Today is my tour stop for ‘The Ancestor’ by Lee Matthew Goldberg! Thank you so much to Blackthorn Book Tours for letting me take part! Click on the banner above for more information!
The Ancestor by Lee Matthew Goldberg
Length: 348 pages
Publisher: All Due Respect
Release Date: August 21, 2020
Purchase Link: Down & Out Books
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. 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 1800s.
After recalling his name is Wyatt, he worms his way into his doppelganger Travis Barlow’s life. Memories become unearthed the more 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 century.
A 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….
Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels THE DESIRE CARD, THE MENTOR, and SLOW DOWN. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The second book in the Desire Card series, PREY NO MORE, is forthcoming in 2020, along with his first Sci-Fi novel ORANGE CITY.
His new endeavor will be as the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe Press and Fringe Digital, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box.
His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests.
After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, Cagibi, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City.
**I received a complimentary copy of The Ancestor from Blackthorn Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own**
What would you do if someone you’ve met–who bears a striking resemblance to you–claims that they’ve come from the past? What if this person also has some unfinished business? This is what Travis and Wyatt are faced with throughout The Ancestor. Lee Matthew Goldberg does amazing work as he takes us through the Gold Rush period in Alaska (Wyatt’s time), and the present day (When Travis and Wyatt come in contact).
Wyatt is a man with many questions about his predicament. He lives a life with many regrets, as his former life shared a family he neglected due to his quest for riches. During modern times, he makes an unlikely bond with Travis, a man who happens to share not only his likeness but some hidden conflicts of his own. Along the way we meet several characters who are rightly doubtful of Wyatt’s predicament, yet the theme of unresolved challenges remain.
The Ancestor takes us through the question: What if things happened differently? Wyatt and Travis both have issues that alters the lives of their loved ones. As Wyatt’s situation is slowly revealed, it becomes clear that all of the characters are experiencing a period of transition. It becomes a matter of realizing what’s truly important in life.
Readers will love The Ancestor if they enjoy:
- Stories with a character seeking personal redemption
- Historical fiction
- Books with alternate timelines
Final Thoughts on The Ancestor
I enjoyed reading The Ancestor, as it was a revealing portrait of a man seeking answers to remedy his life. I also appreciated looking back at the Gold Rush period in America!
Thank you again to Blackthorn Book Tours for letting me take part in The Ancestor Blog Tour! Feel free to check out the other fabulous contributors throughout the tour!
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