Monday, August 18, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Dinosaur Eggs

Indiana Jones and the Dinosaur Eggs
By Max McCoy (Author's Website)
Publisher: Bantam Dell (USA)
Published on March 1996/
Reissue April 2008
(Mass paperback edition)
ISBN-13: 978-0-553-56193-7
291 pages

VALLEY OF BONES. Fresh from a ride on a Nazi submarine, Indiana Jones is persuaded by a beautiful missionary to search for her missing father in Mongolia. Professor Angus Starbuck has discovered a dinosaur bone in the Gobi Desert. But unlike other such discoveries, this bone isn’t ancient! As Indy crosses from China through a treacherous mountain pass into Outer Mongolia, he runs afoul of the region’s fiercest warlords. Meanwhile, the world’s last innocent people, dwelling in a Stone Age paradise, are poised on the brink of destruction. Suddenly Indiana Jones is dueling wild dogs and bloodthirsty killers in a desperate effort to save the most historic discovery of the twentieth century: the last living triceratops! - Synopsis found in the back cover

Page 90: Why do I always have to be the one with a plan?

Without repeating what's in the synopsis above, in this instalment, Indy meets with a few interesting but dangerous characters out in China and Mongolia. In China, there's Lao Che who is a ruthless gangster who made his fortune in opium and slavery. That's where Indy met with Wu Han (Lao Che's slave) who joins him in his latest quest of searching for the living dinosaur. In Mongolia, he is faced with General Tzi, the reigning warlord whose deadly weapon is a ferocious pack of wild dogs. Seriously, you'd wish you're dead when you're caught with these hounds. Tzi vows to track down, kill and eat Indy's heart because of Indy's reputation. There are various other characters out there but you can about read them in the story. Walter Granger, one of Indy's oldest and best friends joins him in this deadly adventure. There was no mention of Jack Shannon here. In their journey, they also come into contact with the descendant of Genghis Khan.

This is a story I don't have problem finishing in one sitting and there's no doubt it's so Indy. Max McCoy did a great job with Indy's characterization and that makes me one happy reader. Once again, I got mixed up with the sequence because The Philosopher's Stone should be read before The Dinosaur Eggs (if you're reading the entire series in sequence, but it's also good as a standalone). Indy has a great sense of humour and I see him 'mature' as I join him on all his adventures on my comfy sofa...

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