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Indiana Jones and the Monsters of Mount Sinai by J.W. Rinzler
Review by Linda Marie Schumacher
Scholastic Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780545112062
Date: 01 May 2009 List Price $5.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Indiana Jones sets out on another adventure in Indiana Jones and the Mystery of Mount Sinai, by J.W. Rinzler. Everyone's favorite archeologist sets out to find a weapon of incredible destruction, and keep it from the hands of the Third Reich.

Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones has just finished an adventure to find the mystical library of the Akashic Hall of Records and to make sure that the German Army did not get it. Occurring during World War II, Indy is trying to keep the Nazis from winning the war. Indy and his newly-found partner Bert, short for Roberta, again are contacted by his government contact, Musgrove. Musgrove says that several experts around the world believe that thousands of years ago, the people who ruled planet Earth had weapons that were incredible machines of destruction. Indy, always looking for an adventure, plus in need of some short-term funds, heads out with Bert to make sure these ancient secrets do not fall into the enemy's hands.

Of course, Indy has contacts everywhere, and he and Bert have many close calls as they head out on their mission. Don't worry that it is too hard to follow after the earlier novel. The details are explained sufficiently to cover the plot and the new story unfolds very quickly.

Indy and Bert travel to Rome, where Indy sneaks into the Vatican's secret library (and coincidentally meets Mussolini), then to Africa and ultimately to Mount Sinai. At the end, Indy gets his next assignment from Musgrove, so the adventures will continue.

The World War II aspects are really not the point of the story. Yes, the Nazis are involved, but almost comically, and do not dominate the story. Indy uses his pointed humor and devious ways as he advances. The story is about Indy and his adventures, not a hard-core war story.

Indy's method of solving problems is always innovative and deceptive. Adventure is the key, and Indy needs to survive many harrowing events to complete his task. Harrison Ford made the character great in his movies, but there is still plenty of background information to follow the story if the reader is unfamiliar with the character.

This book is published by Scholastic Press. Why would an adult want to read a story intended for youngsters? Because, the story is great and the plot moves quickly (and the print is big for those who need bifocals). It is great entertaining reading for when you want a story that is humorous and not too deep. My guess is that it is intended for junior-high level readers I loved Indiana Jones and the Mystery of Mount Sinai, by J.W. Rinzler. I highly recommend it.

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