The Prophet by Michael Koryta
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Prophet by Michael Koryta
Publication date August 7, 2012
I had hoped this would be one of my favourite author’s stunning Supernatural thrillers (this is what happens when one doesn’t read the blurb LOL). It isn’t-but it is a stunner nonetheless. As far as I am concerned (and I believe I’ve read all his books to date), author Michael Koryta cannot write an imperfect book. Yet in “The Prophet” he has gone above and beyond even his usual perfection, and written a book so deep that I cannot set it aside, cannot stop thinking about it, and will never forget it. His characterizations are incredibly deep and detailed-as if the author was not only omniscient but psychologically talented and wise as well. I won’t give anything away, but I must say that Mr. Koryta deals with issues of morality (and ethical relativity), faith, fear, sibling connections, parent-child relations, revenge, sociopathy, crime, vigilantism-and the list goes on. But it’s never a surface skimming: Mr. Koryta delves deep, deeper than I could have ever expected. He doesn’t just cut to the bone; he digs out the marrow.
I read this book over the course of two evenings (it would have been in one setting were it not that I needed to devote time to Review books) but I doubt it will ever leave my mind. The emotional, moral, psychological, and ethical impact of this book is so deep, so powerful, it’s like a meteor dropped on my soul. Read it-read it-read it-but never forget it.
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