About

THE NOVEL

Throughout our lives, we all come into contact with some amazing people. Some of them come, some of them go, and some of them even stay for a while. At its heart, The Siren’s Call is the story of the love between friends—what we do to sustain our friendships, and, sadly, what we do to destroy them. Hopefully in that process somewhere lies a bit of redemption.

Steven Perry and Kenneth Pierson are best friends and trusted partners in the successful Detroit law firm they co-founded. They are handsome, young, bright, and at the top of their game with the world at their feet—that is until Steve’s fiancée is killed by a drunk driver. Consumed by grief, Steve can’t sleep. So in the middle of the night Steve impulsively drives to Kip’s northern Lake Michigan retreat in an attempt to escape and begins to hear voices in his head.

Concerned for his friend’s sanity, Kip convinces Steve to join him in Hawaii for a much needed extended vacation—spring break style. Fun in the sun, hilarious hijinks, surfing lessons, remembered dreams and unexpected meetings with friends from home all ensue. But while Steve struggles to deal with his own grief and potentially gestating madness, he begins to suspect that Kip is wrestling with his own demons that Kip refuses to reveal—stressing their relationship to the breaking point. But as Kip’s best friend, Steve cannot imagine neither the depth of Kip’s deception nor the terrible secret he is hiding.

Filled with raw emotional power and vivid images of the surrounding landscapes, The Siren’s Call is an unforgettable story of two friends trying to cope with profound grief the best way they know how and make sense out of a senseless personal tragedy. The sirens are calling. Read this book.

THE COVER ART


This cover art being developed for The Siren’s Call is a photograph of one of Aragorn’s Fire Sculptures taken and copyrighted during a full moon party May 17, 2011 by Matthew D. Kennedy of MDK Global Design Studios, located at 5 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017. The photo is being used with permission. Matthew said “it was like I was literally hearing the siren’s call.”

Each of the Fire Sculptures are uniquely designed and created by hand from steel spheres ranging in size from 12 inches to 5 feet in diameter. They are made by hand cutting elaborate stories out of steel balls and then fueling them with local driftwood. Setting them ablaze is a sight full of fantasy for the viewer. With each phase of the fire, from raging start to ember-glowing finish, the imagery changes.

Fire is symbolic of so much and the nature in which it inspires is immeasurable. The Siren’s Call makes use of fire imagery throughout the novel in its dual role as creative and destructive forces. The particular fire sculpture photograph chosen for the cover image features three musicians playing musical instruments, and perhaps summoning unwary listeners to their doom.

THE AUTHOR

Matthew Urdan and Brian Jennings R2-ing Hawaii 5-0 on the Upper Gauley

Matthew Urdan and Brian Jennings R2-ing Hawaii 5-0 on the Upper Gauley River in West Virginia

Matthew S. Urdan has worked in or for his grandfather’s drugstore, the West Bloomfield Public Library, a movie megaplex, an environmental consulting firm, an information management firm, a whitewater rafting company, the International Whitewater Hall of Fame and numerous restaurants as well as successfully coaching high school debate and forensics. Originally from the Detroit area, Matthew learned to swim in northern Lake Michigan where his family spent their summers in Charlevoix. Now residing in Gatlinburg, TN, the Great Smoky Mountains are his backyard and whitewater rivers everywhere are his playground.