The Vineyard

 “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 a map updated daily with my position via satellite and read my posts about conditions mid-ocean, click on the photo at right for the link to my Facebook page. 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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13 04, 2015

Rowing the Atlantic by Roz Savage: a review

  • April 13th, 2015

In 2005, at the age of thirty-eight, England’s Rosalind “Roz” Savage raced across 3,000 miles of the Atlantic between the Canary Islands and Antigua, alone, in a tricked-out, 23-foot ocean rowboat. She spent 103 days in solitude completing that herculean task, propelled by no power but her own strength and, when that sometimes failed her, sheer force of will. By the time I finished reading her honest and engaging memoir of this adventure, published in 2009 by Simon & Schuster, I had come to appreciate just what a formidable power she is.
A friend of mine, Thomas Tisdale, introduced me to Savage’s beautifully written story. Tom stopped me on the way back from communion on Easter Sunday to mention he had something he’d been meaning to give me for weeks. He knows I too am planning to cross the Atlantic solo, leaving Charleston in late May and heading nonstop for Ireland by the comparatively luxurious means of a thirty-foot ketch. An announcement to this effect has appeared for […]


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