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In this thriller from the author of Jurassic Park, Sphere, and Congo, a group of young scientists travel back in time to medieval France on a daring rescue mission that becomes a struggle to stay...
In this thriller from the author of Jurassic Park, Sphere, and Congo, a group of young scientists travel back in time to medieval France on a daring rescue mission that becomes a struggle to stay...
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  • In this thriller from the author of Jurassic Park, Sphere, and Congo, a group of young scientists travel back in time to medieval France on a daring rescue mission that becomes a struggle to stay alive.

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    "Compulsive reading . . . brilliantly imagined."--Los Angeles Times

    In an Arizona desert, a man wanders in a daze, speaking words that make no sense. Within twenty-four hours he is dead, his body swiftly cremated by his only known associates. Halfway around the world, archaeologists make a shocking discovery at a medieval site. Suddenly they are swept off to the headquarters of a secretive multinational corporation that has developed an astounding technology. Now this group is about to get a chance not to study the past but to enter it. And with history opened up 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.

    "Exciting . . . classic adventure . . . [a] swashbuckling novel . . . Crichton delivers."--USA Today

    "More screams per page . . . than Jurassic Park and The Lost World combined . . . The pace will leave many breathlessly grasping for oxygen masks."--The San Diego Union-Tribune

    "One of his best . . . [a] nonstop roller coaster of a novel."--The Philadelphia Inquirer

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    He should never have taken that shortcut.Dan Baker winced as his new Mercedes S500 sedan bounced down the dirt road, heading deeper into the Navajo reservation in northern Arizona. Around them, the landscape was increasingly desolate: distant red mesas to the east, flat desert stretching away in the west. They had passed a village half an hour earlier- dusty houses, a church and a small school, huddled against a cliff- but since then, they'd seen nothing at all, not even a fence. Just empty red desert. They hadn't seen another car for an hour. Now it was noon, the sun glaring down at them. Baker, a forty-year old building contractor in Phoenix, was beginning to feel uneasy. Especially since his wife, an architect, was one of those artistic people who wasn't practical about things like gas and water. His tank was half-empty. And the car was starting to run hot.

    "Liz," he said, "are you sure this is the way?"
    Sitting beside him, his wife was bent over the map, tracing the route with his finger. "It has to be," she said. "The guide-book said four miles beyond the Corazon Canyon turnoff."
    "But we passed Corazon Canyon twenty minutes ago. We must have missed it."
    "How could we miss the trading post?" she said.
    "I don't know." Baker stared at the road ahead. "But there's nothing out here. Are you sure you want to do this? I mean, we can get great Navajo rugs in Sedona. They sell al kinds of rugs in Sedona."
    "Sedona," she sniffed, "is not authentic."
    "Of coarse it's authentic, honey. A rug is a rug."
    "Weaving."
    "Okay." He sighed. "A weaving."
    "And no, it's not the same," she said. "Those Sedona stores carry tourist junk- they're acrylic, not wool. I want the weavings that they sell on the reservation. And supposedly the trading post has an old Sandpainting weaving from the twenties, by Hosteen Klah. And I want it."
    "Okay Liz." Personally, Baker didn't see why they needed another Navajo rug-weaving- anyway. They already had two dozen. She had them all over the house. And packed away in closets, too.
    They drove on in silence. The road ahead shimmered in the heat so it looked like a silver lake. And there were mirages, houses or people rising up on the road, but always when you came closer, there was nothing there.

    Dan Baker sighed again. "We must've passed it."
    "Let's go a few more miles," his wife said.
    "How many more?"
    "I don't know. A few more."
    "How many, Liz? Let's decide how far we'll go with this thing.
    "Ten more minutes," she said.
    "Okay," he said, "ten minutes."
    He was looking at his gas gauge when Liz threw her hand to her mouth and said, "Dan!" Baker turned back to the road just in time to see a shape flash by-a man, in brown, at the side of the road- and hear a loud thump from the side of the car.
    "Oh my God!" she said. "We hit him!"
    "What?"
    "We hit that guy."
    "No, we didn't. We hit a pothole."
    In the rearview mirror, Baker could see the man still standing at the side of the road. A figure in brown, rapidly disappearing in the dust cloud behind the car as they drove away.
    "We couldn't have hit him," Baker said. "He's still standing."
    "Dan. We hit him. I saw it."
    "I don't think so, honey."
    Baker looked again in the rearview mirror. But now he saw nothing except the cloud of dust behind the car.
    "We better go back," she said.
    "Why?"
    Baker was pretty sure that his wife was wrong and that they hadn't hit the...

About the Author-
  • Michael Crichton's novels include The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, Congo, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure, and The Lost World. He was as well the creator of the television series ER. Crichton died in 2008.

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  • Los Angeles Times

    "COMPULSIVE READING . . . BRILLIANTLY IMAGINED."

  • San Diego Union-Tribune "MORE SCREAMS PER PAGE . . . THAN JURASSIC PARK AND THE LOST WORLD COMBINED. . . . THE PACE WILL LEAVE MANY BREATHLESSLY GRASPING FOR OXYGEN MASKS."
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