The Prodigal Son

Rob MacLaine book 1

Fiction - Thriller - General
292 Pages
Reviewed on 08/24/2022
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Reviewed by Essien Asian for Readers' Favorite

In Les Haswell's The Prodigal Son, Rob Maclaine is a successful security consultant who enjoys his job and the company of his good friend Joe. Early one morning, after an incredible night with an equally incredible date, Rob receives a call from someone he never expected he would hear from. He must return to his family home at Achravie Estate, back to unfinished business and a painful past he left behind, and a damaged reputation he has little interest in rebuilding. He must utilize the skills he has picked up over the years to get to the bottom of a mystery, surrounded by broken bones and foreign mercenaries with the possible advantage of finding love along the way.

The action is rapid in The Prodigal Son as you follow clues from the first chapter right up to the climax. The storyline is not complicated but it feels like two stories being told separately instead of in a single, unifying plot. This does not affect the quality of the story adversely and credit must go to Les Haswell for this. The character development is spot-on, the backstories are thorough, and there are no gaps in their motives, making it easier to identify with the individuals in the novel. Like the biblical story with a similar name, The Prodigal Son shows that no matter where you go you will always be drawn back to the familiar. Les Haswell's spectacular approach to storytelling exemplifies this with an outstanding blend of romance and detective work creating an impressive novel.