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Exciting every time,
This review is from: The Red Sea Sharks (The Adventures of Tintin) (Paperback)
This book is definitely the best of the Tintin series, and could even be my all-time favourite graphic novel. Believe me, I've read a few as well.
Herge's novels are never boring. Even when Tintin, Captain Haddock or any of their comrades aren't in peril, there's something to amuse or amaze in there. But The Red Sea Sharks takes it to a new level.
Tintin always seems to stumble upon adventure in the most ordinary places. In this case, it begins in front of a movie theatre, and running into old friend General Alcazar. Next comes a misplaced wallet that can't be returned and the reappearance of the endlessly impish Prince Abdullah (son of the Emir of Khemed) at Marlinspike Hall. But then things go from trying to chilling when Tintin finds out that General Alcazar was in Europe buying up military hardware from an illicit supplier. Tintin is compelled to intervene when this supplier helps to back a coup in Khemed and the Emir goes into hiding.
It's everything you expect from a Tintin novel; laughs take the form of such things as Abdullah's practical jokes, Captain Haddock's attempt at horse-riding, Snowy stealing dinner from a cheetah and a confusion of orders leading to rebel pilots firing on their troops. But it's the exciting parts that win me over. You could swear you're watching a movie rather than reading a book. The book shifts through a plane crash, a flight through the desert, an aerial attack in the middle of the sea, the exposure of a shocking illicit trade in human lives, and it all finally climaxes in a nail-biting cat-and-mouse chase between an old freighter and a lethal submarine.
Buy it. You shall not be disappointed.