By Rachel M. Anderson, Freelance Writer

The economic crisis, wasteful spending in Washington and politicians who are more concerned with keeping their jobs than with doing what's right for the country. These are all problems facing modern day America, but a hero from the past may be able to change things for the better.

Jacob Fitzwater, the main character in Fitzwater's Trek, a new novel by Irwin J. Mathason, is an 18th century businessman who after a trip through the infamous Bermuda Triangle finds himself catapulted into the 20th century where corruption and corporate greed run rampant.

"Jacob is disgusted by what has happened to the country he loves, and embarks on a mission to make things right," explains Mathason.

Fitzwater's Trek begins with Jacob kissing his wife, Kayla, goodbye and heading out to sea. The first part of the journey is uneventful. Jacob and his crew successfully drop off their cargo of lumber, tobacco and hemp, and take on European furniture destined for the trendy furniture stores of the Northeastern United States.

It is during their return home, which takes them through the infamous Bermuda Triangle, that the world as they know it comes to an end. Green lighting flashes , thunderous waves roll, and the Lady Kayla disappears. Jacob and his crew are lost to the world they know in 1795.

When they come out of the fog, they haven't aged a bit, but 200 years have passed. 
When they return to the shores of Philadelphia, the place looks nothing like it did in their day, with the exception of Society Hill where the home Jacob lived in is still standing.

Fields and streams have been replaced by skyscrapers and houses. What used to be cobblestone streets are now four-lane highways, and instead of horses and buggies, cars and trucks now transport people from place to place.

"The significance of so much time passing is that I wanted to point out that the 18th century mind is a lot better than anything we have today," says Mathason. "They may have had less knowledge about how things work than we do today, but the people of the 18th century came up with the Constitution, a completely new way of running government. Noone today can think that clearly."

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