Waking Up Lost

A Mystical Fantasy Adventure

Part of the Adirondack Spirit Series

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Back of Book

Traveling without warning. Nights lost to supernatural journeys. Is one young man fated to wander far from safety?

New York State, 1833. Noah Munch longs to fit in. Living with a mother who communes with ghosts and a brother with a knack for heroics, the seventeen-year-old wishes he were fearless enough to discover an extraordinary purpose of his own. But when he mysteriously awakens in the bedroom of the two beautiful daughters of the meanest man in town, he realizes his odd sleepwalking ability could potentially be deadly.

Convinced that leaving civilization is the only way to keep himself and others safe, Noah pursues his dream of becoming a mountain man and slips away into the primeval woods. But after a strong summer storm devastates his camp, the troubled lad finds his mystical wanderings have only just begun.

Can Noah find his place before he’s destroyed by a ruthless world?


Waking Up Lost is the immersive fourth book in the Adirondack Spirit Series of historical fiction. If you like coming-of-age adventures, magical realism, and stories of life on the American frontier, then you’ll love David Fitz-Gerald’s compelling chronicle.

Buy Waking Up Lost to map out destiny today!

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Praise for Waking Up Lost

Finalist - The Coffee Pot Book Club, Book of the Year Award 2021 (Historical Fantasy)

Highly Recommended Award - The Historical Fiction Company

Highly Recommended Award - The Coffee Pot Book Club

Long List - The OZMA Awards

A novel that will not only captivate you but mesmerised you with every written word, Waking Up Lost by David Fitz-Gerald is a work of stunning literary skill. The world that has been contained within the pages has been created with such mastery that it is difficult not to find yourself absorbed in the words until they run out, and you are left wanting more. ★★★★★ - The Coffee Pot Book Club editorial review

Again, as with The Curse of the Conchobar, the author has an incredible way of taking a reader on a fantastic journey with words so artistically crafted that you can feel the raw emotion of the characters. As life changes around him, and as he seeks to find himself, Noah’s feelings spill out onto the page – inadequacy, rejection, low self-worth, ostracism – and the author reels in the reader allowing you to truly feel the depth of the pain and connection to this character. This book is highly relatable in such a unique way as Noah’s gift and his feelings connect us all as humans – the relatability of imperfection and of everyone struggling through life to find their place in the chaos. Without a doubt, you will want to read all of the author’s books as Mr. Fitz-Gerald presents himself as a master wordsmith, and Waking Up Lost as just one of his masterpieces. ★★★★★ - The Historical Fiction Company

A powerful story of one young man who must wrestle with mystical powers, racist neighbors, and the need to find his place in the world. ★★★★ - Chanticleer Book Reviews

This is a coming of age tale like no other from the highly original and creative mind of David Fitz-Gerald. Noah takes off into the wilderness and gets felled by a tree, awakens on the top of a mountain, has a horror adventure as a canal barge worker, and walks home with the ghost of Ethan Allen. The novel warns "not all miracles are good things" but forgiveness proves key to lives past, present, and to come --- Eileen Charbonneau, author of Mercies of the Fallen

The author takes us on a heartwarming and heartbreaking journey of self-discovery through the eyes of a young man who is unsure of himself and his future. Along the way, the unpretentious half-breed experiences his first taste of love. From the wilderness of upstate New York in the 1830’s to the towpath of the Erie Canal, Noah has to grow up quickly and erase his self-doubts if he is to survive. --- D.A. Galloway, author of Burning Ground

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