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The Book Nook: "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: A Tale of High Adventure" (Les Martin)

I like to review movies.

And I like to review books.

Sooooo, it's only fitting that I like to combine the two sometimes...

After a agreement goes bad, Indiana Jones finds himself in India- a land of mystery.  A land of holiness.  A land of wonder.

And as Dr. Jones soon discovers, a land of danger.  Danger that he finds himself smack in the middle of as he seeks to find a stolen artifact... and artifact that's been taken deep into... The Temple of Doom...

This adaptation of the classic Indiana Jones movie by Les Martin is geared towards those in the later teen years.  It follows the movie pretty faithfully- though it does edit quite a few scenes.  Specifically the action sequences that could deem to be "too violent" for teenagers.  This creates a little bit of choppiness to the story, sadly.  The editing creates a really quick read.  Quick enough that you can breeze through the 96 pages in one sitting.

The editing also kinda deflates the characterizations of Dr. Jones, Willie, and Short Round.  They aren't as fully fleshed out and realized as they could've been.  The dialogue gives hints of their personalities, but the rest is hazy.

The 60 photos used are great though- taking about roughly a third of the 96 pages.

To be honest, there isn't all that much to say about "Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom: A Tale of High Adventure" by Random House.  If you're looking for a great retelling of the movie, you'll be disappointed.  But if you're a fan of the franchise, it might be an interesting little collectible- which is why I picked it up in the first place.  I'm going to have to give it an "Ugly".


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