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The Prophet
Michael Koryta

Hachette Audio
August 7, 2012 / ASIN: B008U2P2VW
Mystery/Thriller / Audiobook - 11 hours, 49 minutes

Reviewed by Jo Rogers

The Prophet is a chilling tale of two brothers, Adam and Kent Austin, who haven’t spoken to each other in years. When they were eighteen (Adam) and fifteen (Kent}, their sister, Marie, was abducted, raped and murdered. Adam blamed himself because he’d been supposed to take her home after her cross-country practice. Instead, he’d gotten the news that his girlfriend was moving back to Cleveland for good. He went to spend time with the girlfriend, thinking the walk home was only five blocks and Marie would be fine. Kent had still been watching footfall films and had been unable to walk his sister home. He felt guilty because he should have walked her home.

The family had never recovered. While Adam remained in the house after his parents’ death, Kent and his family lived in Chambers, Ohio, where Kent coached the football team. They had a real shot at the state championship this year, just as they’d had when Marie died. The team, with Adam as quarterback, had won for Marie. This time, just before the playoffs began, the star receiver’s girlfriend was murdered. The crime seemed to be connected to the Austin brothers. They found they had to work together to stop a killer.

The Prophet is one of the best books I’ve read this year. The characters are fully developed, even with their imperfections. The plot is intense, turning and twisting just as you think you know what happened. The sex details are minimal, the profanity is sparse and the violence is held down to a mild roar. Reader Robert Petkoff gives a masterful performance as he brings the story fully alive. Listen to “The Prophet” and just enjoy a great book.

Reviewer's Note: violence, sexual situations, profanity
Reviewed 2012