TIMELINE by Michael Crichton

70%

12 Critic Reviews

The novel has a calculated feel but, even so, it engages as no Crichton tale has done since Jurassic Park, as it brings the past back to vigorous, entertaining life.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

An old man wearing a brown robe is found wandering disoriented in the Arizona desert. He is miles from any human habitation and has no memory of how he got to be there, or who he is. The only clue to his identity is the plan of a medieval monastery in his pocket. So begins the mystery of Timeline, a story that will catapult a group of young scientists back to the Middle Ages and into the heart of the Hundred Years' War. Timeline cements Michael Crichton's place as the king of the high-concept thriller, and a master storyteller to boot.
 

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Michael Crichton’s novels include The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, Congo, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure, and The Lost World. He was as well the creator of the television series ER. Crichton died in 2008.
 
Published August 3, 2006 by ARROW BOOKS LTD.
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Critic reviews for TIMELINE
All: 12 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average

...will be happily scared to know that the perils of journeying through time are just as great even if it’s a bunch of modern investigators of a contemporary mystery, rather than sleeping dinosaur DNA, making the trip.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average

The novel has a calculated feel but, even so, it engages as no Crichton tale has done since Jurassic Park, as it brings the past back to vigorous, entertaining life.

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AV Club

Below average
on Mar 29 2002

With Timeline, Crichton has exhaustively researched quantum physics...what's essentially a shallow, slick fantasy novel full of pasteboard characters chasing each other with swords and causing a variety of ready-for-the-big-screen explosions.

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
on Nov 26 1999

While the exploits in Timeline are often outlandish and frequently derivative...it doesn't matter—Because this is an unapologetic novel of high adventure, and a very good one at that.

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Open Letters Monthly

Above average
on Sep 14 2009

In the past-centered, er, timeline, Crichton uncorks breakneck plot twists, hairsbreadth escapes, vile villainy, lots and lots of derring-do, and even a very well-utilized countdown

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Curious Book Fans

Above average
on Feb 10 2012

...is that it is a great idea for a story that has been poorly written. It starts off so well, but quickly descends into a disappointing and clichéd race against time (in more ways than one) that left me feeling let down.

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CNN.com

Above average
on Nov 17 1999

This is an adventure novel with treacheries and alliances which may not be what they seem. The villains -- both medieval and modern -- spit out their dialogue like the fire from a dragon, and the heroes are quick to rescue a damsel in distress.

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Teen Ink

Above average

It is a fascinating story that combines aspects of history and science and deals with a kind of inter-dimensional time travel, which leads to much excitement.

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Teen Ink

Good

If you enjoy science or history or a good thriller in general, this is a must read book. I absolutely recommend it.

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Teen Ink

Good

If you are into history, heroic battles, and a chill down your spine, this is a great book to pick up and read!

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Teen Ink

Good

Timeline is definitely worth exploring for both Crichton fans and readers looking for suspense novels that incorporate modern scientific advancements and theories.

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Helium

Good
on May 23 2007

This story is innovative, and entertaining. The characters are realistic, and the action well sequenced. The pace of the story makes the story interesting and easy to follow, and full of surprises.

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