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The Prodigal Hour Paperback – July 1, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
With that being said and this being the first time travel novel I read, I did find it a little on the predictable side. I have watched a few time travel movies and this was kind of like them with wanting to go back and change things in the past. Don't we all? However, there were a few surprises, don't get me wrong. It's one of the reasons I enjoyed the book. Another reason I enjoyed reading the Prodigal Hour is the fact I could connect with the characters. With some novels, this is more difficult for me.
I would recommend this book to anyone who was looking for a different kind of read.
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? I had a hard time believing that a character with such a deep religious background, who is plagued with doubt and confusion, wouldn't want to answer this question.
There were a few proofing errors and too many commas for my tastes, but overall the quality of the text was good. The ebook format was perfect, with no noticeable problems. Overall, a very satisfying novel.
Not only were his descriptions see-able, but his people were know-able. The way they thought and reacted is how many of us would hope to react with that opportunity. Chance and Cassie were my favorites as people but all along, every time that he left Leonard's story, I was frustrated because I wanted more.
The places they choose to go, (Spoiler Alert) to save a Dad, or see if Jesus was real, or to the trade Towers on Sept 10, or to kill Hitler, may seem a bit predictable and yet what happens with each choice is not only unique, and heart wrenching, it is something told in a voice that often made me stop and highlight and underline passages that felt so well written, and so beautiful and touching that I never wanted to forget them.
I hate having to choose a number and a star. This book is so close to a five star book, I love it, will remember it, may even save it and read it again. It isn't as smooth or perfectly written as some but it is so sincere and so compelling. It doesn't quite sit on the rarefied shelf with my all time favorites, and I wouldn't think of it first thing when someone says to tell them my favorite book, but that may be more a matter of it not really being in my favorite genre, rather than anything to do with its lack of anything specific. So Yeah, it's either a 4 or a 5 and either way, I'd recommend it as a purchase for anyone who wants both entertainment and a reason to think.