Jane Takako Wolfsheim inextricably falls for a charismatic stranger named Jorge Luis Borges. Through him, she learns she can alter time and space, creating alternative worlds to which she can travel. However, Borges’ lies and emotional abuse, in league with “the man in black”, a demonic spirit who plagues Jane’s nightmares, nearly drive her insane. The ghost of haiku master, Basho, and the Daibutsu of Kamakura, a statue of the Amida Buddha who speaks to Jane in her dreams, both offer cryptic advice to Jane about her powers and her relationship with Borges. After her parents’ murder, Jane, the primary suspect, is forced to flee with Borges. When Jane lands in a dystopian future Japan, pregnant with Borges’s child, she meets Ulrikke, Borges’ formidable mother, who warns Jane of a terrible prophecy involving Borges that threatens not only Jane’s life, but also the future of humanity. Unable to trust anyone, Jane must decide what to do to avert her own death and prevent humanity’s extinction.
“What if you were able to live different lives through different times? What if you had a reset button to your life? What if you discovered you had a special ability that you didn’t wish for? These are just a few of the questions that Steve Searls throws out in his MY TRAVELS WITH A DEAD MAN, an extremely fascinating book. MY TRAVELS WITH A DEAD MAN is a highly entertaining and potent mix of alternative realities, philosophy, and science fiction. It can perhaps be compared to the German science fiction Netflix thriller series “Dark” in its complexity. Searls uses time travel to pose some important questions that make the story not just a heart-thumping read, but also a reflective one. Steve Searls’ MY TRAVELS WITH A DEAD MAN is a compulsive page-turner that contains elements of romance, tragedy, adventure, journeys through space and time, terror, mysticism, and meditation. It’s a high-octane, multilayered odyssey that is perfect for readers looking for a little bit of everything.“ – Swati Nair for IndieReader
“My Travels With a Dead Man is an original and ambitious tale [that] creatively weaves a tapestry of philosophy, history, spiritualism, religion, and romance into this powerful saga … packed with realistic and life-affirming scenes that investigate ideas related to love, hope, fear, transformation, and redemption. The … characters are beautifully drawn, with strong, realistic dialogue. More than a time-travel novel, this book is also about self-awareness and coping with life’s struggles. [A] truly captivating and emotionally satisfying read.” – Alice Benson, author of A Year in Her Life
My Travels with a Dead Man.