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Indiana Jones and the Philosopher's Stone Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1995
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The first book in the series, "Of Grave Concern," was launched in July 2013 at the Boot Hill Museum Complex in Dodge City, Kansas. The novel is set in 1877 in Dodge City and surroundings. It was named a 2014 Notable Book by the State Library of Kansas.
"The Spirit is Willing," the second book in the Ophelia Wylde paranormal mystery series, was released in July 2014.
McCoy is also known for his dark and offbeat westerns (which have been described as "western noir") and his original Indiana Jones adventures for Bantam and licensed by Lucasfilm.
He won the Spur award for best novel in 2008 from the Western Writers of America for "Hellfire Canyon." It's the story of a 13-year-old boy and his mother who walk across Missouri during the Civil War and become part of the gang led by Alf Bolin, the notorious Ozark serial killer. "Hellfire Canyon" was also named a Kansas 2008 Notable Book.
In 2011, the third book in the "Hellfire" trilogy, "Damnation Road," also won a Spur. McCoy is the author of many other books, including the novelization of Steven Spielberg's epic miniseries, "Into the West."
His fiction debut, "The Sixth Rider," about the 1892 raid on Coffeyville's banks by the Dalton Gang, was published by Doubleday and won the Spur/Medicine Pipe Award for Best First Novel from Western Writers.
USA Today has described his writing as "powerful." In addition to westerns and historical fiction, McCoy also writes contemporary adventures. Publishers Weekly called his novel, "The Moon Pool," an "intelligent thriller... tightly drawn characters, a vile villain and a satisfying, thought-provoking conclusion make this a compelling read."
McCoy grew up in Baxter Springs and most of his books are set in Kansas or Missouri. He began his career in journalism at the Pittsburg Morning Sun and writing for pulp magazines such as "True Detective" and "Front-Page Detective." As investigative writer for The Joplin Globe, he won first-place awards in investigative journalism for his stories on serial killers and hate groups.
McCoy's an associate professor at Emporia State University at Emporia, Kansas, and director of the Tallgrass Writing Workshop.
Top Customer Reviews
1. The opening sequence was, I feel, meant to mimic the opening of Raiders in an attempt at a tie-in - Maybe Indy doesn't have much luck at procuring Skull Artifacts? But unfortunately it felt more like jungle re-tread than new territory.
2. Evidently Indiana Jones can't find anyone but Redheads to fall for. This seems to be a common thread amongst all three Authors of this series. I mean, I like a good Redhead as much as the next guy, but come on! Not to mention I felt that McCoy was trying too hard to make Alecia Dunstin an independent, free-willed type rather than a three-dimensional character.
3. I really liked the Sarducci character and felt that he was a good solid character with plenty of background, etc. But Alistair Dunstin was cardboard at best. He was really a disappointment after waiting the entire novel to meet him. Not to mention the fact that McCoy foreshadowed him too much. You knew what he was going to do before he did.
4. The book just ended. I can't really say that I appreciate books that just end. Even though the next book, Indiana Jones and the Dinosaur Eggs, pretty well picks up where Philosopher's Stone leaves off, the book built you up until the end and then just kind of petered out in a Deus Ex Machination. On a side note, Alistair Dunstin's last act, in an attempt at repentance, was lame at best and most definitely out of character.
As I said before, overall it is a good book. If you are an Indiana Jones fan and a fan of the books in particular, I would definitely recommend this book. It will entertain you for the few hours it takes to read it.
Despite the obvious trappings of the film formula, McCoy does a really wonderful job with dialogue and in extending the character to consider realworld issues of the day like rationalizing the esoteric nature of his adventurous lifestyle during the Great Depression. He is often held in disdain by fellow archaeologists and is disheartened when he is not recognized, or when the head of Princeton calls his bluff and fires him. The alchemist element is original as is McCoy's choice of fascist fliers over Nazis.Read more ›
I picked up INDIANA JONES AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE because I had already read INDIANA JONES AND THE DINOSAUR EGGS which is the second book in the series of four Indiana Jones books by Max McCoy. Each of McCoy's books are tied together through the beginning as Indy searches, finds, and has a crystal skull stolen from him time after time.
As both an Indiana Jones story and an adventure story, INDIANA JONES AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE was average. The opening sequence seemed like it was almost copied directly from the opening sequence of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and the there were parts towards the end of the novel that are similar to parts of INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM. I liked the character of Alecia Dunstin, but she didn't seem very developed in this story. The ending felt rushed with hardly any sense of closer. However, I did really enjoy the sequence where Indy goes for a ride aboard and Italian 1930's dirigible.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My absolute favorite novel of the series. The story is brilliant, the characters are great and the villains are excellent. I just wish it was longer.Published 4 months ago by AptReader
This could be considered a review for the entire series of Indiana Jones novels, of which I have read several. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nicholas Marino
Best Indiana book I've read!!! Full of plot twists and fascinating lore of alchemy. Highly recommended!Published 10 months ago by Dr. Bloom
Good Indiana Jones story. When I read a paperback within a Week during lunch breaks, I know I enjoyed it.
Instead of NAZI's, Jones has to contend with Mussulini goons. Read more
With Rob MacGregor and Martin Caidin's reign over the Indiana Jones spin-offs finished author Max McCoy picks up and changes the game a bit. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Inspector Gadget
yup this book lives up to its title with Indiana Jones going to find the Philosopher's Stone it has some old friends that we remember and new ones learn about.Published on January 15, 2014 by paulusmc
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