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Time Travelers Never Die

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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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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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.

posted by 5163709 on December 22, 2012

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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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  • 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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