New IJ novel -inside scoop

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Posted by Ultra Seven 21 on August 25, 1997 at 14:19:14:

In Reply to: Re: New Indiana Jones novel? posted by Bryan carter on August 25, 1997 at 02:49:00:

At the SDCC show this year, West End Games informed me that Bantam has
dropped their licensed rights to the Indiana Jones novels, and after
"Secret of the Sphinx", which is by Max McCoy, there will be no more.
It is a terrible shame, seeing as these all were very fine books compared
to the crap Lucas is pushing with Star Wars logos on it! NONE of the IJ
novels were that bad!!

As for the authors, MacGregor was unquestionably best. None of his books
lacked any detail, and the plots were fine (his first book was slowest).
McCoy made NO impression on me with "Philosopher's Stone", except to say that
was better than Dark Horse's comic of the same subject, "Iron Pheonix"
(which was supposed to be based on a LucasArts game, anybody know what
happened to that?).

I feel Martin Caidin takes an uneccessisarily good floggin here and from
other fans that I've talked to. "Sky Pirates" was terrific, a great way to
explain why Indy could "Fly, yes. Land? No!". It remains one of hte best
Indy stories ever created because it is so refreshing and a little different.
"White Which" wasn't that bad. The only things I didn't like were it's
lack of scenes with villains and Indy's encountering them (I think both of
Caiden's books were heavily edited by Bantam, creating his reason to
depart after just two of them. So I'm sure the scenes WERE THERE, and
got chopped for paperback worthy space).

To date, I count Philospher's Stone and MacGregor's weak "Genesis Deluge"
(really anticlimactic - one of hte most disappointing endings I've ever
faced in any medium!) as the worst of the books. My top three are "Seven Viels",
"Sky Pirates", "Dinosaur's Eggs", and then the rest of the MacGregor novels,
with "White Witch" thrown into the mix there somewhere.

Anyway, thanks a lot all - keep em coming!

PS: Anyone remember a way old Indy J PC-game with
an original storyline, but using TOD graphics?
It came out circa 1985 and came in a small binder,
was about 50$ I think. What WAS it?

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