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The Prodigal

The Prodigal

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.  Hurley’s eloquent, hypnotic style will have readers following, unquestioningly, to the very end.” –ForeWord Clarion Review

“Stirring, romantic, and evocative of the sea’s magic.” –Kirkus Reviews

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I am going to admit it right here and now. I did not think I was going to be able to finish reading this book. I was bored silly and it was still dragging for me at 30%. I could not understand what the heck this was about, and then I switched my brain on after reading three zombie books in a row and went back and read it again and went “ohhhh”.

The Prodigal is not one of my zombie books or cotton candy reads. No werewolves or drooling undead. This is full on intense literature and full of beautifully wrought symbolism. Ever read Moby Dick… For fun? Well this is that kind of read. You do need to be in the right frame of mind set and mood to read it. I do think, unfortunately, there is a huge group of people who will not have a clue what this book is about, and like me are going to go, what the heck and stop reading?

Considering I am a middle age woman and I got the meaning behind a lot of the metaphors I also realized the target readers are from middle thirties to middle-age and are still coming to terms with this fact. Kind of like your third coming of age book. First is your teen years, second are the Saturn’s return or mid to late twenties and the third is around mid-thirties to late forties

The opening scene is pivotal to setting not only the direction of the book but also is the basis on how to read it.

A man wakes up naked in the sand, scorched by the sun. He is forced to wear a dress to cover his naked body and wine is offered by some almost supernatural or imagined woman.

OK way to simplified but you see how I could be going “What the heck?” If you do not read this metaphorically you are screwed, because it sets the whole “flavor” for the rest of novel.

The allegory woven through all of the characters’ lives, their habits, their virtues, and definitely their vices are directly important to understanding the adventure. Not just the literal one but the spiritual one. No matter how together and successful a person is, their inner mess is not as organized or as together as everyone else sees from the outside.

It has two things that are near and dear to my heart sailing and lawyers. I grew up with a father as a lawyer and a family that sailed. I also am a girl who does read Moby Dick for fun. I am not sure I would recommend this to folks who are not into reading heavily metaphorical seeped literature or who does not know what allegory means.

***Now for my personal note. This is a heavily metaphoric Christian read. This also could have lead to why I had a hard time reading it. My review is not reflective of that, but I do not like being sold a read that is not labeled Christian when it is. The thing that really pushed me past it is the high quality of writing. I never would have read it knowing this but I am glad I pushed through and did. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author as part of a tour for review purposes.  The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

About The Author

Michael Hurley lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife Susan. Together they have four children ranging in age from 19 to 23.  Born in Baltimore in 1958, Michael studied English at the University of Maryland and law at St. Louis University. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and North Carolina.


A lifelong sailor, he obtained his captain’s license from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1992 and took six months off from the practice of law to work as a sailboat charter captain in New Bern, North Carolina. Between 1995 and 2003, while practicing law full-time, he also wrote and published Paddle & Portage, a quarterly literary journal on wilderness canoeing enjoyed by more than 10,000 subscribers in 48 states.  When he is not sailing or writing or canoeing, Michael continues a hopeless quest to prove that his piano teachers at Baltimore’s Peabody Institute were wrong about him all along.





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One Comment

  1. Thanks so much for being apart of this tour!!


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