#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this thriller from the author of Jurassic Park, Sphere, and Congo, a group of young scientists travel back in time to medieval France on a daring rescue mission that becomes a struggle to stay alive.
“Compulsive reading . . . brilliantly imagined.”—Los Angeles Times
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 up 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.
Praise for Timeline
“Exciting . . . classic adventure . . . [a] swashbuckling novel . . . Crichton delivers.”—USA Today
“More screams per page . . . than Jurassic Park and The Lost World combined . . . The pace will leave many breathlessly grasping for oxygen masks.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune
“One of his best . . . [a] nonstop roller coaster of a novel.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Part high-tech science fiction thriller, part historical adventure, Michael Crichton’s spirited novel is a feast for the imagination. Robert Doniger is a multibillionaire physicist and entrepreneur who’s devised a brilliant new form of quantum technology that essentially amounts to time travel. Its use is highly regulated, so when an archaeologist zaps himself to 14th-century France, three of his brave young colleagues have no choice but to follow him into the past to try to bring him back. Crichton once again proves himself a master of speculative fiction, leading his protagonists through mind-blowing truths about this dark historical period. With riveting action, incredible creativity, and even some unexpected romance, Timeline is everything you you’d ever want in a time-travel story.
"And the Oscar for Best Special Effects goes to: Timeline!" Figure maybe three years before those words are spoken, for Crichton's new novel--despite media reports about trouble in selling film rights, which finally went to Paramount--is as cinematic as they come, a shiny science-fantasy adventure powered by a superior high concept: a group of young scientists travel back from our time to medieval southern France to rescue their mentor, who's trapped there. The novel, in fact, may improve as a movie; its complex action, as the scientists are swept into the intrigue of the Hundred Years War, can be confusing on the page (though a supplied map, one of several graphics, helps), and most of its characters wear hats (or armor) of pure white or black. Crichton remains a master of narrative drive and cleverness. From the startling opening, where an old man with garbled speech and body parts materializes in the Arizona desert, through the revelation that a venal industrialist has developed a risky method of time-travel (based on movement between parallel universes; as in Crichton's other work, good, hard science abounds), there's not a dull moment. When elderly Yale history prof Edward Johnston travels back to his beloved 15th century and gets stuck, and his assistants follow to the rescue, excitement runs high, and higher still as Crichton invests his story with terrific period detail and as castles, sword-play, jousts, sudden death and enough bold knights-in-armor and seductive ladies-in-waiting to fill any toystore's action-figure shelves appear. There's strong suspense, too, as Crichton cuts between past and present, where the time-travel machinery has broken: Will the heroes survive and make it back? 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.
Captivating but often questionable
I found this book on my father’s book shelf as a young child and always wanted to know what to was about but being young with a distaste for reading I never got around to until recently. The story itself has an almost unique capability of being a time drama as well as a soft science fiction thriller. I must say that there are many times that the plot was pushed forward only by mere coincidence on more than one occasion, and I found a few points that seemed to be completely unnecessary (the crazed night at the Church of the Green Death for example) apart from adding more gore to an already bloody and action filled story. Overall, it was a pleasure to read!
I love this book. Hate the movie. That simple. Very well thought out plot that is backed by science, which is a trademark of M.C. books.
This author never disappoints …
Timeline is just as relevant and entertaining today as the day it was released. Michael Crichton is a world class storyteller and scientist. This is one of his best.