7 Sep

Let’s travel back to 14th century medieval France to bring back a fellow archaeologist who got trapped there, but not before we stumble upon a disoriented man in the 20th century desert, who appears out of nowhere, doesn’t know who he is and is hurt then dies. The only clue to his identity is a sketch of a medieval monastery in his pocket.

The concept of the story line (time-travel) is intriguing but the execution is mediocre and incredibly shoddy. I have several books written by Crichton: Jurassic Park; Prey; Next; The Terminal Man ……. and I enjoyed reading those. But this one, this one was a real chore to get through. Parts of it pulled me in and were page-turners, while other parts made me wonder if I was still reading the same book.

The theory of Quantum Physics was well researched and totally held my interest but the characters were superficial and the plot, if you can even call it that, was non-existent. The storyline was all over the place, and at the turn of the last page, Crichton had me wondering, what the hell was he thinking?

Ballantine Books 1999 Science Fiction/489 pages


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