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Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi (Indiana Jones, No. 1) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1991
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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.
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.
Critters (i.e. snakes, bugs, rats...), NO.
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.Read more ›
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The book felt just like an Indiana Jones movie. The book shows a younger Indiana Jones as he goes on an adventure while in college. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Loved the first 3 movies; therefore, unfortunately my expectations were too high. So this book left me flat once I finished it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jeffrey Sandoz
Glad amazon had this item in stock so i can go on another adventure with Indiana Jones and see what he finds and who he runs into.Published on January 15, 2014 by paulusmc
when will all of the Indiana Jones novels become available for kindle? when these books were first published they weren't promoted like they should have been - given them a second... Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Thunderball302
I did not enjoy this book as much as I hoped I would. When you say Indiana Jones, you think of words such as adventure or action-packed, or at least I do. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by ShayneDolo
If you didn't need this book as a setup for the next one then I would say skip it. The next book is better so if you want to read the whole series then I'm afraid you need to... Read morePublished on May 18, 2010 by D. L. Haynes
Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi is the first of twelve Indiana Jones novels published in the 1990s. Read morePublished on October 20, 2009 by Fan of Time-Life Books