The Vineyard

Winner of the Eric Hoffer Prize
for General Fiction

 “Well written. Riveting, with complex characters. Hurley has crafted a strong story that examines friendship, corruption, mysticism, and love.” —Publishers Weekly

 “Addictive, escapist reading. Deliriously satisfying.” —Kirkus

 “[A] spellbinding, beautifully written creation.” —Long & Short Reviews

 “[A] tale both hopeful and tragic, with an ending that will leave you lost in thought.” —The Book Wheel

 “Beautifully crafted, flawlessly written, and a resounding novel of friendship, pain, and ultimate forgiveness.” —Literary R & R



The Passage

Welcome aboard! Starting May 25, 2015, follow me on a forty-day, 3,400-mile solo passage across the Atlantic from Charleston to Ireland aboard a 30-foot sailboat. To see to a map that will go “live” on May 25 with my current position via satellite and read my posts about conditions at sea, click on the photo at right. The voyage will be part of the writing process for my forthcoming novel, The Passage, and will also be used to obtain film footage for a docudrama to be based on the book. To read a free copy of the first chapters of THE PASSAGE, click on the “Download Now” button, below. —Michael


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19 05, 2015

The Way Ahead

  • May 19th, 2015

“Tell me, O Muse, of the man of many devices, who wandered far and wide after he had sacked Troy’s sacred city, and saw the towns of many men and knew their mind.”  –Homer, The Odyssey
In six days’ time, I will leave Charleston alone aboard a thirty-foot ketch bound for Ireland and from there to a life and points unknown. I have come to say farewell. There is more news in this than you might suppose.
It is a dangerous business, writing about a voyage before it has begun. Several things could happen. I could suffer, within sight of the dock, a failure of courage or other catastrophe that would hasten my return to the very people I have just made so much ceremony of leaving. Or, I might leave and never come back for any number of voluntary or involuntary reasons. It is the possibility, not the probability, of the latter that compels me to write these words.
To my friends and […]


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