I. Crichton, Michael, “Timeline”, New York: Ballantine, 2000. (498 pages).
II. The main characters are digging at a historic site. Their professor lives with some people. Later, they find a note written by the professor, but it was written a long time ago. They discover that a research group has invented a time machine. They go back in time to save their professor. They meet up with people from this medieval time. They are forced to fight in a battle to save their professor. One of the characters decides to stay in that time period. Meanwhile, back in the present, the time machine breaks and must be repaired in time for the others to get back. Marek stays behind and the others get back safely.
III. The main characters are Marek, Kate, Chris, Johnson, and Stern. Marek is a strong middle-aged man, about 30. He is an archeologist and is deep in his studies of medieval time’s warfare. He is tall with dark brown hair, and he cares about his friends. Kate is also an archeologist. She likes Chris and is very interested in in the structure of the old castles and buildings. Chris is a young man, about 25, who likes Kate and is jealous of Marek. He is a good guy and does not know as much as everybody else. Johnson is an old professor. He is the leader of the archeologist, and knows everything about it all (so he thinks).
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Stern is also and archeologist. He is kind of a coward but is very smart and can think on his feet. Also, the princess of the castle is a main character. Julie thinks that the way things are going, in the past, is wrong. She is very pretty and falls in love with Marek. All of these characters are revealed directly. Ferdan is a strange fellow. He is a little older than Marek and almost as smart as warfare. He is evil and tries to make the group stay and not rescue their professor. His attitude and background are presented in directly.
IV. The most intense part of the story for me was when they were on their way back to the present day, and did not know if the machine would work or not. The technical climax is when the group actually finds the professor. They are not the same in this story.
V. This story is presented in the third-person omniscient point of view. For example, when Marek is riding on the horse we know what is going through his mind. The author tells us his thoughts and feelings. Another example is when Stern is trying to figure out how to keep the glass from cracking. Michael lets us know that thoughts about tires are running through his mind.
VI. In this story there are many minor and major conflicts. One of the major conflicts is when Marek must decide to stay or not. This is an example of Man versus Himself. Also, when Marek is jousting and sword fighting with Ferdan is another example of Man versus Man. There is another internal struggle with Stern trying to decide if the researchers are going to make it back. The whole book is based upon the struggle of the researchers trying to get the professor back to present day. Throughout the whole book it is a Man versus Man struggle.
VII. For me this novel was very enjoyable. I loved the action of the fighting. Personally, I love the medieval style of fighting. Also, it was very informative historically. This book made me think a lot about what was going to happen and keep me on the edge of my seat. I do not like reading much, but this book was very enjoyable. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fighting mixed in with a little science fiction and a little love story.
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