Ancestral

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 18 Mar 2019

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Wow... polished, slick, surprising, inventive, and just sheer delightful... three hours later I'm here writing a review and wondering where my morning went. 
Absolutely Amazing Read !!
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Second book in the The Many series, some readers may find it difficult to start with book two instead of book one; however, while backstory may be missing, the story itself does not lose its intrigue or chilling intensity. 
Dawn Flint and  Karl Morgan are on the hunt for “The Many.”  What is the many? And can they be stopped?
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Very different,  be careful WHO you trust: at all times!   Unusual reading but thought producing ideas.  maybe I read it to late
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I didn't realize this was book 2 of a series, that being said it didn't really matter to me.  I enjoyed it quite a bit; you do have to suspend disbelief a bit but that's part of what makes it great.  Leaves you wondering with a lot of "what-if's"
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So excited to read this based on the description I'd read. Unfortunately, this book is among the few I simply won't finish.
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Karl Morgan and Dawn Flint have arrived at one of “the many” homes.  His name is Damien Kerr.  Kerr is interrogated by Karl and Dawn.  Karl lost his sister because of “the many.”  Dawn is three months pregnant by them.  Having a difficult time getting any information about them Dawn decides to torture him.  They discover that this covert group is called “the many” and not much more.  Why?  As they continue to search,  they are aware that “the many” are probably aware of what they are doing.  Yet, they aren’t harmed.  Dawn makes a decision that Karl doesn’t understand.  

The author has written an intense novel.  At times I felt as afraid as the characters in the story.  Even though this book is written as a sequel (?) it can be read as a stand-alone.  It is a novel that does ak me wonder what would happen if there was such an organization.  Would they win?
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Thankyou to NetGalley, Silvermac Publishing and the author, Nathan Field, for the opportunity to read a digital copy of Ancestral in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.
I jumped at the chance to read a copy of this book as I thought the premise sounded so good. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it at all. 
I found the storyline to be very slow and just did not hold my interest. Ancestral is certainly not a book for me.
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These books are so strange...but good strange! I liked this one more than the first book. I can't wait for the last one. I have questions...so many questions! If you are into strange, creepy, and weird then this series is for you!
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I haven’t read the first book in this series preceding “Ancestral,” and I don’t think I plan on reading it in the future. I didn’t have too much of a problem piecing together the events of the previous novel since Field makes frequent references to it, at least enough to give a picture of the all the crucial bits. The story is decently paced, full of action and drama, but the whole political aspect and influence of The Many strikes me as unrealistic and hyperbolic. My main problem with getting through this book one of the main characters – Dawn. She becomes more and more insufferable throughout the story. I get that you’re probably supposed to sympathize with her given everything that she’s been through and that she doesn’t have control over her erratic behavior, but it starts to get a bit tedious with the trope of her acting like a crazy bitch in public and Karl having to swoop in and pick up the pieces. Dawn is easily one of the most unlikeable characters I’ve ever read. Something about the ending didn’t sit right with me in the context of everything I learned about the faceless organization and the reputation they culminated throughout “Ancestral.” It was all wrapped up too neatly, but perhaps that was for the purpose of making a clean-ish slate for a sequel.
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This was just barely a passable read. There were numerous times that I almost gave up on it. Way too unbelievable. I can't see myself reading anything else by this author
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Ancestral was a nice surprise! Not at all what I expected it to be. It is part 2 of a series, and I haven't read the first, but it worked on it's own! The book was full of great twists and turns. You will not be disappointed.
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Started slow, did not enjoy the beginning of this book, seemed to start further into the story than it should have..  However the ending was better.
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Thank you to net gallery for the ARC.

Ancestral was a good book that moved nicely; at first I was not sure about it as I had not read the first one. I love a good cult story and its concept was unique. The characters were well developed and I found myself rooting for them all along the way. I  was pleasantly surprised by the ending and look forward to reading the next installment.  I am also going to go back and read the first one as well. You can read this one without doing that but you may find yourself lost sometimes in the story due to that but it does not deter from this one.
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3.5 stars

This is the second book in the series, but it worked as a stand-alone book for me. There was enough information given for me to figure out what happened in the first book.

Dawn Flint had been abducted from her home in the middle of the night. Now three months later, she is pregnant and experiencing flashbacks to what happened to her.  She wants answers and she is seeking revenge. She is being helped by Karl Morgan whose sister was also drugged and raped.  Together they are looking for answers while trying to stay alive and avoid detection. Is that even possible?

So, who are these masked faceless men who are part of the breeding program but also have their hands in so many other things.  They are a secretive group who use murder, manipulation, torture and rape to control? What is the purpose of the breeding program?  How does the "Many" know their every move?  Plus, who are the many? What are they going to do next?

So, this is a creepy book that won’t be for everyone. It starts out strong with both characters, but mainly Dawn, torturing the man who raped her to obtain some information from him.  For some it will cause triggers - so be warned. For this one will need to suspend some disbelief and if you are willing to read something with some difficult subject matter, you may enjoy it. I found this to be a fast read and didn't feel that I missed too much with not having read the first book in the series.  I did wish that the two main characters were fleshed out a little more - but again, perhaps we received more info on them in first book.  

Again, if you have the stomach for the subject matter, you may enjoy this one. It’s a dark, creepy book with faceless bad guys, and two main characters seeking survival, answers and revenge. Plus, there was a nice twist at the end which was shocking but worked out nicely. This was a fast read which had me guessing (and turning the pages) as to if they would be caught, would they get all the answers and how the book would end. I

I received a copy of this book from the Author, Silvermac publishing, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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Ancestral was a good book that moved nicely. I love a good cult story and its concept was unique. The characters were well developed and I found myself rooting for them all along the way. It was twisted, violent and a tad bit sexual for my taste, but not over the top and very much in line with the theme, unlike some stories that throw it in for the sake of titillation and nothing else. I will say, I was pleasantly surprised and intrigued by the ending and look forward to reading the next installment.
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This is every woman's worst nightmare:  To be abducted by some nefarious group wanting you to bear their evil offspring.  While the premise of this book is nothing new, it's done here with chilling effect and hang-on-by-your-fingernails suspense.  These "bad guys" are truly bad, and the discomfort the reader feels ratchets to a visceral level.  Want a sleepless night?  Read this book!
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This is the second book in a planned trilogy and you definitely need to read THE MANY before beginning this one as you will miss the backstory that explains the events that happen in this one.

Dawn Flint and Karl Morgan are on the run and on the hunt for the faceless men. They've figured out that Dawn's pregnancy is the main thing keeping them alive as The Many have eyes and ears everywhere. Dawn and Karl are seeking out anyone with knowledge and information about this secretive group in hopes of finding out their ultimate plans. What is the goal of these monsters and can they be stopped? Anytime the stories of what this cabal has done come out, abject fear and silence are the reactions. Armed with some of the secrets, Dawn and Karl may have a plan. NO SPOILERS.

This was typical of most middle books in any trilogy. There's a lot of time spent with absolutely nothing happening and the author really shovels out completely banal details about Dawn and Karl and their activities. The two don't really have meaningful conversations about what they are doing and thinking as they aren't always honest with each other. Dawn's motives for their quest are not the same as Karl's. I can't really say that I cared at all for the character of Dawn despite all the awful stuff that's happened to her and her behavior and attitude got old and she seemed very immature. Karl didn't score much higher for me, but he was trying to be her protector even though kept in the dark floundering around wondering what the heck was going on with Dawn all the time. Tedious. The best part of the book is the church scene and glad that my slog through paid off as I was hoping for something redemptive after all those pages. So much of the premise is ludicrous and it's hard to continue the suspension of disbelief at times. Truth told, it reminded me a lot of Dean Koontz's Jane Hawk series though this one is not quite on the same level. It's a good enough thriller and provided the requisite entertainment but I mostly just wanted to finish it. A lot of the narrative just meandered with lots of excessive details and interactions that weren't advancing the plot. At this moment I'm not sure that I will read the final book, but who knows. I have a thing about finishing what I start. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Silvermac Publishing for the e-book ARC to read and review. I read #1 and #2 back to back.
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So this book was weird, even to me. Ancestral is book 2 in The Many series but can be read as a stand-alone. I almost don't recommend that. I felt reading only this book without reading the previous book that I missed out on some story building. My opinions on this book may change after I read the first book. 

Ok, so Ancestral starts with Karl entering the home of Damien, a known kidnapper and rapist. He is there to avenge his sister and friend. Some crazy things happen and then he and Dawn (his friend) are on the run. Dawn is pregnant and a lot of her story happened in the first book (which again I missed). She is in search for revenge on The Many who did this to her. What follows is a story of action, gore, suspense and a lot of other feelings, emotions, and actions mixed together in a well written, but still weird, read. I recommend but only after reading book 1.
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Ancestral by Nathan Field is a thriller that starts from page one. Dawn has been wronged by faceless men and she teams up with Karl whose sister had died by the same hands. Together they track down the faceless men of 'The Many' while on the run from the same organisation. 

Although I enjoyed this book, it read more like the middle of a trilogy or series than a stand alone book. It started in the middle of a story where I would have preferred a lead up, this would have allowed me to become more invested in the characters. 

Overall this was an easy book to read I was just expecting a bit more emotional intensity to come from it. 

Fans of conspiracy theory books and the like would enjoy this book.
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This was just barely a passable read. There were numerous times that I almost gave up on it. Way too unbelievable. I can't see myself reading anything else by this author.
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