Monday, July 14, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Unicorn's Legacy

TO STEAL A LEGEND. Lost on the labyrinth of a Paleolithic cavern complex, Indy Jones encounters references to a mythological beast that may have existed twenty-thousand years ago -- and five years later Dr. Jones confronts the legend again, and the woman who is hoping to find the fabled unicorn's horn. But so is someone else from Indy's past, a man who will stop at nothing to obtain the ancient relic.

Some say the unicorn's horn came from an animal made extinct by the Great Flood. Others say the horn is an effective antidote to poison and a mystical relic. Indy discovers that the horn's power is less than benevolent, and the same could be said about the intentions of a certain beautiful art historian. - Synopsis found in the back cover

Page 163: You have plenty of time, if you don't waste it.

I jumped queue and went straight for the Unicorn’s Legacy. I had to skip The Seven Veils and The Genesis Deluge because Kinokuniya is still in the midst of ordering them for me, along with two other still-missing Indy titles. I finished this instalment in two days and it is definitely the better one of the last two.

While the plot held my attention, I was slightly miffed by the misquotation of the Bible by MacGregor - perhaps in the name of fiction - with regards to unicorns. He quoted some verses from Isaiah and Psalm, and replaced the word ‘wild ox’ with the mythical creature ‘unicorn’. Although this is fiction, I strongly feel that no one should tamper with any Holy texts be it the Bible, Quran and so on for whatever reason. Apart from that, everything else seems very Indy: a fedora and a bullwhip (both of which, in this story, got his best friend, Jack Shannon into trouble), a treacherous beautiful female, a power-crazed baddie, and some good guys – a good formula that is essential to the plot. Quite a few folks get killed in the quest too and Indy himself gets whacked rather badly.

From the look of it, I believe Rob MacGregor will do an even better job in the coming adventures (Note: Not all the Indy stories are written by him). I’m looking forward to the next one!

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