Thursday, 25 July 2013

Book Tour & Giveaway : Fateful Eyes by Panos Nomikos

My Review

Peter travels a lot for work, and on those journeys he has encounter a woman, but has no idea who she is, then when he starts receiving emails from a mysterious woman he sets out on a journey to discover whether she truly is his daughter, and if she is then who her mother is...

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I found that the opening sequence of Fateful Eyes really engaged me and made me wonder what was going on and why Peter was at the police station. Unfortunately after that it lost me for a little bit, and I found that the sentences were a little short and sometimes slightly oddly worded. Despite this I persevered and I am glad that I did, the mystery is engaging and exciting and you really felt like you were swept up in Peter's quest for the truth! It just takes a little pushing past the initial writing style to see that!

I liked the way that the author linked back to past events, both those unique to Peter and those worldwide events, to show how he came to this point in his life, in his career, and in his personal life. Through his experiences and his characterisation you really felt like you got to know Peter as a character, and as a person, and if you've read many of my reviews you'll know that I am a complete sucker for good characterisation!

My first impressions of Peter's wife was that she was strange. She didn't know much about the woman that Peter was chasing at yet she helped him from the beginning, it was also clear that she didn't think that Peter loved her whole heartedly and to the depth that she loved him, which was a strange concept for me to get my head around really. Then again I guess that this is true to the real world, and there are plenty of loveless marriages out there, so the book is simply being realistic!

I feel hesitant to say anything more about the book, its not one to read a review about, it is one to read, and by revealing any of the plot points I think I would be spoiling it for you (and you don't want that!). This isn't the kind of book that I would normally read but I would recommend giving it a go!


Fateful Eyes is a story about a life spent searching for love, accomplishments, and true fulfillment, within the world upheavals that, unfortunately, characterize the beginning of the new millennium. In his own life, Panos Nomikos (the author) has traveled in many continents, has been acquainted with many different people from different cultures, and he has also humbly attempted to comprehend the dizzying pace of events that are unfolding in such a frenetic tempo around us.

Panos aspires to share those experiences by narrating the story of “Peter”, a cosmopolitan who is traveling around the world at several exotic places, trying to solve a great puzzle, trying to locate a mysterious lady who came from his distant, youthful, and lustful past, and upset his life and his relationship with his affectionate lover. All the while, she is trying to fend-off by the threat posed by that mysterious rival in his heart.

Yet, the puzzle itself is not the essence of this novel. The puzzle is only a “pretext” to justify the exposure of Peter’s tortuous and twisted path in life, as well as to narrate the lives of everyone around him, as they all become unwittingly entangled into the rolling thunder of the world’s current upheavals, terrorism, wars, and economic crises. Like a modern Odyssey, the real essence of this novel is Peter’s long and tormenting journey towards his destination, towards the completion of his mission. Notwithstanding the mystery, the problems, and the upheavals, this story also celebrates love, affection, optimism, and the enthralling beauty of marvelous life.


Author Bio

I am Panos Nomikos and I was born in 1961 in Athens, Greece, this beautiful country that has become lately the epicenter of the raging global financial crisis. During my carefree, youthful years, I roamed the idyllic islands of my home country having fun on the golden beaches under the sun with my friends and lovers. Later on, I studied for a Ph.D. in the UK and I started a career in Information Technology in the maritime sector, roaming again across the world on intercontinental business trips in faraway places in Asia, Europe and America. In the course of my career I have authored numerous essays and articles in professional publications.

I maintain a blog at http://panosnomikos.wordpress.com to write about my favorite themes related to my beautiful home country, Greece, its position within the world-wide socioeconomic transformations, and its current upheaval in the midst of the worst financial crisis that we are experiencing here. I am especially writing to talk about ordinary Greeks, those living within the country, but also those who live and distinguish themselves around the world, trying to understand their vivid pulse and their feelings of belonging to the world-wide Greek diaspora.

Giveaway!!

Read “Fateful Eyes”, try to guess the solution of the puzzle (that will be finally revealed in the forthcoming 2nd volume) and win a trip for two persons, for one week, all expenses paid, to the beautiful country that is the final destination of the protagonist in this story, and also win books and other prizes. Contribute your ideas at http://panosnomikos.wordpress.com/about or by email to pnomikos@ath.forthnet.gr


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