1929 Easter Island
Rob MacGregor comes to the end of his run on the Indiana Jones novels this week, and I have to say I’m rather thankful for it, because if you thought Kingdom of the Crystal was bad you have not read this book.
This one is terrible, and it doesn’t come near anything we know about the character, or even how most things in the Indian Jones version of reality works. From the beginning of this novel, which ties in with the previous adventure through the mcguffin of the unicorn horn from the prior novel.
Within pages of the tale, Indy is swept up in an battle that sees the introduction of ghost ships, portals, dragons, dinosaurs, and more (though Marcus Brody fends most of these things off by arguing that Indy was suffering drug induced hallucinations).
Still there is nothing recognizable as an Indiana Jones adventure, let alone the cliffhanger serials on which Indy’s adventures took their inspiration.
Indy isn’t very proactive in the tail, and instead seems to bounce from one mishap (not even really definable as adventures even) to another, and the story just doesn’t work.
The archaeologist finds himself pulled into a strange realm that is kind of inside the Earth, not exactly embracing the hollow Earth theory, but hinting at a dimensional shift to the interior of the planet.
I didn’t get it.
And while the oncoming threat of the Nazis and Hitler is hinted at as the villain of the piece wants to form an alliance with the fascist before seizing control of the both worlds himself.
I was bummed and upset that this one was as terrible as it was, and while I liked that MacGregor tried to tie into the previous novels that he’d penned it was just too much of a bummer that the story was as terrible as it was.
Indy is a proactive character, but in this novel he’s simply dragged along on a story even he doesn’t want to be involved in.
There’s a climactic fight atop the head of the Statue of Liberty that is a little bit too on the nose.
Martin Caldin takes over the storytelling and chronicling of Indy’s early adventures in the next novel which I will be joining my hero on in the very near future.
Until then, you may want to give Kingdom of the Crystal Skull a bit of a break, because there really is a much worse Indiana Jones adventure out there.
I’ll dig into something else for next week, and try to put this one behind me…