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In The Lost and Found Journal of a Miner 49er, Vol. 1, Jack Dublin guides us through a world of fantasy and folklore stretching from the shores of Australia to the Island of California. Along the way, we encounter all manner of mythical creatures, from wish-granting mermaids and red-haired giants, to talking coyotes and the dreadful Canyon Sphinx. We peer into the exploits of powerful rulers and infamous outlaws, who—though their names be lost to history—are no less entwined in the fabric of our culture than Abraham Lincoln and Billy the Kid. At the end of our journey, we have come face-to-face with a history far different from what is taught in schools, but with our faith deepened and our imaginations ablaze for the next adventure.
Volume 1 represents hand-picked entries from a cache of journals Mr. Dublin claims to have discovered in the Grand Canyon in 2013. Forensic evidence (if it actually exists) would seem to support his conclusion that the author of the journals, whose Christian name was Cody Kirschenbaum, is none other than the Miner 49er from the American folk song Oh, My Darling, Clementine.
Truly original fantasy fiction is something of a rarity but occasionally a novel comes along that is notably different and in this respect The Lost and Found Journal of a Miner 49er: Vol. 1 takes some beating. The first instalment of Jack Dublin’s exciting new series it proves a genuine feast for the imagination as Dublin brings his alternative history to life. Creating a world beyond the familiar with curiosities and marvels that ensnare with intrigue from the very first page. Yes, as befitting the genre you will find its time favoured tropes, yet in Dublin’s capable hands they feel enticingly original. In part, this is down to Dublin’s whimsical prose, but the real treasure in this tale is to be found in his character development with Dublin displaying a real gift for nuance. Strong, charismatic and immediately endearing Kirschenbaum and Clementine might already have their place in American fiction but Dublin makes them flesh-and-bone. Underpinned by an enthralling plot with plenty of finely crafted and exhilarating twists The Lost and Found Journal of a Miner 49er: Vol. 1 proves a hard book to put down.
A rip roaring page-turner and a great start to an exciting new series, Dublin’s debut novel is a must-read for fans of the genre and is recommended without reservation.
In 2013, Jack Dublin and family traveled to the Grand Canyon for a week of whitewater rafting on the Colorado River. When a monsoon rolled in, forcing them to higher ground, they sheltered in a cave unseen for nearly 150 years. Inside, they found several journals from the time of the Gold Rush that upended mainstream views of North American history, leading one authority to call the journals "the greatest manuscript discovery since the Dead Sea Scrolls."
Jack Dublin was born in New England; attended kindergarten in West Germany; graduated high school in Northern Virginia; and earned his baccalaureate degree from the University of Arizona. He had little interest in history—much less the 49er Gold Rush—until his love of travel and exploration intersected a contentious debate on the lost history of mankind. Mr. Dublin lives in parts unknown—under pseudonym—with his beloved bride, their four darling children and a bearded dragon.
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Long believed to be fictional characters, Kirschenbaum and his daughter Clementine emerge from the manuscript as flesh-and-bone colonizers from a forgotten epoch, driven by their faith in the pursuit of riches and redemption.