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Thursday, September 1, 2016

REVIEWS REVISITED - The Prodigal by Michael Hurley


The Prodigal

About the Author
Michael Hurley and his wife Susan lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Born in Baltimore in 1958, he holds a degree in English education from the University of Maryland and a law degree from St. Louis University. His first book, Letters from the Woods, was a collection of essays compiled from eight years of wilderness canoeing expeditions with his children. It was a finalist for the Book of the Year Award by ForeWord magazine in 2005. In April 2013 Hachette Book Group published his memoir, Once Upon a Gypsy Moon. The Prodigal is his first novel.




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Book Description
For 2,000 years, Christendom has believed that faith and penitence are the narrow gates through which all who seek heaven must pass, and that the church on Earth holds the key. What if a forgotten relic, hidden inside an abandoned ship thought to have been lost at sea more than a century ago, suddenly reappeared and cast doubt on that belief? Who would seek to use it? Who would seek to destroy it? And whose lives would it forever change? 

This sweeping allegorical tale begins with the escape of a Gypsy princess and her young lover from her father’s camp in 1851, recalling the flight of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. The boy steals Prodigal, a sailing ship blessed with unnatural speed, and the lovers escape to sea, leaving the father to grieve for the loss and pine for the return of his child. 

 More than 150 years later on Ocracoke Island we meet Aidan Sharpe, an aging lawyer, as he rises from the sand of a remote beach after a lost weekend. In a strange foreboding, one woman gives him wine and another gives him water just as his world is about to be consumed by scandal. While struggling to rebuild his life in this lonely outpost of the Outer Banks, Aidan is caught up in a two-thousand-year-old mystery that unfolds with the sudden reappearance of Prodigal off the coast, adrift and unmanned. Its discovery will lead Aidan and those close to him into the deep, in a race between time and eternity.

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Our Book Review
One of the best books I have read in a long while from page one the reader is totally engrossed. The author creates an air of mystery.

The story revolves around the little town of Ocracoke Island where lawyer Aidan Sharpe is trying to rebuild his life when he meets the local priest father Marcus.

The reason why I loved this book was that each of the main characters had or were keeping a secret and had to learn to trust love and bind together in order for them all to reach / attain their destiny.

As he arrives on the island feeling uneasy he is put to work with Ibrahim to work on the boats which fulfills him but is shocked when he is asked to leave.

Then out of nowhere a mystery boat appears and has history back to 1851. He takes on the task to restore her and race her in a multi million pound race.

The heartache and emotions you feel as you follow Aidan's journey is unbelievable, the friendship he has to make, the trust he receives from Father Marcus and trying to find love is amazing.

The gem of this book is the authors history of the mystery ship which appears and the secrets and powers it holds.

During reading this book you will question your own lifestyle and what is really important is it money, friendship or just to be happy.  Hidden in this book is a message telling you that situations change in your life for a specific reason.

Writers rarely come along who can get you hooked on their style of wring and knowledge of personal  feelings, which this novelist does and I cannot wait to read more of his work. 



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