Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Review: The Prodigal by: Michael Hurley

The Prodigal
About the Book:
Pride, betrayal, forgiveness . . . and the eternal sea. The Prodigal tells the mystical tale of four people on Ocracoke Island whose destiny is tied to an abandoned schooner, thought to have been lost at sea more than a century ago, that one day drifts ashore. Marcus O’Reilly, a renegade Catholic priest, must confront his inner demons. Ibrahim Joseph, a Bahamian fugitive, must face his past. Aidan Sharpe, a fallen lawyer, struggles with self-doubt and his growing affection for Molly McGregor, a fearless towboat captain who cannot find the courage to love. They will all be drawn into a 2,000-year-old mystery that unfolds with the reappearance of the ship.
About the Author:
 Michael Hurley and his wife Susan live in Raleigh, North Carolina. Born in Baltimore in 1958, he studied English at the University of Maryland and law at St. Louis University. 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, under their Center Street imprint. The Prodigal is his first novel.

My Review:
 Some what of a coming of age read for middle aged people, The Prodigal takes us on a journey through four different individuals and choices that they have to make in their lives. Everything centers around Ocracoke Island, an island located on the outer banks of North Carolina. Aidan Sharpe is a man in search of his true inner self and after arriving on the island resides with the local priest, Marcus O'Reilly, and is soon put to work as a boat hand--- someone that does the things needed to get the boat ready to sail. Soon being the arrogant lawyer he is, is let go from this simpleton's job.

 Marcus O'Reilly is a priest running from something himself but offers to help people in need when they come to the island with no place to stay. Ibrahim Joseph, running from his past and then there's Molly McGregor a towboat captain that is more interested with her work than looking for or finding love.The Prodigal, is a ship that gets rediscovered by this crew and they all soon discover the mystery it holds.

 The author does alot in this book to teach us about the sea faring life, many things I didn't even know about. He did a great job of making the characters come to life and they seemed very real to me, so much so that I felt sorry for them and each of their plights.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.