymoon cruise. It was then that Leonardo discovers that his sweet, pretty wife knows how to use a gun.

Leonardo and Janice, despite the dangers, love to help law enforcement. They admit to themselves that they enjoy being spies, or spooks. They even bought a Golden Retriever and named her “Spook,” Whenever he’s hired as a consultant, Leonardo insists that Janice be included. “We’re a package deal, a twofer,” he would say to any official who objected to Janice working on top secret matters.

After one of their adventures, Leonardo looks forward to getting back to a normal life. But then he realizes that they don’t lead a normal life, so why bother.

Leonardo Murphy is a breathtakingly fast coming-of-age thriller about one of the most fascinating characters you will ever meet in literature. Instantly you are shoulder to shoulder with the world’s most amazing genius.

Grab your copy of this thriller now.

5 Star Review: Move over Doogie Howser. Twelve-year-old Leonardo Murphy’s IQ is 295, which makes him the second highest ever recorded. With an inquisitive mind, discipline of body and mind, life is about to carve out an extraordinary journey for this young man.

It is Leonardo’s grandfather’s final words to him, that creates a solid base for future thoughts, actions and outcomes.

With an early stock investment that leaves him financially set, after he read two books on stock trading. Leonardo uses sound judgement and doesn’t squander his money, knowledge or time. It is not long before the United States Government takes an interest in some of Leonardo’s math, language, computer and research skills, particularly his new algorithm design.

The government is quick to use Leonardo’s skills in many ways, directing his future education even while he is enrolled in Harvard at age twelve. Following this young man life is really cool. One quote I like: “When you’re 12 years old you can flirt with an adult woman and get away with it because grownups think it’s cute”.

Is it possible that young Leonardo Murphy’s life is in so much danger, because he is working with the United States Government, he might have to go into the Witness Protection Program?

As Leonardo grows to maturity and gets a PhD from Harvard at age 20, he decides to follow his parents’ footsteps and becomes a naval officer, where he receives a Silver Star for gallantry. After the Navy, he meets and marries a beautiful young woman. They embark on a series of adventures, all created by the amazing brain of Leonardo Murphy.

Those of you following the Harry and Meg Time Travel series and the Patterns Series might know what Bill Carlini is talking about.  “Buster, don’t you remember those weird terrorist attacks a few years ago,” Bill Carlini said. “What did we call it? Oh, yeah, The Scent of Revenge. A group of jihadis went around spraying a substance into people’s faces giving them symptoms just like Alzheimer’s.” Buster was sitting in Director Carlini’s office, telling him about Leonardo’s strange behavior. “I’m going to call that psychiatrist from New York, the guy who’s also a detective with the NYPD. Weinberg. Yeah, Dr. Benjamin Weinberg. He helped crack that Scent of Revenge case.”

This book is an exciting read. Leonardo is a unique character who brings an unusual prospective to the adult situations he encounters. The dangers are real for Leonardo and for the United States. The question has to cross the readers mind, can someone so young, so brilliant, so sought after, find balance and a chance for a normal life. Is there a chance for Leonardo to find true companionship? After all he has a solid understanding of family values afforded him through the grounding and upbringing that his two great parents gave him from the start.

Youth and a High IQ has its advantages.I am looking forward to even more encounters with Leonardo Murphy as the book series continues. I purchased this book from Kindle on March 17, 2019

Product Details
Print Length: 278 Pages
Genre: Coming Of Age Fiction, Action Thriller Fiction



About The Author:  Russ Moran is the author of 15 novels. The Gray Ship, Book One of The Time Magnet series, is a story of time travel, alternate history, romance, and a nuclear warship that finds itself in the Civil War. The Thanksgiving Gang is the sequel, A Time of Fear is Book Three, The Skies of Time is Book Four, and The Keepers of Time is book five.

  • The Shadows of Terror is Book One of The Patterns series, followed by The Scent of Revenge.
  • A Reunion in Time is a time travel novel, but not in the Time Magnet series.
  • The President is Missing, a suspense thriller, was published in May 2017.
  • Robot Depot, a novel about our automated present and future, was published in October 2017.
  • A Climate of Doubt, a novel about climate as a tool of terrorism, was published in May 2018.
  • The Maltese Incident, a novel of time travel, book 1 of the Harry and Meg series, was published in June 2018.
  • The Violent Sea, a novel of time travel, book 2 of the Harry and Meg Series, was published in October 2018.
  • Leonardo Murphy, about a 12-year-old boy with a staggeringly high IQ was published in March 2019.

Moran also published six nonfiction books: Justice in America: How it Works–How it Fails; The APT Principle: The Business Plan That You Carry in Your Head; Boating Basics: The Boattalk Book of Boating Tips; If You’re Injured: A Consumer Guide to Personal Injury Law; How to Create More Time; The Novel – A Writer’s Guide. He’s a lawyer and a veteran of the United States Navy. He lives on Long Island, New York, with his wife, Lynda.

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