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"In an Arizona desert a man wanders in a daze, speaking words that make no sense. Within twenty-four hours he is dead, his body swiftly cremated by his only known associates. Halfway around the world archaeologists make a shocking discovery at a medieval site. Suddenly they are swept off to the headquarters of a secretive multinational corporation that has developed an astounding technology. Now this group is about to get a chance not to study the past but to enter it. And with history opened to the present, the dead awakened to the living, these men and women will soon find themselves fighting for their very survival--six hundred years ago...."--Publisher website.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2013, c1999.
Edition: Ballentines Books mass market ed.
ISBN: 9780345539014
Call Number: CRICHTON
Characteristics: xii, 480 p. ; 20 cm.
Subjects: Twenty-first century -- Fiction.
Quantum theory -- Fiction.
Time travel -- Fiction.
Survival -- Fiction.
Historians -- Fiction.
France -- History -- 14th century -- Fiction.
Science fiction.


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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.

dgfe7ytrhgfo9t90 Dec 14, 2009

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

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