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A Time of Myths: A Mystery Adventure by [Blamires, Chris]
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About the Author

Chris Blamires has had an eclectic set of careers, ranging from hit musical writing (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), through research consultant to many leading-edge international companies, to author of an extremely successful music publishing venture. He has never strayed very far from the Greek Islands (his spiritual home), or from the 60’s (his philosophical home). This is his first novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1804 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 095759870X
  • Publisher: The Literature Orchard (29 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CL0V1E6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #738,902 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Time of Myths is a historical mystery set around the iconic Woodstock Festival in 1969. On one level it tells the tale of how five young English travellers meet and the journey that they take together and how that meeting results in another seventeen years later in Soho London. The other level explores how events can change lives forever; how making a seemingly small decision can alter the course of life.

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
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I won this in a good reads giveaway and I'm not sure it would have crossed my path if I hadn't . I'm so very glad I did as it was an amazing book. Chris Blamires is an excellent writer.His development of the characters is believable and as the book progresses you get to know them and feel for them.The story is fast paced with just enough suspense to keep you interested but not so much you get frustrated. I liked the way the the story line hopped between the sixties and the eighties filling in gaps in my knowledge and putting it all into a different context.

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.
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This is the story of a bunch of 80s losers who were young adults in the 60s. I found it extremely long and kept wondering when I'd get to the end. One of the reviewers described parts of the book as "preachy-moany" and I totally agree. The dialogue wasn't terribly realistic although maybe back in the 60s at the Woodstock festival they did keep on about dreams and other touchy-feely subjects.

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.
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I have to admit, I had decided not to like this book after the first few pages. I asked myself where it was going and felt that this wasn't the book I had expected. I felt cheated!
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.
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