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Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi (Indiana Jones, No. 1) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1991

3.8 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Indiana Jones Series

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From the Back Cover

For sixteen centuries the Order of Pythis has awaited the reappearance of the ancient oracle of sacred knowledge of Delphi. An earthquake, rending the earth beneath the ruins, has now heralded her return. Dorian Belecamus, a beautiful and bewitching archaeology professor, sees an opportunity to do more than dig into the past: This is her chance to seize control of her country's future--by becoming the Oracle of Delphi! And she's found just the man to help her consummate her scheme. He's brash, he's reckless, and he's fallen under her spell. His name: Indiana Jones.

About the Author

Rob MacGregor is an Edgar-winning author who has been on the New York Times bestseller list. He is the author of seventeen novels, ten nonfiction books, and numerous magazine and newspaper articles. In addition to writing his own novels, he has teemed with George Lucas, Peter Benchly, and Billy Dee Williams.
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Product Details

  • Series: Indiana Jones, No. 1
  • Mass Market Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (January 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553289314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553289312
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thought Peril at Delphi was a good beginning to the novel series that fills in the blanks of what happens in Indy's life between where the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles TV series left off and the Raiders of the Lost Ark begins. It's fast-paced, interesting and stays true to the Indy that we all know and love. However we must remember while reading this book that Indy is still young and not as worldly or battle-hardened as he is in the Movies. That's what I think is really special about the Rob McGregor novels. He lets us see the events and cicumstances that shape Indy into the gritty, Harrison Ford character of later adventures. Peril at Dephi is a must-read for all Indy fans.
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By A Customer on August 9, 1999
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This isn't the best introduction to the world of Indy novels. Obviously, Indy of 1922 wouldn't get to see as much action as Indy of the 1930's, but still... The book seemed to be focused more on politics and intrigue than the archeology. The visions Indy gets when holding the Omphalos, though, are a nice touch. Be sure to read my reviews of Dance of the Giants, Seven Veils, Genesis Deluge, Unicorn's Legacy, Interior World, Sky Pirates(coming soon), Philosopher's Stone, Dinosaur Eggs, and Secret of the Sphinx.
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The level of authorship for this work is middle of the road. It was fun reading about the further adventures of an American icon, but the prose was mediocre at best. Compare it to the novelizations of the films, where the narrative immediately draws you into the familiar world of late 30s to mid 40s US and the world at large. The books based on the films are orders of magnitudes higher in quality than this new set of adventures.

The answer is obvious, the writers hired to bring the films to the published format were simply better than the authors hired for this series. I read the first three or so and then quit when I read Indy uttering British idioms.

The then "new" Indiana Jones adventures published in novel form are about on par with the Bantam series of Star Trek novels that appeared in the 70s; some are decent, others are a little trying.

As I recall this book starts off with some kind of artistic political statement on Indy's part that seems rather lacking in planning and execution, and doesn't seem to tie in with the rest of the story's narrative.

Do yourself a favor, and read the novelizations of the films, then pick up this book or one of the other novels and see if I'm wrong.
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By A Customer on March 8, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This first of the Indy novels is, so far, my favorite. I do have to say that I put it down after reading the first half. It just didn't have the Indiana Jones "feel" to it. But when I eventually started reading it again, the last half had more than enough of that "feel". It was terrific. Wish I would have kept reading the first time.
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Not as good as the original movies, but way better than any of the young Indiana Jones TV series. It's not perfect, but still fun. So if your not too critical, you will enjoy it. The first five chapters seem pointless at first, but the rest of the book makes up for it.

There are a few parts that seem kind of salacious, but if you think it about they're really not much worse than the sensual scenes in any of the movies. They just seem more erotic only because the book has to go into more detail. A quick movie scene only suggests the characters are about to have sex or just had sex, whereas the book has to spell it out for you. For this reason I wouldn't suggest it for readers under 13 years old.

Classic Indi elements present:
Fedora and whip, OF COURSE.
Chase scenes, YES.
Artifact (i.e. ark, stones, grail...), YES, but doesn't really come into play until late in the book.
Female counterpart: YES.
Nazis, NO.
Critters (i.e. snakes, bugs, rats...), NO.
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I've been collecting this series now for a while and the books by Mr. Macgregor are my favorites. This book really fits in nicely to the Indiana Jones universe and adds a little more backstory about why and how Indy became a professor.
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Okay so just so everyone knows this will be a spoiler free review so no need to worry about spoilers. Indiana Jones and the Peril At Delphi is the first of 12 novels that are canon prequels to Raiders of The Lost Ark (with the exception of 12 which is a prequel to Kingdom of The Crystal Skull) and fill in the blanks of what happened before Raiders. This novels starts off in 1922 and Indiana Jones is 23 and has just graduated college with a degree in linguistics. He has moved to Paris, France to continue his education and gain a higher degree in linguistics when he becomes smitten by his extremely intelligent and gorgeous history professor Dorian Belecamus. Dorian approaches Indy with the chance of a lifetime, to accompany her on an archaeological dig in Delphi, Greece to uncover a tablet of unspeakable value. Indy is reluctant because archaeology isn't even his field of study and he has absolutely no experience in archaeology whatsoever. However since he has become smitten with her, he agree and the adventure begins.
So I want to make clear that this novel is not like Raiders of The Lost Ark or really any of the Indiana Jones films at all. The reason is that Indy is young in this novel and very naive. In fact in this novel he had only had one real girlfriend before he becomes smitten with Dorian. His experiences in love, adventure, and really anything else for that matter is very much lacking. The only real skill that Indy has is his proficiency with a bullwhip. However don't assume that because Indy is young this is a children's novel. In fact this novel is written very much for adults and has many adult themes (including sex scenes). The thing is that the Indiana Jones of 1922 is less experienced than the Indiana Jones of 1935 when we first meet him in Raiders of The Lost Ark.
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