Finding Lorena was a really fun read. Fast paced, exciting, and full of twists, I highly recommend this for anyone looking for anyone who loves a good page-turner. It’s exciting to see Bartos come into his own as an author. If his first novel, BASH, was like ‘Star Wars’, then Finding Lorena is his ‘Empire Strikes Back’. Can’t wait to see what this storytelling jedi strikes back with. -Amazon Review
Imagine being able to jump back in time and do it all over again.
Going back to live with everything you’ve learned, and knowing everything that’s happened in the world during your lifetime. That’s exactly what happens to Connor Grace, a middle-aged divorced school teacher, who is hit by a car in downtown Charleston and wakes up as a teenager again in the late 1980’s.
Young again, he seeks out the woman who he knows will eventually become his first love, and sets out to right the wrongs of the past. As he tries to make sense of the tumultuous times he had already lived through once before, he discovers that he isn’t the only one who has come back.
In Finding Lorena, organized crime, southern charm, Israeli martial arts, time travel, and self-discovery coalesce in an action-adventure love story for the ages…well, maybe a few different ages.
“Loved it” “Finding Lorena is a compelling thriller with a unique time travel twist…” -Bonnie DeMoss, Discovery Review
“…Bartos is adept at painting vivid scenes in narration that provide the reader with a solid sense of place.” –Kirkus Reviews
“…suspenseful and imaginative…” “I heartily recommend it to readers who enjoy thrilling crime dramas/mysteries…” -Onlinebookclub.org
About the Author:
Michael Bartos is a medical doctor and certified psychiatrist living on Chapel Hill North Carolina with his wife Jody. His first book was non-fiction entitled “Why Your Depression Isn’t Getting Better,” a guide for patients and practitioners alike. The book focuses on the undiagnosed epidemic of the milder bipolar disorders.
While Chief of Staff at a large hospital for the criminally insane, he started writing a fictional satire of a state hospital called “BASH” which stands for Bay Area State Hospital. The story is about Ashley Roper, owner and editor of a struggling weekly tabloid who goes undercover as a patient into the hospital to investigate the murder of a staff member and the meth trade among patients and staff. Due to unforeseen circumstances, he ends up stuck in the hospital as a real patient. His headstrong wife and her high powered lawyer buddy deal with a bureaucratic nightmare as they try to spring Ash.
His current novel, Finding Lorena, deals with a middle-aged teacher, Connor Grace, thrown back 30 years in time as his younger self. Young again, he seeks to right the wrongs of the past and find the true love that was stolen from him.
Michael lived for many years in coastal South Carolina. The lyrical quality of that area informs the settings of both “BASH” and “Finding Lorena.”
His interests include jazz and jazz piano and amateur radio. References to jazz appear in both novels. Weather and climate is also a hobby which helped describe the development and effects of a hurricane in “BASH“.