EATERS OF THE DEAD
August 29, 2006
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
$7.99 U.S./$10.99 Canada
Rating: 4 Cups
Ibn Fadlan, the ambassador of Baghdad, sets out on an adventure across Viking territory. He must reach the Bulgars, but to do so, he has to meet Buliwyf’s tribe. It will be a journey of events that he will never forget.
Buliwyf is part of the twelve Norsemen that selects Ibn to go on their journey. He is on his way to becoming a king of his own court.
King Rothgar is under attack by a Neanderthal-type people known as the Wendol. They take their enemies and consume their flesh. He needs the thirteen warriors to remove his treacherous enemies.
Ibn has been sent away because of a rumor that he was seeing another man’s wife. Now he is driven to the north to become Ambassador to the King of the Bulgars. When some Norsemen decide to accept him into their traveling company on their quest to aid King Rothgar, who is in the midst of an unspeakable evil, he learns many customs and rituals from the Norsemen that he never imagined. After all, they need a 13th warrior and their custom requires the person be diverse from the others. Buliwyf believes that Ibn will be a great addition to their group of jovial Norsemen. He introduces Ibn to a whole side of living with men that Ibn considers unhygienic and barbaric. In no time, Ibn is tossed in the midst, along with the others, living their riotous lifestyles following in their extreme savage killings for sport and their other many jagged beliefs. Ibn knows he must be bold in the quest to help the other Norseman rid King Rothgar’s lands of the dastardly adversaries and be safe once again.
Eaters of the Dead is one awesome read. From the beginning, the reader is taken into a journey with so many events that it is hard to put the book down. Ibn’s story is so vivid and attention grabbing, I kept wondering what would happen next in his adventure. I have to admit some of the scenes with the Norsemen, especially the washing in the tub and the other that followed, was a bit gross even before the killings started, but they were a barbaric people, and every place and people have their own traditions and rituals. Once again Michael Crichton spins a tale that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. If you love stories about Vikings, or just enjoy a great adventure, this is the book. I enjoyed his additional footnotes and info that he put in with the detail of this interesting book. And being a Michael Crichton fan, I always enjoy everything he writes.
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