Book Review: ‘Indiana Jones and the Dance of the Giants’ by Rob MacGregor

This second book in the ’90s Indiana Jones novel series was better than its predecessor and Rob MacGregor seems to have found his groove a bit more with this one.

Like its predecessor, it feels more like an episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, as opposed to feeling like a story as epic as the film series. That’s fine but I hope these start to get more grandiose in scale.

This book also goes to less places than its predecessor, as the entire story is confined to the United Kingdom, only seeing Indy in London, rural Scotland and Stonehenge.

That being said, if you ever wondered what it’d be like for Indy to have a story take place around Stonehenge, well… this is it!

Even more than the first book, I liked the characters in this a lot. Especially, Indy’s returning college buddy, who got to be much more involved this time around. I also liked the love interest and her role in the bigger picture.

What I really liked, though, was the villain. He was a young, ambitious but evil member of British Parliament. He had his eyes set on unlocking the secrets of Stonehenge and Merlin in an effort to rule the world.

This story takes place after Indy has left college as a student and started his first teaching job in London. This aspect of the story was cool, as you get to see him uncomfortable and a bit out of his element, even though it’s well-known that he becomes a successful archeology professor. It’s these parts of the books I like though, as they serve to enrich the character and fill in some of the blanks from his long, adventurous life.

All in all, this was a lighthearted and exciting read.

Rating: 6.5/10
Pairs well with: other Indiana Jones novels from Bantam Books’ run in the ’90s.

Book Review: ‘Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi’ by Rob MacGregor

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.

Rating: 6/10
Pairs well with: other Indiana Jones novels from Bantam Books’ run in the ’90s.