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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.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Crichton's, or who would enjoy reading a well-written, action-filled novel.
And in writing an action novel, there seems to be just a little bit too much of the "whatever-can-go-wrong-will-go-wrong" writing style.
Michael Crichton's "Timeline" is a most entertaining mix of adventure, believable science fact and fiction, time travel and historical fiction.
I read this book back when it came out. I have run out of finding good books to read, so I went back and read this one again. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Daniel R DeHart
It was a sad day when we lost Michael Crichton. Few writers can write on as many levels as he could and did.Published 5 days ago by makemgo
"The Timeline" explores the past with a time machine. Joseph Traub, a 70-year-old physicist is found dead in the desert. Read morePublished 6 days ago by trin carl
A captivating story I have passed along to my daughter to read.....a real page turner that kept me reading well past bed time!!!! Read morePublished 6 days ago by Mom of Twins
I didn't know if I would be able to get into this book with all the quantum physics....then this book exploded and I was in it's clutches and couldn't stop reading. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kery L Bell
Not the greatest book I've read but it's entertaining. Somewhat predictablePublished 12 days ago by Michael Lamie
Ultimately fast moving tale of time travel technology juxtaposed with medieval history. Like-able characters and evil protagonists, a perfectly crafted story.Published 22 days ago by Laraine