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on September 21, 2009
This novel is simply amazing and well conceptualized. It has a huge aspect of science written into it without all the physics equations to confuse you and still reads like an exciting novel. It contains more science fact than science fiction. A machine created not to travel back in time, but to view the past, so that nothing gets altered. Imagine how true history will be written, when truth prevails over hearsay.

Of course, you have religious fanatics like the ultra-secret Opus Dei, who are hell-bent on calling the machine Satan's machine, which is used to undermine the Church. No mysteries are left anymore when you peer into the past to reveal the truth. And you soon learn just how afraid of the truth people really are. All the many who have built an empire on faith feel threatened, including the Church.

Highly recommended to anyone who's interested to see just how a great and intelligent novel is written as it explores aspects of forensics, history and religion. What more can you ask for?
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on August 21, 2011
The best part about this book is the premise: the idea of a machine that can grab images from the past. It's commendable that the author provides a logically consistent realization of this machine. Unfortunately, a good idea and scientific accuracy alone do not make a good book.

The characters are shallow, the plot thin, and the writing style atrocious. The small blurbs before each chapter were painful to read, and I struggled to get through this book. I like to see a book to the end before I judge it, particularly with science fiction, but I put this book down several times and hesitated each time to pick it back up again.

I originally purchased this novel because it was referenced in the show "Lost", and I thought it might provide insight into the show itself (but it did not).

I would love to see the author take his idea to a more talented writer and work it into something with a little more substance.
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