Just in time for the May 22 theatrical release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull come these novelizations of the first three installments of one of the greatest film franchises in history. Each includes an 8-page full-color insert of scenes from the film.


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- Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, by Ryder Windham- There are 4 main characters in this book, Indiana Jones, Marion Ravenwood, René Belloq, and Major Toht.- Indiana Jones is an archaeologist as well as a Professor of Archaeology at the fictional Marshall College in Bedford, Connecticut. Indiana is the main protagonist of the story. Indiana is constantly on the run from those who wish to sabotage his archaeological plans and discoveries or from those who wish to end his life. Durin - Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, by Ryder Windham- There are 4 main characters in this book, Indiana Jones, Marion Ravenwood, René Belloq, and Major Toht.- Indiana Jones is an archaeologist as well as a Professor of Archaeology at the fictional Marshall College in Bedford, Connecticut. Indiana is the main protagonist of the story. Indiana is constantly on the run from those who wish to sabotage his archaeological plans and discoveries or from those who wish to end his life. During his various ventures across the globe, Indy reconciles with old friends, makes new friends, and finds new enemies. - Marion Ravenwood is a tough, self-reliant woman who is unintimidated by men and is able to take care of herself when the situation demands it. Surprised to see Indiana Jones years after he abandoned her and their relationship, she is unwillingly forced to tag along on Indiana’s quests after a bar she owned in rural Asia was burned by Nazi treasure hunters.- René Belloq was a French archaeologist who rivaled Indiana Jones. René is one of the antagonists of the story. He constantly made efforts to sabotage Indiana’s findings and was successful in stealing Indiana’s treasures many times. He was hired as a mercenary by Nazi treasure hunters and he worked for the Nazis to look for the same artifact that Indiana Jones sought.- Major Toht was a Gestapo agent part of the Nazi treasure hunting team. He was a sadistic psychopath and was extremely loyal to Adolf Hitler. Toht was the main antagonist of the story. He was a quiet man, rarely speaking unless he was torturing another character or intimidating another character. - The story is set in 1936, a few years before the start of World War II. A team of Nazi treasure hunters led by Major Toht watch over Indiana Jones when he reconciles with an old friend by the name of Marion Ravenwood. The Nazis had evidence that Ravenwood possessed a headpiece capable of pinpointing the location of the Ark of the Covenant, a biblical artifact supposedly used by the ancient Hebrews to carry the Ten Commandments on their march to their Promised Land. If Indiana could locate the Ark using Marion’s headpiece and give it to the U.S. government for extensive examination, all may go well, but if the Nazis find the Ark of the Covenant first, they could harness its power to gain a massive advantage in the ensuing World War.- The main conflict of the story was about Indiana, Marion, and the rest of his friends beating Major Toht’s team of hunters to the Ark of the Covenant. Despite the fact that the Nazis acquired the Ark, the mysterious spirits that were emitted from the Ark upon opening had the ability to send anyone into the afterlife if the people happen to look at the spirits. Not knowing this serious fact, this put the Nazis’ lives in grave danger. - I enjoyed this book as I had knowledge about the stories of Indiana Jones. Since this book was written after the Indiana Jones film of the same name, it was easy for me to follow along the story as I had previously watched the movie when I was much younger. Adapting an adventure movie to a book has many advantages, and one was the fact that the author could further explain key plot points or give the characters in the story more development. Reading the book always kept me remembering about the parts that came next in the story, and it was a great feeling because it reminded me of my first time watching Raiders of the Lost Ark. ...more
It’s a YA novelization so, is it a paragon of English literature? No. But it’s one of the better YA novelizations out there. It’s accurate, the tone and characters ring true, and the humor and intensity remains largely genuine. A good recommend to any YA readers either already fans of or looking to get into Indiana Jones.
Indiana Jones by Ryder Windham was a great book. I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars because it had a lot of great things. The 3 reasons this book was 4 stars was it had good character development, it was a fast paced book that kept me on the edge of my seat, and described each event like I was there.The 1st reason this book was good was that the characters developed throughout the story. Indy needed help to get a treasure that was stolen from him and the only person was his ex-girlfriend. Indy Indiana Jones by Ryder Windham was a great book. I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars because it had a lot of great things. The 3 reasons this book was 4 stars was it had good character development, it was a fast paced book that kept me on the edge of my seat, and described each event like I was there.The 1st reason this book was good was that the characters developed throughout the story. Indy needed help to get a treasure that was stolen from him and the only person was his ex-girlfriend. Indy learned how work with her and later on in the book they start to get that fired they once had. Marion hated his guts for what he did and started to like him as they work together. Also Indy"s partner Sallah turned on him in the very beginning of the story and worked for Indy"s arch nemesis. The next reason I gave this book a 4 was that it had a great pace. During the book it kept a good consistent pace, and had me wanting to read more. The book kept jumping from event to event leaving me wondering what was going to happen next. Windham did a great job of leaving me in suspense during the whole book. When one entertaining event got done another started on the same page.The final reason this book was good was that it gave good descriptions of the events that took place. During the event that were taking place I really felt that I was in the book when I was reading. I could picture what clothes they were wearing, where they were at, and how they were doing it. When Indy and Marion were in the market in Nepal I could picture what every single person was wearing. I could also see how he fought the big plane worker and how he got his head sliced off my a plane propeller.As you can see the reasons here provide good information on why I gave the book a 4 out of 5. I would recommend this book to adventurous people that like these types of books. I am excited to read the remaining books in this series to find out what happens. ...more
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Looking for the lost ark is a great adventure, if you haven't read it, pick it up. How many people, I wonder, wanted to be archaeologists after meeting professor Indiana Jones, Looking for the lost ark is a great adventure, if you haven"t read it, pick it up. How many people, I wonder, wanted to be archaeologists after meeting professor Indiana Jones, ...more
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Read by Will LutzThe Raiders of the Lost Ark again has the famous Indiana Jones on another one of his adventures. It is a very easy read. I would also recommend it to someone.