During one of my hops through AMS on the conference run at the end of last year, I had a couple of hours to kill and picked up a copy of Michael Crichton's "Prey". I loved the story, having recently become a father and very recently just been in/around Silicon Valley. I even got Juliette to read it, and now she's gone Crichton mad.
Currently, I'm reading his book "Eaters of the Dead", which purports to be a translation of a story written by an Arabian scholar who gets caught up in an adventure with a group of Viking warriors. It's a well written story, and I'm enjoying it a great deal.
I find it amusing that the US book cover (pictured right) has to have a block-buster-sounding "The 13th Warrior" as a catch-phrase.