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A novel based on the hit television series created by Chris Carter It's a fairly common, if ghoulish, procedure: the "harvesting" of skin from corpses for temporary use on emergency burn victims until their own grafts are ready. But when a team of moonlighting medical students accidentally takes skin from the wrong donor, the results are catastrophic: a New York City hospiA novel based on the hit television series created by Chris Carter It's a fairly common, if ghoulish, procedure: the "harvesting" of skin from corpses for temporary use on emergency burn victims until their own grafts are ready. But when a team of moonlighting medical students accidentally takes skin from the wrong donor, the results are catastrophic: a New York City hospital ward is destroyed in a psychotic 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 mistakenly grafted onto him. The trail leads from the morgue to the headquarters of a cutting-edge biotech company. Soon Mulder and Scully are in Thailand, searching the jungles for an abandoned MASH Unit, where napalm victims were treated with an amazing recovery rate--even though none of the hundreds of men who were nursed back to health ever returned to their families.Scully is looking for an experimental medical technology with disastrous side effects. Mulder suspects the stakes are even higher, a fear gruesomely confirmed as 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."...

Title : Skin
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ISBN : 9780061050411
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 261 Pages
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Skin Reviews

  • John
    2019-03-01 07:55

    For the first two-thirds of its 300+ pages, SKIN is the best TV tie-in novel I've ever read. Near the end, though, it stumbles a bit and ultimately has to settle for being ONE of the best (IMHO). The medical info throughout the story was so detailed and completely legit that I suspected author Ben Mezrich to have attended medical school at some point before launching his writing career. Having just read his bio on Wikipedia, I see that I was mistaken. Major props for faking it so convincingly! What's even more impressive is that Mezrich wrote this while still less than 30-years-old. I mean, heck, I'm 31, and the best thing I've ever written is probably this book review. My only major beef with this book is one truly awful scene in which the bad guys--apparently taking their cues from the villains on that old 1960's BATMAN TV show--hook Mulder up to a diabolical death machine and then confidently exit the building without even posting so much as a single guard to make sure that Mulder's death goes off without a hitch. And if such laziness on Mezrich's part weren't bad enough, Mezrich compounds his authorial sin by resorting to a DUES EX MACHINA in order to allow for Mulder's escape. Oh, and did I mention that the bad guys keep their secret files in that very same room--stored in actual file cabinets? And...guess what!...the cabinets aren't even locked! Apart from this scene, though, Mezrich has crafted a novel that does total justice to the spirit and intelligence of the TV series (my all-time favorite, btw). I've now read all the X-Files novels save for one, and SKIN is definitely the pick of the litter.

  • KateGuinn || lost.between.the.lines
    2019-02-22 05:42

    This is the first X-Files book I've ever read, and it was pretty decent. I wish it had a creepier monster, and it was missing the banter between Mulder and Scully that I love so much. But it was written well enough to keep my interest.

  • Elke
    2019-03-11 12:04

    Skin liefert eine weitere spannende Geschichte zur Kultserie Akte X, die bishernicht verfilmt wurde. Nach einer Hauttransplantation dreht der Patient durch und begeht einen brutalen Mord. Bei ihren Ermittlungen stossen die FBI-Agenten Mulder und Scully auf weitere Vorfaelle, in deren Zusammenhang es Hauttransplantationen gab. Mulder hat natuerlich gleich eine abenteuerliche Theorie zur Hand, in der die Haut der boese Ausloeser der Gewalttaetigkeiten ist. Scully, die Skeptikerin und Wissenschaftlerin, vermutet die Ursache der Gewalttaetigkeit jedoch in einem Medikament, welches bei den Operationen verwendet wird und moeglicherweiseunbekannte Nebenwirkungen ausloest. Die Suche nach der Wahrheit fuehrt die beiden FBI-Agenten nach Thailand, wo sie die Spur eines als Wissenschaftlers aufnehmen, der auf dem Gebiet der Hauttransplantationen offensichtlich nicht nur legale Forschungen betrieben hat. Als auch in Thailand brutale Morde geschehen, werden Mulder und Scully mit alten Legenden ueber ein Monster konfrontiert, welches die Einheimischen Skin Eater nennen. Und in dieser Umgebung, wo die Zivilisation weit weg scheint und noch tiefer Aberglauben regiert, koennte selbst an dieser fantastischen Geschichte etwas dran sein. Das Buch ist zur Ueberbrueckung der Serienpause bestens geeignet und fuegt sich nahtlos ein. Man muss die Fernsehserie aber nicht kennen, um dieses Buch zu verstehen. Informationen zum Verstaendnis der Charaktere werden in kurzen Beschreibungen eingeflochten. Aber wenn man die Serie kennt, kann man sich beim Lesen wunderbar bildlich vorstellen, wie Mulder mit leuchtenden Augen eine neue Verschwoerung wittert, und Scully ihm daraufhin einen vielsagenden skeptischen Blick zuwirft. Da laeuft der Film zum Buch praktisch beim Lesen im Kopf ab.

  • J.M.
    2019-03-17 10:39

    I thoroughly loved this book. Reading it was like watching one long episode of "The X-Files." Mezrich got the characters spot on and as the pace quickened, I couldn't put the book down. Very good and a definite must for any X-Phile out there.

  • Bryan Schmidt
    2019-03-10 09:45

    solid read. veers off a little in the last act but strong.

  • Roger
    2019-03-18 10:03

    I love the X Files but I know when I read a novel about Agents Mulder and Scully certain things will occur. They will attain no real growth as characters by the end of the book. They will have obtained no hard evidence to support whatever investigation they are involved in. They will emerge unscathed from whatever peril they face. All that is because this type of series is all about hitting the reset button so you can come back for another equally thrilling (and eerily similar) adventure later. What works in series television works in series fiction, right? Skin is the last of six original X-Files novels released during the early seasons of the program-I honestly did not know it existed until I stumbled upon it for a quarter recently. I am happy to say I got my money's worth-the novel reads like a really good episode of the show without any of the budget constraints that sometimes limited it. Skin follows the formula I laid out above but since I am such a big fan of the series I will note my gripes but tell you the truth I enjoyed the book nonetheless. It really took me back, in a good way, plus author Ben Mezrich peppers things up not only with some good turns of phrase but also with some interesting plot twists. I think if you remain an X-Files fan, as I do, you'll like this little trip down memory lane.

  • Katie Whalen
    2019-03-14 06:55

    As good as an episode,

  • Patrick Haga
    2019-03-01 06:55

    This book was decent. definitely not as fast paced as other xfiles books I've read, but the story fit the xfiles universe and it was well written.

  • Allie rademacher
    2019-03-24 07:04

    not as good as the show

  • Andrew
    2019-03-19 10:58

    This x-file book (I will admit I think I will have most certainly read my fill of X-files for some time, I remember how much I enjoyed them but I also now remember how easy it is to over dose on them too) is a bit of a mix. The book is a gruesome race to find the victim/perpetrator and stop even great tragedies from happening. Ok its tricky to say more without giving the story away but I will say that the investigation is very reminiscent of medical thrillers of Robin Cook - in that a medical procedure goes terribly wrong with all hell breaking loose shortly after. The story is told with the great detail and style with the "medical science" presented in a believable manner. The only possible negative side is that the story is wrapped up neat and tidy at the end of the novel in the usual x-files manner (although the storyline does take a bit of a wobble its not enough to totally ruin it), which I will admit by now starts to give the feeling of "why bother" when nothing really moves forward.

  • Dale
    2019-03-05 08:39

    A competent, but not great audiobookI heard Skin as an audiobook. It was narrated by Bruce Harwood, who portrays the most 'normal' of the conspiracy-addicted threesome known as 'the Lone Gunmen' on the X-Files TV show. Harwood does a competent, but ultimately uninspiring job of narrating the story.In fact, this is also a decent description of the book as a whole. It is okay, but not great. The characters act like they are supposed to, but those wry comments from Fox are mostly non-existent and Scully is just not quite right throughout most of the book.The plot itself was okay. The ending was a bit anti-climatic.It's entertaining, but not great entertainment. Read more of my reviews at:

  • Fayd Eaton
    2019-03-21 05:36

    One of the best and well written X-Files story ever. In the other books the conversations between the two agents are a bit strange ...not exactly as you would expect from Mulder and Scully. you have always the feeling that the authors don't know the characters they are writing for. In this novel Mulder is acting like Mulder seen in the TV series and Scully is the smart, clever, strong and skeptic woman you want to see. There is only one part that is not good near the end, you will find a hole in the story but anyway ...thumb up for Ben Mezrich

  • Julian
    2019-03-05 07:40

    Quick and fun read. I have a secret love for books made from TV series. The great thing about them is that there is no need for even the slightest bit of back story because that is all assumed knowledge. Instead, the author can jump straight into the meat of the story. This particular story is the usual science/scifi/mystery that made me enjoy the tv series. Even though I will not re-watch another episode of the series because the effects are so dated, I would be happy to jump on another X-Files book in the near future.

  • Ystyn Francis
    2019-03-15 10:59

    None of "The X-Files" novels successfully emulate the quality stories written by Chris Carter for his television show, and "Skin" is no different. Ben Mezrich recreates the banter between Mulder and Scully far better than any author before him, but his writing fluctuates in quality, at times being quite clever whilst at other times heavy-handed and clunky. The story itself is solid but serves to only make me want to return to the show.

  • Martyn Perry
    2019-03-20 09:42

    There are times when this X-Files tie in feels like a complete retread of the other novel, Antibodies. There's the medical theme, the disease, the adverse side effects etc.That said, the writing style is simple and accessible, making this story a quick and easy page turner. Not a gem by any means, but the unique (for X-Files) Thailand setting and decent action sequences do just enough to keep you reading till the end.

  • Nick Rivard
    2019-03-16 05:35

    This book was probably the closest in theme and tone to the xfiles tv series of all of them. It moves well and almost completely scientifically accurate. The one place it falls off is in the final chapter. This is mostly only in the swiftness of the conclusion. Either way this was definitely worth the read!

  • Jessica Rabbit
    2019-03-18 12:50

    I loved it. Readimg this was just like watching an episode of the series. Sufficiently creepy, detailed, scientifically implausible. The author got the characters just right and did a beautiful job of capturing Mulder and Scully's awkward tension. I adored the book and I am fully encouraged to read more X-Files books and more from this author.

  • Margo
    2019-03-05 12:44

    This was my first-ever X Files novel -- I assume there must be more. Not counting an early, glaring, did-anyone-edit-this-book plot detail error ... it was pretty good. The premise was suitably creepy, and the descriptions and thoughts of Scully and Mulder seemed on-target.

  • Benton Mcpeak
    2019-03-01 11:49

    Best X-Files book I've ever read. Some reviews were critical of the character development and the details of each scene. I found the character details and the scene detail added much to the story and I was sorry when it was over.

  • Janice Hite
    2019-03-09 04:48

    AwesomeFor me this book was very suspenseful and invigorating the book also takes me back in of X Files on TV so.a.lot.of good memories the book was very good at keeping you reading to find.out.what next.

  • Jim
    2019-03-11 10:54

    I've never read an X-files novel (or a Star Wars novel, for that matter), but this actually sounds pretty good. And since the movie came out, my interests in things X-files related has been rekindled.

  • Lumos Ktbspa
    2019-03-04 05:40

    When I completed the book my thought was like "This is the best TV tie-in novel I've ever read!" ^_^ And it was. And I think it still is. It's perfect, the perfect novelization of a TV-show. And a read-it-all-at-once thing definetely.

  • Beverly J.
    2019-02-22 07:51

    This was fun, it was very much like an episode of the show. Nice to "interact" with Scully & Mulder again, lol.

  • Bradley
    2019-03-23 06:38

    It reads just like an actual episode. Very interesting considering I enjoyed the show quite a bit. Entertaining light read with a side order of gore. =)

  • Ronald
    2019-03-10 12:00

    read SOMETIME in 2000

  • Jennifer Kinnison
    2019-03-02 07:41

    Enjoyed this. I always like good medical thrillers -- ten years working at a medical school, plus a lifelong interest in science, will do that.

  • Chris Battell
    2019-02-27 10:00

    Good read. While an average paranormal adventure/mystery novel, the story still ranks with the better of X-Files episodes.

  • oxana
    2019-03-20 11:49

    A true X-Files story from start to beginning, revealing layers beyond layers, Mulder's wild theories, and Scully's more reserved guesses based on reality-as-we-know-it.

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  • Geri
    2019-02-25 10:57

    It was fun to be in on a case with Scull and Mulder again...