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Raiders of the Lost Ark (Indiana Jones: Film Novelizations #1)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  2,960 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Indiana Jones, archeology professor and swashbuckling adventurer, has unearthed many an ancient treasure. But now the very future of the world depends on his finding one special relic.

With a bullwhip in his hand and a beautiful lady at his side, Jones journeys from Nepal and Cairo to the Mediterranean, dodging poisons, traps and snakes, battling rivals old and new, all in
Mass Market Paperback, 181 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by P Ballantine Books (first published 1981)
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Aug 12, 2008 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Milos
**Mild but fun spoilers that shouldn't hurt your enjoyment of the book**

This, the original novelization of Raiders of the Lost Ark, has to be one of the strangest movie-tie-ins I've ever read.

I admit that I haven't read many novelizations, but I was always under the impression that they were meant to reflect the movie. The action should be the same, the plot should be the same, and even the dialogue, for the most part, should be the same. Any artistic license taken should be to fill in the main
Teo Kos
Dec 11, 2010 Teo Kos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The… tall man in a leather jacket and a brimmed felt hat… who lead the group was called Indiana Jones. He was muscular in the way one might associate with an athlete not quite beyond his prime. He had several days’ growth of dirty blonde beard and streaks of dark sweat on a face that might once have been handsome in a facile, photogenic fashion. Now, though, there were tiny lines around his eyes, the corners of the mouth, changing the almost bland good looks into an expression of character, dept ...more
-Fedora, látigo y aventura.-

Género. Novela (con un toquecito de Narrativa Fantástica).

Lo que nos cuenta. El profesor Jones, más conocido como Indiana, un joven y valiente arqueólogo, escapa por poco de un templo en Perú tras las peligrosas argucias de un arqueólogo rival sin escrúpulos llamado Belloq. De vuelta a los Estados Unidos, es contactado por representantes del Ejército para que les ayude con un telegrama alemán interceptado que habla de unas excavaciones en Egipto. Indiana Jones reconoc
Apr 08, 2008 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indiana-jones
Of the Indy novelizations, Raiders of the Lost Ark is probably the most different from the final movie. Changes are inevitable since the author of the novel is writing from the script at the same time that the filmmakers are shooting from it and divergent paths arise that cannot be reconvened. Here, the character of Indiana Jones and the entire environment is darker and rougher than the familiar movie persona. The novel is a fun read for those willing to accept the differences and in some ways a ...more
Jan 24, 2017 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jacob
Jacob just decided to read this one day when he finished his superhero book. He is really into explosions and adventure genre right now..krb 1/24/17

He was a little worried to finish this book and not have another one to read after it. However, we found the 2nd and 3rd book in this series at a thrift store yesterday!!! He was over the moon happy...krb 2/1/17
Miloš & Brontë
Miloš: I think that Indy on the submarine, he could have just jumped back into the water, and then he could have had his...umm...and then if he jumped onto a shark in the water, the shark could have just jumped back up and destroyed the submarine, and then they could have just went swimming and got into the place where Belloq and all the Nazis died.

Papa: What the heck are you talking about? Are you rewriting Raiders?

Miloš: No. No, I'm not rewriting Raiders.

Papa: Then what are you doing?

Miloš: I
Aug 05, 2016 Corey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Indiana Jones is one of the many movie franchises I grew up watching, along with Star Wars, Batman, James Bond, and so on!

Raiders of the Lost Ark is about Archeologist Indiana Jones who travels the world searching for long lost treasures or artifacts in the 1930's/40's and in the World War II Era. Armed with a Bullwhip, and wearing his trademark Fedora and brown leather jacket. He travels from Nepal to Cairo along with his on-off lady friend Marion Ravenwood, they team up to hunt down the Ark o
Dec 22, 2009 Bradley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yet another action movie that did not translate well into book form. Faithful to the movie but ho-hum.
Oct 26, 2007 Trini rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My 10 year old self thought this was one bad-ass book.
Edson Ortega
I think this book is very complete compared with how books use to be written back then, so the story is about Indiana Jones, who is an archaeology professor and adventurer, that has found many ancient treasures. But now the very future of the world depends on him, by finding one special relic.

The Characters are also well developed:

Dr. Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones, Jr.: The main character of the book, is an archaeologist and college professor who leads a double life as a fortune hunter seeking ou
Feb 03, 2017 Rileyw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the plot of this book was clear and flowing it was this because of the way they ordered the events. the plot was able to highlight strong events such as when he gets the idol from the temple thing. this book was an easy read the way the plot was able to be simplified.\

one cause and effect was when Indy wanted the broach and the girl had it so he found her then since he found her her place got burned down. another on is when Indy finds the ark so the Germans "lost" but that led to how he got trap
Dylan Jones
Jan 31, 2017 Dylan Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read only one Indiana Jones book before this one, and had a hard time liking it, but this one was really good. I like the fact that these books take place in the 1900s because it wouldn't have been as good if it was made in present times. One thing I didn't like was the fact that it was hard to get into. At the beginning of the book, I found it hard to get myself to read it like I do with other books. However, after a few chapters, I found it really appealing and couldn't get myself to stop. I ...more
Israel Perez
Nov 23, 2016 Israel Perez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El libro es muy entretenido desarrolla mejor a los personajes y la historia que la versión cinematográfica, pero en la versión cinematográfica se desarrolla mejor las escenas de acción que en el libro.
Steven Jones
Feb 20, 2014 Steven Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the lost Ark is a book full of adventures. The Raiders of the lost Ark is about a archaeologist or a treasure hunter known as Indiana Jones. In the year 1936 Indian Jones is sent on a quest to find the a Golden Statue in the jungles inside South America.Indian Jones is an archaeologist who teaches a class at Marshall College. Every time he has free time he hunts down ancient relics for a museum. He is payed a lot of money for going out his way to retrieve the re ...more
Sean Carlin
Jun 08, 2015 Sean Carlin rated it liked it
Like an old archaeological treasure, I recently unearthed a yellowed, first-edition paperback of the Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark novelization from my childhood closet and reread it.

Solid, well-written adaptation of the movie. In addition to all the familiar scenes, we get cutaways not featured in the film -- like Belloq in Berlin and Indiana Jones' arrival in Nepal, in which he has to track down Marion's bar (as opposed to just showing up on the doorstep as he does in the movie
Oct 27, 2012 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of my personal favorites of the whole Indiana Jones film franchise. I have read a couple of the other Indiana Jones books and found them to be fun. As a big big big fan of Indiana Jones I thought that this film to book adaption would be great. And it was, just not as much I thought. In the novel version of Raider, Indiana Jones seems more like a flirt and comes off as a bit of a jerk. Not to mention the way Marion and Belloq are described as. Marion wanting to have ...more
Porter Meyerhoffer
Indiana Jones, an archaeology professor by profession, but an avid treasure hunting adventurer by heart... takes on the ultimate expedition in order to find the holiest discovery of all time.

Scavenging and rummaging his way through booby traps, snakes, spider webs, ancient riddles, and puzzles using only his knowledge as a professor and his trusty whip, he comes face to face with danger itself. No matter where he goes, there is always something waiting for him, whether it be poison food or an
Edward Diesel
I forgot how different this book was from the final film. Indy Jones is quite the ho tamer(one can see the clear influence of James Bond on the early conception of the character)! He is dating one of his students when we see him at College and he flirts much more brazenly than the character ever did in any of the films and he even loses his whip and his hat! The villain, Belloq, gets quite a lot of space devoted to him, which makes that angle more interesting as well. Not a bad adventure novel a ...more
Stephen Winter
Mar 09, 2014 Stephen Winter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 13+
Recommended to Stephen by: N/A
This book was very enthralling. It did have quite a bit of flaws, but nonetheless it was still enjoyable. For one, the authour did an excellent job retelling the plot. Admitting, there were scenes that could have been written a little better. But, it is a book based on a screenplay, so there is bound to be flaws in the scenes. Indiana's portrayal was a very good one. It captured his dynamic personality with exactitude. I rate this a 3/5 for the excellent plot and retelling, but it lost 2 of my s ...more
Apr 07, 2012 Phoebe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german
Die Filme sind gelungene Meisterstücke mit Witz, Humor und jeder Menge Action.
Diese Buchadaptionen sind langatmig und unspektakulär, allerdings halten sie sich wirklich exakt an die Filme, was Story und Geschehnisse betrifft. Allerdings auch nicht mehr und so kurz und kommentarlos wie möglich.
Der Schreibstil ist also sehr anspruchslos und einfach bzw. wenn man die Filme eben schon kennt: langweilig.
Michael Hanscom
An unusually interesting novelization, this incorporates a lot more backstory and internal motivations for many of the characters, but also loses much of the humor that's part of the final film, ending up quite a bit more serious and darker than the film. The same basic events, just without the winking charm. Enjoyable, but unusual.
Edward Creter
I read the book as soon as I saw the movie which I thought was WOW! The novelization: not as wow. Campbell Black captures the tone of the '30s in which the story is based yet it lacks the film's spirit of adventure. And how'd they get out of that plane anyway? (Hint: See the film AGAIN to find out.) Temple of Doom the book was waaay better, as far as novels of Indy go.
Lord Humungus
Read this a long time ago, as a kid. The book added nothing to the already awesome movie. By the time I'd read movie adaptations for Black Hole, Empire Strikes Back and Temple of Doom, I realized there was no point in ever reading another.
Dec 04, 2014 Stephen rated it it was amazing
Classic, no other word can describe this book. This book tells the story of the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark and adds a few scenes for plot and storyline. It is a perfect weaving of the movie and extra fiction. This is an old friend.
Apr 12, 2012 Lau rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans
Por ser una novelización de una película esperaba que fuera la historia ya conocida bajada a libro.
Tiene algunas diferencias bastante marcadas, especialmente con el mismo Indiana Jones que parece ser más sensible en esta versión.
Jul 26, 2007 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, this was during my movie-adaptation phase (I was about 12 years old). I remember there being three foil covers for this book: gold, red and blue. I remember buying the gold one because it seemed more Raider-ish. The red and blue ones seemed cheap to me. I wasn't having it.
Sep 28, 2010 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 04, 2011 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nostalgia, drama, film
I read this originally after seeing the film and, whilst it does stick fairly well to that, some of the background stuff is a little darker than I wanted it to be. Not badly written at all but not quite the book of the film either.
Feb 12, 2011 West rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm currently reading the Indiana Jones series and so far I've read The Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Temple of Doom. I love them but I think the author was trying to be a bit too much like the movie so every single detail is described hugely.
Juan Cacho
Feb 10, 2013 Juan Cacho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gran adaptación de la película, comprado en el local de un gringo en Playa del Carmen hace varios años, lo conservo porque fue el único pedazo de papel que traía a la mano cuando me crucé con Jared Borghetti y le pedí su autógrafo en el Aeropuerto de la Ciudad de México en el viaje de regreso
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