Review of Fateful Eyes by “Cross my Heart and Hope to Read”

Blog Tour: Fateful Eyes

Hey guys! Today I’m hosting the Fateful Eyes Virtual Book Tour presented by Sage’s Blog Tours and including a giveaway by the author! Check below for the book cover and synopsis, my review, the contest and info about the author!
Fateful Eyes (Volume 1)
By Panos Nomikos
Published June 25th, 2012 by IUniverse
520 pages
3.5 stars

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.First of all I want to say that I’m happy to be the last stop of the Fateful Eyes Book Tour and I’d like to thank Sage for contacting me about it.

Ok so on to my review of Fateful Eyes. It’s kind of difficult for me to review this book because it’s pretty different from what I usually read. But lately I have been trying out new types of books so I’m not just stuck in the same genre. Anyways the book was different but it was good as well although I feel that if I was older I might have liked it even more. Again that’s not saying that Nomikos didn’t do a good job at intriguing the reader because I think he did.

So I don’t make this post any longer than it needs to be I’ll get down to the main points. Peter has a daughter or does he? Peter has just learned that he might have a daughter that he never knew about. While he is excited about the news there is just one problem, he doesn’t know where she is. He doesn’t know her name, what she looks like, where she lives or who the mother is. So Peter sets off on a journey to many different countries to find his daughter, if she is even real that is. And in the midst of all this some pretty terrible world tragedies occur. The book is in written in Peter’s perspective along with a few other characters and it shows us past and present events.

In the beginning I’ll admit that I was a little bored but as the story went on I became more intrigued. I was even stumped trying to figure out who Peter’s daughter was or if she was even real. There were some times when I thought I might be on to something and then realize that I didn’t really have it. So I would like to see what the outcome is for Peter and his search because the ending left in a cliffhanger. Overall I think that this was a good first book and well written. It has an authentic feeling I guess because it is written in the style of a Greek person speaking English. And again although it was a good story I feel that maybe if I was older I’d have a better time at connecting with the characters. So saying that I would recommend it to anyone in their adult years. Check this one out and don’t forget to check out the contest below!



Solve the puzzle and win a journey…
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 or by email to


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 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.
Similarly, I have always aspired to share all those views and experiences and my quests to discover my own ‘true meaning of life’ by writing books.



Fateful Eyes can be found on Amazon in paperback or e-book formats. You can also follow Panos Nomikos here:

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