Eaters of the dead: the manuscript of Ibn Fadlan, relating his experiences with the Northmen in A.D. 922, Part 992

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Ballantine Books, Sep 12, 1988 - Fiction - 278 pages
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Now a major motion picture from Touchstone Films, starring Antonio Banderas. In the year A.D. 922, a refined Arab courtier, representative of the powerful Caliph of Baghdad, encounters a party of Viking warriors on their journey to the barbaric North. He is appalled by Viking customs--the wanton sexuality of their pale, angular women, their disregard for cleanliness, their cold-blooded human sacrifices. But only in the depths of the Northland does he learn the horrifying truth: he has been enlisted to combat a terror that comes under cover of night to slaughter the Vikings and devour their flesh.

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User Review  - jerry-book - LibraryThing

This is a quick read. Crichton does a re-telling of the Beowulf story in order to make it exciting for the modern reader. I think he succeeds to some extent. I like having an Arab as the narrator ... Read full review

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User Review  - BenKline - LibraryThing

Crichton's attempt at Beowulf (and adjusting it a bit). Pretty lackluster overall and quite boring. So far my least favorite Crichton novel that I've read. (It's not a 'horrible' novel; its just kind ... Read full review


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Michael Crichton's novels include "Next", "State of Fear", "Prey", "Timeline", "Jurassic Park", and "The Andromeda Strain". He is also known as a filmmaker and the creator of "ER". One of the most popular writers in the world, he has sold over 150 million books, which have been translated into thirty-six languages; thirteen have been made into films. He remains the only writer to have had the number one book, movie, and TV show at the same time. "Pirate Latitudes" was discovered as a complete manuscript in his files after his death in 2008.

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