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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, 27 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Time Travelers Never Die (Mass Market Paperback)
Time Travelers Never Die by Jack McDevitt is a very superficial book. The main characters are two men, Shel Shelborne and Dave Dryden, who travel through time. They visit numerous events of historical interest, and there is some human interest in the form of a Shel's father, constructor of the time-travel device, who has disappeared, and a woman, Helen Suchenko, who is romantically involved with the two men, but the story is pretty thin. There is a lot of talk about the paradoxes of time travel, which can be deadly, but it never becomes clear exactly when a paradox is created.

Then there are several details that make no sense. First, Shel receives three time-travel devices from his father, who doesn't want Shel to use but to destroy them. Why his father gives them to Shel at all, if he doesn't want him to use them, and doesn't destroy the devices himself never becomes clear. Second, at a certain point Shel is using an improved version of the original devices. It never becomes clear where this version has come from. Third, the number of times that a time traveler leaves one time must be equal to the number of times that he arrives at another time. I noticed at least one place in the book, around chapter 40, where there is a violation of this restriction.

All in all I found the book rather boring and not adding anything to the literature on time travel.
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