[title size=”1″]The Prodigal[/title]
Winner of the 2013 Chanticleer Reviews Grand Prize
“Undoubtedly one of the best new books I’ve read, The Prodigal
by Michael Hurley is the novel that I tell everybody they must read. It is a story that you will not soon forget.” —Chanticleer Reviews
“Hurley’s novel weaves in many elements of law, sailing, and Roman Catholicism, and ties them together well.” —Publishers Weekly
“Stirring, romantic, and evocative of the sea’s magic.” —Kirkus Reviews
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.
“A masterpiece of artistic imagination.” —ForeWord Clarion Review
“[A]n intriguing, well-plotted, and multilayered novel. The supernatural elements—a religious relic, a gypsy woman out of legend—are thoughtfully handled. Hurley writes beautifully, especially when depicting island and nautical life.” —Kirkus Reviews
(Ragbagger Press, 2013) Trade paperback $16.00 E-book $9.99; 358 pp.
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