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Timeline


TIMELINE

Timeline by Michael Crichton, was a very exciting book about time travel and what the
'Dark Ages'; were like. Timeline also taught about the basics of quantum physics that
would make it possible to achieve such a spectacular feat. Be prepared as you read this
book to leap into the horrible, dangerous would of the year 1387.


Timeline started out with a group of scientists/archaeologists digging at an ancient
castle site. This site was in a French valley with two main castles, Castelgard and La
Roque, a monastery, and a mill. This was the site that ITC, a quantum research facility,
picked to go back into time to research. Through quantum physics, ITC was able to make a
machine that sent objects and people to a parallel universe that was different from this
one. This was the basis of the whole story. Professor Johnston, the leader of the digging
group, got curious as to how ITC knew more about the site than he did. Robert Doniger, the
owner of ITC, decided that he would show the professor how they knew so much about the
site. While the professor was back in time, he wandered out into the open field and got
trapped inside the medieval world by the Dordogne River. Doniger then got the brilliant
idea of sending back some of the other archaeologists to try and find Professor Johnston
because they would know the spots where he would most likely be. The group of four, Andre
Marek, Chris Hughes, Kate Erickson, and David Stern flew to the New Mexico site to find
the professor. During the pre-tests to see it they were physically capable of going back
through the machine, David Stern decided that he was not going to go because he did not
trust the machines. The five of them, the three other archaeologists, and the two guides
went back to the Dordogne valley in 1387. Right off the bat when they got there, a group
of knights saw the futuristic people and chopped off the head of one guide and shot the
other guide full of arrows. That left the archaeologists on their own to find the
professor. Right away they were astonished by how the castles looked and by how quiet it
was. Facing many problems, they soon found out who the professor was in the medieval world
and found him. This was a time of war, however, which presented many difficulties in
getting out, not to mention the fact that the machines had broken back home and the ITC
crew did not think that the shields would hold up. The machine got up and running only two
minutes before the batteries on the caller device to get the machine to the group would
have run out. Luckily they did not need to call the machines until the very last second,
and they got back to 1999 in one piece.


One of the best parts of the book, I thought, was when Baretto, a guide, brought back some
modern weapons to the medieval world, even though he was not supposed to. Then when he got
shot by the knights, Baretto called the machine and tried to throw a grenade, but he could
not throw it and the grenade went off in the ITC laboratory, ruining the machines. This
made the whole book interesting because the group of archaeologists stuck in 1387 could
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