Book Review: A Matter of Time

Title: A Matter of Time

Author: Michael J. Bowler

Narrator: Aaron Landon




What is your destiny?

This question haunts 20-year-old Jamie Collins. A junior at Santa Clara University in 1986, Jamie has friends, a professor who mentors him, and a promising future as a writer. Then the dreams begin – nightmarish visions that transport him to a time and place fifty years before he was born: Titanic’s maiden voyage in 1912! With less than a week to go before the 74th anniversary of its sinking, Jamie discovers that his fate is inexplicably linked to that of the famous vessel. Somehow, the two timelines are overlapping, and when Titanic dies this time, Jamie will die along with it. The dreams reveal something evil stalking the ill-fated ship, something that expedites the collision which sinks her.

Jamie realizes that the only way to stop this evil and prevent his own death may be to prevent Titanic from sinking in the first place. But how? How can he stop that ship from sinking in 1912 when he hadn’t even been born yet? And even if he can stop it – should he? What will be the effect on history if he succeeds? Jamie’s quest to fulfill his destiny ties friends and family together in ways he could never have imagined.

A Matter of Time is an emotionally charged voyage into the value of friendship, the power of love, the impact of evil, and the vagaries of Fate.

A Matter of Time is a 2012 Reader’s Favorite Silver Medal Winner.



My Review

5/5 Stars

When Jamie starts to have dreams about the Titanic and a vampire on board it, he isn’t sure what to think. His initial reaction is to ignore it…until he gets violently ill. The symptoms only disappear at night. When he begins to crave blood, Jamie knows something is wrong. Somehow, his timeline is converged with a man on the Titanic. In order to save himself from the vampire gene that’s consuming him, he has to go back in time to the Titanic and stop the vampire once and for all.

So my mind is literally blown after listening to this story. It was such an awesome blend of genres: adventure, paranormal, romance, magical realism, time travel. I feel as if I’m missing a few, but those were the major ones. Not to mention the addition of the Titanic. When I was about twelve, I had a phase of obsession with the Titanic so I loved the accuracy the author had in detailing the failed voyage.

This is the most unique story I’ve ever read, and I really loved both the depth of the plot and characters. Jamie was easy to relate to. He was honorable and strong, even when he had his moments of craziness. On the Titanic, he showed his flaws, but I love the way he made up for them in the end.

The romance between Jamie and Kate was cute. Gave a new meaning to the phrase “timeless love.”

If you’re looking for outside the box fiction, this is the story for you.

Narration worked perfectly for the story.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Published by Author Kayla Krantz

Proud author responsible for Dead by Morning and The Council, fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all time inspiration mixed in with a little bit of Eminem and some faint remnants of the works of Edgar Allen Poe. When she began writing, she started in horror but it somehow drifted into thriller. She loves the 1988 movie Heathers. She was born and raised in Michigan but traveled across the country to where she currently resides in Texas.

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