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This is the plight of the heroes of Timeline, Michael Crichton's thriller. They're historians in 1999 employed by a tech billionaire-genius with more than a few of Bill Gates's most unlovable quirks. Like the entrepreneur in Crichton's Jurassic Park, Doniger plans a theme park featuring artifacts from a lost world revived via cutting-edge science. When the project's chief historian sends a distress call to 1999 from 1357, the boss man doesn't tell the younger historians the risks they'll face trying to save him. At first, the interplay between eras is clever, but Timeline swiftly becomes a swashbuckling old-fashioned adventure, with just a dash of science and time paradox in the mix. Most of the cool facts are about the Middle Ages, and Crichton marvelously brings the past to life without ever letting the pulse-pounding action slow down. At one point, a time-tripper tries to enter the Chapel of Green Death. Unfortunately, its custodian, a crazed giant with terrible teeth and a bad case of lice, soon has her head on a block. "She saw a shadow move across the grass as he raised his ax into the air." I dare you not to turn the page!
Through the narrative can be glimpsed the glowing bones of the movie that may be made from Timeline and the cutting-edge computer game that should hit the market in 2000. Expect many clashing swords and chase scenes through secret castle passages. But the book stands alone, tall and scary as a knight in armor shining with blood. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fantastic book if you love fiction, medieval history and science! Michael Crichton does an amazing job of synthesising all 3 elements. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Francesca Li
I love this book! I've read it several times throughout the years. Definitely a good read, well written. The movie seriously sucks and doesn't follow the book very well! Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Atrocious writing. As if written by a fifteen year old for a seven year old. Jurassic Park it is not.Published 11 days ago by Michael Dignan
The book does follow the Michael Crichton formula. But it was a good read. If you've seen the movie, it fleshes out the characters for you. I enjoyed it.Published 22 days ago by john w dapkus
Better this was a great book a good movie it told history I love itPublished 25 days ago by lorraine obrien
Educational and exciting adventures for the 13th century with some modern day scientific terms used to inform the reader within the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Barbara Sutton