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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,241 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Koryta Narrator: Robert Petkoff Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781619692305
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Adam Austin hasn’t spoken to his brother in years. When they were teenagers, their sister was abducted and murdered, and their devastated family never recovered. Now Adam keeps to himself, scraping by as a bail bondsman, working so close to the town’s criminal fringes that he sometimes seems a part of them.

Kent Austin is the beloved coach of the local high school football team, a religious man and hero in the community. After years of near misses, Kent’s team has a shot at the state championship, a welcome point of pride in a town that has had its share of hardships.

Just before playoffs begin, the town and the team are thrown into shock when horrifically, impossibly, another teenage girl is found murdered. As details emerge that connect the crime to the Austin brothers, the two must confront their buried rage and grief—and unite to stop a killer.

Michael Koryta, widely hailed as one of the most exciting young thriller authors at work today, has written his greatest novel ever—an emotionally harrowing, unstoppably suspenseful novel that Donald Ray Pollock has called “one of the sharpest and superbly plotted crime novels I’ve read in my life.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Prophet is a relentless, heart-in-your-throat thriller about ordinary people caught in the middle of an extraordinary nightmare.”

    Dennis Lehane

  • Somehow, Michael Koryta gets better with every book, no small feat considering the quality of those he's already written. Here's a writer for the new century, one to read, admire and, yes, envy. Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
  • A man in love with the woman who shot him. Who could possibly resist that story? Not me. Read on, and discover one of the scariest and most touching horror tales in years. James Patterson
  • A chilling supernatural thriller by [a] rising literary star Alexandra Alter, Wall Street Journal
  • Another supernatural thriller with punch....Part ghost story, part murder mystery, all thriller, this fast-paced and engaging read will have readers leaving the night light on long after they have finished the book. Colleen S. Harris, Library Journal (starred review)
  • An eerie tale... a dark and compulsively readable story...Reading The Ridge is a fine way to chill down a hot summer night. But you'll want to leave the lights on. Colette Bancroft, St. Petersburg Times
  • A new suspense novel that's sure to send a few unseasonable shivers down the back of your neck...In addition to being a spooky thriller, the book is about a lot of different kinds of loss and love. Linda Wertheimer, NPR
  • “A delicious read, intricately woven, with characters who are impossible to forget. Michael Koyta excites and satisfies on every level.”

    Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author

  • The Prophet is like a long, heart-stopping pass down the sidelines in the final seconds of a decisive game. It’s made me want to leap to my feet and cheer Koryta on.”

    Scott Smith, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Elegantly written…Koryta shows great sensitivity in examining how each brother deals with these parallel tragedies.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A compelling story…A powerful psychological portrait.”

    Tampa Bay Times

  • “Michael Koryta is an amazingly talented writer, and I rank The Prophet as one of the sharpest and superbly plotted crime novels I’ve read in my life.”

    Donald Ray Pollock, author of Knockemstiff

  • “Thriller Award finalist Koryta triumphantly returns to crime fiction with this multilayered exploration of guilt and redemption…Like Laura Lippman, Koryta has a gift for melding a suspenseful, twisty plot with a probing, unflinching look at his protagonists’ weaknesses.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Could. Not. Put. It. Down.”

    New London Day

  • “Edgar-nominated mystery wunderkind Koryta has earned kudos from veteran thriller writers Stephen King and Dean Koontz. He proves plenty worthy of praise in this vivid portrayal of a small Midwestern town and the evils that befall it…With its crisp writing and steady suspense, this is a must-read for his fans both old and new.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Gut-wrenching at every level.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • Friday Night Lights meets In Cold Blood in this powerful tale…It’s a brilliantly paced thriller that keeps its villains at a tantalizing distance, a compelling family portrait, a study in morality that goes beyond the usual black-and-white judgments, and an entertaining spin on classic football fiction. A flawless performance.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books: Thrillers
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esther | 2/9/2014

    " I don't like mysteries and thrillers. The owner of my local book store inkwood told me this one was great and I was glad she did.Rather than than just the police evasion and guns this included a family story and really brought me into the book. Added perk is that koryta and Dennis lehane will be speaking together next month in my city. I cannot wait to go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Drape | 2/7/2014

    " This is a great read, a thriller set in small town Ohio and high school football. Koryta knows his characters and environment well. He doesn't hit a false note as he takes us through a clever plot. Enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Bryan | 2/5/2014

    " Really a 3 and 1/2. Really enjoyed the last third of the book and especially the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeannie | 1/18/2014

    " "The Prophet" by Michael Koryta is a tale of penance and redemption, peppered with endless high school football references. Not a sports fan? You can still survive this tale of loss and faith in small-town Ohio. I did! It's just the right blend of mystery, emotional intrigue, and nostalgia to appease both male and female readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger | 1/9/2014

    " I liked it, a good mix of suspense, drama and football. A good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith Ann | 1/7/2014

    " good Dennis Lehane style writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/2/2014

    " I loved Michael Koryta's three other novels published by LB; this novel is a different genre than the other three, and it is one that goes back to his roots. The three stars are based mainly on my lack of love for books in the crime/mystery genre. The characters in The Prophet are likable, and the subplot about high school football in Ohio was very interesting. Koryta has some great observations and lines when it comes to coaching and football. Lots of twists make this a mystery most should enjoy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Blakeslee | 12/29/2013

    " Solid page-turner. Nice twists and arcing tension throughout with background of sibling rivalry, faith, dealing with past, and football. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo Ann | 12/15/2013

    " Mystery thriller that has high school football as a theme throughout the novel. Ties in the murder of the sister of two brothers to one that occurs about twenty years later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Schneider | 12/15/2013

    " An interesting mystery, set around a high school football coach and his team's quest for the state championship. It held my attention, but the plot was a little to convenient, too predictable maybe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Walt | 12/11/2013

    " Great book, slow start but what's it gets going it is great. Lots of twists, makes it unpredictable and keeps you guessing! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Berry | 11/12/2013

    " Warning: Contains way too much football. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn marie | 10/25/2013

    " Far too many references to Americana football and how the game's played with respect to the building of characters. Just got too boring. Shame. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 10/12/2013

    " Good read. Just like a delicious orange, though, I wanted just a little more juice from it. Perhaps get more into the mind of the killer. But a good autumn read, especially during football season! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Midge | 5/19/2013

    " Who doesn't like a good mystery.About brothers who drifted apart after their sister was murdered. Than another young girl was murdered in their small town and the brothers was brought back together. Touching and suspenceful,makes for a very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/19/2013

    " Good thriller author I'd never read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Van | 2/23/2013

    " Very good. I think this one is his best yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/13/2013

    " Friday Night Lights meets CSI. I wanted to like it more but I couldn't get into the characters at all. Didn't hate it but found it unfulfilling on the heels of the last few books I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 10/22/2012

    " A thriller that made me cry at the end -- that covers all the bases for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Lin | 10/11/2012

    " First book read by him, and loved it! Highly recommend it. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Koryta

Michael Koryta is the New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, most recently Those Who Wish Me Dead. His previous novels—including The Prophet, The Ridge, and So Cold The River—were New York Times Notable Books, national bestsellers, and have been nominated for numerous awards, including having won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, Koryta graduated from Indiana University with a degree in criminal justice. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Bloomington, Indiana.

About the Narrator

Robert Petkoff is an audiobook narrator who has won a prestigious Audie Award and twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has appeared on Chappelle’s Show, Law & Order, and Quantum Leap. His Broadway credits include Sir Robin in Spamalot, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, and Tateh in Ragtime.