Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Sphinx
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Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Sphinx (Indiana Jones: Prequels #12)

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It is the most coveted of all ancient artifacts. In it is written the history�and the fate�of every human being. And he who owns it writes his own destiny. Now Indiana Jones follows a trail of danger, magic, and archaeological mystery through the war-torn Orient, from Rangoon to the Egyptian desert, searching for the secret underground hiding place of the all-powerful...more
Mass Market Paperback, 197 pages
Published February 2nd 1999 by Bantam
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Max McCoy is my favourite of the Indiana Jones novelists, and Indiana Jones and The Secret of the Sphinx is a fine example of why.

More than any of the other authors, who have been good in some of their outings, McCoy honours the characters. He does not fall prey to the cheesy sentimentalism that makes Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade painful for Indy purists; instead, he makes sure that Sallah is a smart man rather than a foolish middle eastern stereotype, and he does the same with Marcus Bro...more
Patrick Hayes
A really enjoyable read. The opening sequence is fun, exciting, and hilarious. Indy talks out loud often, since there's no sidekick, so that's a bit odd, but the rest of the book was enjoyable. Sokai was a great villain and I wish he was in more of the book. In fact, the book moves a little too fast, rushing from place to place, and not developing the characters as much, but I still enjoyed this book. Having Sallah in it was a good move, and the two new females were also well done. The Sphinx ba...more
This is a fun, fast read. It reads much like an Indiana Jones movie (the good ones, not Crystal Skull). It's fun for a fast read.
This is one of my favorite of the Indy books. I would love to see this one made into a movie.
C.K. Burch
While not quite as good as Indiana Jones and the Philosopher's Stone, Secret of the Sphinx actually moves along at a good clip and contains enough adventuring and true Indy moments to make one feel satisfied by the end of the adventure. Now, I say end of the adventure versus end of the BOOK, because the end of the book is really an end to Max McCoy's continual shoehorning in of the Crystal Skull that first appeared in Philosopher's Stone. While it was effective in Philosopher's Stone, and mildly...more
Having read, "To Reign in Hell," a book based off of Star Trek, and finding that it was good, I read this book, thinking it would be another good, nerd-ish read. Oh, and spoiler alert.

Nerd-ish, yes; good read, a resounding no.

This book fell apart. I can deal with random myths that nobody has ever heard of, even though half the fun of Indiana Jones is how close to reality he manages to bring these myths. What I CAN'T deal with are stupid characters, awful plots, inconsistencies with the movies, a...more
What a way to finish the Indiana Jones series. I enjoyed every page of this novel. The characters in this novel are fun to read about, especially the Japanese agents and of course the character of Mystery were all fine additions to the lore of Indiana Jones. But what I really liked about the novel was that it combined two artifacts in one novel; the Staff of Aaron and the Omega Book. There are so many things I can say about this book and why I like it. But that would make this review way to long...more
Cathrine Bonham
The Indiana Jones adventures are best when he is searching for a biblical artifact. And this quest for the staff of Aaron does not disappoint. In the last of the Indy books written by Max McCoy Indy is on the run from Japanese Imperialists when he finds safety with a traveling magican and her daughter. The two are searching for Faye's Husband Kaspar who went missing on his hunt for the staff of Aaron the almond rod that Moses used to call down the ten plegues on Egypt.

The Adventure is exciting a...more
Boy, I wish I could say it's one deus ex machina after another (and the magic items in the story would make you think that would be the case), but even those aren't defined very well. I don't even think this was all that great a book to read when you're between reading books. Quick read though, I'll give it that. My son liked it OK and wanted me to read it, so I did. I'm not sure I would pick up any others in the series. I mean, my expectations weren't super high, but this could have been better...more
Tess Thebest
Apr 29, 2013 Tess Thebest rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Indiana Jones Lovers
This is a fun, Fast enjoyable read! This book keeps your interest in both excitement and suspense.
Easy read
Above all If you love Indiana Jones just like me then this is a perfect book to read for it gives an accurate description of Indiana Jones and his ideal adventures.
Oct 18, 2007 Kathleen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adventure seekers
Shelves: ya_and_ya-lit, adults
The voice in these books seems to pick up right where the movies left off, and being a fan of both Harrison Ford and Indiana Jones, this made reading Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Sphinx pretty enjoyable. I don't know how many of them I would want to read, just because I'm not much of a series fan, but it was definitely entertaining.
John Hewitt
pretty good for a formula book. i read the hollow earth first, and that pushed me into this one. as far as the Indy paper backs go anything by Max McCoy is first rate.
Doctor Edward Diesel
Another enjoyable adventure. All four of Max McCoy's Indy Jones books would have made a better film than almost all of the sequels to Raiders of the Lost Ark.
This book was a fast read and I loved every minute of it.
A nice Indiana Jones Adventure and nothing more.
Carlos Turnbull
Not as good as the others but a good read anyway.
Total escapist lit. Quick read and lots of fun.
Egyptomania does make me chuckle.
Susan Trezins
This was a fun, fast read.
This story follows the pattern of the movies as well as the other Indy books I've read -- a mini-adventure at the beginning, then the main adventure. Now, I love Indy -- he is one of my favorite movie heroes. But there are two big problems with this book. First, the opening in this book is preposterous (I tried reading the book once before and had to set it aside because the opener was so ridiculous). Then, the main adventure -- while largely standard throughout -- turns equally preposterous at...more
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