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Until the Next Time

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  336 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
For Sean Corrigan the past is simply what happened yesterday, until his twenty-first birthday, when he is given a journal left him by his father’s brother Michael—a man he had not known existed. The journal, kept after his uncle fled from New York City to Ireland to escape prosecution for a murder he did not commit, draws Sean into a hunt for the truth about Michael’s fate ...more
Paperback, 402 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Algonquin Books
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Jul 09, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Katy by: Vine program
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Please note: I read and reviewed this book in February 2012 from a copy I received from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Synopsis: Sean Corrigan's father gives Sean a journal for his 21st birthday - one that had been written by his uncle in the early 1970s after he fled to Ireland to escape a murder charge. While there, Sean's uncle (Mike, or Mickaleen) met the enigmati
Nov 20, 2012 Susan rated it it was ok
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Apr 18, 2012 Kat rated it liked it
I won this book through the GoodReads First Reads giveaways!

Basic Plot: Sean Corrigan goes to Ireland to find out what happened to the uncle he never knew he had, and learn an important truth about himself.

This book had me on a roller coaster. I nearly quit reading it somewhere around the middle because I was getting frustrated by the sheer stupid density of so many of the characters. I think what happened is that the author was going for suspense, and let it go on just a bit too long. The last
Barbara Mitchell
Feb 25, 2012 Barbara Mitchell rated it it was amazing
This is an Amazon Vine book that took me out of my comfort zone; it required me to fancy myself Irish and just accept what I read. If it hadn't contained such marvelous characters, I don't think I would have suspended disbelief so well but these characters have such depths to them that I'll be thinking about them for a long while.

The story begins when Sean Corrigan, of New York, is given a journal kept by his father's brother Michael. Sean had never known about an Uncle Michael, but apparently h
Mandy France
Jun 20, 2013 Mandy France rated it really liked it
Honestly, I give this book a 4.5 star rating. Let's get on adding the half stars, shall we Good Reads? Thanks. Anyway, the story was fantastic. I have never really delved into a book about reincarnation but I loved this one. The way it was presented was very unique and interesting, and the fact that the book was about reincarnation came as a surprise to me, which was a welcomed one.

What I didn't find appealing was the middle 150 pages where it went through the events of the IRA. I felt that dur
Feb 20, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book and liked the reincarnation idea as I really enjoyed that angle in books like Ferney, by James Long. The Irish setting was interesting and I found I got a bit of an insider's view on Ireland. However, I found that I didn't connect well with the characters and didn't care what happened to them and ended up skimming the final third of the book.

The theories on reincarnation and how organized religion carried hints to the truth of reincarnation was thought provokin
Jul 10, 2012 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lit-fic, ireland, romance
I quite enjoyed this book! The premise, setting and characters were all very well done. It was surprisingly romantic, too. The beginning was pure literary mystery, and it hooked me from the first page. Fox did a good job of capturing his characters' personalities and the rich Irish setting. It was an emotional read, too - I laughed out loud several times, and the melancholy situations also struck a chord with me. While the middle was a bit preachy, and the scene in the Trinity Library was a bit ...more
Lindsey Cary
Feb 23, 2016 Lindsey Cary rated it liked it
Kevin Fox's book switches between two time periods and points of view of the main characters, Mickaleen and his nephew, Sean. The story is set primarily in Ireland during the time of the Troubles between the IRA and Irish and the English military and protestants. Along with interesting history and culture, the novel serves up this well-supported and philosophical idea of reincarnation and how our souls travel on after death. The book was interesting and made me think about the ways of the world. ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Karen rated it liked it
This book had so much promise, and I really did enjoy reading it, but it wasn't without its flaws. I liked all the characters, and, of course, I loved the fact that it played on the myths of Ireland, but there were so many frustrating things happening within the lines. I understand that the author wanted to capture the accents, but as someone who grew up in Ireland, I found that some of the accents came off sounding British in parts. For example; ‘Inn’t’ is not a word that we use at all, it soun ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Peggy rated it liked it
Irish story written with some very interesting twists of reincarnation and Irish history were woven into this tale. Some points were really intriguing and other parts were slow. If you LOVE Irish history this book is for you. Read it for my book club and most of us enjoyed it. Parts of it were too long for me personally and could have used some editing down!
Jun 25, 2012 Erin rated it did not like it
I was looking forward to reading this book because I enjoy history/fantasy and romance. It had all those elements, but it just ended up being confusing and too little attention was spent on the historical background to make much sense of the characters and what they were going through. I couldn't finish it.
On his 21st birthday, Sean Corrigan’s father gave him Uncle Michael’s journal which was the wish of his uncle . Sean was surprised since he never knew he had an uncle. Michael Corrigan, a NYPD detective, began keeping a journal after fleeing to Ireland to escape persecution for a murder he did not commit. Michael’s father encouraged him to visit relatives who would help Michael to take the rite of passage, the meaning of which is unclear. However, while in Ireland, he was killed by the British w ...more
Karen Butman
Finally finished this. The author is a good story teller as I was drawn in immediately. The purpose of reading it was to reinforce what we learned about The Troubles on our recent trip to Ireland. I believe the author captured the times well and the book accomplished what I wanted. However, halfway through the book, it seemed as if the focus was getting less and less on the Troubles and more and more into reincarnation. Whilst in Ireland, I don't not believe we heard this to be part of their bel ...more
Jan 04, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it
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Mar 09, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it
This multi-generational (to say the least) tale starts with Sean receiving his uncle's journal in 1996 -- an uncle he had no idea existed. As he reads Michael's story about going to Ireland as a cop fleeing a murder charge, Sean becomes intrigued with the story and eventually goes to Ireland himself to try to find out more -- because the journal is missing several pages.

Like Michael before him, he is greeted by name by people he's never met. As he finds some of the people from the pages of the j
Apr 12, 2012 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads, reviews
Until The Next Time is a thriller/romantic drama novel about a young man named Sean trying to discover what happened to his uncle Mike in the 1970s. Sean begins to read Mike's diary, which tells the story of how Mike ran to Ireland to escape prosecution. Sean himself travels to Ireland to clear Mike's name and find out what happened to him.

Sean learns in Ireland through the diary and through a young woman named Anne that Mike met a woman named Kate, who believed in reincarnation. Both Mike and
Virginia Campbell
Mar 13, 2012 Virginia Campbell rated it really liked it
"Until the Next Time" was just too much book for the story line. My copy was almost 400 pages, in a small font, and much of the content was quite repetitive. However, even though I didn't agree with most of the reincarnation theories in the book, I did appreciate the Irish humor, culture, and countryside. It says a lot about Kevin Fox as an author that even though I didn't like much of what he wrote, I still acknowledged his skill as a storyteller. I will read other works by Kevin Fox, and I kno ...more
Until The Next Time by Kevin Fox is a novel that puts a new spin on everything from the Bible stories most of us remember to a history of Irelands bloody past to reincarnation and on to karma, love, memory and second chances. With this plethora of subject matter to cover it is not surprising that this novel, while interesting enough to command the readers' attention, it is not without a few weaknesses.

The book tells the story of Sean Corrigan a young man who, on his twenty-first birthday" is giv
Jun 23, 2012 Jean rated it it was amazing
I have been reading books about Ireland lately, as my Mom was half Irish, and I don't know much about my Irish/Celtic heritage. I believe in reincarnation, and this book had me hooked by the second page. It is the story of 21 year old Sean, whose father gives him his Uncle Michael's diary from about 25 years before. Of course, Dad never told Sean he even HAD an Uncle Michael before this. It discusses the "Troubles" and the love affair Michael had with Kate through many incarnations. As the story ...more
PJ Swanwick
Apr 20, 2012 PJ Swanwick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, spiritual
Riveting suspense drives masterful Irish reincarnation novel

Kevin Fox's reincarnation novel explores political strife, religious intolerance, and enduring love that spans centuries, played out against the lush backdrop of Northern Ireland. He doles out hints and teasers so skillfully that the story rushes forward at breakneck speed as you chase down clues until the entire puzzle falls into place--revealing a satisfying portrait of romance, spirituality, and history that transports you to an Irel
Jul 16, 2013 Miranda rated it really liked it
I originally picked this book up because of the cover art, and I took it home with me because of the description on the back. At that point, it interested me, but I wasn’t in a rush to read it. Then, when I checked out some of the reviews on Goodreads, I was intrigued by the comparison to books like The Time Traveler’s Wife. I didn’t read the full reviews because I didn’t want anything spoiled for me, but what I did read made me bring this book to the top of my to-be-read pile on my bedroom floo ...more
Jun 25, 2012 Marizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: innovative, romance
This was a truly interesting story... I am still not sure if it would also be classified as sci-fi or fantasy, or if it is more of a folklore reinvention thing...

Sean Corrigan is an American guy with an Irish heritage who recently received his uncle Mike's journal. Mike, or Mickaleen, was a wanted man in the States; an NYPD police officer who shot an unarmed black man while on a mission, and fled the States to escape his fate as a political scapegoat. Both Mike in the 1970's and Sean in the 1990
Jul 23, 2012 Erin rated it liked it
I read this for a book group, and I am even the one who suggested it (we are democratic and vote on our selections, and the group chose it). I was looking forward to reading it. A blurb somewhere had promised that fans of The Time Traveler's Wife, one of my all-time favorite books, would love it. For some reason, I had it in my head that Kevin Fox's writing style was similar to Dennis Lehane's writing, and I love his Patrick-and-Angie series. I was ready for a good read. And I was disappointed. ...more
Rachel Walden
May 23, 2012 Rachel Walden rated it really liked it
A sweeping novel that offers a historically compelling and very human look at Irish culture during the years that Ireland was gripped by war against Britain and its own people. I found it very enlightening for understanding how a people could be so violent despite the tragic consequences that it often led to. In the process of crafting this tale, the author makes some intriguing points about religion, especially the commonalities across religions and religion's role as a form of social control. ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Tiffany rated it really liked it
Warning: This next paragraph may have spoilers, even if not meant to. The obvious spoilers have been marked, but other books are alluded to, which might also give away the plot. Continue on at your own risk, or just skip to the second paragraph. I'll start by saying that I've never read The Time Traveler's Wife or Time and Again, so I don't know if the comparison with those two books make it really obvious that the big twist to this book was going to be (view spoiler) ...more
Mindy Conde
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Jul 18, 2012 Denise rated it liked it
I have mixed feeling about this book. This is a reincarnation/political strife/terrible mistake story. All three men, Sean Michael, Michael Corrigan and Sean Corrigan live complicated and overlapping lives. I grew a bit weary of the switching back and forth but enjoyed the mystery as it unfolded. The back drop of the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland in the 1970's was very well done. You could feel the violence and desperation that drives idealists to ally themselves with dangerous criminals with a ...more
Janine Cammarata
Jan 23, 2015 Janine Cammarata rated it really liked it
I think the ending made up for the sometimes confusing jump between present and past. I had an idea that I was dealing with past soul connections, but as the chapters became shorter and shorter, the lives became more entwined.

This is a story about finding your soul mate and knowing that you soul lives on even when your body doesn't. I haven't read a lot about the social unrest in Ireland and found it very upsetting and sad.

I enjoyed the book and look forward to more from this author.
Apr 11, 2013 Tonya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads
Any book that takes place remotely in Ireland I love! So this book hopped into my hands! I really enjoyed the storyline from the very beginning.

Sean never even knew he had an Uncle Michael until his 21st birthday. Surprise! LOL Michael left Sean some journals, which held a lot of information about a murder that Michael was accused of, but was innocent. Michael fled New York and went back to Ireland before he was charged.

Sean decided to find out what really happened. Part mystery, part love story
Deon Stonehouse
Feb 09, 2013 Deon Stonehouse rated it really liked it
Sean’s father has a doozy of a 21st birthday surprise for him, the journal of a long dead uncle. Sean was unaware of any uncles, let alone a former cop who goes on the lam for shooting a civil rights activist and then dies while palling around with the IRA in Ireland. His Dad passes him the journal and a plane ticket along with the advice to go find the truth. But truth can travel down some strange paths, Why would his uncle, a cop, shoot the civil rights worker? It doesn’t feel right to Sean. H ...more
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Kevin Fox is a dual citizen of the United States and the Republic of Ireland. He has been a professional Screenwriter (The Negotiator) and Television Writer and Producer since 1995. Until the Next Time is his first novel, inspired by his maternal grandfather and the stories of his family, including those from his father and uncles who
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