Title: Eaters of the Dead
Publisher: Knopf March 1976
Publication Date: 1976
Book Condition: Fine (F)
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition.
Appears unread, crisp, clean, bright and tight. Very collectable condition. Cover has 1/4' tear and associated wrinkles, minoredge scrapping. First Edition, First printing. All international shipments are made via PRIORITY MAIL, U.S. Postal Service. Please see amount before purchase. Very minimal normal shelfwear to cover. Now protected with Durafold unattached to jacket. Near fine book/very good Dust Jacket. BEAUTIFUL copy. The celebrated author's fifth book. Mystery, history, horror - here, fast on the heels of 'The Gret Train Robbery,' is a new and intriguing Crichton 'diversion,' with all the fun and verisimilitude of the longer novels. It's the first-person account, by the cultivated, cautious, clever tenth-century Arab diplomat Ibn Fadlan of his expedition to the wild barrens of the Norsemen - and his encounter there with the dreaded 'eaters of the dead.' Publisher's red stain to top pages clean. Bookseller Inventory # 6987
Synopsis: It is 922 A.D. The refined Arab courtier Ibn Fadlan is accompanying a party of Viking warriors back to the north. Fadlan belatedly discovers that his job is to combat the terrors in the night that come to slaughter the Vikings--but just how he will do it, Fadlan has no idea....
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Review: 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. The unabridged story is read by actor Victor Garber (Titanic; The First Wives Club), who brings life and a personality to the plot--convincingly portraying each character with appropriate accents. Crichton also sets the stage in the beginning and chimes in every so often to clarify historical places and events. If you love historical action thrillers, but are short on time, this audio book packs an epic journey into a three hour adventure. --Gina Kaysen (Running time: 3 Hours; 2 cassettes)
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