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Miguel Traveler #1: The Man from Texas Paperback – January 23, 2018
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"...the twists and turns of the plot and the jumps through the timeline will keep your eyes glued to the page, as your ride the emotional roller coaster alongside Miguel. " (Natalie Charlene for Online Book Club)
"There is supreme patience in the prose, which is evidence of an author who knows precisely where the story is going, and confident that the story will be worth the wait. The world building is impressive and happens subtly, with revelations about new technologies and pieces of history intermingled with the present action of the plot. This gradual immersion into Outfar makes the book addictive and fascinating to explore. Delving into issues of mortality, personal value, and the legacy that one can leave, this novel is a powerful tale in a disturbingly weird world, and readers are fortunate that this isn't the end for Miguel Traveler, as Book 1 sets the stage brilliantly for a new series." (Self-Publishing Review)
"A fascinating blend of post-apocalytpic action and philosophical science fiction, all bound together with compelling characters and a deep emotional core." (Cassandra Rose Clarke, author of The Mad Scientist's Daughter)
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Miguel Traveler, Man from Texas is Longmire meets The Walking Dead meets Lonesome Dove meets It. There is no one word description to be delivered here.
The dualistic battle of good and evil which plays out in the desert landscape of Daniel McFatter's imagination is truly an unexpected gem in the sea of look alikes.
Combining science fiction and the Wild West genres results in a veritable operatic triumph of a novel that reads like a movie playing out on an IMAX sized screen.
If Dune, Star Trek, The Talisman (by Steven King), and Clint Eastwood could all be rolled up into one awesome post apocalyptic punch, this one would delightfully knock readers out cold.
Also, stylistically, McFatter is an excellent and descriptive writer. Combined with his original plot, this book is a winner and a standalone champion in a plethora of similar drab. Even though the elements of this story have appeared in other books and movies, McFatter weaves them together in a novel and engaging way that will truly hold you.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an awesome read, especially lovers of Sci-fi or Westerns.
Daniel opens this fascinating book with the words he also elects to close it – ‘I don’t suppose anyone remembers what it is like to be born, and I’d call that a kindness considering all of the pain involved. When the Woman in Black pulled me into her world, I imagine that’s just about the closest thing to being born a man can live through, terror and all. Yet the Man Upstairs, Nature, or whoever is running the Great Show didn’t seem inclined to grant me the merciful amnesia that was once portioned out to me as a babe. After all, I don’t imagine I did much in my life to be granted that mercy a second time around.’
Following this moment of existential philosophy he adds the following dark beginning: ‘I always heard stories that when a man lies dying, he sees a light and it calls to him, and it makes him feel safe and invited-like. You may have doctors zapping your chest with them shock paddles, or a friend that knows CPR pumping your heart on the roadside. These people are intent on bringing you back, see. Only you don’t want to come back. You just want to sail towards the light and go on into the next forever, like a dust mote drifting across a great window. Thing is, being pulled into the Woman in Black’s world was close to that feeling, only flipped in reverse-like. I didn’t want to go with her, beautiful stranger that she was. I didn’t want to emerge in the terror she brought with her. I wanted to stay where it was safe, nestled inside my mother. You see, I was suspended in a warm fluid that surrounded and filled me. We called it the milk even though it was clear like water, save for a slight pinkness like diluted blood. The milk was in my lungs and every deep part of me, giving me a hefty dose of nutrients, medicines, and something the people who made my mother called telomerase. Don’t rightly know what it was, only that I took in a lot of it, and my new mama was always singing about it. I felt safe inside her and, despite her being a large tank of steel and glass, I never felt more connected to something that wasn’t alive. She could think though, and she could sing beautiful nursery rhymes, even if the verses sounded suspiciously like lines of code and nothing at all like “A la roro niño”, the nursery rhyme my first mother sang to me in another life.’
From these words and thoughts the reader knows the story that is opening will be strange in a science fiction way, but little can prepare the reader for the fascinating tale Daniel is about to spin. The synopsis provides a solid clue – ‘Miguel Morgan awakens disoriented, alone, and afraid in a dark future beyond his imagining. After being rescued from stasis by a mysterious woman, he is rapidly swept into a world of clever machines, eternal beings, and desperate men in a tale woven across a dangerous and vast desert country known as the Outfar. Mankind is scattered and diminished, civilization is all but forgotten, and terrors lurk in the shadows of a rugged and beautiful frontier. When his savior leaves him at a remote colony to embark on a mission of her own, Miguel tries to unravel the mystery of why he was placed in stasis and finds himself drawn into the strange lives of a last tribe of men. His fresh perspective calls the state of the colony into question, and he soon discovers that some secrets are best left buried in the desert—perhaps even his own.’
Very fine writing with a highly inventive approach to science fiction, we can only hope that the title MIGUEL TRAVELER #1 means there are more on the way. Solid and well constructed entertainment. Grady Harp, March 18