The Prophet by Michael Koryta
2012 Hachette Audio
Length: 11 hours and 49 minutes
Reader: Robert Petkoff
Finished on 11/12/12
Rating: 3.5/5 (Good)
Two brothers in a small Midwestern town: one the high school’s beloved football coach on the verge of a state championship, one scraping by as a bail bondsman. Their sister was abducted and murdered when they were teenagers, and they’ve been divided since that day. Now a new killing with ties to both of them has forced a painful and adversarial reunion.
Michael Koryta, widely hailed as one of the best young thriller writers at work today, has written his first masterpiece—an emotionally harrowing, unstoppably suspenseful novel that shows why Dean Koontz has said, “He’s now on my must-read list.”
I don’t think I’d ever heard of Michael Koryta until one day when I glanced through an ARC of his latest book, The Prophet. I decided to give it a try, after reading the following from the cover of that ARC:
What do the #1 bestselling writers Lee Child, Stephen King, James Patterson, Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly, Scott Smith, Ridley Pearson and Dean Koontz have in common?
They all love Michael Koryta.
Now read his greatest thriller ever, The Prophet.
I’ve gotten so I really enjoy listening to mysteries and thrillers, so when the audio version came up in my library queue, I decided to skip the ARC and give the audio a try. In spite of the unremarkable reader (Robert Petkoff), the narrative held my interest, especially during the football scenes. I’ve become quite a fan of college football (Go Big Red!), so I had no trouble picturing the plays as described by Koryta. Unfortunately, it’s been a month since I finished the book and the details of the actual mystery have already faded. I wrote in my journal that The Prophet is a bit reminiscent of Defending Jacob, but today I have to idea why I thought this!