- Mass Market Paperback: 278 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (September 12, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345354613
- ISBN-13: 978-0345354617
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 552 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,249,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eaters of the Dead Mass Market Paperback – September 12, 1988
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Michael Crichton takes the listener on a one-thousand-year-old journey in his adventure novel Eaters Of The Dead. This remarkable true story originated from actual journal entries of an Arab man who traveled with a group of Vikings throughout northern Europe. In 922 A.D, Ibn Fadlan, a devout Muslim, left his home in Baghdad on a mission to the King of Saqaliba. During his journey, he meets various groups of "barbarians" who have poor hygiene and gorge themselves on food, alcohol and sex. For Fadlan, his new traveling companions are a far stretch from society in the sophisticated "City of Peace." The conservative and slightly critical man describes the Vikings as "tall as palm trees with florid and ruddy complexions." Fadlan is astonished by their lustful aggression and their apathy towards death. He witnesses everything from group orgies to violent funeral ceremonies. Despite the language and cultural barriers, Ibn Fadlan is welcomed into the clan. The leader of the group, Buliwyf (who can communicate in Latin) takes Fadlan under his wing.
Without warning, the chieftain is ordered to haul his warriors back to Scandinavia to save his people from the "monsters of the mist." Ibn Fadlan follows the clan and must rise to the occasion in the battle of his life.--Gina Kaysen
“Crichton knows how to craft a tale, one that keeps the reader turning the pages.” (Houston Chronicle)
“Michael Crichton is one of our most gifted popular novelists. A true son of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells…. A master of plausible and frightening scenarios…. He is a connoisseur of catastrophe.” (Los Angeles Times)
Praise for PREY: “Crichton is a master storyteller.” (Detroit News)
“Crichton writes superbly…the excitement rises with each page.” (Chicago Tribune)
“One of the great storytellers of our age…What an amazing imagination.” (New York Newsday)
“Readers turn to Michael Crichton’s novels for entertainment with relentless drive.” (San Antonio Express-News)
“Crichton’s books [are]…hugely entertaining.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Like Stephen King, like Robert Ludlum, Crichton knows how to keep a story moving. He writes with an undeniable narrative energy.” (Chicago Sun-Times) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.