Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Book Review: A Matter of Time by Michael J. Bowler

A Matter of Time
By Michael J. Bowler
Genre: Romance, Thriller

The world’s greatest evil stalks the world’s greatest ship, and the only one who can stop him hasn’t been born yet.

Jamie Collins is a junior at Santa Clara University in 1986. He has friends, a professor who mentors him, and a promising future as a writer.

Then the dreams begin - nightmarish memories that transport him back to a time and place fifty years before he was born: Titanic’s maiden voyage in 1912.

When Jamie discovers a foreign cell in his blood that links him to the famous vessel, the two timelines begin to overlap and he realizes an unimaginable truth - something supernatural stalks the ill-fated ship, something that will kill him if he can’t stop it first. And the only way to stop it may be to prevent Titanic from sinking.

But even if he can figure out a way to do that, should he? What will be the effect on history if he succeeds? And what about the lady he wasn’t supposed to fall in love with? As her destiny becomes entwined with his, Jamie discovers the value of friendship, the power of love, the impact of evil, and the vagaries of Fate.

My Review

Wow. A Matter of Time was a wild literary ride! Michael J. Bowler has weaved an intense plot that had me wondering what was real and what was Jamie's imagination. While those who care for Jamie question his story of being on the Titanic in 1912, despite the fact that it is 1986, they support his quest to save the great ship and the many passengers who perished.

The author included an immense amount of details in the story, taking me back to that period, to the characters and that horrific night. What I enjoyed most is how Bowler was able to keep me captivated even when I wasn't sure whether or not Jamie was delusional. Bowler tied everything up very well, though. A thrilling story of heroism, lost love, and learning to accept the things you can't explain.

Author Bio

Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author who grew up in Northern California. He majored in English/Theatre at Santa Clara University, earned a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and a master's in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills. Michael taught high school in Hawthorne, California for twenty-five years, both in general education and to students with learning disabilities. When Michael is not writing you can find him volunteering as a youth mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, and hopes his books can show young people they are not alone in their struggles. 

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