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Viking Mass Market Paperback – November, 1994

3.3 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm); 1st edition (November 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380770482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380770489
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 4.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked this book up thinking it would give me a few laughs, and be an interesting read. It did not deliver laughs however, instead it delivered kidnapping, scenes of near rape, threats of domestic abuse, the utter subjugation of the only female character in the book with any depth, and the first ever documented case of Stockholm Syndrome.

Spoilers ahead.

Fabio aka Marcello aka Viktor is present day pissed because his girlfriend refuses to give up her dreams of being an actress, and move to the woods to have litters of his children. He dumps her, then mysteriously gets zapped back to a time where his Neanderthal like attitudes towards the opposite sex seem more commonplace. There, on the shores of Vanahiem (totally not freaking kidding about that) he meets Reyna, his old girlfriend's look alike. He decides that it's his destiny to marry Reyna. The only problem is that she's the daughter of his sworn enemy, and she tries to kill him. So he goes over her head, and barters for her with her stepfather like she was a wayward barnyard animal. Viktor promises to "tame her and have her bear my son" in exchange for peace on the island. He then proceeds to kidnap and "tame" Reyna with threats of spanking (TOTALLY NOT FREAKING KIDDING ABOUT THAT!) and rape (which he comes uncomfortably close to doing several times). He completely ignores anything she might be feeling about the matter, instead treating her like a uterus with a bad attitude. It all goes downhill from there. There were a couple of times in the book where I thought maybe Reyna would just murder him and sail off into the sunset. I was really hoping for that. Instead she just turns into a complacent jellyfish every time Viktor's leggings come off.
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By A Customer on April 22, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
I LISTENED TO THIS TAPE FOR LAUGHS AND THERE WERE PLENTY. I DON'T KNOW WHAT WAS FUNNIER, THE BREATHLESS READING OR THE INNANE WRITING. ONE THING I MUST ADMIT TO BEING CURIOUS ABOUT IS WHETHER OR NOT FLABIO EVEN CAME UP WITH THE TITLE BEFORE HIS GHOST WRITER DID ALL THE GRUNT WORK OF CHURNING OUT THIS HACKNEYED FORMULAIC DRECK.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's obvious from the beginning that this book is a major Gary Stu (a male version of a Mary Sue, also known as Gary Sue and Marty Stu.) Marco/Viktor is Mr. Perfect. Well, except for one major flaw. He expects the women in his life to give up all their dreams and live his. When his first girlfriend refuses to give up her career to be his baby-making machine, he continues filming his movie, only to be thrown back in time. He kidnaps the step-daughter of the evil Wolfgard and again, tries to force her to change who she is to satisfy him. Even when assassins threaten he won't do the sensible thing and let her return (even for a short time) to her homeland so she'll be safe.

Nope, Marco/Viktor is a male chauvinist pig who thinks all women need to do whatever he says. Whenever Reyna challenges him he threatens to spank/thrash/clobber her, even though he knows Wolfgard used to beat her with a whip!

For a guy who makes his living in romance, Fabio doesn't know diddly squat about it!
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Format: Audio Cassette
Whoever decided to let Fabio write a book was seriously disturbed. I'll put it nicely and say that the book seems rushed and not very well thought out. Save yourself the money.
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By A Customer on April 12, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I listened to an audio cassette tape version of Viking and though I thought I would probably hate it and think it was hokey I found myself really having fun listening to the story and totally liked it and the fact that Italian actor Marcello filming a movie about the ancient Vikings is transported back to Iceland during the time of the Vikings becoming Viktor the Valiant a Viking warrior, and I really liked Marcello/Viktor, and Monica/Reyna, in fact I liked this audio cassette version of Fabio's story so much I'm going to search the used book stores for the paperback book. My only minor complaint with the audio cassette version is that the American woman who read the story didn't use any accents, and though I would have liked the reader to have used the proper accents I think she had a very nice sounding voice and even with the minor complaint of the accents I still feel that the audio is a keeper!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
It was a fancyful ride into another time and place. The characters were vibrant and alive. I could not put the book down and afterwards it held a special place of honour amongst my favorites. I never could part with it or any other of Fabio's.
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