Most helpful positive review
Good pace, good story. Great Read.
on July 3, 2013
I was skeptical about reading this as I've previously read novel prequels to movies and video games and they have been very disappointing. I took a gamble and hell am I glad I did. This is a true gem. Can't believe how many years ago it came out and I've only just sat down to read it.
Rob MacGregor really captured what I've always loved about Indy in the motion pictures.
Although he isn't quite the adventurer we all have come to know and love, he is only young at this point, that said, this book is well written and you can easily imagine this young lad becoming the one depicted by Harrison Ford in the movies of the future. (That is, future chronologically. Of course, they came out AFTER the film in real life)
So was there anything I disliked about this book?
No, not really.
However it wasn't perfect, that being why I'm giving it only 4 stars, but its a close 4.5 out of 5 star rating.
The pace is good, Rob doesn't linger on one subject for too long. Just enough for you to get the point of the situation without loosing interest and then swiftly moves the story along to the next plot point.
George Lucas himself had overseen some of the writing so it kept with the way of the films, though Rob was still given a great degree of Writing Freedom. Lucas did request Rob to remove a Sex Scene, which he did, to make the book more family friendly, but for some reason the following (spoiler) moment was still 'Family Friendly' enough:
(Spoiler) ### At one point, someone is shot in the face with a rifle and he details the bone fragments and brain pieces that can be seen where a characters face once was ### (Spoiler)
It's a decent read. Not too much is going on, I had expected a more, Raiders of the Lost Ark approach, with boulder chases and booby traps, but nothing like that was present. Despite that, the book was still decent and I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to any fans of the Films.