This is the fifth of the twelve Indiana Jones novels of the Bantam series from the ’90s. It is also Rob MacGregor’s second-to-last installment.
I found the previous book to be the weakest of the series from what I had read so far. Luckily, this one gets back on track fairly well and I enjoyed it more than its predecessor.
The setting of this book is primarily the American southwest. It also goes to Rome for the last few chapters but I liked the American setting and it gave the story a sort of western vibe and also drew some comparisons to the great opening of the 1989 film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
MacGregor wrote the novelization for that film and maybe he was inspired by that opening and wanted to write something larger in that same geographical region.
The story revolves around Indy and a beautiful art historian colleague looking for the horn of a mythical unicorn. A villain from Indy’s past is also looking for the relic for sinister reasons. We also get Indy’s best bud, Jack Shannon, and my favorite Indy character that isn’t Indy, Marcus Brody.
As the story progresses, we learn that the girl might not be a love interest, as Indy had hoped, and that she might have her own nefarious reasons for wanting the horn. Additionally, all of this comes to a head when we learn of a conspiracy involving the Catholic Church and the possible overthrow of Italy’s fascist prime minister, Benito Mussolini.
The story has good action sequences and it’s well paced and there really isn’t a dull moment, even with some of the slower scenes.
I thought that it wrapped up really well with a solid conclusion and I hope this momentum carries over into MacGregor’s last Indiana Jones novel.
Pairs well with: other Indiana Jones novels from Bantam Books’ run in the ’90s.