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The Ancestor

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  7,108 ratings  ·  287 reviews
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 ...more
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Published August 21st 2020 by All Due Respect
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Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered what it must seem like to reincarnate? Or, for the matter, survive for a really prolonged period, perhaps longer than a centenary!? How will that feel?

When I selected this novel by reading just the title, I assumed it must be something representing the protagonist's lineage and how that influences their world. I took a gamble and really ran in blind, without actually knowing the book's blurb. And I am happy that I decided to do that as the book was a wonder in all manners.
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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THE ANCESTOR by Lee Matthew Goldberg is a unique suspense/thriller that merges two timelines, the past and present in one family in small town Laner, Alaska. Mr. Goldberg has written a family saga about greed, jealousy, love, sacrifice, acceptance, friendship and being a part of a family.

A man wakes up emerging from the ice in Alaska. He has no memories, but he does have a journal which the year 1898 and a mirror. He hears shots a
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it
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Wyatt Barlow wakes up in present day Alaskan wilderness initially with no recollection of who he is or how he got there. He sees two men hunting nearby and one of them looks just like him. After following the man home and seeing him with his wife and son, memories of his own wife and son come back to him. Then he remembers who he is and believes that he has been frozen in time, and that Travis, his doppelganger, is his great-great grandson. Will blood be thicker than water (or shall I say ice)? ...more
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fascinating premise which I loved! The writing was suspenseful and thrilling, always kept you wanting more and more. Goldberg’s writing was immersive with characters that draws you in to the story - lots of drama and intense scenes - a truly atmospheric read I enjoyed. This was a truly creative plot that will hook you right from the start. I loved it!
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book more than I thought that I would have. I really kind of went in blind to what I was reading and I’m I did.
So, this book has a different aspect that I haven’t really looked at before. I really enjoyed it. So, the story covers two men Wyatt and Travis. These men are from two different time periods one from 202 and the other from around 1860. Wyatt was frozen in the snow since the 1860s looking for gold to provide for his family. I like how Wyatts memories slowly resurface and th
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All Due Respect continue to push the boundaries of crime fiction and with that comes their most ambitious novel yet. While The Ancestor seems to lie under a multitude of genre tags, it is at heart a wonderful character lead crime novel. It’s a book to really savour as we learn more about the Barlow family and seep ourselves into the Alaskan setting.

Wyatt Barlow has been frozen in time since 1898 and thaws to discover two men hunting, one of whom looks nearly identical to Wyatt. This would be Tra
Dipali Gupta
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Ancestor is an absolute page turner which grips you in the dark past of Wyatt Emmett Barlow , the main protagonist of this story. This book is not a crime thriller which seems from its cover but the plot of story is so unique, a bit of fantasy drips with suspense and mystery makes this book an amazing and entertaining book.
Story starts with 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
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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 except for his own beard. 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
Thank you to the publisher and BookSirens for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. It is set to be published in August 2020.

"The Ancestor" by Lee Matthew Goldberg is a gripping thriller that draws elements from the adventure and the historical genres.
Two parallel stories unfurl, one in the present, one in the late 19th century, and the awesome protagonist manages to come across as both the hero and the villain at the same time.
I loved the writing style, shapes
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was my first Lee Matthew Goldberg book and it was WiLd 😱. I’m still not sure how I feel about the ending, I’m still processing and left with a ton of questions 😅.
It was a solid 4 ⭐️ read. The story line was original-I’ve never read anything like it. The characters were fun to get to know: Travis, Wyatt, Callie, Eli, Grayson...However, I wish We could have gotten a little more insight to Eli and his intuition on Wyatt. My feelings of Wyatt changed on every page, never knowing how things wer
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Ancestor: Lee Matthew Goldberg
Imagine a double of yourself that you never knew existed. Somewhere out there is a carbon copy or duplicate of you with features like your parents some good and others bad. The story takes us back in time to 1898 where will enter the modest home of our main character before he gets transported to the future. Married with a sickly son in need of medical care, he explains his rationale to his angered wife and sad son that his quest for gold and riches is his prior
In present day Laner, Alaska Travis Barstow and his best friend are out hunting caribou.  At the same moment, a man wakes up out of an icy tomb not far away from where Travis shoots.  The man does not remember much, but a mirror in his pocket and a journal dated 1898 will help him fill in the gaps.  The man's first instinct is survival.  Interestingly, Travis Barstow looks like the frozen man's mirror image.  The man watches Travis from a distance and as the memories come back, he knows they are ...more
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reading The Ancestor was like reading a variety of different stories, some of which really grabbed me, others, not so much. You might say, there is something for everyone. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Coincidentally I had recently watched the newly released Seth Rogen movie, An American Pickle, in which a man is awakened from being preserved in pickle brine for 100 years. Not too far removed from this story in which Wyatt, a gold prospector
No spoilers. This is perhaps one of the strangest books I have ever read, or have read in a very long time. It will be very difficult to talk about what i think without giving anything away, so this will probably be a crappy review. So, this is one of the Goodreads Giveaways but I couldn't wait to see if I would win it so I ordered it immediately. It is about a man named Wyatt who goes to Alaska for gold in the 1800s, leaving his wife Adelaide and their little son Joe behind. Without giving much ...more
D.K. Hundt
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
PICTURE IT…SICILY, 1922. Just kidding, but seriously…PICTURE IT, Alaska, 2020…

Two of the main characters are out in the Alaskan wilderness rifle hunting for Caribou when they shoot and kill three Caribou for food…

They lift two Caribou into the truck and plan on leaving the third there because there’s not enough room–THIS is the moment I throw a flag on the play, my coffee goes flying, and blurt out (scaring the crap out of my cat by the way). ‘Why didn’t you do a field dressing?!?’ ‘You could ha
WYATT wakes up in present-day Alaskan wilderness with no idea who he is except an empty journal with the date 1898 and a mirror. He sees another man, TRAVIS BARLOW hunting nearby, astounded that they look exactly alike except for his own beard.

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 now, in 2019—but from his life in the late 1800s.

Memories become unearthed the more ti
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‘Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

New York author Lee Matthew Goldberg earned his Masters in Fine Arts from the New School in Manhattan and has created a reputation as an award-winning author (ten novels) whose works are published in multiple languages. He is equally successful in writing screenplays and pilots, and is the editor in chief and co-founder of Fringe (publishing fiction that is outside the box), and co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series.
Linda Zagon
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Ancestor” by Lee Matthew Goldberg, All Due Respect, August 2020 for Suzy Approved Book Tours

Lee Mathew Goldberg, author of “The Ancestor” has written a chilling thriller that is intense, captivating, intriguing, riveting and enthralling. The genres for this story are thriller, psychological thriller, mystery and suspense, adventure, and fiction. There is a dash of possible fantasy in this story as well. The timeline for this story spans a century and then cont
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
***Please note: I received a free Kindle copy of this book in return for an honest review***

Goldberg's writing is a breath of fresh air. I chose to read this as I loved Slow Down a lot, and with such an intriguing plot I just had to know how it was delivered. Like with Slow Down, The Ancestor is gripping, curious, and filled with vivid and unique description. Wyatt is such an interesting character to follow for two reasons - firstly, he's in a world where he doesn't belong, and secondly, his dev
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow wow wow!! What a fantastic book this was even more so than I expected! As soon as I saw this cover I knew this was a must read! A magically woven dual timeline filled with suspense and mystery this book really kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat! I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves historical, mystery and thrillers as this book is totally on fire!
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a really great suspense thriller. The plot is really unique and not something I've ever come across before. The overall story is quite dark and there is a lot of negative emotions being played out. The twists and constant buildup of suspense made the book really exciting and it's really well written to reinforce the dark and confused feelings of the characters. One of the most interesting books I've read for quite some time. ...more
Khris Erickson
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I didn't know much about the premise of this book before I started reading, and that may have been a good thing because I greatly enjoyed it and I don't know if I would have read it if I knew more about it beforehand.

Goldberg did a wonderful job introducing us to Wyatt and Travis and allowing the reader to really get to know their individual histories and personalities. The parallels between their lives and their desires for their futures really made the story interesting, and I appreciated the
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

After living in Alaska for several years, I can never resist an Alaska story when it catches my reading eye. The Ancestor is definitely a fever dream of an Alaska story. Ironic when you think about it, as Alaska is not exactly a place that brings fever dreams to mind. More like the opposite; frozen dreams.

But this is that too, one man’s frozen dream of a past that only he remembers, and his fever dream in the present to recapture the life he once had – not
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ancestor is one of those books that's perfect for hot weather, as we are currently experiencing (at least we're experiencing it a lot in France !). Set in Alaska, telling the story of a man frozen in a cave for over a century, this book is bound to refresh you !

The aspect I loved the most about the story, is the way the author wrote about Alaska, its nature, its culture, its people. I completely traveled there, could totally see everything the author was writing about, even though I never ev
ReadingGirlReviews (Gina)
This has been one of may most anticipated reads of the fall and I am so glad to have been asked to review it.

Wyatt wakes up in the Alaskan wilderness confused and not sure who he is, but upon meeting a man named Travis hunting nearby who looks exactly like him, he has a flash of memories return. What he realizes is that he is from the 1800’s and that he has been frozen since the Gold Rush era, and that Travis is his great-great grandson. Certain that gold is still in existence in the area, Wyatt
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First I want to thank @netgalley and All Due Respect for the advanced readers copy.
This book is about Wyatt, who awakens in snow after being frozen since the 1890s while searching for gold in Alaska. His memories return very slowly as he thaws and returns to his body. He finds a family he can relate to and believes he is related to them, desperately wishing to be included in every aspect of their lives. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book when I started reading it. For me, the beginning
Andrea Hicks
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very unusual book, set in two time zones with related protagonists. At first I wasn't sure but I persevered and I loved it. Unique, a little overwhelmed with the premise at times which is good because it challenges, and a great read. ...more
thereadingowlvina (Elvina Ulrich)
“Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What It’s About: Set in present day in the small town Laner, Alaska, it tells the strange story of Wyatt who believes that he is frozen in time during the Gold Rush in Alaska 1898. He later befriends Travis Barlow who looks exactly like him and who he also believes to be his great-great grandson. Wyatt is convinced that the gold still exists and intends to help Travis with his financial woes by searching for the gold
The Ancestor
By Lee Matthew Goldberg

I’ll be honest – it was the title that got me! An ancestor coming back to life. . .my dream come true.

Brace yourself. This novel is that-ish. . . but down a different road. There’s murder, theft, Alaska, snow, blood, family, lust – bridled and unbridled, shapeshifting, indigenous people, culture and shamanism and gold. This was not the warm, fuzzy genealogical tale I bargained for! The ending was completely unexpected.

A Sincere Thanks to Lee Matthew Goldberg,
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Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of eight novels including THE ANCESTOR and THE MENTOR, currently in development as a film off his original script, and the YA series RUNAWAY TRAIN. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the Prix du Polar. STALKER STALKED will be out in Fall ’21. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared as a contributo ...more

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