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The Prodigal by [Hurley, Michael]
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About the Author

Michael Hurley and his wife Susan live in Raleigh, North Carolina. Born in Baltimore in 1958, he holds a degree in English education from the University of Maryland, a law degree from St. Louis University, and a captain’s license—albeit long-since expired—from the United States Coast Guard. He entered the private practice of law in 1984 and has tried numerous jury cases involving allegations of medical malpractice. He enjoys keeping up with readers and life in general at mchurley.com. Michael’s first book, Letters from the Woods, was a collection of essays, self-published in 2005, based on wilderness canoeing expeditions with his children. It was selected as a finalist in the Nature category for ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year award. In 2013 Hachette Book Group published his memoir, Once Upon A Gypsy Moon. The Prodigal is his first novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 990 KB
  • Print Length: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Ragbagger Press (28 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D2Y96NI
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #886,083 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm never sure about independently-published books but this one was beautiful. Stories 150 years apart weave together in this tale of loss and hope, love and friendship. The escape of a Gypsy princess and her young lover from her father's camp in 1851 on Prodigal, a boat of incredible speed, sets the scene for our first sight of Aidan Sharpe, a lawyer fallen on hard times and now struggling to redefine all that is important for him, who unexpectedly discovers the old ship, Prodigal. This discovery takes him and those whose lives have become intertwined with his own into a race, one which has consequences that he could not foresee. I think this book could make a great read this summer if you want something with a bit more to it than the usual beach reading.

NetGalley provided me with a free galley copy of this book in electronic format in return for a fair review.
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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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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 59 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Riptide of a Novel -- Powerfully Written and Finely Nuanced 17 Oct. 2013
By Chanticleer Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
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Undoubtedly one of the best new books I've read, "The Prodigal" by Michael Hurley is the novel I tell everybody they must read. It is a story that you will not soon forget.

"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.]
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This will make you think about things you believe in 16 Sept. 2013
By Jennifer W - Published on Amazon.com
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This was out of my normal area of reading, I normally stay away from anything with a religious twist. I am glad that I ended up not sticking to that. This book had me pulled in from the beginning. It starts with two young lovers that are running so they can be together. They steal a ship to get away to an island. It quickly goes to a more modern time where it starts to revolve around a lawyer who loses everything and ends up going to live on the same island. It then continues to tie the present in with the past when they find the ship that the young couple used to escape.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book! 7 Jan. 2015
By escott - Published on Amazon.com
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Hurley is a great storyteller. This also explains why he was/is a successful litigator. I will look forward to his next book. Oh, and if there is a screenplay, I can totally see Matthew McConahay as Aiden. The jury is still out on who will play Sarah, Molly and Ibrahim.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story that must be read! 13 Jun. 2013
By Jan - Published on Amazon.com
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From the opening prologue I was caught up with the ancient tale, then thrown into the present day with the most intriguing characters each having a special tale of their own. The story moves quickly with surprises throughout. Yes...it is hard to put this book down. I was engrossed from beginning to end. Michael Hurley has spun a beautiful tale and I hope he has another one in the works!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Prodigal Delivers 31 Oct. 2013
By Ranger - Published on Amazon.com
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The Prodigal delivers what readers of romantic literature have come to expect....with a little twist of man's viewpoint on the subject of life, loss, romance, and a little adventure. Definitely worth it for those that want a relaxing read filled with warmth......
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