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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
The Ancestors: A Tale from Outside Time & Space by William Barnard is an absorbing tale of an award-winning journalist and an alien visitation, working together to bring about universal peace and unity to Earth. After a mishap in Africa while investigating a story for his magazine, Zach Miller suddenly finds everything in his life going downhill. Then he receives a mysterious invitation to take on an unnamed job for an unnamed sum which he decides to accept, even with all the restrictions placed on him by various people he does not know. Little does he suspect what he soon will behold. On a remote ranch, several blindfolded hours from his San Diego home, Zach is one of roughly 50 people on hand to witness an alien visitation. His task is to carry the aliens’ message of peace to the world.
The Ancestors is a brilliant work of art. Barnard so accurately portrays Zach’s thoughts and beliefs that one might be excused for suspecting this to be a non-fiction autobiography. Told from Zach’s perspective, The Ancestors presents a scenario of extraordinary relevance in this 21st century. The entire tale seems to be torn from today’s newspaper headlines, involving everything from natural disasters and political unrest, to conspiracy theorists and religious extremists, to alien visitors and UFO’s. The writing is professional, the plot and sub-plots are tightly defined, and the characterizations are superb; you will feel as if you would recognize the players if you saw them on the street somewhere. This book is ideal for any who may already entertain the notion that advanced alien cultures planted life on planet Earth. It is also just as ideal for those who think that notion is preposterous. The Ancestors is a book everybody should read. The ending alone will make it worth your time.