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Time Travelers Never Die

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

This is a super time travel thriller

Michael Shelborne is a two time nominee for the Nobel Prize; a brilliant scientist in numerous fields until one day he disappeared without a trace. The mystery of his vanishing intensifies because the evidence looks as if he was home when he disappeared.

Michael's...
Michael Shelborne is a two time nominee for the Nobel Prize; a brilliant scientist in numerous fields until one day he disappeared without a trace. The mystery of his vanishing intensifies because the evidence looks as if he was home when he disappeared.

Michael's lawyer gives his son Shel a letter that directs him to a rented mailbox where he will find three Q pods that he must destroy. Shel does not destroy them, but experiments with them to find out what happened to his dad. He learns they are tools that enable a person to travel through time. Shel decides to find his father and bring him home, but he will need to visit many lands in different eras. He confides what he knows to his friend linguistic expert Dave Dryden who he needs to help him with ancient languages. They travel back in time and see first hand major events, but finally catch up to Michael. However, the results of the reunion are nothing like what Shel or Dave expected. When Shel goes into the future, he discovers something that prevents him from returning to his time and to Helen the woman he loves.

This is a super time travel thriller that explains many of the logic paradoxes including being in the same general place at the same time, but does so in easy to understand language yet never dumbed down. That is the key to Jack McDevitt's excellent tale filled with action in diverse eras, a strong lead pairing and a solid support cast. The search for Shel's elusive father is enhanced by a who's who of Western history as the hero gets a lesson in life especially when he breaks his pact with Dave and goes back to the future.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on September 29, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A Bit Tired

I must confess that I was expecting more. The story's cohesion was tenuous and only seemed like an excuse for the protagonists to meet with various historical personages in different vignettes. The main story line was definitely subordinate to the vignettes. The main ch...
I must confess that I was expecting more. The story's cohesion was tenuous and only seemed like an excuse for the protagonists to meet with various historical personages in different vignettes. The main story line was definitely subordinate to the vignettes. The main characters never came alive and remained two-dimensional. This book, though a pleasant enough diversion, certainly does not show the author at his best. The plotting is convoluted and the characters never rose to the point where I cared about them. Mr. McDevitt needs to return to or create an equivalent to his main series that involve Priscilla Hutchins or Alex Benedict.

posted by Bill_Spillman on November 18, 2009

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

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    This is a super time travel thriller

    Michael Shelborne is a two time nominee for the Nobel Prize; a brilliant scientist in numerous fields until one day he disappeared without a trace. The mystery of his vanishing intensifies because the evidence looks as if he was home when he disappeared.

    Michael's lawyer gives his son Shel a letter that directs him to a rented mailbox where he will find three Q pods that he must destroy. Shel does not destroy them, but experiments with them to find out what happened to his dad. He learns they are tools that enable a person to travel through time. Shel decides to find his father and bring him home, but he will need to visit many lands in different eras. He confides what he knows to his friend linguistic expert Dave Dryden who he needs to help him with ancient languages. They travel back in time and see first hand major events, but finally catch up to Michael. However, the results of the reunion are nothing like what Shel or Dave expected. When Shel goes into the future, he discovers something that prevents him from returning to his time and to Helen the woman he loves.

    This is a super time travel thriller that explains many of the logic paradoxes including being in the same general place at the same time, but does so in easy to understand language yet never dumbed down. That is the key to Jack McDevitt's excellent tale filled with action in diverse eras, a strong lead pairing and a solid support cast. The search for Shel's elusive father is enhanced by a who's who of Western history as the hero gets a lesson in life especially when he breaks his pact with Dave and goes back to the future.

    Harriet Klausner

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Good read

    Pretty good story that i would recommend for a sci-fi fan. A little light on history details as it blows through many historical scenes but still a good read. You get to meet many great men and women from history.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    Engrossing reading

    I loved his take on history as seen thru the eyes of the quite unwilling participants. I wanted to travel with them, and indeed I did; the authors skill in bringing you into the story is, in my view, as good as Tolkiens. McDevitt is an excellent writer and created a fun, believable, and realistically portrayed romp with this work. I am left hoping for more in this "universe".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    If you like McDevitt, you'll love this book!

    A wild, interesting and sometimes funny romp through time. As always, McDevitt writes for the reader. His style is easy-going and down-to-earth. Give "Time Travelers" a try.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    loved it

    loved it hope to see it develope in to a series

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    A Good Time Traveler Tale

    This book was a quick and easy read. The historical sections were very entertaining and informative. The technology and physics behind the time devices was never explained.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2009

    A Bit Tired

    I must confess that I was expecting more. The story's cohesion was tenuous and only seemed like an excuse for the protagonists to meet with various historical personages in different vignettes. The main story line was definitely subordinate to the vignettes. The main characters never came alive and remained two-dimensional. This book, though a pleasant enough diversion, certainly does not show the author at his best. The plotting is convoluted and the characters never rose to the point where I cared about them. Mr. McDevitt needs to return to or create an equivalent to his main series that involve Priscilla Hutchins or Alex Benedict.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2014

    Good Stuff

    Nice for what I grabbed it for. I am a bit of a techy and this story is a bit lite on that, so If your looking for physics tricks so you might make your own device, like me you'll be left wanting more info, please :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    interesting

    It a good book though very convoluted but I would recmmen it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    Meh...

    What could have been a pretty good book was ruined by the hyper Liberal, antireligious attitude of the author.
    Want to write a good book ? Leave politics out of it.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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