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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (TM) Hardcover – May 20, 2008

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"If you're an Indy fan, you won't be able to put this down." Love it! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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About James Rollins

JAMES ROLLINS is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. Known for unveiling unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets, Rollins' knack for breakneck pacing and stunning originality has been hailed by critics and embraced by scores of millions of readers around the world.

The Critics Rave

The New York Times says that his "roguish charm comes from his efforts to persuade readers the story is credible [through] real-life sources for his novel's science, history and geography." Rollins' rare blend of action, suspense, and knowledge was also mentioned by the Huffington Post, which stated that "After Crichton passed away in 2008 he clearly passed the baton to James Rollins, who like Crichton, is a renaissance man."

NPR calls his work "adventurous and enormously engrossing..." and the New York Journal of Books had this to say: "If you're a fan of smart, entertaining adventure fiction, this is your summer beach read writ large....All the science, all the history, and all the locations are masterfully intertwined. The characters are multi-dimensional. And the story is, well, a corker."

The Story Teller's Story

As a boy immersed in the scientific adventures of Doc Savage, the wonders of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, and pulps such as The Shadow, The Spider, and The Avenger, James Rollins decided he wanted to be a writer. He honed his storytelling skills early, spinning elaborate tales that were often at the heart of pranks played on his brothers and sisters.

Before he would set heroes and villains on harrowing adventures, Rollins embarked on a career in veterinary medicine, graduating from the University of Missouri and establishing a successful veterinary practice. This hands-on knowledge of medicine and science helps shape the research and scientific speculation that set James Rollins books apart.

Explosive Page-Turning Adventures

The exotic locales of James Rollins novels have emerged as a hybrid between imagination, research, and his extensive travels throughout the United States and Europe, as well as New Zealand, the South Pacific, China, Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, and South America. Recent jaunts include book tours and stops across the country and several European nations to give talks, seminars, and media interviews. In recent years, much of James' travel has involved meeting readers in small and large groups, at writing and fan conferences, and even aboard seagoing "seminars." James' mentoring and coaching skills have made him a sought after writing instructor and guest speaker for workshops, symposia, conventions, and other forums throughout the country.

James Rollins is the author of nine thrillers in the bestselling Sigma Force series (Sandstorm, Map of Bones, Black Order, The Judas Strain, The Last Oracle, The Doomsday Key, The Devil Colony, Bloodline, and The Eye of God); six individual adventure thrillers; and the Jake Ransom middle grade series (Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow, Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx.)

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Product Details

  • Series: Indiana Jones
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (May 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345501284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345501288
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ellen VINE VOICE on May 25, 2008
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Indiana Jones has become a larger than life hero in terms of American films. He's been missed for a long time. I know they were waiting for just the right version of the script, and then when announcements were made about the film, most of us couldn't wait -
When I saw that the novelization of the movie was being co-launched at the time of movie opening, I did a WOW - when I saw it was James Rollins, I knew it was going to be great, and in my opinion, this book delivers everything an Indy fan could ask for.
I am going to see the movie tomorrow, but the book was written in such detail it was like a movie in your mind. James Rollins, whose Sigma Force is a wonderful book series, knows how to make magic and adventure. George Lucas selected well by Rollins.
The reunion between Indiana and Marian from the 1st and the best of the series was great and believeably handled...as far as a situation dealing with Indiana Jones is concerned. Mutt, a young man, Marian's son, soon proves himself to be quite the adventurer.
They deal with Communists who are trying to control ancient crystal skulls, and the plot deals with the conflict and mistrust of persons in the 1950's where Communists were being looked for all over - even in the entertainment industry, and all walks of life.
I found this novelization to be a wonderful addition to the Indiana Jones legend. I look forward to the next Sigma Force book, as one of my favorite character's life is up in the air -
There are some folks who are not into Indiana Jones, and don't like that he has aged - but the fact that a lot of us care for the character and will have a lot of fun with this installment.
Well written and I put the cart before the horse and read the book before seeing the movie, but feel it will be a great accompanyment to the experience.
James Rollins did a great job. Think you will enjoy the book too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Edwards VINE VOICE on June 26, 2008
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I was unbelievably excited when I heard that the 4th Indy movie was going to happen--this time for sure...but like many, I was a bit worried due to what the Star Wars prequels turned out to be like, that somehow, someway George Lucas would manage to screw this one up, too. I am happy to say that Crystal Skull is in every way a fantastic yarn every bit in the vein of the original trilogy.

I was equally excited when I found out (from James Rollins himself) that he had been tapped to novelize the screenplay. James is if nothing else an accomplished author who you can tell simply LOVES adventure tales and Indiana Jones in particular--reading any number of his books will tell you that. He even has a VERY Indiana Jones-like character in 'Sandstorm' named Omaha Dunn, which sounds a bit like Indy, don't ya think? Call it James' way of a tribute to one of the big screen's greatest action heroes. I seriously doubt when James wrote 'Sandstorm' that this opportunity to write an Indiana Jones novel would EVER come to pass, and yet it did and we are all fortunate as a result.

There are roughly 4-5 additional scenes in the novel that were not in the movie, and a couple major scenes are in the opening chapters of the book. James gives us the background for HOW Indy and his partner end up in the hands of Soviet agents at Area 51. I like the entire tie-in with Area 51 to be honest...it seems to fit in perfectly with the whole Indiana Jones history quite well, and of course Rollin's rides this wave as far as it'll take him and us, and lucky for us we go FAR.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. Kerven on May 25, 2008
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I guess I can say that I'm glad this book was able to explain for me some of the finer details in the overly-obtuse plot that plagued the movie. I recommend seeing the movie first, and then reading this book. I went into the movie with low expectations and was still slightly disappointed, but I suspect that if the movie had played out exactly as this book is written, it would have been a lost less painful to watch.

All said, I'm more satisfied with the book than the movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Beckham on December 25, 2008
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It's something of a cliché to say that any novel is better than the movie made from it. However, when you consider that this Audio CD is really a novelization based on the script of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, then how good the movie could've been really jumps out at you.

Living in Southern California, I spend a lot of time sitting on freeways. (Notice I didn't say "driving" on freeways.) To make the time lost in rush hour traffic more palatable, I've got a ton of Audio CD's that save me from boredom or the horrors of talk radio.

One of my latest acquisitions was James Rollins' adaptation of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Read by L.J. Ganser, I almost liked it more than the movie.

As with any book, you get more of the "back story" usually based on the internal monologue of the characters. Here you get a lot more. While the movie starts with the break-in at Area 51, Rollins starts his book by answering the question, "how exactly did Indy end up in that trunk?"

In addition you learn what the relationship between Oxley and Marion is and why it estranged Indy from both of them for years. It makes the story of Mutt's relationship with "Ox" more believable. And it even explains why Oxley would retrieve the skull, go all the way to Akator, then turn right around and put it back where he found it, something that was just a little bit vague to me after only having seen the movie.
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