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A time machine has been invented which can take people to the past. This is a major breakthrough in science. But a problem occurs when one of the persons experimenting with the machine goes back to the past and loses his only means to come back. A team of archeologists is sent to get the person back, but on reaching there they realise that they are centuries back in the past, a period when there were no rules and people had to fight just to survive. They must get the lost person back to the present and at the same time fight againsts the rulers of that era befoe the time runs out.
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The review of this Book prepared by Salil

At an archeological dig in france, a team excavating a new site find a very mysterious message reading "Help Me". Along with a single glass lens, the note leads the team on a journey through both time and space. They are downloaded into another, parallel universe in which the time period is 15th century france. One daring rescue mission turns into a mission to survive. And the mission won't be easy, because their only way back to their own universe is currently broke, and fixing it doesn't seem to be a simple task.
The review of this Book prepared by Billy

An archaeological professor leaves to meet the man who funds his dig in France. He finds that the company funding his dig has time-travel technologies. He disappears into fourteenth century France. When he does not return, his students are sent in to bring him back. However, that task is not so easy.
The review of this Book prepared by T. M. C.

Archaeologists travel to the past to rescue a professor who didn't return to the present.
The review of this Book prepared by irina

A group of archaeologists study an old excavation site in France. They have been finding buildings and stuff, and in one of them they find a letter dated in 1357 from their boss asking for help. They also find his glasses. The researchers get a visit from a person who says that they can go to a different universe to study this site like it was in 1357. he tells them this is exactly what their boss has done. So, They send a team to try and save their boss. 3 of the archaeologists go along to identify him. As soon as they get there, things start to go terrible wrong: big black knights come and kill two of the armed mercinaries sent back with them. The group splits up and eventually go on the ride of their lives to try and rescue their friend and save their own skins in the process of and big war going on. This book is excellent and seems eerily plausible and believeable.   
The review of this Book prepared by Greg Mahler

Scientists studying the ruins in France must go back in time to save one of their fellow researchers, who has started to uncover the secret time travel technology/lies of the company funding their research. The group struggles to survive, let along return from, medieval France during the times of war.
The review of this Book prepared by Desirae Sweet

This is a complex novel. The science is well explained and based on current Physics thesis. There are many sub-plots. Excellent book and audio tapes.
The review of this Book prepared by Victoria Tarrani

Using the technology of quantum mechanics, a history expert and two of his students travel back to the Medieval period to rescue their professor, who has been trapped in that time. Unknown to them, dangers of the period, as well as an antagonist from the present, await them.
The review of this Book prepared by Marcus Wyche

When reading this book, you have no idea on the course of events, everything is unsuspecting and the pages just seem to fly by.
The review of this Book prepared by Angeline Tan

Excavationists are sent back to the time their main castle dig existed to retrieve a scientist stuck in the time. They all end up getting stuck back there and struggle to get back, when the man who sent them there doesn't want them to return. They finally get back, and send the antagonist back to the time of the bubonic plague.
The review of this Book prepared by Michael Mims

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Time Travel:    -   largely backwards/past Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Time Travel story?    -   Yes Story largely takes place in    -   Really long ago

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scholar    -   archaeologist Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Water    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   general past Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a significant amount of technical jargon Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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