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The Prodigal Hour: A Time Travel Novel [Kindle Edition]

Will Entrekin , Exciting Press
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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"The Prodigal Hour, the audacious, genre-bending novel by Will Entrekin, is a Rubik's Cube of delights. Equal parts sci-fi, thriller, coming-of-age, and love story, the novel hurtles readers along Chance Sowin's intriguingly unpredictable journey--forward, backward, and inward. A thrilling head rush of a book."
-Elizabeth Eslami, author of Bone Worship: A Novel

"Chance Sowin hoped only for a new beginning."

On October 31st, 2001, six weeks after escaping the World Trade Center attacks, Chance Sowin moves back home, hoping for familiarity and security. Instead, he interrupts a burglary during which his father, Dennis, is shot and killed.

What begins as a homicide investigation escalates when the Joint Terrorism Task Force arrives. Where he hoped for solutions, Chance finds only more questions: who killed his father, and why? Was his father--a physicist at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study--working on dangerous research? Why did Dennis build a secret laboratory in his basement?

Chance might not know the answers, but Cassie Lackesis, Dennis' research assistant, thinks she does. She isn't certain Dennis discovered a way to time travel, but she knows who told her: Chance.

Together with Cassie, Chance will go on a journey across time and space that will challenge his every notion of ideas like "right" and "good." One young man's desire to make a difference will become, instead, a race against time as he tries to prevent forces he could never understand from not just destroying the universe but rendering it nonexistent.

When every action has a reaction, every force its counter, Chance will find that the truest measure of his character is not what he wants but what he will do when the prodigal hour returns.

"A whirlwind ride through time and space . . . a smart and wonderful tale." -Doubleshot Reviews

"I couldn’t put the book down. The last half was a whirlwind of crazy time, space continuum." - Lara's Book Club

Product Details

  • File Size: 661 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615499732
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Exciting Press (July 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058V5MLI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Prodigal Hour November 20, 2011
If you were given a time travel machine just moments after your father was killed, what would you do? Go back in time, right? Fix it? Save him? Of course. And that's exactly what happens to Chance Sowin in The Prodigal Hour. At the beginning of the book, Chance Sowin returns home to his father in New Jersey after 9/11 has startled him and made living in New York uncomfortable. But upon his arrival, his father -- a brilliant scientist -- is murdered. He quickly learns that one of his father's inventions has something to do with it. He and his longtime neighbor -- and childhood crush -- Cassie Lackesis unravel the truth behind his father's research.

His father had developed a time machine. Despite the consequences, the two go back in time to save Chance's dad. When they do so, his father tells them about the dangers and beauty of time travel. And off they go -- back to the time of Jesus and Hitler. With hopes to watch history happen, they instead become involved, and it changes everything.

But The Prodigal Hour uses dual narration. Besides Chance, we also learn about Leonard Kensington, another scientist and time traveler. But as we read the chapters he narrates, we realize he has a distorted sense of reality...or rather it's different from our reality. It leaves us to wonder how Leonard is related to Chance and Cassie and when and where they will meet.

Many novels nowadays tend to use 9/11 as a way to entice readers. It's a depressing, relatively recent event to which we can all relate, remember, and grieve over. Often times, I feel 9/11 is abused in books and movies. While September 11th is the starting point of The Prodigal Hour, it's not the focus of the story, and I like that.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Audacious Treatment of Time Travel September 30, 2011
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I have never read a book on time travel that faced paradoxes as unflinchingly as The Prodigal Hour. Most books choose to ignore them, implying that time will somehow take care of itself, or that time is immutable and cannot be changed. Entrekin's book plants itself firmly in theoretical physics and tackles paradoxes head-on, presenting the reader with a terrifying what-if scenario.

Nor does the book shrink from topics charged with extreme emotion. Love, death, guilt, and responsibility are superimposed over backdrops of the 9/11 tragedy, rise of the Nazis, and Christ's crucifixion. Entrekin doesn't pull punches with his characters, forcing impossible choices at every turn. I can often tell how a story will end, but with this one I couldn't imagine. The twists kept coming to the very last chapter.

The style of the novel reminded me of Michael Crichton or Dean Koontz, filled with unbounded imaginings rooted in science. The prose is fluid and easy to read, with experimental elements that emphasize movement in the novel. Point of view and verb tense shift seamlessly throughout the story. As an editor, I am sensitive to such things, but it was so well done I often didn't realize it had shifted until several pages later.

My only complaint: I was unclear how the episode with Christ advanced the plot. It helped develop the main character and it was definitely interesting to read, but I thought the story would have proceeded the same without it. In addition, I was disappointed that a book which was so uncompromising with every other subject balked at the big theological question raised in the incident: was Christ resurrected?
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doubleshot Reviews book review August 23, 2011
What would you do if you had the ability to travel through time? Would you try to change something that happened to you in your past? Would you look to the future? Or would you consider some of the horrific events that have happened in our world and try to "fix" them?

Chance Sowin has this very ability thrust into his hands just six weeks after escaping the World Trade Center attacks. He has decided to move back home in hopes to find that security that being home always seemed to offer. Upon arriving him, that security he was searching for is brutally ripped from his grasp as he interrupts a burglary where his father, Dennis, is shot and killed.

The homicide investigation all of a sudden turns on Chance when the Joint Terrorism Task Force arrives. Question after question continue to mount as his father is accused of working with terrorists. A secret laboratory is found in Chance's father's basement. The answer's to these mounting questions are unknown, but Dennis' research assistant, Cassie Lackesis thinks she may know the answers. Chance's father discovered a way to travel through time. The reason for this knowledge? Chance came to Cassie in the middle of the night soaking wet and told her.

Journeying across time Cassie and, especially, Chance will be challenged as to what is right and what is wrong and the consequences of changing history and, not only destroying the universe, but potentially rendering it nonexistent.

The Prodigal Hour by Will Entrekin is a whirlwind ride through time and space. It makes you think...I mean truly THINK about what the consequences of your actions or the slightest chance in a historical timeline could end up doing to the world we currently know as our own.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Time and alternate universe paradoxes galore!
This is a multi-plane yarn. One focuses on the paradoxes of time travel. Another on alternate universes - is one real and another alternate or are both/all equally real? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Patricia Austin
4.0 out of 5 stars Love time travel!
Great story that requires a lot of thinking which I enjoy tremendously. It seemed like a pre=edited version as there were lots of errors.
Published 2 months ago by library_lady
4.0 out of 5 stars OK Scifi novel
This is a time travel novel that has somewhat of a surprise ending. It does jump around between several characters, and is hard to keep up. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert E Gray
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
I didn't like this story. to To me it was too confusing and didn't have a good flow. To technical for me.
Published 2 months ago by activityd
5.0 out of 5 stars Sticks with you!
One of the biggest criteria that I use in judging a book is how much I think about it after I've turned the last page. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ami D. Phillips
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Novel
I expected a more interesting novel - the reader has to keep focused on two stories running parallel, in my opinion. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eileen Daisy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mesmerizing Novel: THE PRODIGAL HOUR ; A TIME TRAVEL by Will...
This book hooked me from the very beginning. Although it was somewhat difficult to follow at times with the character shifts and time shifts it seemed to develop a pattern as you... Read more
Published 4 months ago by patti fasanella
4.0 out of 5 stars A time travel novel
A book well put together. A book that starts with Hitler, goes through the crucifixion of Christ and the twin towers in New York City. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John F. Caruana
2.0 out of 5 stars Too unbelievable.
Just too far fetched for me. Of course it was supposed to be a fantasy and if you want this type of read, jump in. Not for me, but well enough written to be ok for some.
Published 6 months ago by Reviewer#1
5.0 out of 5 stars possibilities, probabilities and eventualities
I really enjoyed this book and how it made you think about how things happen and are interconnected. Who did carry the cross in the end or was it the beginning?
Published 7 months ago by Jeff Friar
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More About the Author

"Will Entrekin always has something special to say and unique ways in which to say it. His writing captures lightning in a bottle."
~Shelly Lowenkopf

Will Entrekin is a Pittsburgh-based writer. Born and raised in New Jersey, Entrekin studied fiction and screenwriting at the University of Southern California's Master's in Professional Writing program with best-selling authors Rachel Resnick, John Rechy, and Janet Fitch and filmmakers including Irvin Kershner, Syd Field, and Coleman Hough. He wrote The Prodigal Hour with the guidance of Shelly Lowenkopf and Sid Stebel, an author Ray Bradbury called "The greatest writing teacher ever," and received the 2007 Ruth Cohen Fellowship, as well as a 2008 lectureship position teaching composition. After graduating from USC, Entrekin earned an MBA in marketing from Regis University.

Entrekin has worked as a commercial production assistant at Young & Rubicam NY, an editor for the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, and a personal trainer for Bally Total Fitness.

Entrekin studied literature and science at Saint Peter's College in Jersey City, where he won the Stephen J. Rosen Memorial Writing award and earned membership into the national Biological, Literary, and Jesuit Honor societies. He graduated cum laude as a Gerard Manley Hopkins scholar with degrees in both science and literature, and studied theology with Father Robert Kennedy, S.J., roshi, a Jesuit priest and Zen master in the White Plum lineage. Entrekin is also an Eagle scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow in the Boy Scouts of America.

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