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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.
Quite an interesting view of travel through time wrapped in a captivating story.Published 5 months ago by Nikoleta
Excellent story to read. If you have seen the movie, don't panic. the story is similar but the plot in the book is totally different. You won't be disappointed. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Maurice
I could not put this down. The story moves quickly and is a real page turner. The concept of time travel has always fascinated me, as well as archeology so this novel was a... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Terri Nicholson
This book was an enjoyable read for me. The story follows a group of archaeologist trying to bring back back their boss from the pass. Read morePublished on March 4 2011 by Carol
I don't quite know when Michael Crichton's writing style started to do downhill. Perhaps he's spending too much time working on ER, or maybe he is too busy living off the proceeds... Read morePublished on March 20 2005 by NorthVan Dave
This was a very easy read for me, after reading Great Expectations and Les Miserbles I needed something easy and extremely entertaining, this fit the bill perfectly. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Sloppy-Joe
Don't see the movie, but read the book- not a big crichton fan either, but liked this one.Published on July 14 2004
In an Arizona desert a man wanders in a daze, speaking words that make no sense. Within 24 hours he is dead, his body quickly cremated by his only known associates. Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by "radioactive_foxhound"