He should never have taken that shortcut. (from the first line)
|Now in paperback--a worldwide bestseller from the author of "Jurassic Park". When archaeologists make a shocking discovery at a medieval site, they are swept off to the headquarters of a secretive multinational corporation that has developed an astounding technology. Then the group gets the chance to not only study the past but also to enter it.
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When archaeologists make a shocking discovery at a medieval site, they are swept off to the headquarters of a secretive multinational corporation that has developed an astounding technology. Now the group is about to get a chance not just 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....
Tucked away in the arid New Mexico desert, Robert Doniger and his team of scientists develop a time machine based on the development of quantum technology. While Doniger envisions a lucrative monopoly on the tourism and travel industries, beloved Yale history professor Edward Johnston sees it as a chance to finally experience the subject of his scholarly profession. After getting his hands on a prototype of Doniger's time machine, Johnston is hurled back in time to Medieval France. Problems arise, however, when the aged professor gets stuck in this colorful alternate universe filled with fantastic castles, knights in shining armor, and beautiful damsels in distress. Anxious to redeem his ticket to fame and fortune, Doniger sends out a daring rescue team made up of two ex-military types and three of Johnston's university colleagues dressed in the latest Medieval styles complete with electronic sound pieces used for language translation. Soon after their arrival to the year 1357, the brawny military guides are slaughtered by horse soldiers hired by an evil English nobleman who has mistaken Johnston for a sorcerer and kidnapped him. Now it's up to the academics to save the professor and find a way back to the twentieth century.
Born in Chicago, Michael Crichton was grew up on Long Island, where he was a 6' 9" basketball star at Roslyn High School. In 1960 he entered Harvard University to study English, but after receiving poor grades, he switched his major to anthropology, graduating summa cum laude in 1965. Crichton then attended Harvard Medical School, where he graduated with an M.D. in 1969. To help pay his way through medical school, Crichton began writing thrillers under a variety of pseudonyms. The most successful effort from this period was "A Case Of Need", written as Jeffrey Hudson, which went on to win the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year. Though he never became a licensed doctor, Crichton did go on to work as a postdoctorate fellow, but soon decided to turn his full attention to writing. His background in anthropology and medicine helped him write a long list of bestsellers. "The Andromeda Strain", which he wrote in his final year of medical school, sold millions and helped established him as a perennial best-selling novelist. Many of his novels have been made into Hollywood movies, including the phenomenally successful "Jurassic Park" and its sequel "The Lost World." Crichton has also run his own software company, written both a computer game and one of the first books on information technology, and made the first film to feature computerized images ("Westworld", 1973). He created the Emmy Award-winning television drama "E.R.", a show on which he also served as the executive producer, and has written books on two of his long-standing passions: modern art and travel. After a long battle with cancer, Crichton died in Los Angeles on August 4, 2008 at the age of 66.
"...[I]t hardly matters--it doesn't matter--that the minimal plot keeps shrinking until it virtually disappears, or that the action finally becomes so frantic it's almost slapstick, or that none of the characters, whether hailing from the 14th or 20th century, display much personality. Because this is an unapologetic novel of high adventure, and a very good one at that."
- Tom De Haven