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A Matter of Time

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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 bor ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Outskirts Press
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As interest in the Titanic peaks this year - the centennial of the ship's sinking - I've been reading (or rereading) a lot of books on the Titanic, as well as watching numerous Titanic movies and documentaries. Like many people, I'm fascinated by the Titanic, so when author Michael Bowler asked me to review his book "A Matter of Time," I was happy to do so.

"A Matter of Time" was an impressive novel, mingling two of my favorite subjects: the Titanic and time travel. Jamie Collins was a typical co
Khamneithang Vaiphei
Love is timeless, time is heartless, and fate is unmerciful, so begins A MATTER OF TIME, 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
The deceptively bland title of Michael Bowler's A MATTER OF TIME hides an explosively entertaining novel.

College student Jamie Collins suffers night visions of a monstrous being ravaging the guests on the Titanic. He comes to believe that he must travel back in time, on board the great ship, to destroy this monster. And while he's there, he faces a moral dilemma: should he prevent the iceberg collision that sank the Titanic, and risk changing the course of human history? Or allow the tragic loss
Teena in Toronto
Time travel, the Titanic and vampires ... sounds like a wacky combination, doesn't it? You get all three with this book and you know what? It worked ... I enjoyed this it. Be prepared to leave your sense of belief at the door when you read it, though.

I like books about time travel. I find it fascinating when people go back to the past or come forward to the future and perhaps change the course of events (like when Dr. McCoy saves the woman from getting killed on "Star Trek" ... that change in e
Maureen Timerman
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 have to find out what is
Betsy Ryan dalpino
This a great story about a college student who goes back in time to prevent the Titantic from hitting an iceberg and sinking. The story has high drama, lots of romance, unrequited love, lasting friendships and vampires!

James Collins, a Santa Clara University student,has a strange illness that takes him back in time to the days prior to the Titantic sinking. During the daytime he becomes sensitive to light and has to wear dark clothes, a large hat and sunglasses to protect himself. He tells his
Dallas Vinson
Michael Bowler has a real gift with words and the ability to draw the liquid from ones eyes. While my eyes were not as leaking through the majority of this work he did manage to get them flowing pretty good at the end of the book.

This was also the first book of his that I've read that did not have any obvious gay characters; though I kept holding out hope for a couple of the. :)

This book is an excellent telling of the Titanic tail with several interesting twists, and is definitely well worth the
Really enjoyable book, unique, and yeah, just really liked reading it!
My favorite line in the book is the opening lines,
“Love is timeless, Time is heartless, and Fate is unmerciful . . .
At last a first line, but now what to do with it? He’d struggled and
fought and finally sweated out the perfect line to start his novel and now
that he’d found it, he didn’t have close to an appropriate story to do it
justice. Too bad. He liked that line. Oh, well . . . file it away for future

What a great opening line. It shows up again also, but I love it at the beginnin
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Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of nine novels––A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time (Silver Medalist from Reader's Favorite), Children of the Knight (Gold Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), Running Through A Dark Place (Bronze Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), There Is No Fear, And The Children Shall Lead, Once Upon A Time In America, Spinner (Literary Cl ...more
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