I love a good time travel book and this one has all the ingredients for one. It does get a little bogged down and side tracked about mid way through the book, but overall it is a good read.
Howard Christian is a very rich man who buys whatever he wants, and at the moment he wants to breed a Woolly Mammoth, so he hires a team to find and excavate a frozen Mammoth, so that he can have the DNA extracted to create a elephant/mammoth hybrid. When the crew discovers a caveman's body frozen next to the carcass wearing a very modern wristwatch, Howard's obsession takes a turn. A metal briefcase lying next to the caveman has to be a time machine, so Howard goes about hiring the best of the best to figure out how to make it work, which is Matt Wright, the smartest mathematician around.
In the meantime, Howard continues his quest to breed the Mammoth by hiring Susan Morgan, an elephant trainer, to help care for the elephant that has been artificially inseminated with the elephant/mammoth embryo.
Working next door to each other in a warehouse on their separate projects, Susan and Matt meet and fall in love. When an accident sends the two of them back in time, to the Ice Age, and then home again, with half a dozen living, breathing Mammoths accidentally transported forward in time, their lives change forever.
Who was the caveman found next to the Woolly Mammoth and how does it relate to Matt & Susan's jaunt back in time?
This really is a good story, with a fantastic, ending that brings the whole thing together and makes you wonder? Is time travel possible?
I really enjoyed this book. Good characters and loved the mammoth, Little Fuzzy. I will read more by this author.
Excellent page turner! Interesting time travel story with many twists!
Good enough book. Tends to get bogged down in excessive detail that really does nothing but add to the word count. I really don't need 150 words on ballistics and the development of gunpowder 'cause a character is going to get shot.
This was a great read. From the start to the finish it kept me involved and wondering what would come next. Then just as I thought I could see the outcome, Bam! Out of the blue, Varley turns things around and changes everything that I thought I had down pat. Very enjoyable book that I'd have to rate very high as one of the best books I've read this year. 12,000 year old animals, time travel, love stories. Mammoth has it all.