More than a traditional romance, Gods of Our Time offers a dose of drama, relationship tension and self-exploration. "The writing is powerful, the plot is refreshing and the dialogue and narrative balance maintain the pacing," wrote Daniel Dias, curator of TaleFlick and writer for Passage Pictures in Hollywood.
The story takes place primarily on the streets of Paris in 1925, as many of the world's greatest artists, from Picasso to Hemingway, gather there after the war to celebrate a time of energy, art, and romance. Jake is sent from America to interview them, while Sophie settles on the West Bank in an effort to recover from the horrors that WWI brought to her childhood village in northern France. Jake believes he is about to meet the 'gods of his time' but in two of the most memorable scenes ever written involving the two titanic artists, Jake suffers massive dissolusionment when he encounters the painter and the writer. That's just the beginning of the dark psychological and physical perils he faces in Paris.
Sophie, a painter and healer ahead of her time, is pulled into a dangerous international intrigue and she and Jake find themselves in the mysterious underground of Paris -- with everything -- including their belief in love, on the line.
The Painted Cover
The cover of this book is an oil painting by Yuliya Lennon, one of the youngest female members of the Painters and Stainers Guild of England. The Guild is favored by the Queen of England and Yuliya is one of the rising stars in Europe. She painted the picture specifically for this book.
Reviews of Gods of Our Time
and Other Books by the Author
"In this compelling historical romance, Jake shares the story of how he met Sophie, with whom he shares a destiny. The writing is powerful, emotional and straightforward as the author shares a tough but tender page-turning tale. It's a highly engagin read that captures the historical period with visual acuity." -- Simon & Schuster editors.
"His writing is beautiful and precise," -- Martha Smilgas, former editor, People Magazine.
"His book, Playing From the Heart, will go straight to your heart. I highly recommend it." -- Zig Ziglar.
"Michael's book, Winning the Battle Within, is one of the best books ever written on the mental approach to sports and life." -- Bill Walsh, NFL coach who won three Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers.
"Bowker tells a highly compelling, deeply moving story in his book, Fatal Deception. It definitely should be made into a movie." -- Physicians for Social Responsibility.
"Winning the Battle Within should be in everybody's library." -- Pete Carroll, coach of the two-time Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
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