Jun 18, 2013

Book Teaser: The Prodigal by Michael Hurley

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Title: The Prodigal: A Novel by Michael Hurley
Published May 28; 20132; CreateSpace
Genre: novel with supernatural elements
Ocracoke Island, 2010 
And so Aidan, the proud one, a man who refused above all else to learn from his own mistakes much less the errors of history, came at last to this island. Of course it would be a wild place. A sea place. A dwelling made of memory, sand, and wind. A world that already knew his name. Here he slept, unsuspecting, in the peace of the unborn. But every birth is a time of becoming, and Aidan's time had come. (ch. 1)
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Publisher description: This allegorical tale begins with the escape of a Gypsy princess and her young lover from her father's camp in 1851. The boy steals Prodigal, a sailing ship blessed with unnatural speed, and the lovers escape to sea, leaving the father to grieve for the loss and pine for the return of his child. More than 150 years later on Ocracoke Island, Aidan Sharpe, an aging lawyer, is caught up in a two-thousand-year-old mystery that unfolds with the sudden reappearance of Prodigal off the coast, adrift and unmanned. Its discovery will lead Aidan and those close to him into the deep, in a race between time and eternity.


Hurley (Once Upon a Gypsy Moon, 2013, etc.) writes an intriguing, well-plotted and multilayered novel whose heroes are interestingly flawed. In various ways they struggle with faith, whether in God or other human beings. The supernatural elements--a religious relic, a gypsy woman out of legend--are thoughtfully handled. Hurley writes beautifully, especially in depicting nautical and island life. . . Stirring, romantic and evocative of the sea's magic. -Kirkus Reviews

Would you keep reading based on the opening sentences of the first chapter?
 I received a complimentary review copy of this book.


  1. I would go on reading. Hope you enjoy reading it.

    Here is my teaser post

  2. The introduction is intriguing...I would read on. Here's my Tuesday Intro/Teaser:


  3. I like the setting and the fantasy, but it might be too philosophical right now for me.

  4. Wow, what a story! Thanks for sharing...and now I'll be wanting to learn more.


  5. I'd read more, Harvee. I look forward to your review.

  6. I'm afraid it didn't grab me. That's just me. I'm nor a lover of fantasy novels. But I hope you are enjoying it.

  7. It sounds like it is well written but I also wasn't sold.

  8. I like the premise of this story. It could be fascinating.
    My Teaser is from THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS.

  9. This sounds very good, I'd read it!

  10. Harvee, yes, I'd read some more - I'm curious. I'm so happy you decided to join us this week - thanks.

  11. Not really for me but intriguing start if it was my genre.

  12. I find that the writing in that first paragraph to be very good, Plus the plot sounds very interesting so I would keep reading!


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