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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' most unlovable quirks. Like the entrepreneur in Crichton's Jurassic Park, Doniger plans a theme park featuring artefacts 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 marvellously 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." Try 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 high tech 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 armour shining with blood. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Certainly not his best. Much better than the film.... although that really isn't saying muchPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I have started purchasing Michael Crichton recently after reading Digital Fortress and another book that he wrote, I have now read Jurassic Park, Timeline and have 3 others to go,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sarah
A good read. Michael Crichton seems always to deliver a book that can keep you up late at night fully absorbed.Published 8 months ago by colin helsby
Well written and well thought out makes you almost believe that it is possible.
Maybe in a few years and advancement in science we can do just that. Read more
Time Travel, Fighting and an education. .This book cannot be put down. This is Crightons best !!!!! Even better than Congo or PreyPublished 10 months ago by simon 387
Just very disappointed thought it complete rubbish compared with the airframe and disclosure novels.
Just junk, last one of his I will read