Indiana Jones And The Dinosaur Eggs Book Review

Indy and a couple friends go on a trek into Mongolia to find Dinosaur Eggs after a Nun brings him the horn of what appears to be a living Triceratops on Halloween 1933.
Before going any further, here is your ***OFFICIAL SPOILER WARNING***

If you’ve listened to the Main Show or Book Club, you know my love for this series of novels well.
This entry into the series is par for the course in that I love it as well.

This is the 10th (of the 12 published in the 90’s) I’ve read and, while overall I still vastly prefer the 6 Rob MacGregor novels to any of the 4 that have come after, I have to say this is the one I’ve probably been able to zip through the easiest.
The writing is so strong and engaging that I couldn’t help but read 30-40 pages at a time…which leads me to something worth mentioning that is normally a HUGE complaint for me that I barely noticed in this book.

Including the prologue & epilogue, this 281 page novel has just 12 chapters.
Meaning the average chapter is 23ish pages.
Normally chapters that long are a major turn-off for me and make reading the book an uphill climb, again not the case here.
So Max McCoy gets huge points for that.

The Nun mentioned above turns out to be a Reporter for the Kansas City Star that duped Indy with a Halloween costume into finding her Professor father that went missing looking for further evidence of Dinosaurs.
They find the Prof, after a long journey that included battles with Shanghai gangster and Mongolian tribal warriors, in a monastery that guards/protects a hidden valley untouched by time and evolution, basically a not so literal portal back in time, that recently lost its final living Dino and the 3 eggs it laid.

The whole story is Intricately woven and characters come and go in mostly logical ways.
The mythical references are great as well.
Case in point, Indy saves a 1 eared dog that is chained to a wall (made of rock) from abuse and names him Loki.
Fans of Norse Mythology will remember that Loki was also chained (well, actually tied with his son’s innards, but why quibble) to a rock.

The ending could have come a bit quicker, at one point Indy and his good buddy Granger leave behind the Prof, the Reporter, and the valley where the last of the eggs surviving has just hatched into a Triceratops.
That felt like the end to me…but the book went on for another 30 pages.
The Lieutenant of the vilest of the Tribal crews comes back as Indy and Granger are heading home through the harsh desert giving Loki yet another chance to save them.
It’s not criticism so much as a head scratching cherry on top in that it tied up a sort of dangling thread, but if cut wouldn’t have left you wondering what happened.

The last 2 things I want to mention are Granger and the Pro and Epi louges.
1st comes Granger.
This is a character that, as far as I know, has never shown up or been mentioned in anything Indiana Jones, I even checked the 2 wikis I could find, but he and Indy are such good friends.
Now that stuck out as weird to me as between the Young Indy series, these novels, the comics, and the movies we have seen the vast majority of Indy’s life yet this dude is such a good friend.
Strange.
I’m sure there are many other characters that could have fit the bill for this one.

Moving onto the Prologue and Epilogue.
Both involve the Nazi scum we all love watching Indy cold cock, but the more interesting thing is that both involve Indy chasing down something mentioned in McCoy’s previous Indiana Jones novel, “The Philosopher’s Stone”, and the Mcguffin of the 4th movie!
McCoy has this great little thread of Indy chasing down a Crystal Skull, man!
It’s slipped through his fingers twice before (as I recall), but the novel ends with him in an old diving suit down in the wreckage of a recently sunken German U-Boat.
The 2nd time the Skull got away from him was because Belloq snatched it away for the Nazis who eventually screw him over.
So when the ship sinks, Belloq gives Jones the coordinates in what Indy believes is a little stab of revenge.
Fun stuff, gang.

So, all in all, I loved it!
There is so much more in here that I barely scratched the surface on, so it is well worth checking out on your own.
I highly recommend everybody that loves this franchise pick up all of these novels and enjoy the great pulpy adventures within.
And if more folks get them it could encourage Del Rey or whomever has the license these days to do more, which is something I desperately want!

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TNB Commentaries Episode 008: The Evil Dead

the-evil-dead-one-sheetPlease turn off your cellphones and join Doom & Fitz as they take a trip into the woods.

For our 8th commentary, we play a mysterious recording from 1981 we found in a dirt basement called Evil Dead starring Bruce Campbell and directed by Sam Raimi.

We debate whether the sequel is a sequel or a remake or a requel, we talk about careers being launched, cheese ball effects, and the vast ocean of differences in the tonal shifts of this still vibrant franchise.

So kill all your friends and pray the sun comes up, it’s goovy…I mean, movie time!

 

URL: TNB Commentaries Episode 008: The Evil Dead
Direct Download: tnbc008-the-evil-dead.mp3
Youtube: https://youtu.be/n4yccv3HpTs

This has been a feature of TS-D/JA Productions and JJ2E Media 2017

 

Episode 038: Genitals Colon

20170825_153750In this episode, the show opens with a special bit of business that we’ll talk about next episode!

After the theme song, the fellas crank up the crassness and make stomach pain inducing jokes to avoid crying, tomatoes get plopped into eyebones, and the Lord of the Fitz hits up a convention!

And if that isn’t enough, they also give full reviews of that Batman & Harley Quinn movie they 1st started babbling about an episode ago.

All that and a breaking Star Wars Episode IX story in this jam packed episode!

URL: Episode 038: Genitals Colon
Direct Download: tnb038.mp3

Episode 037: This Bitch Got Caught On Fire

danshambleIn this episode, the fellas spend 40 minutes trying to get into the body of the show and then not doing their final segment.

Fitz starts off with a bombshell half review of a brand spankin’ new Batman movie, then Doom tells a tale of near Fourth of July catastrophe in Joke Corner while teasing potential future Joke corners.

Doom finally drops a Pimp Spot that’s been a long time coming when he finally plugs the Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. series from Kevin J. Anderson…and he even admits that he’s obsessed, which is a good 1st step.

All of that and so much more in this jumbo sized ep of The Nerd Blitz! Don’t miss it!
 

URL: Episode 037: This Bitch Got Caught On Fire
Direct Download: tnb037.mp3

TNB Commentaries Episode 007: Pulp Fiction

Pulp_Fiction-210382116-largePlease turn off your cellphones and join Doom & Fitz as they Jungle Boogie and try to figure out just what it is inside that damn briefcase.

For our 7th commentary, we order a Royale with cheese and kick back with 1994’s Pulp Fiction starring Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, & Bruce Willis. Look at the big brain on us!

We have a technical issue and talk about our bump for that, discuss watches in asses, and potential monstrous little French girls as we talk over Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece.

URL: TNB Commentaries Episode 007: Pulp Fiction
Direct Download: tnbc007-pulp-fiction.mp3
Youtube: https://youtu.be/xIHEbWR9JtE

This has been a feature of TS-D/JA Productions and JJ2E Media 2017

 

Episode 036: She Looked A Lot Different in 1952

elvis_sept_9_1974_karate_7thIn this episode, the fellas, once again, are all over the map, but with that sweet comic twist.

They start off with their opening banter about Fitz taking a trip to the comic shop for nearly a half hour, then Joke Corner brings about some near gunplay. Fitz pimps a little known comic too.

Legends of animation die and retire, somebody can’t find a Doctor to stuff their finger up the bum, and then they get super personal…like TMI to the max, man!

Then they finally get around to that Ep 8 BTS vid from D23, plus so damn much more.

Get ready for fun times!

URL: Episode 036: She Looked A Lot Different In 1952
Direct Download: tnb036.mp3

Episode 035: Zeus Spunked On Some Clay

wonder-woman-1680x1050-gal-gadot-hd-4k-2017-2361In this episode, the fellas dive deep into some comic bookery again, this time with extremely mixed reactions.

They start out talking about Fitz’s kill count climbing ever higher then, too boost their mood, the pimp @HolidazeComics (as teased in 33.5) before reviewing some movies!

Train wrecks, The Great War gets Wonderfully Womanly, and some sweet comic flow gets ruined by a bloated comic crossover in fΩ€k this s#!t.

All that and more than you can shake a stick at in this sexified new Ep of The Nerd Blitz.

 

URL: Episode 035: Zeus Spunked On Some Clay
Direct Download: tnb035.mp3