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England, 1930. It begins when a gang of hooded thugs breaks into the secluded home of a modern-day witch deep in the mysterious New Forest. Stolen is a map that will lead Indiana Jones and fiery fellow archaeologist Gale Parker to an incredible discovery. Somewhere in the world is hidden an enormous hoard of gold, including ancient coins from the time of Christ . . . coinsEngland, 1930. It begins when a gang of hooded thugs breaks into the secluded home of a modern-day witch deep in the mysterious New Forest. Stolen is a map that will lead Indiana Jones and fiery fellow archaeologist Gale Parker to an incredible discovery. Somewhere in the world is hidden an enormous hoard of gold, including ancient coins from the time of Christ . . . coins meant to spread Christianity.With the aid of a young mistress of Wicca, the age-old religion of white witchcraft, Indy and Gale risk their lives on a round-the-world quest for the long-lost treasures. Racing them to find it is a cunning and ruthless criminal mastermind who has set his sights on world domination. But Indy and Gale have formidable weapons: the powers of Wicca, the sword of the legendary Merlin, and Indy’s own adventurous brand of magic....

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ISBN : 9780553561944
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Indiana Jones and the White Witch Reviews

  • Dharia Scarab
    2019-05-10 00:05

    Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author.5 stars... I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  • Teo
    2019-05-02 21:09

    "Indiana Jones and the White Witch" is the first book of the Indy novels I have read. "The White Witch" is the 5th novel in the series, although as I'm aware, they don't follow Indy's adventures chronologically. I've heard good things about the film novelizations, claiming they portrayed Indy in a more hardcore, pulp hero kind of way (as if the cinematic Indy wasn't manly enough already!), so when I found this book on a discount I said to myself: "Well, it's a good title to start as any". And besides, it's Indy. It can't go wrong, right? Eh...The Indy novels are all prequels to the film quadrilogy. This one takes place in 1930 and starts in New Forest, England. Indy is taking flying lessons from his female companion from old adventures, the fiery redhead Gale Parker. Just when they were passing above Gale's home village, St. Brendan's Glen, they see massive explosions and the Glen getting destroyed. Upon arriving on the scene, they learn that a terrorist group had attacked the Glen, which is actually a mystical village of the practitioners of Wicca, and stolen a map that supposedly leads to a invaluable treasure in gold. Joined by Caitlin St. Brendan - a modern-day witch - whose mother had been killed in the assault, Indy and Gale embark on a quest that will again lead them across the globe.There is one problem when you read the best writer there ever was - Robert E. Howard. Why? Because it sets your expectations bar waaaaaaay too high and ruins everything else. A book that I would otherwise consider a quality read, just pales in comparison and becomes average at best. That was the case with this one. Howard was a master of eloquence, suspense and pacing. He could describe a scene like no other.The trouble is, Caidin is not Howard. Compared to, for example, the Conan stories, his descriptions of both places and characters are rather vague. If I wasn't familiar with Indy and knew who he was, the protagonist of "The White Witch" could've as easily been a certain John Smith. Some paragraphs have strikingly amateurish writing - short sentences in a row all beginning with she or he. Fortunately, they are few and far in between.I have to praise the action scenes which are told in a manner where you can easily picture the action and what's going on in your mind (something that was a pain in the ass, for example, in David Morrell's "First Blood").About the characters. Indy is OK, but to my liking, he was not badass enough. He simply wasn't the swashbuckling adventurer I remembered him to be, but instead a little toned-down version. Gale Parker was generic. That's the best I could describe her. Basically, she's just a drag that brings nothing to the story. But the worst is Caitlin St. Brendan. In her Caidin succeeded in creating a really, really annoying character that comes across as a total bitch and a pompous snob who thinks is the smartest person on Earth. If that was the intention, then good work. Whatever the case, I really wished Indy would just punch the wench in the face. But he didn't. Others were minor characters, barely described, with an extremely bleak main villain Cordas who literally appears in person on a single page and is featured in 2 or 3 lines.The biggest gripe I've got with this book is the complete lack of suspense, the thing that drives you to read on and on and devour more than a hundred pages a day. There is no build up, no climax. It's all a straight line from start to finish. Humor, something that was a trademark of the Indy films, is also lacking.The dialogues, the consequences of which is the aforementioned lack of suspense, are uninspiring and would act as fillers in superior works. There is too much beating around the bushes without getting to the point. I can't even tell the number of times a character said "You just have to trust me." and its variations, in response to a proposal or idea that seemed illogical at the moment. There's more, and all of it just brings the novel down considerably.I also loathe the cheap use of magic as a means to resolve fatal conflicts. In fantasy and sword and sorcery novels that's alright, naturally. But casting blizzards and the likes, which characters do here, is just an easy way out.Overall, "The White Witch" is a decent adventure book. It gained points in my eyes because it deals with topics interesting to me personally, that usually fall into conspiracy theories: leylines, Earth's energies, secret societies, and even mentions how the Ancients knew true knowledge and the ways to use it - something that our faulty modern education system tries to eradicate from an early age in order to confine us to five basic senses. More so, the afterword claims nothing in this book raging from topography, historical sites to the topics concerning Earth's energies, is fictional. That was a positive surprise. However, as a read, it's an average effort and far behind being memorable.Rating: 6/10

  • Benjamin Thomas
    2019-04-25 21:52

    This is the second of two Indiana Jones prequel novels written by Martin Caidin, and also includes the character of Gale Parker, the major character from the previous novel, Indiana Jones and the Sky Pirates. This prolific author has written many adventure novels but is probably best known for Cyborg, the novel which served as the basis for the Six Million Dollar Man TV series.Caidin really throws everything plus the kitchen sink into this novel and I think it suffers for it. We have amphibious flying boat adventures, King Arthur/ Avalon/ Merlin/ Excalibur/ Glastonbury adventures, Graf Zeppelin adventures, Stonehenge adventures…all the way to Civil War battle and lost gold adventures. And all of it is surrounded by a quasi-real magic explanation for events. There is simply too much to the plot, crammed into a single novel. I also found the supporting characters to be somewhat annoying, so much so that I didn’t really care how the novel would turn out.I am a big Indiana Jones fan from the moment I saw the first movie in the theater. What makes for a good Indy novel is simple: it’s the character of Indy himself. Caidin really missed the mark this time around, even more so than in his first Indy novel, completely failing to capture his essence. If I hadn’t known Indy as a character before reading this book, I would no doubt be picturing him as a rather bland person who can demonstrate encyclopedic knowledge of every topic on earth precisely when it’s needed and destroying any build-up of suspense at the same time. He’s just a flat character in this one, swinging from one adventure to the next.Max McCoy takes over the authorship of the next four Indy prequel novels; I’m anxious to see how he compares to his predecessors.

  • Kriangkrai Vathanalaoha
    2019-05-18 02:51

    I like Indiana Jones...He's the best!The story was quite exciting and extremely page-turner. I love its lexical contradictions between "witch" and "white". Was there any real good witches out there in the fictional world, or even our real world? Indiana Jones will bring us, readers, to have extraordinary experiences through his tremendous archaeological world. Two-thumps up.

  • Paolo Calabrò
    2019-05-12 22:56

    Can't even compare it to a pile of garbage. Out of respect for the garbage.

  • Erica
    2019-04-27 04:42

    Overall this book was better than the last one I read in the Indiana Jones series: Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Sphinx (Indiana Jones: Prequels #12). In this book, the story and most of the characters weren't as vapid. However, this book needs an editor. Several sentences simply didn't make sense due to word usage or inconsistent story telling. I had to stop and reread a few sentences over to try and make sense of them. The word 'this' was used twice consecutively at the beginning of one sentence. A lot of exposition could have been cut to reduce drag. It felt like filler and, at times, slowed the story to a crawl. More time spent developing the antagonist would have added some tension to the story. He's left so unattended I began to wonder if he was actually any sort of threat. One of the protagonists is consistently heralded as a completely awesome warrior, yet is taken down relatively easily in a small skirmish and never really fights again. That was a let down. Tidbits here and there hinted at a more intimate relationship between two of the protagonists, but it was uncharacteristic, didn't fit the story, and consequently felt forced. At the end an uncharacteristic move by the main character reduces the story to a gimmick. The other protagonists seemed just as annoyed as I was. That said, I'm a sucker for an adventurous archaeologist and will still give this book three stars because it's crack and a guilty pleasure.

  • Ahdom
    2019-05-10 03:07

    I have read plenty of Indiana Jones novels, and this one wasn't the worst I've read. However, it is the second worse. The worst being Martin Caidin's other Indy book, Indiana Jones and the Sky Pirates. There is definitely something that is missing to the Indiana Jones formula in his books, the very formula that would even compel one to pick up an Indiana Jones novel in the first place. That being said, it wasn't all bad. There were some pretty good action scenes and a lot of research was put into the novel as far as locations and legends are concerned. At the end of the day, as I like to say, it's still Indiana Jones, and that alone makes it worth the read for a fanboy.

  • Daniel
    2019-05-08 22:10

    The second disappointment in the Indiana Jones novel series. The story felt a bit dull, and the characters felt dull as well. This story was just boring and the mysterious aura of what makes an Indiana Jones adventure super natural was missing. The ending was also just dead dull. The odd part of this novel is that is tries to combine golds coins from the time of Jesus and the sword of Merlin and have them in the same novel. It's just odd to do so. I could have done well without this novel. Indiana Jones fans probably won't be as satisfied with this novel.

  • Cathrine Bonham
    2019-05-12 21:46

    Not really very interesting. The discovery of Arthur's sword Calburn leads Indiana Jones and his Wiccan Femme Fattal on a wild goose chase for lost Confederate Gold.The Ancient Celtic lore and the American Civil War and the Nazis really didn't mesh together very well. and the narritave got very boring in places. Also the author kept using physics to explain away all of the magic.Not the Indy from the movies. I had a hard time picturing Harrison Ford in this role.

  • Lizzie K
    2019-04-28 22:52

    I thought this book was cool. There were some really exciting parts. I thought it was interesting when the writer had Indy try to explain the magic using science. I didn't like the end, it left too much open for no reason. If like one thing had been left out the end would have been good. This was an entertaining read, though.

  • Stephen
    2019-05-07 02:43

    This is more a secret agent chase novel than archaeology, but still a very fun adventure. The authors of the prequels delve deeply into the mystic side of the Indiana Jones canon. Indy is now some kind of old soul with connections to the immortal Merlin the magician. The Arthurian links are well written and quite delightful.

  • David
    2019-05-09 22:54

    I would have enjoyed this when I was a kid. Sadly, in adulthood, it just doesn't hold up. There is way too much uninteresting exposition and a complete lack of cleverness.With Crystal Skull in theaters, I was in an Indy mood. This book failed to give me what I needed.

  • Scott Rhee
    2019-04-27 01:45

    In "Indiana Jones and the White Witch" by Martin Caidin, Jones goes in search of the legendary sword, Excalibur. He, of course, gets involved with a sassy British pilot named Gale... and her sister Caitlin! Uh oh! Raucous mayhem abounds.

  • Jenny
    2019-05-10 20:57

    An Indiana Jones adventure in book form! Indy works with Gale Parker, a female pilot, and Caitlin St. Brendan, a British Wiccan. This was a fun read which touched on magic, the Arthurian legend, a zeppelin ride, and Civil War history. You can easily imagine all of the action in this read.

  • Jamie Wee
    2019-04-26 02:54

    I love

  • PWRL
    2019-05-15 02:43

    SM

  • Michael Watson
    2019-05-01 05:01

    Another exciting adventure with Indiana Jones.

  • Du
    2019-05-19 21:03

    2.5. these books never fully capture the fun of the movies. The history is good, but the story was uh.

  • Kenneth Flusche
    2019-05-12 21:05

    excellent book gor 9th grade 12 year old male This 60 year old loved it

  • Ronald
    2019-04-28 22:57

    read some time in 1995

  • Randy
    2019-05-04 20:45

    Been a fan of Caidin's for a long time.