I have always wanted to own all the Indiana Jones books that Bantam put out in the ’90s. Well, now I do, so I figured I’d start with the first one.
This book takes place just after Indy leaves college. In fact, it starts in 1920, as he’s leaving college and then fast-forwards to 1922 when he’s living in Paris and furthering his education there. Pretty quickly, his attractive professor sweeps him away to Greece to assist on a major archaeological discovery.
Of course, things are not what they seem and his professor has her own agenda that Indy isn’t immediately privy to.
The book really encapsulates the spirit of the Indiana Jones franchise but this adventure does feel a bit small and confined, as it primarily settles in, in one location and doesn’t move away from there.
This actually reads more like an episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles than it does one of the movies. That’s totally fine but I was hoping for something the scale of the films. Maybe the books will build towards that.
In the end, this was a fairly decent start to the series of twelve novels and I look forward to continuing on my quest of reading and reviewing them.
Pairs well with: other Indiana Jones novels from Bantam Books’ run in the ’90s.