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on 18 February 2017
I purchased this book for my cousin who is 10 years old. Just make sure that this is the 2nd book to read as the Secret of the Unicorn should be read firstly.
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on 28 June 2017
my sons love it. very nice and quick delivery
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on 19 November 2013
If you are a Tintin fan, you will love this, as my 9 year old son did. Great gift idea too
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on 19 July 2015
As described
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on 7 August 2014
Great idea to do one for younger readers
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on 7 January 2016
excellent book for young readers
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on 14 October 2013
Red Rackham's Treasure is the thrilling conclusion to Hergé's tale of intrigue, treachery and pirate booty that began with The Secret of the Unicorn. Tintin and Captain Haddock had deciphered the three coded parchments that reveal the location of the Unicorn, a 17th century ship that was captained by Haddock's ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock. The Unicorn had been scuttled by Sir Francis Haddock during a fight with the pirate Red Rackham and Tintin and Captain Haddock believe that the pirate's treasure is still aboard the ship.

In Red Rackham's Treasure, Tintin and the Captain charter a ship so that they can go in search of the long lost treasure. Their expedition is complicated when news of their impending voyage is leaked to the press and numerous peculiar personages, each claiming to be a descendant of Red Rackham, present themselves and demand a share of the treasure. Fortunately, the press coverage does have one happy consequence: Tintin and Captain Haddock becomes acquainted with Professor Cuthbert Calculus, an eccentric inventor who proposes that they use his newly invented shark-shaped submarine during their search for the sunken Unicorn. The group, with Thomson and Thompson [still no relation] providing security in case of rival treasure hunters, then set sail towards riches and adventure.

Red Rackham's Treasure is another excellent Tintin book from Hergé. There is a great deal of excitement and derring-do in this story as the heroes venture underwater and to exotic locations in search of the treasure. The backgrounds here are more detailed than in The Secret of the Unicorn and so this book is a Hergé highpoint in terms of both art and story. It's all the more impressive since he based all of his location designs on pictures and newspaper stories rather than venturing from Belgium in search of settings. The underwater action is particularly fine; there is a great deal of tension related to the difficulties of maintaining an air supply and to the promise of treasure on the sea bed, as well as some delightful humour in the shape of a shark that takes a shine to the shark-shaped sub [try saying that several times in a row].

In fact, despite the old-fashioned adventure elements of the story, Red Rackham's Treasure is a very humorous story. Captain Haddock is on top form and his angry interactions with the alleged Red Rackham descendants and with Thomson and Thompson as well as with Professor Calculus are a sight to behold. The Haddock-inspired parrots are a hoot and a half too. This is the book that introduces Professor Calculus and this is another reason for it being a landmark in the Tintin series. Brilliant and befuddled Calculus is one of Hergé's greatest creations and, fortunately, plays a prominent role in future books.

Ultimately, Red Rackham's Treasure is a fine mix of adventure and humour with a good dash of classic detective work on the part of Tintin himself mixed in. This is the story that really marks the start of Hergé's renaissance as both an artist and a storyteller, and it sets the tone for the further excellent Tintin adventures that follow.
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on 16 November 2002
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 and Captain Haddock are prepared to go forth and find it. However, almost as important as the search for the treasure is our introduction to the final pivotal member of the Tintin family, as Professor Calculus offers the service of his small shark-proof submarine for exploring the ocean floor. Tintin refuses the offer, but it turns out that Professor Calculus always hears somkething other than what somebody is really saying. Adding to the fun are the Thom(p)sons, who come along with orders to protect Tintin. "Red Rackham's Treasure" is mostly a pure adventure story, with Tintin using the small submarine and a deep sea diving suit to look for the treasure of the Unicorn. But there is still some detective work left to be done to decipher the final cryptic clues left by Sir Francis Haddock concerning the treasure's location. I still like Hergé's two-part adventure that sent Tintin to the Moon, but this two-parter is not far behind. This is the last of the Tintin stories Hergé wrote during World War II, and after this point we will definitely see his stories become much more allegorical in terms of post-War Europe.
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on 10 April 2012
When my daughter first got this she was nearly crying in happiness, not even wild horses could stop he reading but knowing her she wanted the next on. These books are highly addictive and very useful this was the first time she was reading in months without being told I love the books myself and hope to find more.
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on 7 August 2015
“Red Rackham's Treasure” is the second part of a story arc began in “The Secret of the Unicorn”. I happen to think that “The Secret of the Unicorn” is one of the best Tintin adventures. The second part, while obviously necessary to tie up all the loose ends, is less good.

Too much slapstick involving Haddock, Thomson and Thompson…and surprisingly little real action. And then there's Calculus with his hearing impediment and bloody pendulum! Well, at least we learn how Tintin and Haddock met the old crank, and how they eventually acquired Marlinspike Hall...

I suppose I have to give the chase for Red Rackham's treasure three stars, but somehow, I feel it deserves less.
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