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Indiana Jones and the Philosopher's Stone (Indiana Jones: Prequels #9)
by Max McCoy
For centuries the lust for wealth and immortality has driven men mad. Now Indiana Jones is called to London to recover an ancient alchemist’s manuscript rumored to contain the formula both for turning lead into gold and granting its owner eternal life. Certain that a missing British alchemist and an insane Renaissance scholar are involved in the theft, Indy—along with the ...more
Paperback, 245 pages
Published May 1995 by Bantam Books
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I think every guy wishes he were Indiana Jones. He's a college professor, so he's got the smart thing going for him. He's also good with a whip. Hence why he's so good with the ladies... I've read roughly six or seven of the Indiana Jones novel series, and I think there are close to twenty, with more being written. They are quick, fun reads, like literary popcorn, that you can enjoy in one sitting. And they're actually pretty well-written, although not necessarily historically "accurate". In eac ...more
Indiana Jones, the famed professor of archeology, is once again thrust into adventure, pitting him against the fascist Mussolini followers in a race to capture the fabled philosopher’s stone. There are some excellent elements in this book to make it feel like a legit Indiana Jones adventure. McCoy does a great job at characterizing Indy’s personality. He also gets the formula just right by balancing the action, suspense, and the romance – essential for an Indy adventure! In the book we travel wi ...more
Probably the most fun I have had reading an Indiana Jones novel. This novel really feels like it was inspired by the films. It has every element of adventure and Indy adventure has. It's even clear that this book draws from both Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade. There are scenes in this book that will remind the reader of scenes from both those films. It's a really fun book to read. I'm finally happy to see Sallah in an Indy novel. The whole idea of the Philosopher's Stone is great a ...more
The thing about reading a series that is penned by multiple authors is that you never know what the new author is going to bring to the story. Will his writing be really exciting and fresh or will it be dull and wordy. Max McCoy I am pleased to say is very axciting and action packed steeped in centuries of myth. For any one who wanted to quit the series after reading Martin Cadin's books please do give McCoy a chance. I think you will like it. Also with this book it wasn't really importaint to h ...more
Indiana Jones is down on his luck. He's been cursed by a South American god, lost his job at Princeton, doesn't dare fall in love with his beautiful sidekick, and the precious Voynich manuscript has been stolen. Worst of all, some people think he might have had a hand in it. So off we go to retrieve the manuscript, find the fabled Philosopher's Stone, and fight the fascists of Italy. Sallah makes his first appearance in the prequel books, and the interchange is pure canon. Mr. McCoy has done a f ...more
A fun, easy read that I tore through in one sitting. It's not by any stretch of the imagination great literature, but hey, it's got Indy, the Voynich manuscript. airships, flying boats, lost temples, immortal alchemists, crystal skulls, dastardly Fascists, heroic Bedouin, missing academics, and a hot redheaded librarian with a tattoo. Seems like that's all the necessary ingredients for a rollicking adventure. If it was a movie, I'd watch it.
Will I read more Indy books? Probably.
Will I read more Indy books? Probably.
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