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A Time of Myths: A Mystery Adventure Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
In 1986 Jacque's advertising agency is pitching a deal to sell the `Essence of Greece', a make or break deal. In order to win he needs Nathan's help, this is a problem as he hasn't seen Nathan since the pair travelled on from Woodstock to Greece when a terrible event meant that they fell out forever. The storyline quickly turns back to the time to when the friends first met. Chris Blamires evokes well defined characters each with a back story, already on a path to adulthood but with youthful hopes and dreams. The relationships between the friends, written so well that I felt I had met them. The complexity of the characters is still evident all those years later when the past is confronted and consequences realised.
This book wears its myths solidly yet lightly. Each of the five books is entitled by a myth but lets the reader analyse more modern myths such as the myth that a generation of youngsters all willing and able to change society. This myth is explored in the authentic setting of the Woodstock festival when poor planning meant that thousands of youngsters were left to their own devices.
This is a meaty book of 338 pages, dense in detail and evoking perfectly the times it is set in; a book that makes you think as well as one that tells a story of multiple strands all nicely winding together to the perfect ending.
I received an ARC from the author which gave me the opportunity to read this unique novel and provide an unbiased review
The events start in the sixties on the way to Woodstock with 5 very different English young people who are all in some way escaping their families and painful childhood, if only temporarily. Nathan is my favorite.He is adorable! I think I would have fallen for him myself at that age and he stays adorable no matter what life slings at him. Five young people,miles from home full of hope for the future and excitement at the possibilities, trying to overcome all their individual baggage. They decide to go to Crete on a whim, to extend the camaraderie and fun of Woodstock.There they experience such a tragedy that it sends them on their separate ways, to their separate lives, never to see each other again. Except it doesn't. Seventeen years later the tragedy continues. Its not a happy book.In the last chapter, aptly named Hades, the sense of hopelessness and despair is almost tangible. However the story telling is so good you feel a sense of completeness.
But this book is so much more than a good story and great characters.Chris Blamires writing is so good I could imagine that years from now it will be studied in Literature classes. There is a depth to the novel on many levels.Read more ›
The descriptions of places were excellent - the chaos of Woodstock, the sheer grinding poverty encountered on certain Greek islands, and the decadence of London in the 80s.
One thing I couldn't understand was why Jack/Jacques kept hanging round with the others who were obviously not his types at all. They did nothing but bicker. He was not one of the 60s flower power hippies like the others. He was escaping an authoritarian father, but travelling with his credit card to escape in comfort. Then there was the minder sent specifically to bring him home asap who agreed to go with them to Woodstock. How believable is that?
The myths added an extra dimension, but I just found the book a tad tedious with all the misery in it.
It turns out that I was very premature in my judgement. Within these pages I found so many dreams and fears. I found myself loving and hating characters who were so well crafted they almost became part of my own history and will certainly stay with me as part of my future.
Chris Blamires had me longing for a return to times and values I never actually experienced and gave me hope that dreams don't die they just slumber for a while.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was sent a copy of this book to review by the author. I have to admit I normally turn down requests from self published authors as I am never too sure of the quality but the... Read morePublished on 30 Jun. 2013 by Sewing Directory
I liked the premise of the book, but I was afraid it might be badly researched or, even worse, poorly written - I shouldn't have. Read morePublished on 14 Jun. 2013 by Squirrel
I bought this book having read the generally glowing reviews and having not heard of Chris Blamires, therefore assuming that this was his debut novel. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2013 by daveboyksa
A Time of Myths is Blamires' debut novel and what a novel it is. I had received a signed ARC copy via a GoodReads giveaway and even though I didn't expect it to be my cup of tea -... Read morePublished on 17 May 2013 by Jane
Every now and then I read a book that touches something inside, feels bigger than just emotion and leaves a long lasting impression - this is one of those books. Read morePublished on 15 May 2013 by A. Rose
I won a signed copy of this book through Goodreads giveaways.
I really liked it. The further I read, the more I got to know the characters. Read more
I received this book as a complimentary, signed review copy through the Goodreads Giveaway scheme. Instantly after reading the title and the blurb, I was incredibly intrigued by... Read morePublished on 14 May 2013 by LilyGreenEyes
I very much enjoyed this mystery novel, which flows and works towards the satisfying ending perfectly, with a great, fast pace. Read morePublished on 10 May 2013 by Anna
A Time of Myths is an incredibly brave and adventurous first novel; a dual-time and multiple location story featuring a group of young English travellers who originally meet at the... Read morePublished on 9 May 2013 by Lincs Reader
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