Independent reviews of Fateful Eyes

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This week on Streetwraith DotNet, we are taking on dystopian fiction. While most dystopias focus on the future or other worlds, I wanted to highlight a work that explores some of the ideas of the dystopia in the present or more to the point the very recent past. Dystopias are, at their heart, psychological experiments that highlight our fears and, when they dream of their utopian counterparts, our hopes as well. Panos Nomikos’ Fateful Eyes Volume 1: the Puzzle and the Journey highlights this tendency of the dystopia to dream.

Why does Nomikos use the present tense to tell his story? One might as well ask why he tells a story with dystopian issues in modern times rather than future times or fantastic landscapes. He uses present tense for the same reason that he uses modern times. These issues, war, terrorism, economic crisis, and upheaval, are present in the author’s lifetime. Like the post World War I novelists, he does not have to imagine what circumstances might bring these issues to bear on society. He watches them manifest repeatedly.

By keeping the novel in present tense, he keeps his reader in the psychological struggle of his protagonist. No matter the time-period of the work, we are experiencing it in the moment. As we watch the perils of the protagonist, we are faced, unconsciously, with a question: will we make it through with him?

In Fateful Eyes, Nomikos weaves a psychological journey. He likens the journey to the Odyssey, and I don’t disagree with the likeness. Nomikos frames a story that takes us back and forth on a journey to locations and time periods. The dystopian themes present in the story, terrorism and upheaval, form both the backdrop of his main character’s journey as well as touching each aspect of the character’s life. Fateful Eyes highlights the fears that we all face in uncertain times of war and economic difficulty. Like a true dystopian work, it also draws attention to the hope and possibility that come from rising above the darkness.

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Written by Lynn Perretta, posted at http://www.streetwraith.net/fatefuleyes.html

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This is an intriguing story with a demanding but also rewarding use of jumps on the timeline that is written with Mediterranean passion. For me, as Northern European, it had something of the proverbial Greek Drama, both in the smaller detail as well as in the bigger themes of fate and missed opportunities that the author weaved so cleverly into the work. On a personal level, I found the generous use of adjectives at times too flowery and too elaborate, but I appreciate that without it the prose would not be as beautiful and poetic. Clearly the author has chosen this style to suit the theme of sentimentality and the emotional nature of his protagonist. Here is an author with a great talent for story-telling and a promising future.

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Written by writer and book reviewer Christoph Fischer  (http://www.christophfischerbooks.com and http://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com)

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I enjoyed reading how passionately Peter was in learning who his daughter was, and who her mother was, and why she kept a secret from him. He has a great backstory! He’s passionate in everything that he does, and it shows.

All the events that led up to Peter meeting up with Marina, Stefan and Anna – were suspenseful! And quite a tease considering how the book concludes! I thought that there would be one piece of the “puzzle” finally resolved, but, rather, a whole new puzzle is set before you, making you wonder even more who this mother and daughter are?

Overall, I found this book to be ridiculously suspenseful, and constantly kept me on my toes trying to figure out and resolve this unexpected mystery in Peter’s life.

My Rating: 4 Stars  * * * *

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Written by Asli Fratarcangeli at Yah Gotta Read This!

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Sage‘s review 4 of 5 stars – Posted on Goodreads on May 11, 2013

Panos Nomikos is an eloquent writer whose descriptions of foreign lands have left me feeling as if I have visited them myself. He has developed an intriguing story that is overflowing with mystery and romance. Just when it looks like Peter is on the path to uncovering the identity of his daughter, Panos steps in and thrusts the story into an entirely different direction. Nomikos has left readers with a powerful ending that has me incredibly intrigued to read Part Two of Peter’s journey.

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Written by Sage Adderley at Sage’s Blog Tours

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This book was surprisingly good. I liked the story and the characters and the mystery in all of it. But there was something about this book that I didn’t connect too. I couldn’t focus on it for very long which is why it took me longer then normal to read it. Maybe it’s the writing? It was good, don’t get me wrong, but it was a little odd sometimes. It didn’t read fast enough. Partially because the author writes everything full out. Instead of I’m not, he writes I am not… and for me, it’s not something I’m used to, so it’s a little frustrating at times. But that doesn’t have anything to do with the authors. It’s just how he writes.
Nonetheless, this was a good book and I still have questions. But those will be answered in the next book. So yes, I will be reading that one! I even look forward to it.

So good job Panos! And don’t forget 3.5 stars, isn’t bad at all!

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Written by Bieke at Istyria book blog.

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Rating: ★★★★

I liked Nomiko’s Fateful Eyes. As far as characterization, we get to know Peter very well. After all, this is his story and it’s no surprise that Nomikos focuses primarily on Peter’s career as well as his life in Greece. Leila is the big mystery because I don’t feel like we know entirely who she is. Several characters question her motives and I feel that she’s a questionable character. Then there’s the mysterious daughter. Is she who she claims to be or is this a scheme to fleece Peter? Plot development is good; however, at times I felt the amount of back story given to Peter’s past and his career was overwhelming. By the time we got to the central part of the story and Peter’s journey, I lost interest, but it quickly picked up once again during Peter’s search. The suspense leading up to Peter questioning key characters as to who the mother of his daughter could be was well done. There are more questions than answers and even though Peter discounts 3 out of the 4 women, I kept wondering why he discounted Helen quickly and when he kept focusing on Marina I wanted to shake him. I keep insisting Helen is the answer to this mystery, but alas I could be wrong.

The writing is good, but as I’ve stated I felt overwhelmed at times. I understand the reason why Nomikos gives us so much history, but at the same time I felt I could have done without a few scenes. Nomikos does a great job with rich descriptions. His account of 9/11 and a character’s narrow escape, made me feel as if I were there. Peter’s time in Greece was lovely to read and I could picture myself walking alongside Peter. Every time his heart would break because Sofia or Helen didn’t return his feelings, I could feel his heartache and his desperation. A reviewer brought up an interesting concept, Peter falling in the love with the idea of love and it makes sense. At no time does he give his relationships time to fully develop before he’s smitten. Look at how quickly he and Leila got together! I also feel that Peter isn’t 100% in love with Leila, but he’s at the point in his life that he’s dedicated so much time with her and she’s supported him, that he needs to be with her as a form of payment perhaps. Nomikos also weaves a bit of humor. I loved Peter’s reaction to Greece becoming “modernized” when he sees Greece accept the Euro. In one scene, he’s just arrived in Greece and he notices the queue for a taxi is like any other normal European city and he remarks “A civilized queue! Has this country been transformed so radically already?”

I debated heavily with the rating between a three and four. Ultimately I decided on a four due to the rich descriptions and for keeping me on my toes regarding the identity of his daughter and who her mother is. It ends in a cliffhanger and there are a lot of questions to be answered. Why was Peter being questioned by the police and why were they asking him about Leila’s political leanings? Who is the woman in the picture? Ultimately, will Peter find out who his daughter really is? I look forward to reading the second portion of his series and see if my assumption is proven right or wrong.

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Written by Jessica at http://literaryetc.com/

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Review by Samantha Martin (5 stars)

Fateful Eyes was not what I expected, it was a whole lot more. Peter the protagonist, has traveled the worlds and visited many cultures. He receives a mysterious note from a woman and sets out to determine who she is and what the note means. Peter is hurdled through his life and the good and bad choices that he made. You will be bombarded with emotions that radiate from the pages of this story. Panos Nomikos is a very descriptive writer that makes the reader feel like they are really there with the use of his adjectives. The twisted underbelly of Peter’s life comes to haunt him in this story because of this mysterious woman. Overall this is a fabulous read that will hook you from the very beginning.

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Written by Samantha Martin at Faerie Tale Books.

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Review by Vanessa Macias – 3.5 stars

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!
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Written by Vanessa Macias at Cross My Heart and Hope to Read

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Panos Nomikos pens “Fateful Eyes” in a fast paced plot filled with romance and mystery. I was a bit confused at the beginning, but once I caught onto how the story timeline was written it got so much better and hooked me right in with the suspense. Between the author’s characters that were interesting and the vivid descriptions of the scenes I found myself having a hard time putting the book down. A must read for all romance, suspense and mystery fans.

I give “Fateful Eyes” a 4 star rating.

Written by Susan Peck at My Cozie Corner

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