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Some great Indy moments followed by lots of awkward rubbish.
on 23 September 2014
1926. At the request of Marcus Brody, Professor Indiana Jones travels to South America with his lover Deirdre Campbell to search for the lost British explorer Colonel Fawcett. His search will lead him into conflict with gangsters, a jealous rival Professor and cannibalistic natives, before he finally finds a mysterious lost civilisation deep in the Brazilian jungles.
The beginning of this book is excellent, with Indy encountering ancient perils whilst trapped within a mysterious temple in the jungles of Guatemala. It really captured the feel of Doctor Jones' big screen adventures, particularly 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'. Later scenes sporadically also recapture that feeling and a scene aboard cable cars above Rio was reminiscent of James Bond, who is Indy's spiritual predecessor.
Deirdre rapidly becomes tedious and one-dimensional, as does her relationship with Indy. The discovery of the lost civilisation was a great disappointment to me too. Don't get me wrong, MacGregor has done a great job of fleshing out the backstory and society of the city of Ceiba but it sits so badly with Indiana Jones' adventures as to be constantly jarring. The death of a major character in Indy's life is handled very briefly and pretty badly (think of Cyclops' death in 'X-Men 3'). Perhaps the worst crime of this book is that, after you've read through all the awkward clashing of genres, Indy loses his memory of everything that happened. It cheats Indy of any character development he's gained throughout the adventure and it cheats you as the reader. The book may as well have ended with 'Then he woke up and realised it was all a dream'.