A Matter of Time

A Matter of Time

by Michael Bowler

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A Matter of Time by Michael Bowler

What is your destiny?

This question haunts 20-year-old Jamie Collins. A junior at Santa Clara University in 1986, Jamie has lots of friends, a professor whom he regards as a mentor, and a promising future as a writer.

Then the dreams begin - nightmares leading him to a destiny beyond belief. These visions transport him to a time and place fifty-five years before he was born: Titanic's maiden voyage in 1912! With less than a week to go before the 75th anniversary of its sinking, Jamie learns that his fate is inexplicably linked to that of the famous vessel. Somehow, the two timelines are overlapping, and when Titanic dies, Jamie will die along with her.

Those dreams reveal something evil stalking the ill-fated ship, something that expedites the collision which sinks the great liner. Jamie comes to realize that because of his connection, he may be able to prevent the world's greatest maritime disaster, and save his own life in the process.

But how? How can he stop a 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781432787110
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 02/29/2012
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Michael Bowler grew up in San Rafael, California and attended Santa Clara University. Titanic and her tragic fate have fascinated him for as long as he can remember and he has a vast collection of artwork, memorabilia and virtually every book ever written about the disaster. He majored in English and Theatre in college and got a master’s in film production. He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several films, most notably “Fatal Images,” “Dead Girls,” “Hell Spa” (later re-edited and titled “Club Dead”), “Things” and “Things II.” He has been teaching high school in Hawthorne, California for over twenty years. He’s written a number of unproduced screenplays and his first novel, “A Boy and His Dragon,” was published in 2011.

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Khamneithang More than 1 year ago
Love is timeless, time is heartless, and fate is unmerciful, so begins the story, which is an emotionally charged voyage into the value of friendship, the power of love, the impact of evil, and the vagaries of fate. Inspired by the Titanic, the book which comes out in the centennial year of the Titanic tragedy is a timely and refreshing read. A Matter of Time tells the story of James Collins, a student Santa Clara University, who has developed a strange disease that transported him back in time to the days leading to the Titanic disaster. During daytime he is sensitive to light, wears dark clothes, a large hat and sunglasses to protect himself. He tells his story to his roommate and an English professor. While they both found it difficult to believe, they supported him and assisted James in his attempt to change the course of history. For those who have been fascinated by the Titanic story, this is a must read. The plot revolves round “the world’s greatest evil,” and the world’s greatest ship, Titanic. Jamie in 1986 who, through a series of dreams, discovers that he is somehow connected to Titanic’s sinking, despite his having not been alive at the time. A mysterious cell appears in his blood, a cell that, in his case, originated aboard Titanic. His roommate Dan, Dan’s sister Maggie, and Jamie’s friend Kevin attempt to help him, but they cannot understand what is happening. Jamie finally announces that the only way he can save himself from the deadly effects of that “cell” is to circumvent time and board Titanic before she sinks in 1912. While everyone thinks he’s delusional, including his writing professor and his parents, Jamie sets out to solve the mystery and save his life. Dan, for whom Jamie has become a good friend, agrees to accompany him on as much of the journey as possible. He knows that if Jamie can somehow “jump” time and board the ship, he would not be able to follow. Their adventures together and Jamie’s ultimate destiny make up the bulk of the story. Will Jamie be able to save himself from the clutch of the mysterious disease? Will he be able to save the fate of the ship and its passengers? A Matter of Time high drama, lots of romance, unrequited love, lasting friendships…and much more! A story which is stranger than fiction!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lorraine Carey for Readers Favorite "A Matter of Time" is one of the most compelling supernatural tales I have come across in a long time. Any Titanic enthusiast will find a very different take here on the original story. A young college man is catapulted into another dimension where he becomes a part of the tragic Titanic saga. He will discover a hidden secret that existed on board that also led to the ship’s demise. Here he will experiences jolts of time travel, visions and and paranormal encounters that leave him bewildered until he can figure out a way to solve the why and how he will solve this mystery. His college buddies believe he has gone mad, and he has only one teacher who will befriend him. Jamie will tragically become a changeling from a normal college student to someone who is out of control when he is possessed by a dark entity. He struggles to find out that he has a destiny with the doomed liner and must find a way to cross over and try to save the Titanic from its fateful journey. He will also meet the woman he loves, but one that fate will not allow. The reader is constantly in suspense as we follow Jamie on each adventure that holds many surprises at each turn. He risks the possibility of losing his life while embarking on this journey. Vivid descriptions of the ship are brought to life as to teleport you on board with Jamie. The ending has such an intense emotional component that it will pull at your heart strings. Michael Bowler writes with such passion as the lives of the characters are filled with such emotion. He is well versed on the data of the Titanic as many real factual data is included. It is colored rich in vivid imagery. The story flowed so well with great syncronicity. This story will appeal to a vast audience and most of all will be a winner for young adult males who enjoy reading about the paranormal and great heroism.
Faith4 More than 1 year ago
A Matter of Time by Michael J. Bowler is a new novel that will grab you. Mystery and history are intertwined in a work that gets into your head and heart. Jamie is a writer with a gift of retrocognition. Jamie dreams he’s a radio operator on the Titanic. His dreams are real. Besides being on the Titanic, Jamie’s blood or rather Jack’s,( who is Jamie on the Titanic) is being sucked out by a vampire. Without the vampire, Jamie would just have shoved his dreams to the back of his mind. However, when Jamie can’t stand the sun and is getting weaker and weaker, and when the sun goes down, he’s revitalized, he realizes that his dreams are more than dreams. Jamie is blessed with friends who believe in him, parents who love him, and a teacher who also believes. Jamie is honest, hardworking, smart, and talented. He wouldn’t make up a cockamamie story; that would be out of character. Jamie realizes he has to try to go back and get on the Titanic to get rid of the vampire and hopefully save the Titanic. Sounds crazy, but there really is no other alternative. What has he got to lose? He is literally becoming a vampire. Once there, he finds his nemeses, falls in love, and even trades watches with the captain. This trade is important. Near the end of the story, it’s the Captain watch that proves he was there, plus a locket that helps him find his long lost love. How? That’s the story for you to enjoy. I won’t spoil it for you. You will read this different historical novel with prophetic insight because you know what happened to the Titanic. But you will enjoy it more because of the intimate personal stories played between the characters. The Vampire adds the gripping horror that intermingles with the pressing time, the sinking ship, missing children,… Oh! You’re just going to love this book. I did receive a copy of A Matter of Time to review, but no monetary incentive was included. This is my true opinion. The following data will help you get a handle on everything.
SageA More than 1 year ago
Wow. A Matter of Time was a wild literary ride! Michael J. Bowler has weaved an intense plot that had me wondering what was real and what was Jamie's imagination. While those who care for Jamie question his story of being on the Titanic in 1912, despite the fact that it is 1986, they support his quest to save the great ship and the many passengers who perished. The author included an immense amount of details in the story, taking me back to that period, to the characters and that horrific night. What I enjoyed most is how Bowler was able to keep me captivated even when I wasn't sure whether or not Jamie was delusional. Bowler tied everything up very well, though. A thrilling story of heroism, lost love, and learning to accept the things you can't explain.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
It is 1986 and Jamie is a junior at Santa Clara University. He wakes up from a dream where in it he is attacked. Shortly thereafter he starts being lethargic during the day, the sunlight burns him, and then feels super strong at night. Jamie becomes obsessed with the young man is in the dream and trying to figure out what is happening. At the same time his friend Jay and Maggie visit Jay’s great grandma about a diary she kept her whole life. Maggie is writing a paper on the Titanic and things this can supplement her paper. Jamie keeps getting sicker and sicker until he realizes that Jack, the man from the dreams is on the Titanic. Jamie decides to go to the coordinates of Titanic to catch a ride. His plan is to stop the attacker but ends up meeting widowed Kate and her 10 year old son David and falling in love with Kate. But it’s clearly not meant to be since the Titanic will be sinking in a couple hours. Jamie is torn between saving the passengers and how this would affect history. Jamie is a fan of science fiction and horror. So when he starts having the dreams everyone thinks he is just writing a story. But it is clear something is very wrong and then he becomes obsessed with the Titanic. He even manages to make it aboard Titanic. This is a great story. I admit that at first I had a hard time getting into the story. It seemed to drag but I think that was just me. I loved the paranormal twist and the wrong information that it leaked. It’s hard to go into this without giving it away. Trust me you will like it. I received A Matter of Time as an audiobook through Audible. Aaron Landon narrates the book and he did a wonderful job. It was easy to listen to the story and understand the different characters. I especially loved how the story ended. It was a great, warm, fuzzie moment. This is a wonderful story and I recommend that everyone check it out. You will not be disappointed. I received A Matter of Time for free from Sage’s Blog Tours and the author in exchange for an honest review.
TopBookReviewers More than 1 year ago
"An imaginative time travelling thriller that will keep you guessing. A Matter of Time by Michael J. Bowler is one of the most imaginative time travelling novels in years. It follows the life of 20 year old Jamie Collins back in the mid 80's who is going to University in California. Jamie is an inspiring novelist with an over active imagination and when he starts dreaming of becoming a crew member onboard an old ship, and waking up still feeling like he was there, his friends get worried. His dreams start to haunt him - more vivid each night. A sinister cloud surrounds his dreams. He can almost grab the reality of it, only to be drained and exhausted the following morning. Jamie heads into a downward spiral. He is full of vigor each night until the dawn, living out the dreams which have now consumed him in reality. He is a member of the soon to be doomed crew of the Titanic, and he worries that when the deadline of the 100th anniversary of the sinking comes to pass, his own fate will follow. Slowly, one of his best friends can see that maybe Jamie is not totally nuts, and helps him cross time to confront his destiny. Can Jamie return to his reality or will he change the course of history by saving the Titanic? You can sense that Bowler, the author, had fun writing this one. He makes several period piece comments about the music, movies and slang of the 80's. He mixes in love, jealousy action, and adventure in this thriller. It reads like a movie and has a fast pace that keeps you wanting more. Bowler spends a great deal of time working on the character interaction which makes this novel work. He also brings in so many twists that it will keep you guessing. Overall, A Matter of Time was a great read. I am looking forward to more from Michael J. Bowler." TBR-TopBookReviewers
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
A very different book from what I usually read, but with this being the 100th year of the sinking of the Titanic it peeked my interest. This book has it all with time travel, history, romance, and vampires?? The vampire part kind of grossed me out! What starts out as an ordinary year in his college life for Jamie Collins, surely doesn't end that way. He develops a very strange and scary illness...basically he can't stand sun light. This book does become a page turner...you have to find out what is going to happen? Will Jamie win his love? Will he be able to stop the disaster? I dearly loved the ending of this book..so very sweet. Don't miss this very different book and great read! I received this book through Pump You Book Virtual Tours and the Author Michael Bowler, and was not required to give a positive review.