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Indiana Jones, archeology professor and swashbuckling adventurer, has unearthed many an ancient treasure. But now the very future of the world depends on his finding one special relic. With a bullwhip in his hand and a beautiful lady at his side, Jones journeys from Nepal and Cairo to the Mediterranean, dodging poisons, traps and snakes, battling rivals old and new, all in Indiana Jones, archeology professor and swashbuckling adventurer, has unearthed many an ancient treasure. But now the very future of the world depends on his finding one special relic. With a bullwhip in his hand and a beautiful lady at his side, Jones journeys from Nepal and Cairo to the Mediterranean, dodging poisons, traps and snakes, battling rivals old and new, all in pursuit of an ancient artifact said to give invincible power to its possessor. It's a battle to a startling finish, a finish dictated by the magic, the light -- and the power -- of the Lost Ark.


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Indiana Jones, archeology professor and swashbuckling adventurer, has unearthed many an ancient treasure. But now the very future of the world depends on his finding one special relic. With a bullwhip in his hand and a beautiful lady at his side, Jones journeys from Nepal and Cairo to the Mediterranean, dodging poisons, traps and snakes, battling rivals old and new, all in Indiana Jones, archeology professor and swashbuckling adventurer, has unearthed many an ancient treasure. But now the very future of the world depends on his finding one special relic. With a bullwhip in his hand and a beautiful lady at his side, Jones journeys from Nepal and Cairo to the Mediterranean, dodging poisons, traps and snakes, battling rivals old and new, all in pursuit of an ancient artifact said to give invincible power to its possessor. It's a battle to a startling finish, a finish dictated by the magic, the light -- and the power -- of the Lost Ark.

30 review for Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karl

    Adapted from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan, Based on a story by George Lucas ans Philip Kaufman.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    **Mild but fun spoilers that shouldn't hurt your enjoyment of the book** This, the original novelization of Raiders of the Lost Ark, has to be one of the strangest movie-tie-ins I've ever read. I admit that I haven't read many novelizations, but I was always under the impression that they were meant to reflect the movie. The action should be the same, the plot should be the same, and even the dialogue, for the most part, should be the same. Any artistic license taken should be to fill in the main **Mild but fun spoilers that shouldn't hurt your enjoyment of the book** This, the original novelization of Raiders of the Lost Ark, has to be one of the strangest movie-tie-ins I've ever read. I admit that I haven't read many novelizations, but I was always under the impression that they were meant to reflect the movie. The action should be the same, the plot should be the same, and even the dialogue, for the most part, should be the same. Any artistic license taken should be to fill in the main character's thoughts and feelings, and possibly to expand upon a couple of scenes, to fill in gaps and nothing more. Campbell Black's version of Raiders of the Lost Ark does some of that -- enough to be recognizable as Raiders of the Lost Ark -- but it also breaks free of those bonds big time. Black reinvents entire scenes and adds new ones, alters dialogue completely or paraphrases freely, and goes so far in making the story his own that one wonders what he used as the blueprint for his version. It is so different that one might initially think Black had an early Lucas draft of the story to work with; but then he uses bits of dialogue that match the movie, suggesting that he might have used Lawrence Kasdan's screenplay as a guide (which is actually what is claimed in the book's frontispiece). Neither of these can account, however, for the presence of Indy's decision to kill the Arab swordsman. This, one of Raiders of the Lost Ark's most famous scenes, was concocted on set by Ford and Spielberg so that Harrison could finish early and recover from a bad case of dysentery. Yet there it is in Campbell Black's novelization, requiring that the movie was complete before Black wrote his version. It is true that Kasdan added the shooting scene to his screenplay post-production, but the complete movie must have been available as a guide for Black too, or at least knowledge of it, so why all the changes? Why is Campbell Black's Raiders of the Lost Ark so unfaithful? And is this the reason why a new novelization, called Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, appeared to coincide with the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? There is a story here, and I'd really like to learn what it is. Still, all my curiosity aside, the differences between the movie and Black's novelization make his version of Raiders of the Lost Ark worth a read. You remember that girl whose eyelids read "Love" and "You"? Well, her name is Susan, and she has a post-coital cuddling scene with Indy just before Marcus shows up at his house to tell him he's got the gig to find the Ark. Yep, Indy is a naughty professor. And if you like Belloq there is a whole lot more to enjoy. I think I am going to have to get the new version and see just how closely it adheres to the Lucas approved film. Something tells me there is nothing remotely as interesting as what Campbell Black did back in 1981. If you're a fan of Indiana Jones, especially Raiders of the Lost Ark, this is a companion piece well worth hunting down in your local used book store. Get it before they all disappear and you're stuck with "Raiders of the Lost Ark -- The Special Edition"...you know, the one where Han Solo shoots first [I know, I know...I got this backwards. See the comments for the full extent of my knobishness ;):].

  3. 4 out of 5

    Teo

    The… tall man in a leather jacket and a brimmed felt hat… who lead the group was called Indiana Jones. He was muscular in the way one might associate with an athlete not quite beyond his prime. He had several days’ growth of dirty blonde beard and streaks of dark sweat on a face that might once have been handsome in a facile, photogenic fashion. Now, though, there were tiny lines around his eyes, the corners of the mouth, changing the almost bland good looks into an expression of character, dept The… tall man in a leather jacket and a brimmed felt hat… who lead the group was called Indiana Jones. He was muscular in the way one might associate with an athlete not quite beyond his prime. He had several days’ growth of dirty blonde beard and streaks of dark sweat on a face that might once have been handsome in a facile, photogenic fashion. Now, though, there were tiny lines around his eyes, the corners of the mouth, changing the almost bland good looks into an expression of character, depth. It was as if the contours of his experience had begun, slowly, to define his appearance. - Campbell Black I think I may have gone too easy on other authors of the Indiana Jones novel franchise. Why? Because, simply stated, even the very first paragraph of Campbell Black’s novelization of the legendary film pretty much blows away anything the other authors – McCoy, MacGregor and Caidin (“others” from here on)– have written, at least regarding Indy. For a start, you have a description of Indy. An actual, real description of his physique and facial features, his outward appearance. All the other 3 novels I have read so far, one by each of the authors, had none. Indy was Indy. Of course, everyone knows the character, but that’s not the point. Beside the knowledge he carried a bullwhip, a Webley and a fedora, Indiana Jones was a blank face. Campbell Black corrects that, God bless him. Black is also several levels above the “others” in eloquence. Not only do you get a description of characters, but also the surroundings, locations. The author manages to paint pretty vivid pictures with his words, especially in the introductory scene in South America, where the jungle almost seems to come to life. Unfortunately, the opening chapter in South America is also the best written one, and the quality of the writing drops down a little as the story goes on. Of course, as most authors, Black has his “style” and you may notice the occurrence of certain forms and usage of a sequence of words. For example, Black likes to use this particular construction: “The [object/person/location] was [adjective 1], [adjective 2], [adjective 3]” as in “The jungle was darkly verdant, secretive, menacing.” Thankfully, it’s not overused to the point of it becoming a nuisance and mostly appears, again, in the opening chapter. Black is also several steps ahead of the “others” in pacing his story. While the “others” simply name a location and describe it with a few basic adjectives, and then have the characters simply walk through them, Black takes it to another level. In all the other novels, Indy was… in lack of better word, I’ll use “detached”. Meaning? He went somewhere, met someone, or did something, but it was all superficial – told only how it appeared on the outside. Like, “Indy got here, then he did that, then took this and finally went over there.” All the while you never had the idea of how Indy felt about what he did, i.e. not knowing what was going about inside his head. In “Raiders of Lost Ark” Indy reminisces many times. The author tells you what kind of emotional response or memories a certain event, location or object triggers in Indy. You could say, finally Indy has a soul. Or to be completely and utterly blunt, Campbell Black does proper character development; a thing so trivial, but apparently beyond the grasp of so many authors. In addition, you get a few extra scenes thrown in the book. Most are small flashbacks of past encounters with various characters such as the sneaky Frenchmen Belloq, or the break-up with Marion and the falling out with Abner Ravenwood. Several of the scenes were slightly altered, some cut (for example, the famous Arab Swordsman does not appear), and others that were present in the script, but haven’t made it to the film were re-introduced – like the one where you actually learn how Indy survived the submarine ride. And mind you, it’s waaaay manlier than anything you might have expected, haha! The bonus material mostly concerns Rene Belloq, though, and grants him a somewhat new and deeper persona that was missing in the film. He becomes not only a great villain, but a great villain likeable almost as much as the main protagonist. To conclude, Campbell Black’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” is how a proper novelization should be done, and an example of a great adventure novel. I can be only filled with regret at the fact Black wrote this and nothing more in the Indy series; if he decided to stick with it, maybe the novels would’ve been respectable instead of – let’s be honest – nothing more than generic Sunday afternoon reads. Rating: 8.5/10

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sean Chick

    This is the fourth movie novelization I have read (the others being Jaws 2, Scarface, and Alien) and one I never planned to read. The others had some odd selling points. Scarface was tight and trashy, Jaws 2 is legendary for being long, ignoring the film's plot, and some strikingly sharp writing. Alien is often considered a classic of this shabby format. Raiders of the Lost Ark though is not in the same league in a format that has a low bar. The plot of Raiders is apt for action films and comic b This is the fourth movie novelization I have read (the others being Jaws 2, Scarface, and Alien) and one I never planned to read. The others had some odd selling points. Scarface was tight and trashy, Jaws 2 is legendary for being long, ignoring the film's plot, and some strikingly sharp writing. Alien is often considered a classic of this shabby format. Raiders of the Lost Ark though is not in the same league in a format that has a low bar. The plot of Raiders is apt for action films and comic books, but only with a particular kind of writer will pulp like this work in novel form. Black is not that writer. He had moments though, and even underhanded meta commentary on the ridiculousness of certain situations. Yet, his main weakness is that his dialogue is, next to the actual script, flabby and forgettable. Internal thoughts, particularly by Belloq are good, and even Dietrich is a bit fleshed out. Sadly, it is Jones who comes across the most muddled, which made me long for the other POVs. Yet, its still Indiana Jones so I will give it an extra star.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    Of the Indy novelizations, Raiders of the Lost Ark is probably the most different from the final movie. Changes are inevitable since the author of the novel is writing from the script at the same time that the filmmakers are shooting from it and divergent paths arise that cannot be reconvened. Here, the character of Indiana Jones and the entire environment is darker and rougher than the familiar movie persona. The novel is a fun read for those willing to accept the differences and in some ways a Of the Indy novelizations, Raiders of the Lost Ark is probably the most different from the final movie. Changes are inevitable since the author of the novel is writing from the script at the same time that the filmmakers are shooting from it and divergent paths arise that cannot be reconvened. Here, the character of Indiana Jones and the entire environment is darker and rougher than the familiar movie persona. The novel is a fun read for those willing to accept the differences and in some ways an interesting way of studying the minor changes made on set or in the editing room that can dramatically change the entire feel of a story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dylan Jones

    I read only one Indiana Jones book before this one, and had a hard time liking it, but this one was really good. I like the fact that these books take place in the 1900s because it wouldn't have been as good if it was made in present times. One thing I didn't like was the fact that it was hard to get into. At the beginning of the book, I found it hard to get myself to read it like I do with other books. However, after a few chapters, I found it really appealing and couldn't get myself to stop. I I read only one Indiana Jones book before this one, and had a hard time liking it, but this one was really good. I like the fact that these books take place in the 1900s because it wouldn't have been as good if it was made in present times. One thing I didn't like was the fact that it was hard to get into. At the beginning of the book, I found it hard to get myself to read it like I do with other books. However, after a few chapters, I found it really appealing and couldn't get myself to stop. I suggest for you to read this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Jacob just decided to read this one day when he finished his superhero book. He is really into explosions and adventure genre right now..krb 1/24/17 He was a little worried to finish this book and not have another one to read after it. However, we found the 2nd and 3rd book in this series at a thrift store yesterday!!! He was over the moon happy...krb 2/1/17

  8. 5 out of 5

    Evan Bond

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It helped bridge the gap in certain scenes from the movie where vital information had been left out. And it's always fun getting inside the head of my all time favorite character. Some of the scenes are different from the movie, which is fine but makes me nostalgic. Like Marion not saying "I'm your god damned partner," which is one of my favorite lines from the movie. All in all, it gives a good look into the mind of Indy and you learn a little bit more about I really enjoyed reading this book. It helped bridge the gap in certain scenes from the movie where vital information had been left out. And it's always fun getting inside the head of my all time favorite character. Some of the scenes are different from the movie, which is fine but makes me nostalgic. Like Marion not saying "I'm your god damned partner," which is one of my favorite lines from the movie. All in all, it gives a good look into the mind of Indy and you learn a little bit more about characters and plot. Great and exciting read!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rich

    Great novelization. To the point but with more insight into the psyche of one of my favorite on-screen heroes.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michael Sigler

    Truly a 3 or at most 3.5 star book, but because its Indiana Jones, I had to bump it up. If you love novel where the dialogue is scant, but there are passages upon passages of internal dialogue always prefaced by "he thought" or "she thought", this is the book for you. The worst part is there is something missing from Black's writing of Indy, some lack of a soul or something I couldn't put my finger on... he just doesnt feel right. Most Star Wars authors get Han Solo correct, have down that perfe Truly a 3 or at most 3.5 star book, but because its Indiana Jones, I had to bump it up. If you love novel where the dialogue is scant, but there are passages upon passages of internal dialogue always prefaced by "he thought" or "she thought", this is the book for you. The worst part is there is something missing from Black's writing of Indy, some lack of a soul or something I couldn't put my finger on... he just doesnt feel right. Most Star Wars authors get Han Solo correct, have down that perfect Harrison Ford-ness that this book lacks.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Miloš & Brontë

    Miloš: I think that Indy on the submarine, he could have just jumped back into the water, and then he could have had his...umm...and then if he jumped onto a shark in the water, the shark could have just jumped back up and destroyed the submarine, and then they could have just went swimming and got into the place where Belloq and all the Nazis died. Papa: What the heck are you talking about? Are you rewriting Raiders? Miloš: No. No, I'm not rewriting Raiders. Papa: Then what are you doing? Miloš: I Miloš: I think that Indy on the submarine, he could have just jumped back into the water, and then he could have had his...umm...and then if he jumped onto a shark in the water, the shark could have just jumped back up and destroyed the submarine, and then they could have just went swimming and got into the place where Belloq and all the Nazis died. Papa: What the heck are you talking about? Are you rewriting Raiders? Miloš: No. No, I'm not rewriting Raiders. Papa: Then what are you doing? Miloš: I am JUST saying what I thought he could have done? Papa: Cool. So what did you like about the book though? Miloš: I liked that those sillies tied Marion and Indy on that thing because they tried to kill them, but they didn't die did they? Papa: Nope Miloš: And I also liked that in the car, Indy didn't really give up. He just kept trying and he did it. And I also liked that he fought the guy off, and he didn't go because he didn't want to get hit by the plane that Marion was moving. It was a really smart thing to not die. And also I like that the plane got destroyed and Indy saved Marion really quick and then Sallah found them. That's what I like about it. Okay Pa? Papa: Sounds good to me Loš.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Corey

    Indiana Jones is one of the many movie franchises I grew up watching, along with Star Wars, Batman, James Bond, and so on! Raiders of the Lost Ark is about Archeologist Indiana Jones who travels the world searching for long lost treasures or artifacts in the 1930's/40's and in the World War II Era. Armed with a Bullwhip, and wearing his trademark Fedora and brown leather jacket. He travels from Nepal to Cairo along with his on-off lady friend Marion Ravenwood, they team up to hunt down the Ark o Indiana Jones is one of the many movie franchises I grew up watching, along with Star Wars, Batman, James Bond, and so on! Raiders of the Lost Ark is about Archeologist Indiana Jones who travels the world searching for long lost treasures or artifacts in the 1930's/40's and in the World War II Era. Armed with a Bullwhip, and wearing his trademark Fedora and brown leather jacket. He travels from Nepal to Cairo along with his on-off lady friend Marion Ravenwood, they team up to hunt down the Ark of the Covenant, while also battling Nazis who are also searching for the lost Ark. Indy uses all his wits to track down the relic before they do. Packed with great action scenes, involving Indiana fighting through a large pit of rattlesnakes, (which for all of us who've seen the movies, we all know he hates snakes), a thrilling truck chase, and much more excitement! Indiana Jones gives adventure a new name and remains one of my all-time favorite movie series, have the whole set on DVD!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    A weak novelization. Although the South America sequence (the first part of the film) is handled well, the rest of the adaptation loses its momentum and is a pale reflection of the finished script and film. Obviously written from an early draft of the script, it has many discrepancies and leaves out much of the humor and adventure of the film. Very little extra information or insight into the characters and their background is found (like one finds in a few other novelizations of movie scripts).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    Yet another action movie that did not translate well into book form. Faithful to the movie but ho-hum.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tanner

    Indiana Jones and the raiders of the lost ark is about a University Professor by the name of Professor Jones. Professor Jones is also an archaeologist that explores ancient runes. Maily on christian mythology. In the first story. Professor Jones starts with a group of people from a local town, travel through a jungle to retrieve an ancient idol. But, after getting through all the traps, and the betrayal of two of his members, Professor Jones acquires the idol, and ended up giving it to a guy nam Indiana Jones and the raiders of the lost ark is about a University Professor by the name of Professor Jones. Professor Jones is also an archaeologist that explores ancient runes. Maily on christian mythology. In the first story. Professor Jones starts with a group of people from a local town, travel through a jungle to retrieve an ancient idol. But, after getting through all the traps, and the betrayal of two of his members, Professor Jones acquires the idol, and ended up giving it to a guy named Belloque. Whom, has an entire tribe of Natives that believe it's their god. Professor Jones does end up escaping Belloque and his tribe. The Story is set in 1936, right before WW2. Indiana Jones A.K.A Professor Jones, travels to a small town in Germany to visit his former lover, Marion, and daughter of Professor Jones Mentor. Indiana Jones hopefully finds a madollian, well, really more of a map to point him in the direction of The Lost Ark. A Christian Mythology that contains gods power. But, Indiana Jones isn't the only person after the Ark. He is in a race against Belloque and the Nazis. Whom are partnered. Indiana Jones and the help of his life long friend, Sallah, discover the map to the ark, and eventually, the final resting place for the Ark. But, Belloque and the nazis figure out where Indiana Jones and his friend were digging, take the ark, leaving Indiana Jones and Marion in the tomb locking them in there. If you are looking for a jam packed adventure of a book, look no further. This book is the first of the series. With more adventures and Fortune and Glory.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Willem van den Oever

    What ever happened to movie novelizations? In the 1980’s and 1990’s, they seemed to be a way to cash in on the success of action- and science fiction movies. But since then, the books have been replaced by video game adaptations, or simply by creating numerous sequel movies. Campbell Black’s adaptation of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” is one of these old school novelizations. Based on the Lawrence Kasdan-script, but probably still a rough draft of the story, it gave Black the freedom to explore the s What ever happened to movie novelizations? In the 1980’s and 1990’s, they seemed to be a way to cash in on the success of action- and science fiction movies. But since then, the books have been replaced by video game adaptations, or simply by creating numerous sequel movies. Campbell Black’s adaptation of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” is one of these old school novelizations. Based on the Lawrence Kasdan-script, but probably still a rough draft of the story, it gave Black the freedom to explore the story into other directions that the ones the final movie eventually took. And it’s interesting to see that same story split up and develop into two separate entities. Indy is a far more cruel man in Black’s version (Perhaps being inspired by the likes of James Bond, on whom George Lucas and Steven Spielberg based their character of Jones?) But Marion Ravenwood is little more than a swooning damsel in distress; luckily actress Karen Allen and Spielberg managed to bring far more character and strength to her role. By far the biggest difference is the dialogue. While Black’s pacing and descriptive powers are perfectly suited to the story, things start to crack hard and fast as soon as any character opens their mouth. Indiana Jones was never about subtlety, but the rambling of the characters in this book sinks below melodrama and into awkward territory. There is no denying that reading this alternate “Raiders” has interesting moments. Yet it’s impossible not to compare it to its movie counterpart and see how much it fades in comparison.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    After watching the film ( which became one of my favourite films ever) I decided to order a book. I expected it to be the same as the film, I expected it to have the same plot, be written interestingly and be as fascinating as the film. I got disappointed. Yes, the book has followed the plot of the film but it wasn't interesting to read (it is not because I have watched the film and know what is happening, it is because it was just a bit boringly written) and I really didn't really get caught by After watching the film ( which became one of my favourite films ever) I decided to order a book. I expected it to be the same as the film, I expected it to have the same plot, be written interestingly and be as fascinating as the film. I got disappointed. Yes, the book has followed the plot of the film but it wasn't interesting to read (it is not because I have watched the film and know what is happening, it is because it was just a bit boringly written) and I really didn't really get caught by the book (I can get quite often). I had finished the book but I was reading it without any interest. I have expected this book to be as fascinating as the film but I really did get disappointed. I really did expect to get more from this book because I usually enjoy books more than films and if the film is interesting that means that the book will be interesting too but it wasn't. I am not sure what is missing in the book, the plot is the same as in the film, I guess it is just wasn't written interestingly and it can't catch the readers attention. Well, myself I didn't get caught. Not sure if I recommend the book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rileyw

    the plot of this book was clear and flowing it was this because of the way they ordered the events. the plot was able to highlight strong events such as when he gets the idol from the temple thing. this book was an easy read the way the plot was able to be simplified.\ one cause and effect was when Indy wanted the broach and the girl had it so he found her then since he found her her place got burned down. another on is when Indy finds the ark so the Germans "lost" but that led to how he got trap the plot of this book was clear and flowing it was this because of the way they ordered the events. the plot was able to highlight strong events such as when he gets the idol from the temple thing. this book was an easy read the way the plot was able to be simplified.\ one cause and effect was when Indy wanted the broach and the girl had it so he found her then since he found her her place got burned down. another on is when Indy finds the ark so the Germans "lost" but that led to how he got trapped inside the cave thing where the ark was. this is just some of the things that are cause and effect but the ones that i showed were most important to me. this was a good overall book and a fun read but it was still some parts that i had a hard time understanding. this book has interested me in learning more of the history of the ark so i am glade i read it. this book was full of action and things that i like it was a great book and i can't wait to watch the movie.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Oliver Nizet

    This book starts in a jungle is South America in 1936. Indiana Jones, an explorer and professor, who is heading towards a temple to get a golden idol. He ends up dodging lots of deadly things such as poison arrows and grabs the idol. Then he triggers a trap. He escapes by running away from a huge stone ball that came crashing down at full speed. Rene Belloq, who is one of Indy’s enemies, steals the idol and then orders a group of Native Americans after Indy. Indy escapes back to the USA, where A This book starts in a jungle is South America in 1936. Indiana Jones, an explorer and professor, who is heading towards a temple to get a golden idol. He ends up dodging lots of deadly things such as poison arrows and grabs the idol. Then he triggers a trap. He escapes by running away from a huge stone ball that came crashing down at full speed. Rene Belloq, who is one of Indy’s enemies, steals the idol and then orders a group of Native Americans after Indy. Indy escapes back to the USA, where Army Intelligence officers are waiting for him at his university. They tell him about some Nazi archaeological activity near Cairo, which Indy determines to be the possible resting place of the Ark. The Ark is believed to carry an incredibly powerful energy that must not fall into Nazi hands. Indiana is immediately sent overseas, stopping in Nepal to pick up an old girlfriend who is his old professor's daughter. Then meets up in Cairo with his friend Sallah. There are poisonous snakes in the Ark's resting place, and that is one of the things Indy is super scared of. Belloq gets the ark, and Indy & Marion are determined to get it back. But Indy gets in a fight with a Nazi. After that, Marion ends up blowing up a plane and Now the Nazis must drive the Ark to Cairo, but Indy gets control of the Ark by destroying the vehicles one by one. Once again the Nazis recapture the Ark and they go to a Nazi-controlled island. There, Belloq opens the ark, and releases its power over all his men! I really enjoyed this book because it was very exciting and made me want to keep reading it. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes action packed books. Also, if you have seen any Indiana Jones movies or other adventure stories, you would like this novel. I personally love this book and I believe you will too if you read it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Martina Sanjaya

    This is an example where the movie is better than the book :) this book is what we call 'small coins' : simple, superficial, 'loud' (full of actions), but the words contained are not deep enough to convey proper excitement. While I love the movie, this book is barely decent to be published. If you hadn't watch the movie or read the book, please do yourself a favor. Steer away the book, just watch the movie. This is an example where the movie is better than the book :) this book is what we call 'small coins' : simple, superficial, 'loud' (full of actions), but the words contained are not deep enough to convey proper excitement. While I love the movie, this book is barely decent to be published. If you hadn't watch the movie or read the book, please do yourself a favor. Steer away the book, just watch the movie.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    What's not to like about a novelisation of one of the best films I've ever seen? Indiana Jones is locked in a race with Nazi artifact hunters trying to track down the Ark of the Covenant. Basically the movie plot, with a few extra (and interesting) scenes added for good measure. If you liked the movie, you'll like the book. What's not to like about a novelisation of one of the best films I've ever seen? Indiana Jones is locked in a race with Nazi artifact hunters trying to track down the Ark of the Covenant. Basically the movie plot, with a few extra (and interesting) scenes added for good measure. If you liked the movie, you'll like the book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Stroud

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I can’t forgive what this author did to the backstories of Marion and Indy... or just their characters in general. Indy was a pedophile and Marion was a typical helpless damsel throughout the story. She also whored herself out at a certain point? Then fell in love with Indy later? And Indy sleeps with his students?! Wtf?! The rest was okay, but there’s no making that up to me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Demsky

    I have thoroughly enjoyed the Indiana Jones books - find them so much fun to read - a treasure for all of us kids at heart that should be shared with everyone! I especially enjoyed the fact that they don't have to read in order! I have thoroughly enjoyed the Indiana Jones books - find them so much fun to read - a treasure for all of us kids at heart that should be shared with everyone! I especially enjoyed the fact that they don't have to read in order!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Paolo Calabrò

    A great retelling of the original story, and actually better in some regards since it expanded on secondary characters and events and gave context to many unexplained plot holes.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Myers

    One of those novelizations that are basically a direct copy of the script. It is nice that the author describes the scenes vividly.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Scott Inouye

    I watched the movie first and then I wanted to read this. I was surprised how close they are to the same. For example they have a lot of the exact same and close to the same dialogue.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Júlíus

    Avoid at all cost. This is not the Indiana you are looking for. Fake and tricksy this book is.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aydn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. hi

  29. 4 out of 5

    Paxton Holley

    Novelization of the movie. Lots of fun extra stuff.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    Good one

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