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The X-Files: Skin [Kindle Edition]

Ben Mezrich
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Fatal Flesh

When moonlighting medical students "harvesting" skin from a corpse for temporary use accidentally take it from the wrong donor, the results are catastrophic:a New York City hospital ward is destroyed in a bloodbath, and an elderly professor, admitted for a routine skin graft, is suddenly the city's most wanted fugitive.

Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are the only ones to suspect something more ominous than a medical procedure gone awry. As the FBI agents investigating the "X-Files"--strange and inexplicable cases the Bureau wants to keep hidden--Mulder and Scully are determined to track down the forces they suspect are behind the murderer.

While the police hunt the fleeing professor, Mulder and Scully track the skin that was grafted onto him, a trail that leads from the morgue to the headquarters of a cutting-edge biotech company to the jungles of Thailand. Together they begin to uncover an unholy and totally deniable alliance between a battle-trained plastic surgeon, international politicians, and a legendary Thai monster known as the "Skin-Eater."

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Skin has an authentic X-Files feel to it--the right mixture of scientific plausibility and mystical overtones to keep both Scully and Mulder interested and on the trail. Skin taken from an unknown body found at the site of a road accident is grafted over the burns suffered by a mild-mannered professor who then goes berserk, killing a nurse. Mulder and Scully try to trace the source of the skin graft and uncover links with a biotech company called Fibrol International, whose deceased CEO, Emile Paladin, was in charge of a MASH unit in a village in Thailand during the Vietnam War. Travelling to the remote village, Mulder is intrigued to learn about a local cult worshipping a mythical monster, the Gin-Korng-Pew, or Skin Eater. Meanwhile, Scully follows more prosaic leads in search of Paladin's reclusive brother.

Mezrich's descriptions of medical procedures feel authentic and he keeps the story moving along at a good pace, with several dangerous moments for both Mulder and Scully and a significant body count amongst the witnesses. The mixture of FBI investigation, horror and the occult, with overtones of paranoia about the activities of the military, should appeal to X-Files fans, while others may enjoy it as an entertaining adventure. --Liz Sourbut


"Mezrich drives the story steadily forward... [and] satisfies all expectations of suspense, ghoulishness, and general creepiness any fan might have." Booklist"

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 277 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061056448
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (6 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001H1FZXI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #183,903 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ben Mezrich is the internationally best-selling author of The Ugly Americans, Busting Vegas, Rigged and Bringing Down the House:The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions; which was made into a film (21) starring Kevin Spacey. Ben Mezrich lives in Boston.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly gripping from start to finish 4 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
At risk of giving away the entire plot, this is a step above the very high norm of THE X-FILES books, with lots of horrific murders and mythical creatures and some great Mulder-and-Scully one-upmanship.
But I believe that a little back story is in order.
The X-FILES novels have a good background and the adult novels (Such as this) are not based upon the episodes, just completely original stories written up by great writers.
Now I have seen dozens of the telivised episodes and I think that some of them would warrant a good novelisation, as opposed to the rubbish 'KIDS' novels which can be read in mere minutes and are less that good at capturing the unique atmosphere of the X-FILES. So imagine my surprise as I started this book and within minutes was absolutely hooked to what is a gripping page-turner up there with many Jack Higgins novels.
But a warning for all you faint-hearted out there- Don't read it at night with a torch. It'll scare you senseless...
Vive los X-Files!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and Mesmerising 3 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The books have been good.
The films have been good.
Why should this be any different?
I love this book! It outweighed any previously written novels and surpassed all my expectations with a page-turning story by a great author which had me utterly mesmerised from start to finish.
Lecendary creatures, brutal murders and Mulder and Scully. How could it fail?
Complete with numerous wise cracks from Mulder, plenty of speech interspersed with bursts of great action, and some brilliant plot-twists, it is utterly superb.
How can you resist?
Even if you've read the other books, don't be put off by the fact that it seems similiar fare. It's tense, exciting and greater than a lot of televised rubbish (MIRACLE MAN!!!) and if you refuse it, people will die.
Fantastic, gripping and superlative-defying.
For Mystical creatures of all ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the few books to truly freak me out! 23 April 2000
By A Customer
I have read quite a lot of X-Files books; some based on TV episodes, others written by the author themself. I prefer stories created by professional writers to books based on episodes of the TV series, because they always give you a new story with new ideas that you will not have seen on TV.
This was the first book that I had read by Ben Mezrich, and I thought it was amazing. The way he writes and describes the characters and places is very good, but best of all is the plot itself. At the start of the book you find yourself with lots of plotlines that you cannot imagine would be connected in any way. But, then again, this is the X-Files, so anything's possible. Then later in the book, you finally think that you've figured it all out...only to read on and discover another twist in the plot that confuses you.
If you think that you will find all of the unexpected plot twists and confusing story lines boring, think again. I could not put this book down once I had picked it up (literally, once, when I was up until about two in the morning reading it). Plus, you get a whole load of action; from psychotic hospital patients and a massive car crash to World War Two experiments and ancient monsters...seriously, it's all in there!
I don't want to give away anything much about the plot, but here's a little bit of the basics. Hospital patient goes crazy, killing a nurse and destroying his hospital room. Mulder and Scully hear about it, and investigate...
All that said, five stars to you, Ben. Make sure the next one's just as good!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 Feb. 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book a few years ago, initially i borrowed it from the library, but as soon as i was finished i had to come on amzon and buy, excellently written from a fans perspective, gripping and un put downable
Dana Scully
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating case for our two heroes 22 Jun. 2002
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've read many of the X-files novels (those with original storylines, not based on TV episodes) and although not the best, this one does not dissappoint.
A fascinating storyline takes M&S around the world in search of some gruesome truths.
Anybody who likes the X-Files TV series should love this.
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