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Michael Crichton

Average Review Rating Average Rating 9/10 (2 Reviews)
Book Details

Publisher : Random House

Published : 1999

Copyright : Michael Crichton 1999

ISBN-10 : HB 0-7126-7825-5
ISBN-13 : HB 978-0-7126-7825-4

Publisher's Write-Up

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.

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Review by Chrissi (010102) Rating (8/10)
Review by Nigel (010102) Rating (9/10)

Review by Chrissi
Rating 8/10
I read this at the behest of Nigel, who raved about it even while saying that it was "my kind" of book, whatever that means. Anyway, I gave it a go, and yes, I really did enjoy it. It opens in such a way that your interest is peaked almost immediately, and once it has got hold, you cannot help but finish it.

You forget sometimes that Michael Crichton is the man behind ER, but in this instance the medical principles are well conveyed, the explanation of the MRI scanner is well placed at the beginning, and ties in neatly with you needing to remember it a little further along the story.

It is a shame to spoil the story, so I will not go into great detail, other than to say that if you have read Lightning and fancy something similar, then have a go with this, they could almost have been written by the same person, both fly along and you want it all to be OK for the characters, Nigel found the end quite sad, but I did not, I thought that it was just a nice way of letting someone live a dream, so what could possibly be sad about that?
Chrissi (1st January 2002)

Review by Nigel
Rating 9/10
If you have read any of Michael Crichton's work before this novel starts in much the same vain as you would expect... high technology with a bit of business skullduggery thrown in. After the first third however, the scene changes and you are lead on a medieval adventure of clashing swords and knights in armour, with a bit of business skullduggery, all-be-it the 14th century type.

As with all time travel novels, think for too long and things start to unravel... my advice is don't, sit back, accept and enjoy a thoroughly good story that will entertain.
Nigel (1st January 2002)

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