Time Travelers Never Die

Time Travelers Never Die

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by Jack McDevitt
     
 

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When physicist Michael Shelborne mysteriously vanishes, his son Shel discovers that he had constructed a time travel device. Following his father's trail through history-from the enlightenment of Renaissance Italy through the American Wild West to the civil-right upheavals of the 20th century-Shel makes a devastating discovery that sends him feeling back through

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When physicist Michael Shelborne mysteriously vanishes, his son Shel discovers that he had constructed a time travel device. Following his father's trail through history-from the enlightenment of Renaissance Italy through the American Wild West to the civil-right upheavals of the 20th century-Shel makes a devastating discovery that sends him feeling back through the ages, and changes his life forever.

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Publishers Weekly
McDevitt (Seeker) avoids flashy action scenes in this tale of two friends using a time machine to take a grand tour of history. When Adrian “Shel” Shelbourne's physicist father disappears and leaves behind a time-travel device, Shel and his friend Dave Dryden, a language expert, search for Shel's father in Galileo's Italy, Selma during the civil rights marches and other famous times and places. Realizing that time resists paradoxes and history can't be changed, the two friends seize the opportunity to live enriching, truly humane lives from Thermopylae to a few minutes in the future. As the paradoxes begin to pile up and their luck in dodging some of history's villains runs out, McDevitt ingeniously handles a tricky denouement that will leave readers satisfied. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Physicist Michael Shelborne's disappearance leads his son Shel and a linguist to discover his portable time machine and set off in search of him, interacting with times and places they had heretofore only dreamed of until Shel makes a cardinal mistake, forever changing his life. In a departure from his space-travel-oriented sf adventures such as his Priscilla Hutchins and his Alex Benedict novels, McDevitt touches upon a beloved sf theme. His approach, however, plays fast and loose with the paradoxes inherent in temporal interventions, while at the same time demonstrating the consequences of such recklessness. VERDICT This entertaining blend of sf classic and missing-persons drama is a good choice for most fans of hard sf or those fascinated by time travel.
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"McDevitt ingeniously handles a tricky denouement that will leave [listeners] satisfied." —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441019557
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/26/2010
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
305,352
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"McDevitt ingeniously handles a tricky denouement that will leave [listeners] satisfied." —-Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

Jack McDevitt is a former naval officer, taxi driver, customs officer and motivational trainer. He is a multiple Nebula Award finalist who lives in Georgia with his wife Maureen.

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Time Travelers Never Die 3.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 34 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
tnourie More than 1 year ago
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".
DennySciFi More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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This is the first McDevitt I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed its twists and turns through time and encounters with all the historical figures and events. I plan on reading many more of his books in the future and would definitely recommend this adventure! 
Gumdaar More than 1 year ago
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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Robert Blackburn More than 1 year ago
loved it hope to see it develope in to a series
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