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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (Feb. 26 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345501276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345501271
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #575,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chapter 1

South America, 1936

The jungle was darkly verdant, secretive, menacing. What little sunlight broke the high barriers of branches and twisted vines was pale, milky in color. The air, sticky and solid, created a wall of humidity. Birds screamed in panic, as if they had been unexpectedly trapped in some huge net. Glittering insects scurried underfoot, animals chattered and squealed in the foliage. In its primitive quality the place might have been a lost terrain, a point unmapped, untraveled—the end of the world.

Eight men made their way slowly along a narrow trail, pausing now and then to hack at an overhanging vine or slice at a dangling branch. At the head of this group there was a tall man in a leather jacket and a brimmed felt hat. Behind him were two Peruvians, who regarded the jungle cautiously, and five nervous Quechua Indians, struggling with the pair of donkeys that carried the packs and provisions.

The man who led 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 blond 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 the eyes, the corners of the mouth, changing the almost bland good looks into an expression of character, depth. It was as if the contours of his experience had begun, slowly, to define his appearance.

Indy Jones didn’t move with the same caution as the two Peruvians—his confidence made it seem as if he, rather than they, were the native there. But his outward swagger did not impair his sense of alertness. He knew enough to look occasionally, almost imperceptibly, from side to side, to expect the jungle to reveal a threat, a danger, at any moment. The sudden parting of a branch or the cracking of rotted wood—these were the signals, the points on his compass of danger. At times he would pause, take off his hat, wipe sweat from his forehead and wonder what bothered him more—the humidity or the nervousness of the Quechuas. Every so often they would talk excitedly with one another in quick bursts of their strange language, a language that reminded Indy of the sounds of jungle birds, creatures of the impenetrable foliage, the recurring mists.

He looked around at the two Peruvians, Barranca and Satipo, and he realized how little he really trusted them and yet how much he was obliged to depend on them to get what he wanted out of this jungle.

What a crew, he thought. Two furtive Peruvians, five terrified Indians, and two recalcitrant donkeys. And I am their leader, who might have done better with a troop of Boy Scouts.

Indy turned to Barranca and, though he was sure he knew the answer, asked, “What are the Indians talking about?”

Barranca seemed irritated. “What do they always talk about, Señor Jones? The curse. Always the curse.”

Indy shrugged and stared back at the Indians. Indy understood their superstitions, their beliefs, and in a way he even sympathized with them. The curse—the ancient curse of the Temple of the Chachapoyan Warriors. The Quechuas had been raised with it; it was intrinsic to their system of beliefs.

He said, “Tell them to be quiet, Barranca. Tell them no harm will come to them.” The salve of words. He felt like a quack doctor administering a dose of an untested serum. How the devil could he know that no harm would come to them?

Barranca watched Indy a moment, then he spoke harshly to the Indians, and for a time they were silent—a silence that was one of repressed fear. Again, Indy felt sympathy for them: vague words of comfort couldn’t dispose of centuries of superstition. He put his hat back on and moved slowly along the trail, assailed by the odors of the jungle, the scents of things growing and other things rotting, ancient carcasses crawling with maggots, decaying wood, dying vegetation. You could think of better places to be than here, he thought, you could think of sweeter places.

And then he was wondering about Forrestal, imagining him coming along this same path years ago, imagining the fever in Forrestal’s blood when he came close to the Temple. But Forrestal, good as he had been as an archaeologist, hadn’t come back from his trip to this place—and whatever secrets that lay contained in the Temple were locked there still. Poor Forrestal. To die in this godforsaken place was a hell of an epitaph. It wasn’t one Indy relished for himself.

He moved along the trail again, followed by the group. The jungle lay in a canyon at this point, and the trail traversed the canyon wall like an old scar. There were thin mists rising from  the ground now, vapors he knew would become thicker, more dense, as the day progressed. The mists would be trapped in this canyon almost as if they were webs spun by the trees themselves.

A huge macaw, gaudy as a fresh rainbow, screamed out of the underbrush and winged into the trees, momentarily startling him. And then the Indians were jabbering again, gesticulating wildly with their hands, prodding one another. Barranca turned and silenced them with a fierce command—but Indy knew it was going to be more and more difficult to keep them under any kind of control. He could feel their anxieties as certainly as he could the humidity pressing against his flesh.

Besides, the Indians mattered less to him than his growing mistrust of the two Peruvians. Especially Barranca. It was a gut instinct, the kind he always relied on, an intuition he’d felt for most of the journey. But it was stronger now. They’d cut his throat for a few salted peanuts, he knew.

It isn’t much farther, he told himself.

And when he realized how close he was to the Temple, when he understood how near he was to the Idol of the Chachapoyans, he experienced the old adrenaline rushing through him: the fulfillment of a dream, an old oath he’d taken for himself, a pledge he’d made when he’d been a novice in archaeology. It was like going back fifteen years into his past, back to the familiar sense of wonder, the obsessive urge to understand the dark places of history, that had first excited him about archaeology. A dream, he thought. A dream taking shape, changing from something nebulous to something tangible. And now he could feel the nearness of the Temple, feel it in the hollows of his bones.

He paused and listened to the Indians chatter again. They too know. They know how close we are now. And it scares them. He moved forward. Through the trees there was a break in the canyon wall. The trail was almost invisible: it had been choked by creepers, stifled by bulbous weeds that crawled over roots—roots that had the appearance of growths produced by some floating spores randomly drifting in space, planting themselves here by mere whim. Indy hacked, swinging his arm so that his broad-bladed knife cracked through the obstructions as if they were nothing more than fibrous papers. Damn jungle. You couldn’t let nature, even at its most perverse, its most unruly, defeat you. When he paused he was soaked in sweat and his muscles ached. But he felt good as he looked at the slashed creepers, the severed roots. And then he was aware of the mist thickening, not a cold mist, not a chill, but something created out of the sweat of the jungle itself. He caught his breath and moved through the passage.

He caught it again when he reached the end of the trail.

It was there.

There, in the distance, shrouded by thick trees, the Temple.

For a second he was seized by the strange linkages of history, a sense of permanence, a continuum that made it possible for someone called Indiana Jones to be alive in the year 1936 and see a construction that had been erected two thousand years before. Awed. Overwhelmed. A humbling feeling. But none of these descriptions was really accurate. There wasn’t a word for this excitement.

For a time he couldn’t say anything.

He just stared at the edifice and wondered at the energy that had gone into building such a structure in the heart of a merciless jungle. And then he was shaken back into an awareness of the present by the shouts of the Indians, and he swung round to see three of them running back along the trail, leaving the donkeys. Barranca had his pistol out and was leveling it to fire at the fleeing Indians, but Indy gripped the man’s wrist, twisted it slightly, swung the Peruvian around to face him.

“No,” he said.

Barranca stared at Indy accusingly. “They are cowards, Señor Jones.”

“We don’t need them,” Indy said. “And we don’t need to kill them.”

The Peruvian brought the pistol to his side, glanced at his companion Satipo and looked back at Indy again. “Without the Indians, Señor, who will carry the supplies? It was not part of our arrangement that Satipo and I do menial labor, no?”

Indy watched the Peruvian, the dark coldness at the heart of the man’s eyes. He couldn’t ever imagine this one smiling. He couldn’t imagine daylight finding its way into Barranca’s soul. Indy remembered seeing such dead eyes before: on a shark. “We’ll dump the supplies. As soon as we get what we came here for, we can make it back to the plane by dusk. We don’t need supplies now.”

Barranca was fidgeting with his pistol.

A trigger-happy fellow, Indy thought. Three dead Indians wouldn’t make a bit of difference to him.

“Put the gun away,” Indy told him. “Pistols don’t agree with me, Barranca, unless I’m the one with my finger on the trigger.”

Barranca shrugged and glanced at Satipo; some kind of silent communication passed between them. They’ll choose their moment, Indy knew. Th...

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A treasure trove of Indiana Jones greatest guests all in one volume! March 24 2008
By M. Hallock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's been years since all these paperbacks covering Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade have been on bookstore shelves -- so it's great to have them all in one volume! They also contain scenes and back stories left out of the final films. It's a must have for any Indy fans library.

So if you want to brush up on the stories before seeing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, start reading now!
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The Movie Adaptions Aug. 18 2008
By El Marko - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After seeing the new "Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull" movie, I got on a kick to read some of the older Indiana Jones books that had been released in previous years. These consisted of mainly the movie novelizations, as well as the 14 book series from writers like Rob MacGregor, Max McCoy, etc.

This book basically collects the first three Indiana Jones movies adaptions, which I'd actually read as a young teenager back when they first came out. It was neat to reread them again, and here's my thoughts on each.

1. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK - There's something about this one, and I don't know if it's the way Campbell Black writes or just the fact that the original Indiana Jones story was so memorable that it's hard to screw it up, but I liked reading this adaption. The closest I can come to describing it is that it was like watching a "Special Edition" dvd of one of your favorite movies, only in book form. You get to read all of the "deleted scenes", as well have have certain things added. For instance, we get to see a bit more of the rivalry between Indy and Belloq, or at least their thoughts about the rivalry. We get to find out how Marion survived her father's, (Abner's), death in Tibet and Nepal, and how she came to own the Raven's Nest bar. You'll also see how it came to be that Belloq was hired by the Nazi's. Some of the action scenes are shortened, like the truck chase, yet still feel fast paced and interesting. We also get surprises, like the fact that Toht doesn't live to see the Ark opened like in the movie, he's one of the guys that get snuffed when a car goes over the cliff during the truck chase. We also get to see how it was that Indy survived the submarine ride to the Nazi island base. (Which is something this novel and the Marvel Comics adaption explained, but that otherwise we were left guessing at!)

2. INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM - A lot of people think of this movie as the weakest of the original trilogy. If you're one of those, reading the novel probably won't persuade you to think more highly of it. I enjoyed the fast pace of the movie and still like it today. However, the book really doesn't add a whole lot to the reading experience like "Raiders" did. We don't know much more about Short Round other than we do get to see how he kills a little bit of time before meeting up Indy at the Club Obi Wan. Something that got annoying to me was that Shorty constantly mentions Chinese deities in his thoughts, sometimes the same one more than once. It doesn't add much to his character or purpose. It's enough for me to know he's an oriental street kid who's a part time thief hanging around Indy now. It's almost like the author, James Kahn, researched Chinese lore and then tried too hard to fit in certain things he learned. Once or twice would've made the point. Also, one of the things I've never understood was how a small kid could "karate kick" and knock out some Thuggee guard who was pretty oblivious to pain due to being under the influence of the "blood of Kali". The book doesn't help this any either. Other irks: No background is given on Wu-han, Indy's friend who bites the dust early. Willie Scott is supposed to be a knockout, however all you'll see is Kate Capshaw in your head and she's far from a knockout in my opinion. Willie's just as annyoying in the book as she is in the movie as well, so you tend to not sympathize with her character. The way the author writes and describes Indy when he under the influence of the "blood of Kali" is kind of strange and could've been done differently I thought. Some good things: We get to see how Short Round came to find out that fire would "wake up" Indy. We also get to see how it came to be that Willie got captured and made the next sacrifice. Mola Ram is even more disgusting to look at than in the movie, so he's amped up a little as a bad guy. Other than that, the book overall stuck pretty close to what you see in the film. If anything, it felt slower paced, which isn't a good thing to me.

3. INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE - This one sticks very closely to the original screenplay and what we see on film. Not much pro or con either way for me. It took me awhile to really appreciate "Last Crusade", because to me it was a bit more family friendly and commercialized by the time it was made. The book plays up a little bit more of Indy's background and relationship with his dad, which plays up better in print than the limited time on screen, so that was nice. The way Rob MacGregor writes Indy, (as well as some of those who have written Indy for the Dark Horse comic series for that matter), is a mixed bag. He seems to understand what makes a good Indy story, the pacing, etc., but his Indy tends to cuss a little too much for my taste, as well as comes off kind of arrogant sometimes. With any hero, you want to be on his side through whatever he/she goes through. This Indy's not necessarily "fun" to hang out with, yet interesting enough to want to see what he gets into. Not much as far as "deleted scenes" or added material go. A good story though.

Bottom line, if you want to read each of the novelizations, you may be able to find them individually for less in a used bookstore or something. I wouldn't pay more than 2 or 3 bucks apiece for them, being movie adaptions. If you want to collect them, then I'd get them all in one nice volume like this one here.
Classical Novel June 22 2008
By Deng Daming - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When I was 10years old ,I saw the film(Indiana Jones Trilogy). It was the fantastic adventure stories,I love it so much.Now I'm seeing this book ,recalling the past times which gave me lots of inspiration.