Eric Flint, Marilyn Kosmatka – Time Spike

The Deadliest Predators of Three Separate Eons

Captain Andy Blacklock was overseeing the change of shifts at the state of Illinois’ maximum-security prison when the world outside was suddenly ripped apart. They thought it was an earthquake until they found that the Mississippi River had disappeared, along with all signs of civilization. Then the sun came up – in the wrong direction. And a dinosaur came by and scratched its hide against the wall of the prison….

Something had thrown the prison back in time millions of years. And they were not alone. Other humans from periods centuries, even millennia, apart had also been dropped into the same time. Including a band of murderous conquistadores. But the prison had its own large population of murderers. They couldn’t be turned loose, but what else could be done with them?

Death walked outside the walls, human savagery was planning to break loose inside, and Stephens and the other men and women of the prison’s staff were trapped in the middle.

Author: Eric Flint, Marilyn Kosmatka
Narrator: Graham Winton
Duration: 17 hours 27 minutes
Released: 20 Jun 2001
Publisher: Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

commuter preferred

I finished this book. It entertained me while I was painting the master bedroom. The Plot: A maximum security prison is sent back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. The whole prison with all the prisoners guards and staff. What you get: A sanitized, nerdy, and juvenilely rendered book more concerned about what Spielberg called Raptors then the interactions of hundreds of starving convicted felons and their over worked guards. My opinion: A couple more big carnivores like the ones on the book cover could have saved this book. Is this a young adult book? With the premise of the story one would think not. I still don’t know but I am beginning to wonder about books where Eric Flint as an editor. Regardless, this book was just barely competent enough for me to not return. It did leave me shaking my head and feeling cheated. If this IS a Young Adult Book why is it for sale in the Grown-up section with no warning for whom it is intended? If it isn’t, perhaps it could be edited a bit and re-published in that genre instead.