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Time Travelers Never Die Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 3, 2009
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The story has interesting strengths. No time is wasted with pages of invented pseudoscience justifying time travel technology. Technical concerns are limited to keeping the hand-held time machines charged and dry. There is a constraint that each converter can only transport one person--and there are only three of them. (Actually, with time-hopping and fast-fingered borrowing, there can sometimes be more than three.) This leads to situations where one time traveler gets in trouble and another has to get him out. They range from the mundane "my converter is out of juice" through several varieties of converter theft and loss to more complex scenarios where a time jump might create a paradox.
And there are weaknesses. Big ones, unfortunately. The main characters are disappointingly shallow. Shel and Dave have a few moving experiences, such as attending the Selma civil rights march and spending an evening with Ben Franklin's discussion group. These are exceptions. They more often hop into an historical event, watch the highlights, snap a few pictures, and push the big, black go-home button.Read more ›
"Time Travelers Never Die" has none of this. There is no science in the fiction. The time machines are little portable devices invented by Shel's [the principal protagonist] father who has gone missing in time but there is no attempt at even the briefest explanation of how they work, how they were invented etc. And when one of them all of a sudden stops working, the inventor father is completely unable to even attempt a diagnosis or repair. Oh really? This is compounded by totally flat characters, no action, nothing original, nada. Just an endless travelogue of two buddies looking through time for Shel's dad. And the travelogue is totally sterile - barren of any local flavor or culture. Every place is like every other place - only the names have changed. There is nothing to distinguish Shakespeare's 16 century England from the Alexandria of 149 B.C. In several places from the Library of Alexandria through the Revolutionary war our heroes show several 21st century photographs of Shel's father, as well as a modern digital camera and cell phone to some extremely well-known and intelligent historical figures. Our ancestors don't seem to have any problem with lame explanations as to what these artifacts are or how they come to be in existence. Talk about suspension of disbelief! I was literally laughing out loud.Read more ›
With a title like Time Travelers Never Die, of course, the first thing the author is going to do is open the book with a funeral. The funeral is for Michael Shelborne who is a gifted physicist who mysteriously disappears. After the funeral his son Adrian Shelborne, also a physicist but a much less gifted one than his father, receives a letter from his father's attorney which puts him in possession of two Q-pods that seem to be akin to MP3 players. Adrian soon discovers the Q-pods to be time machines. Shel, as Adrian is known as, quickly decides that his father didn't die but went into the past and something happened to him there and he was unable to return. He enlists his friend Dave and they go into the past to find Shel's father.
Soon the urgency to find Shel's father dissipates quickly after they fail to find him in a crowd but they rationalize "they have all the time in the world," and Shel and Dave are off on their time travels. The main conceit of the novel, to rescue Shel's father is relegated to sub-plot status. Their time travel adventures seem like very facile time travelogues with them visiting the library at Alexandria and taking pictures with their cell phones of the lost plays of Sophocles. Which they bring them back and give them anonymously to a colleague of Dave's in a subplot that is dropped without a real resolution. The travels themselves are very brief. We're never given a real sense of the time or the people Shel and Dave visit.Read more ›
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Definitely worth the read! Keeping time straight while going through the story was a pleasant challenge. It kept me on my toes and fully interested!Published 6 months ago by Tim T
Simple by today's standards of Science Fiction but a really good read.
Jack McDevitt can make you feel like you are there as history is happening.
If you like Sci-Fi and time travel, this book is for you. A fun adventure through time and an easy read.Published 12 months ago by SB
You think you have it figured out then, your surprised. Masterful writing skills can't get enough. Love the setting and the picture he paints into your mind. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mark L Davis
This time travel book hits all the genre's high notes. Paradox, should we shouldn't we, we can't help ourselves! Go back and take or leave something, girls in the past...
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The beginning to the book was spellbinding, compelling me to read on. However the middle two-thirds is just useless rambling that almost saw me toss the book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer