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5.0 out of 5 stars At long last, Professor Calculus shows up to help Tintin
Make sure you read the previous Tintin Adventure, "The Secret of the Unicorn," otherwise you will really not know all about the background on Red Racham's Treasure," despite the fact Hergé offers a bit of a recapitulation in the form of a conversation overhead in a bar. The main thing is that having collected all the clues regarding the titular treasure, Tintin...
Published on 16 Nov 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars billions of blue bilious blistering barnacles
an average outing for the crazily-trousered cockatoo-quiffed peter pan of belgium boy's own.
this features the first appearance of professor calculus. calculus has developed a shark shaped submersible, which he insists the captain will need on his quest to locate red rackham's treasure. the captain's frustration at his inability to get rid of professor calculus...
Published on 17 Sep 2000


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4.0 out of 5 stars The one that introduces Calculus, 12 Oct 2010
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Later in the Castafiore Emerald, Hergé would write an interesting Tintin story which goes through the motions of a typical Tintin adventure, but in reality nothing criminal actually occurs. Red Rackham's Treasure, the rather disappointing conclusion to the adventure that started in Secret of the Unicorn (both stories combined due to appear on the screen in a film by Steven Spielberg), is rather similar in that, after a terrific set-up, nothing really happens, and the potential is not really followed through. There are nonetheless important events that occur that are to have a major impact on the direction of the series and other pleasures to be found in Red Rackham's Treasure.

Red Rackham's Treasure even opens with one of those incidents that usually promise intrigue - a conversation between two dock workers about the journey to discover secret treasure being organised by Tintin and Captain Haddock that is overheard by an inquisitive eavesdropper. The "spy" however turns out to be nothing more than a journalist who reports the story in his newspaper. While the usual Tintin exploits are avoided here (the secrecy and espionage leaks surrounding the subsequent Moon adventure, for example, have rather more serious consequences), the set-up at the start is followed through since the news brings Professor Calculus and his shark-proof submarine onto the journey, and the tables are turned through Calculus on the reporter in a neat symmetrical manner at the end of the adventure.

The escape of Max Bird and rumours of his sighting near the exploration ship however are not followed-up, and the actual search for treasure consequently turns out to be rather uneventful. In place of intrigue however, there is more than enough going on with the exoticism of the locations, including a mysterious treasure island that still amusingly bears signs of the landing of Sir Francis Haddock there several centuries previously. Best of all however are the underwater sequences, the clear-line artwork of the wreck of the Unicorn, with sharks all around, simply magnificently rendered (as seen in the memorable cover for this book).

What Red Rackham's Treasure lacks in terms of adventure and intrigue however, it makes up in how each of the growing cast of characters find their places in the Tintin universe, the role that Calculus and the Thomsons play being defined as having a significant and often amusing role, while at the same time helping everything come together in unexpected ways. Most significantly, Haddock's inheritance (Nestor included in the package that comes with Marlinspike Hall) ensures that the team are not short of funds for the subsequent adventures that span the globe and even beyond.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading material for your children...., 22 Nov 2007
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A. Cresswell "Bubblefish777" (london, UK) - See all my reviews
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If like me you're desperate to get your children to read more then The adventures of Tin-Tin are a good way to do this. My son's 11 and is a big fan. There's a huge base of these great books and I would thoroughly recommend them. They are totally innocuous, so there's no worries about inappropriate language or situations, not that I'm being unrealistic as 5 mins on an xbox360 seems to give children more exposure to societies less pleasant side than anyone really needs, but strangely enough children seem to enjoy a simplistic fantasy story of one boy and his dog.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... this book as a present seemed to be very happy with it, 25 July 2014
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I can only say that the person who received this book as a present seemed to be very happy with it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Giant is right!, 9 Feb 2013
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I knew this would be a bigger version of the standard books but it really is BIG! I think it's beautful with good quality paper and solid binding with strong covers. You can totally immerse yourself in the story with its vibrant colours and panels.
I only have the paperback versions of the Tintin books so this is a fantastic way to upgrade to the hardback ones! I have also bought the Secret of the Unicorn Giant book and hope they release more of these stories.
Love it!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter Cuthbert Calculus., 10 Dec 2012
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Sebastian Palmer "sebuteo" (Cambridge, England) - See all my reviews
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Tintin himself can sometimes verge on being too much of a goody-goody, which is what makes the irascible Capt. Haddock such a perfect foil. But page five of Red Rackham's Treasure introduces another lynchpin character to the Tintin fold, the inimitable Professor Cuthbert Calculus.

Presenting himself to Haddock and Tintin after Haddock sees off a string of Rackham's self-proclaimed heirs, Calculus' deafness provides not only great comedy, but the opportunity for him to insert himself into the saga despite our heroic duo's every effort to put him off. There's something heart-warmingly lovely about his irrepressibly dotty absent-minded positivity.

Setting out to sea in the Sirius, (a different looking version - better researched and realised - of Haddock's salty sea-dog pal Chester Thompson's ship, previously seen in The Shooting Star) Tintin, Haddock & co, inc. those dozy dolts Thompson and Thomson, set out to locate the island, the wreck of the Unicorn, and of course the treasure, indicated by the three scrolls of Red Rackham's Treasure.

Without giving away the twists and turns, suffice it do say that the story doesn't disappoint, delivering adventure and fun in equally well judged measures. Some highlights include: when things go awry for the Thomsons, such as when they chew quids of tobacco in an ill-fated attempt to blend in with the crew of the Sirius, or their misadventures with the pumping and diving apparatus; Calculus demonstrating his inventions (one frame on page eight in particular always has me in stitches); and Haddock, as he sits down in his diving suit after a vintage rum fuelled dive, sans helmet.

Having first appeared, in The Crab With The Golden Claws, as a drunken sot, more an annoying liability than a dependable sidekick, Haddock has now evolved into the more complementary 'yin' to Tintin's 'yang'. RRT is also, now literally as well as metaphorically, the 'making' of Capt. Haddock, because it's the adventure in which, without spoiling it for new readers, Haddock gets set up, in the happier sense of the phrase. By adventure's end, they really can all reflect that 'all's well that ends well'.

A great continuation and ending to a classic double-bill, from the heyday of Tintin. This pair was one of my early encounters with the whole Tintin experience, and a very happy one too. So, I'd definitely recommend these adventures as an ideal place for newbies to start.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars y3 book review, 26 Feb 2010
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Red rackems treasure is a fantastic book written by Herge.He is from Belgium.He has done lots of diffrent series of books.

This book is about Tintin,Captain Hadack and Snowy and for the first time in the history of the Tintin books Cawcules.As a team they find Red Rackems treasure(the pirates)treasure with the help of Cawcules sharck proof submarine.In the end they put it in the musium and evrey one likes it.

I liked the way that Cawcules is deaf and always says something diffrernt.The words Captan Hadeck uses are so funny like the word blue blistering banicewls.Herge makes up reallly exsiting words. I liked the character Snowy the dog because he is really sillly. I really enjoyed it.

In conclusion I think this book is brilliant.I recommend it to children who like adventure books and people who have enjoyed other Tintin books i give it 10/10 because it is really funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 July 2014
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Great book for kids and adults!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 15 Aug 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 Sep 2014
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Enjoyed book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 Aug 2014
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