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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 like Crichton's writings. This book gives some scientific details that a budding physicist might understand I plowed through it but not sure I ever did understand it. Read morePublished 6 days ago by K K Schwartz
Richly embroidered with fully fleshed-out characters, vivid descriptions of time and place, Timeline caught my attention from the first paragraph, and never let go. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Saundra Kelley
A real page-turner. Loved the whole idea of the time machine thing. I would LOVE to do the time machine thing. And the era he wrote about has always intrigued me. Read morePublished 17 days ago by wanda starr
this was awesome
says bad words REALLY bad words.
it was cool and I recommend it to everyone in the world
Not my favorite book by Crichton but still a good and satisfying read. And as always after completing one of his books, I feel more informed about the world around me.Published 27 days ago by Abe
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 month 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 1 month ago by makemgo