Panos Nomikos was born in 1961 in Athens, Greece. During his carefree, youthful years, he roamed the idyllic islands of his home country having fun on the golden beaches under the sun with his friends and lovers. Later, he studied for a Ph.D. in the UK and 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 his career he has authored numerous essays and articles in professional publications.
He maintains a blog at http://panosnomikos.wordpress.com writing about his favorite themes related to his 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. He writes especially 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 worldwide Greek diaspora.
Similarly, he has always aspired to share all those views and experiences and his quests to discover his own ‘true meaning of life’ by writing books. His first novel, ‘Fateful Eyes’, narrates the story of Peter, a busy professional who travels constantly around the world trying to solve a perplexing puzzle that has upset his life, whereas his affectionate lover tries to fend-off the threat posed by a mysterious antagonist in his heart.
And now from the author himself:
People around me have always been telling me that I am a “good writer” and that I should use my talent one way or another, someday… Since childhood (since I was ten years old) I have kept a diary, a habit that I have maintained continuously for the past forty years. Although, of course, nobody else has read my secret diaries, whenever I am revisiting my past pages, I am glad to notice that I am amused and entertained, not by my uneventful and ordinary past life per se, but by the way that I had been expressing my inner feelings and emotions.
Later on, during my professional career, I have written dozens of essays and articles in professional publications and magazines in my industry sector. The readers of those articles, and the editors of those publications, gave me a very heartening feedback, truly enjoying my pieces and my style, and encouraging me to write something “bigger”.
Thus, I decided to follow their advice. Witnessing first-hand and participating in the rapid socioeconomic developments that characterize the final decade of the previous century and the first years of the new millennium, from my professional standpoint, I wished to share all my observations and my opinions about the world-wide developments, one way or another. Moreover, the acute crisis that occurred recently in my home country, Greece, that again I am witnessing first-hand as it evolves around me on a daily basis, gave me an additional insight on how things can go terribly wrong, for a whole nation. I do maintain the position that, what has happened so far in Greece, is not unique to this country and, if the appropriate lessons are not learned by the educated world-wide elites, the intellectuals, the professionals, and the masses themselves, and if risk mitigation actions are not taken now rather than later, then I will not be surprised to see the same phenomena repeated again and again all over the world, including today’s richest, industrialized countries.
But how to “spread the word” about what has happened in my own country, and about what can go terribly wrong elsewhere? I wrote a novel, “Fateful Eyes”, where the protagonist, Peter, is a cosmopolitan Greek who grew up in Athens but who migrated to the UK. As he wanders around the globe trying to solve a mysterious puzzle that is tantalizing his life, he is unwittingly entangled in the rolling thunder of the world’s upheavals that characterize the beginning of the new millennium. His adventures give him a lot of stimuli to ponder on what has gone wrong in the global affairs, and what lies ahead for all of us.
A sequel of “Fateful Eyes”, the second volume, is already in the works, plus one more, shorter novel that will complete a trilogy. I hope that you will join me in this fascinating trip and that you will enjoy it.
I certainly do. Thank you, Panos. You can find more about Panos and his writing via…
- Blog: http://panosnomikos.wordpress.com
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/panosnomikos
- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/panosnomikos
- LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/panosnomikos
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.
Fateful Eyes can be found on Amazon www.amazon.com/author/panosnomikos in paperback or e-book formats.
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