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Michael Crichton's new novel opens on the threshold of the twenty-first century. It is a world of exploding advances on the frontiers of technology. Information moves instantly between two points, without wires or networks. Computers are built from single molecules. Any moment of the past can be actualized -- and a group of historians can enter, literally, life in fourteenth-century
feudal France.

Imagine the risks of such a journey.

Not since Jurassic Park has Michael Crichton given us such a magnificent adventure. Here, he combines a science of the future -- the emerging field of quantum technology -- with the complex realities of the medieval past. In a heart-stopping narrative, Timeline carries us into a realm of unexpected suspense and danger, overturning our most basic ideas of what is possible.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1999
Edition: 1st trade ed. --
ISBN: 9780679444817
Branch Call Number: FIC Crich 3558ad 1
Characteristics: ix, 449, [1] p. :,ill., map
Alternative Title: Time line


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May 20, 2019

I can't really recommend this book. It has some good parts, the plot is preposterous of course, but the last few chapters were long, savage, and bloody, as Medieval times were. But Crichton draws it out much too long, until it gets a bit boring. I found my self skipping pages. I have not yet seen the movie , which I think was a bit of a flop.

Nov 13, 2017

I loved this novel because it combined science, an historical event, telportation, and page turning action.
Billionare enteuprer and scientist Robert Donniger heads a super secret multi-national corporation that claims to be a research center but in fact very few know its true mission. Through Quantum technology his team of scientists have developed a method to transport humans into the past to learn first hand what really happened and visually see the architecture that they are working to rebuild.
A team of four historians accompanied by two guides travel back to France in 1839 in order to rescue and return a stranded professor. Unfortunately, they arrive during an invasion of the towns of Castelgard by a brigade of two thousand renegade knights. They no sooner step out of their time travel machine until a marauding force kills one of the guides and severely wounds the other. He manages to escape into the machine but dies before returning to the present. At this point the four historians are on their own. Their situation is dire when discovered the ceramic disk that has the key to their return is destroyed in the conflict.
From then on it is one hair raising event after another. Only one member of the team can speak the ancient language and they are faced with dangerous political situation they do not understand. It is only due to the advanced technology they came equiped that they were able to undersand their language and able to communicate with each other.
Action packed novel with a message and thoughtful insights.

Mar 30, 2017

Sobering cautionary story.

JHLhen4 Sep 14, 2016

A history lesson and a short course in quantum physics all wrapped up in a gripping, accessible story! An absolute favorite. The movie does not do the book justice.

Oct 05, 2013

Fun, very plot-driven, reasonably well thought through. Science fiction for non-science-fiction readers.

Sep 12, 2013

Not the best one of his works, but it was mostly enjoyable. Got carried away at times with history explanation, but overall it held my attention and had a fun ending.

Mar 23, 2013

Entertaining but I didn't think this is one of his best

May 28, 2012

I watched the movie and now I want to read the book

Jul 18, 2011

This book got me started on reading an entire new genre of books. It's amazing.

Dec 14, 2009

Book is *much* better than movie based on it.

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