Time Travelers Never Die

{4.5/5} “Socrates was, at first glance, a man of mundane appearance.  He was of average height, for the time, and clean-shaven. He wore a dull-red robe and, considering the circumstances, he maintained a remarkably equanimity. And his eyes were extraordinary, conveying the impression that they were lit from within. When they fell on Dave, as they did from time to time, he imagined that Socrates knew where he’d come from and why he was here.”

Time Travelers Never Die by Jack McDevitt, published in 2009

Shel’s father has disappeared. He left him several objects which he called converters — and asked Shel to destroy them. But Shel uses one and finds out it’s a time machine. His father must have travelled in time and gotten into trouble — but where, and when? Shel enlists the help of his good friend Dave — once they find his father, where else will they go?

This a very enjoyable time travel novel — it may require some interest in history to enjoy it as much as I did.

I like the part about the library at Alexandria — I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of that library.

I like the title Dave comes up with for his story — “Time Travelers Never Wait in Line.”

I previously reviewed McDevitt’s Ancient Shores. One of these days I will read one of McDevitt’s big series but for now I’m reading his standalones.

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