Monday, September 01, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Hollow Earth

Indiana Jones and the Hollow Earth
By Max McCoy (Author's Website)
Publisher: Bantam Dell (USA)
Published on March 1997/
Reissue April 2008
(Mass paperback edition)
ISBN-13: 978-0-553-56195-1
325 pages

DEATH UNDER THE ICE. A violent storm, a dying Arctic explorer, and a curious wooden box make Indy the target of fanatical Nazi agents. Inside the box are a slice of Icelandic stone with mythological powers and a journal hinting at the existence of an underground civilization near the top of the world. Indy and Ulla Tornaes, a beautiful Danish scientist, set out into the Arctic wastes, racing against Nazi explorers, to search for the lost city. Their quest will lead them to a massive cavern beneath the snow, portal to the legendary Ultima Thule—the key to Hitler’s mad plan for world domination. - Synopsis found in the back cover

Page 262: "Not only are you smart and strong, but you are beautiful as well. A very rare combination in any individual."

That was Indy referring to the beautiful Danish scientist, Ulla Tornaes who specializes in underground science. For the latest adventure, Indy needs her expertise. Ulla is a lady with an attitude and she doesn't believe it was indeed Indy that she's rescued and fished out of the underground cave in an earlier part of the story. She keeps referring him as Mr Jones and refuses to call him Dr Jones. What's even funnier is that she thinks Indianapolis Jones is the real famed adventurer even when Indy tries his best to tell her that HE is the Indiana Jones she's kept raving about. She refuses to listen to him until later when his pilot friend, Clarence confirms Indy's identify. I have enjoyed the funny exchange between that two.

In this instalment, Indy is forced to traverse the Artic to retrieve a canister that contains the crystal skull. With a team of military folks, they fly the B-18P (P for Polar), also affectionately called the Penguin by Indy's copilot friend, Clarence. The name seems to rub off on the others too. But that's all right. Indy forges a close friendship with one of the seven members named Sparks, a 17-year-old radio genius (also the youngest). Sparks has a deep respect and awe for Indy. The adventure gets even more treacherous when Indy, Ulla and Sparks are separated from the rest of the team, floating away in a large chunk of ice. Remember Alecia Dunstin, the beautiful red-haired psychic whom Indy loves? She appears in this story but this time on the Nazi's side.

It is a satisfying read and one that gets me glued to my seat. I'm halfway through The Secret of the Sphinx which is the last book in the series. I have totally enjoyed this one.

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