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A Time of Myths: A Mystery Adventure [Kindle Edition]

Chris Blamires
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Book Description

That rarest of books, action-packed yet an intelligent and literary novel - The Magus meets Lord of the Flies. Critically acclaimed by a host of Top Amazon Reviewers in the US and UK:

« A beautifully cross-cultural tale of men and women, English and American, and land both old and new. It's haunting...and it brings Woodstock, Crete, and the boardroom all to vividly plausible life: imho, a masterpiece! »***** S. Deeth, Vine Voice, Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer

« A great book... recommend to anyone who loves a well structured story » ***** A. Rose, Vine Voice, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer

« evocative, tense and dramatic... » **** Mrs. Katharine Kirby, Vine Voice, Top 100 Amazon Reviewer

« makes you think as well as tells a story » **** C. Bannister, Vine Voice, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer

« stays compelling right up to the end » ***** Eileen Shaw, Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer

« A fine debut from new author Chris Blamires »  **** Lincs Reader, Vine Voice, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer

Nathan has spent seventeen long years in exile on a tiny Greek island, guarding a terrible secret - an act of love that has triggered devastating consequences. But now strange events compel him to return to civilisation to search out a long-lost love - and face a murderous foe. Events that spin out of control to reach a deadly climax in Soho, England, as treachery and self-deception are forced into the glaring sunlight. 

And yet... this is only half the story. For into the narrative the author weaves a multitude of the myths that we must live by in order to survive.

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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 top international companies, to author of a successful music publishing venture. He has never strayed far from the Greek Islands (his spiritual home), or from the 60's (his philosophical home). This is his first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 635 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publisher: The Literature Orchard (April 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CL0V1E6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,028 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DEBUT DELIVERS July 16, 2013
Can this book truly be a debut novel? I've read a few of those, some pretty good, and this one is in a realm of its own. An amazing author is Chris Blamires.
Ok so short and sweet. Time of Myths is a slow starter ( hence the 4.8 stars i'd give it) but quickly picks you up and takes you on a literary ride that you don't want to end.
Five people meet in 1969 in Woodstock ( cool ) and events lead them to meet again in Greece in 1986. Well written descriptions, characters I thought were well-developed and a story that will keep you up reading long past bed time!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine read November 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I liked the story, but found all the philosophical rants between the characters boring. There were far too many and nearly every character indulged in several.

The characters are well-drawn, however, and remain consistent and true throughout the book. The "big surprises" were predictable and I had them figured out too quickly for my taste,but all in all it wasn't' a bad read.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read June 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book has been reviewed very positively by some prestigious reviewers on Amazon, and I am happy to add to this positive trend. This book is very well written and spans a time that I am so familiar with.
The feelings and memories that this writer dredged up for me of the sixties and the eighties were amazing and quite emotional. I am of course one of the millions of people who `nearly' went to Woodstock, but was very much aware of the winds of change blowing round the world at that time. The characters are well depicted and varied and the whole book reads like a true narrative of events. There are some very funny one liners which made me laugh out loud, e.g. (location 305) `The man doesn't actually spit on the floor, but it's a close call.' and (location 4038) `he throws down the instrument, but carefully', very funny in context.
The style of the story is complicated and the pace is good with changes of mood, location, moves in time, and varied storylines.
There is a kind of dark, moody atmosphere at times which is achieved by the evocative language, some very poetic, and also realistic dialogue. There are no surplus characters in this book, everything is concise and everyone has an important part to play.
Unfortunately there are a couple of annoying proofing errors, but this is an excellent book still worthy of five stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Did you go to Woodstock in 1969? I didn’t, and it’s hard, as Chris Blamires’ A Time of Myths begins, to believe the businesslike Jacques was ever there either. But Woodstock stands as the myth behind many a modern man, and reality tries hard not to live up to its promise. Meanwhile purgatory (part 1) is where you ponder on your sins.

Nathan is living his own purgatory on a bleak Greek island—can Greece be bleak? But these are just two of the five English protagonists who once, by chance, met at Wordstock and traveled to Crete.

The past is mythic with its music, free love, unimaginable hope and power, and the wounds of Vietnam. Anything is possible—even release for wounded characters trying to hide their hurts, even a trip to mythic Greece with its beauty and history. But possibilities and folly combine, both past and present, in this tale. The myth of capitalism’s golden age proves no truer than that of youth’s invulnerability. And the deceptions of childhood and youth echo through to the present and beyond.

Of course, there’s always the myth that we can change our path. In the end, this myth is the one most fully explored, and most captivating—the one that echoes after the last page is turned.

A Time of Myths is a beautifully cross-cultural tale of men and women, English and American, and land both old and new. It’s haunting, so much more than I’d imagined as those first strange scenes unfolded, and it brings Woodstock, Crete, and the boardroom all to vividly plausible life: imho, a masterpiece!

Disclosure: I can’t imagine why the author picked me to read this, but I am hugely grateful that he did!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Read July 2, 2013
By Knutz
Format:Kindle Edition
To begin with, as I have literally read literally thousands of Americanized English written books, this was the first that utilized what us AMericans would call 'British' English. There were some points in the beginning that I was ready to toss the book down and go on to something altogether more comfortable in reading style, but I persisted and am glad I did so. The reason I was ready to stop was not because the book started bad, just the opposite, it started out great, but with the disparity of Amer. English and Brit. English it made for some difficult reading until I began to get used to the English style (and sometimes words I had never heard of - easily remedied by the use of a dictionary). Once I got past the writing style and paid ever more attention on the content of the book, I found myself entranced to continue on. Jumping back and forth in time with relative ease and characters that you can either relate to, understand, or all out despise, this book was entertaining from the overall "get go". This being, I believe, the first book by Mr. Blamires we should be ever so intent to wait on the edge of our seats for the next tome he writes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good plot with excellent writing quality September 24, 2013
By johnc57
First things first: I need to mention I received this book from Goodreads giveaways.

Sixties. Hippies. Woodstock. Sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll.
Eighties. Yuppies. Business. Money. Sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll. Some things never change. Five young rebellious English people met on their way to Woodstock festival; life seems to be getting really good with complete freedom from establishment. It turned out there was a price to pay for this, so great that it changed the lives of the youths and kept haunting them for 20 years.

I am really not sure about the genre of the book. The best description might be historical fiction, but I use this term very loosely. The main strength of it is the writing quality. It kept me reading even though I am not a fan of historical literature. This is not trivial matter considering the fact that this is the first book of the author. The plot was interesting enough as well - I never had any desire to skip any pages.

As to the weakness: characterization was not very good. I finished reading it and at no point I cared about any of the characters, even the good ones. Moreover, none of the hippies in the book showed any trace of brotherly love which is supposed to be a cornerstone of their movement.

My final rating for the book was 3.5 stars, but I rounded it up as its strengths easily eclipse all weaknesses. I am really curious to see the next work of the author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent start
I was not enthused at the beginning, but as the story un wound, I got more and more into it. The imagery and the people go to be more and more real. Do another! I willraad
Published 4 months ago by David E. Wiggall
4.0 out of 5 stars Very different
I am not a huge Woodstock fan but the cover and blurb looked so compelling that I thought I would try this out. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kitty V.
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading
I do not do reviews but this book caught me up. It will do the same for you if you are old enough to understand
Published 7 months ago by Susan Gurvich
2.0 out of 5 stars A slow (or non-) starter
I'm not sure how I feel about the whole book... after wading through 2 chapters looking in vain for what I thought I was getting, I skimmed the next chapter and still found... Read more
Published 9 months ago by SailorLon
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good read.
Started out wondering if the book was going to hold my attention. Found that as time progressed I was hooked enough to continue and find out what happens next. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Daniel Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars The changing realities
Engrossing story of a changing society. From the awakening of th 60's revolution to the reality of the now, you are lead along a path of discovery.uh
Published 10 months ago by Tom R
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and unusual book
This book said it was a mystery adventure. Adventure, yes. Mystery, no. As an avid mystery reader, I would never put this book in that genre. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Randee Baty
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes a while to get going
I wasn't sure I liked it to begin with, but in the whole it's a masterfully told tale with enough ghosts to make it delightfully chilly.
Published 10 months ago by Bruce L. Lahue
2.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas but too many lengths
Taking in account it is a debut novel, it was a decent read. At times, it was difficult to distinguish the many different characters and I found the pace à little too slow.
Published 10 months ago by Dr Gogood
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern myth in the making
The myth in this well written book is more modern times and not ancient. You will start out in sunny Greece and slowly meet the people involved in the story. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lindah
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