The Ancestor

The AncestorA Man Wakes Up In Present Day Alaskan Wilderness With No Idea Who He Is, Nothing On Him Save An Empty Journal With The Date And A Mirror He Sees Another Man Hunting Nearby, Astounded That They Look Exactly Alike After Following This Other Man Home, He Witnesses A Wife And Child That Brings Forth A Rush Of Memories Of His Own Wife And Child, Except He S Certain They Do Not Exist In Modern Times But From His Life In The Late S After Recalling His Name Is Wyatt, He Worms His Way Into His Doppelganger Travis Barlow S Life Memories Become Unearthed The Time He Spends, Making Him Believe That He D Been Frozen After Coming To Alaska During The Gold Rush And That Travis Is His Great Great Grandson Wyatt Is Certain Gold Still Exists In The Area And Finding It With Travis Will Ingratiate Himself To The Family, Especially With Travis S Wife Callie, Once Wyatt Falls In Love This Turns Into A Dangerous Obsession Affecting The Barlows And Everyone In Their Small Town, Since Wyatt Can T Be Tamed Until He Also Discovers The Meaning Of Why He Was Able To Be Preserved On Ice For Over A CenturyA Meditation On Love Lost And Unfulfilled Dreams, The Ancestor Is A Thrilling Page Turner In Present Day Alaska And A Historical Adventure About The Perilous Gold Rush Expeditions Where Prospectors Left Behind Their Lives For The Promise Of Hope And A Better Future The Question Remains Whether It Was All Worth The Sacrifice I ll give this a 3.5 star rating, but Goodreads has yet to initiate this needed middle of the road option First and foremost, a large thank you to Reedsy Discovery and Lee Matthew Goldberg for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.Looking for a thriller with a different tilt, my eye caught this novel by Lee Matthew Goldberg In a tale that pulls two men from different eras together, bound by their bloodline, Goldberg uses the backd I ll give this a 3.5 star rating, but Goodreads has yet to initiate this needed middle of the road option First and foremost, a large thank you to Reedsy Discovery and Lee Matthew Goldberg for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.Looking for a thriller with a different tilt, my eye caught this novel by Lee Matthew Goldberg In a tale that pulls two men from different eras together, bound by their bloodline, Goldberg uses the backdrop of Alaska and the worries of family to tie them together In a barren field outside Laner, Alaska, a man finds himself in the cold Unsure how he got here and with only vague memories of his past, Wyatt Barlow sees two men in the distance As he approaches, he recognises one, though has no idea why After sneaking aboard their truck, Wyatt makes his way into town and spies on one of the men, a Travis Barlow When Wyatt realises that it is 2020, he begins to piece it all together Born in 1860 in Washington State, Wyatt remembers leaving his wife and child behind when he travelled up to Alaska for the gold rush Other than that, he has no idea about his past While Wyatt slinks around Laner and tries to learnabout Travis a man he determines to be his great great grandson some of the locals begin to see the resemblance between the two Travis is struggling himself, trying to make ends meet for his family and finding himself in over his head When he meets Wyatt one day, he tries to offer some charity to the man, not knowing their deeper connection Wyatt befriends Travis and tries to get to know the family that came after him, all while he seeks to piece together his own life Wyatt remembers being frozen in the ice after finding a large cache of gold and determines how the modern day Barlows fit into the mix Many others are leery of Wyatt, who not only appears to be a vagrant, but is also a little too chummy with Travis Trouble ensues and fights are held, but Wyatt remains determined that he will do all he can for his family Battling some demons of his own, Wyatt opens his mind and remembers something from his past that could change everything for Travis and those around him However, it will take a monumental leap of faith to tell Travis the truth, in hopes that he will believe him A decent book whose story holds strong throughout, proving Goldberg has some skill some readers will want to explore a little .The premise of the book seemed quite intriguing, though I was not sure how the Wyatt Travis connection would reveal itself I tend to steer away from anything too fantastical, though I tried to keep an open mind here Goldberg focuses his attention on two protagonists, Wyatt and Travis, building their backstories and development in tandem Wyatt comes from many years ago and must acclimate to life in the 21st century, as well as how he will reveal his news to progeny who have never given him much thought Pulling in Native American and narcotics angles, Goldberg shines a light on some of the issues taking place in modern Alaska, as well as how it fits into the larger narrative Travis, too, is forced to come to terms with some heavy baggage, including a marriage that is anything but stellar Both men work their way throughout the book with ease, coming together when it is needed most and making the most of the experience The handful of secondary characters help add depths and flavour to the book, though none stop out for me as being exceptional Each served their purpose and added something to the story, but I was not blown away The overall experience reading this book was a decent one, but I felt something was lacking I could not put my finger on it, but I wantedaction and disturbance and less of the heartfelt emotional connection between a broken family and a man who serves as a missing link Goldberg has great writing style and was able to hold my attention, but I think I wanted something grittier ormysterious about the time travel angle of the piece Goldberg utilises a great understanding of Alaskan culture, terrain, and local lore, which helped me feel as though I were right there With a mix of quick and longer chapters, this helped me push forward, even through the parts of the novel that held less interest for me I enjoyed the book, but did not love it, which can be a slightly opaque comment, but one that I am sure many readers have experienced, even when words elude them to elaborate.Kudos, Mr Goldberg, for a decent read I will take some time to think on it, but I would likely try another of your novels down the road.Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge Unusual book about a prospector during Alaska s gold rush in 1898 who awakens in 2020 He is surprised to find a man who looks just like him and they become friends The story takes place in the two time frames, present day and then through his diary in 1898 The characters are well written and interesting The premise is rather far fetched, but flows brilliantly The supernatural is not my genre but the historical part and descriptions of life in Alaska were interesting This was an ARC from Bo Unusual book about a prospector during Alaska s gold rush in 1898 who awakens in 2020 He is surprised to find a man who looks just like him and they become friends The story takes place in the two time frames, present day and then through his diary in 1898 The characters are well written and interesting The premise is rather far fetched, but flows brilliantly The supernatural is not my genre but the historical part and descriptions of life in Alaska were interesting This was an ARC from BookSiren for my honest review A story that blends the familiar and the supernatural in a manner that calls Stephen King s work to mind That said, Goldberg s book possesses a flavor all its own a distinctive m lange of the sincere and the strange Kirkus Reviews This thrilling novel is rich in descriptions of the vast, snowy, and deadly wilderness of Alaska it ably captures the type of person who chases gold Foreword Reviews Jack London on a really dark day could not have given us a better story of loss, fear, and m A story that blends the familiar and the supernatural in a manner that calls Stephen King s work to mind That said, Goldberg s book possesses a flavor all its own a distinctive m lange of the sincere and the strange Kirkus Reviews This thrilling novel is rich in descriptions of the vast, snowy, and deadly wilderness of Alaska it ably captures the type of person who chases gold Foreword Reviews Jack London on a really dark day could not have given us a better story of loss, fear, and many kinds of, and attempts at, love in the Alaskan back country From the icy opening battle of man vs wolf you feel yourself in the hands of a master storyteller and that feeling never lets up SJ Rozan, bestselling author of Paper Son In The Ancestor, Lee Matthew Goldberg masterfully weaves together a story involving family and violence set against the backdrop of an unforgiving Alaska of both past and present Andrew Davie, author of Pavement and Ouroboros Beautifully written, and capturing the unforgiving grit of Gold Rush Alaska, Lee Matthew Goldberg s THE ANCESTOR is a thrilling page turner with an ache in its heart Roz Nay, bestselling author of Our Little Secret and Hurry Home Lee Matthew Goldberg is an animal there is no other way to say it His prose is heavyweight ambitious, as visceral as a sweaty toothed dog at your throat He evokes Robert Louis Stevenson as much as he does a modern thriller novelist And I ll be honest I expected a crime novel, but I got a spell binding epic, an epistolary revelation, a tale as rich as a paying gold mine The Ancestor isthan a novel It s an ode to the rich tradition of adventure storytelling seasoned with ample spice of love and violence and greed Matt Phillips, author Countdown and Know Me from Smoke A suspenseful historical thriller Indie Reviews This is a story about family, love, human nature, friendship and hate In addition to this, the supernatural and drugs come into it as well While I found the premise of this book interesting, I found most of the characters a bit annoying, and did not enjoy any of them.The story is set in Alaska, and jumps between 1898 and 2020, with Wyatt, the main character existing in both eras Though obviously meant to be fantastical, it seemed a bit far fetched to me, and not believable Having said that This is a story about family, love, human nature, friendship and hate In addition to this, the supernatural and drugs come into it as well While I found the premise of this book interesting, I found most of the characters a bit annoying, and did not enjoy any of them.The story is set in Alaska, and jumps between 1898 and 2020, with Wyatt, the main character existing in both eras Though obviously meant to be fantastical, it seemed a bit far fetched to me, and not believable Having said that, my interest was kept to the end of the book I liked the book, but didn t love it.Thanks to Booksiren for an advanced copy of this book for an honest review I received this from Netgalley.com A man wakes up in present day Alaskan wilderness with no idea who he is, nothing on him save an empty journal with the date 1898 and a mirror He sees another man hunting nearby, astounded that they look exactly alike An interesting time travel premise Some slow sections as the plot was built Liked it, didn t love it.2.25

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  • Paperback
  • 348 pages
  • The Ancestor
  • Lee Matthew Goldberg
  • English
  • 09 August 2018
  • 1643961144