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NetGalley provided me with a free galley copy of this book in electronic format in return for a fair review.
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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"The Prodigal" could be interpreted as a coming of age story, not of teenagers or young adults, but of the middle-aged. Mature adults who seem to have it all together, but grapple with insubstantiality. Adults, who as arrows of Life's bow, are missing their true target. These are the vividly drawn characters of Michael Hurley's novel.
A riveting and socially relevant tale, The Prodigal is a contemporary marvel of an legorical story of vices and virtues, of Achilles' heels, and odysseys into the unknown. Hurley spans two thousand years, several oceans, and eternal love with adventure and captivation.
The protagonist, Aidan, finds himself stripped of all his privileged-trappings: professional kudos, private clubs, top level connections, cash, even credit cards, due to a quick and nearly fatal bite from one of his own kind, an attorney of law. Aidan's mentor sends him to the backwaters of Okracoke Island in North Carolina, a land sequestered between the Pamlico Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, to get his bearings.
Okracoke is often described as a geographical oddity with the folks to go with it. This quirky island has a single paved road and is only accessible by boat; it is so isolated that you can still hear traces of Elizabethan English spoken by the locals. It is as it has always been--a place treacherous enough to be a safe haven. It is here in Okracoke that Aidan meets the others whose fates and chances are bound up with his.
The tides, winds, and currents of life propel us along in directions that, unless we take notice and change our sails, might endanger us, indeed, ensnare our very souls. Hurley captures the forces that swirl among us; sometimes with dangerous gale strengths, sometimes with stalling headwinds, and sometimes becalming. And then there are those magical times in our lives when we have the wind at our backs and our sails on a broad reach going faster than hull speed--our eyes on the prize. The Prodigal portrays these moments with powerful writing that is finely nuanced.
Hurley unfolds the timeless stories of transgression and forgiveness, of despair and hope, of damnation and redemption with brilliant subtlety in this riptide of a novel.
"The Prodigal" by Michael Hurley was awarded the Chanticleer Best Book of the Year Award 2013 and the Somerset Grand Prize for Literary Fiction.
[Reviewer's Note: If you love the taste of salt on your lips, the stars above you and the wind in your face, "The Prodigal" will engulf you in its myriad of temperaments as it races against time, the elements, treachery, and power. As a sailor myself, I must say Hurley's portrayal of `The Prodigal' sailboat as a metaphor for the Divine Heavenly Host, Savior, and Spirit is pure genius.]
I love the details that the author used to describe the scenes in this book, they are so descriptive that you can clearly see what he is wanting you to see. It was a great read that I finished in two days because I could not put it down.