For sixteen centuries the Order of Pythia has awaited the reappearance of the ancient oracle of sacred knowledge at Delphi. An earthquake, rending the earth beneath the ruins, has now heralded her return. Dorian Belecamus, a beautiful and bewitching archaeology professor, sees an opportunity to do more than dig into the past: this is her chance to seize control of her country's future--by becoming the Oracle of Delphi! And she's found just the man to help her consummate her scheme. He's brash, he's reckless, and he's fallen ...
For sixteen centuries the Order of Pythia has awaited the reappearance of the ancient oracle of sacred knowledge at Delphi. An earthquake, rending the earth beneath the ruins, has now heralded her return. Dorian Belecamus, a beautiful and bewitching archaeology professor, sees an opportunity to do more than dig into the past: this is her chance to seize control of her country's future--by becoming the Oracle of Delphi! And she's found just the man to help her consummate her scheme. He's brash, he's reckless, and he's fallen under her spell. His name: Indiana Jones. Their adventure spans the globe from Chicago to Paris to Greece, where, bullwhip in hand, Indy descends into the bottomless pit of the serpent god and finds a sacred stone that holds the key to the oracle's prophecies. But Dorian has designed an even more sinister fate for young Indy: she means to make him her lover, her priest, and her pawn in a plot to kill the king. Will Indy find the source of Pythia's powers--or will he find himself sacrificed at Dorian's altar, a victim of her deadly ambition and desire?
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Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi is the first of twelve Indiana Jones novels published in the 1990s. This series, officially licensed by Lucasfilm, is inspired by the Indiana Jones character who first appeared in 1981 with the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. Rob MacGregor authored the first six books including The Peril at Delphi. Martin Caidin wrote the seventh and eighth books, and Max McCoy wrote the last four.
This book opens in 1920 when Jones is a university student in Chicago. After earning his diploma (and getting into some trouble with the university president) Jones continues his study of languages at the Sorbonne in Paris. While there, Jones meets Dorian Belecamus, an attractive archaeology professor. She convinces Jones to accompany her on an archaeological dig at Delphi, Greece. The ancient Greeks believed that the site of Delphi was sacred to the god Apollo. Delphi also contained the famous oracle, or prophet, which people consulted. By agreeing to go to Delphi with Professor Belecamus, Indy unwittingly becomes involved in an intricate plot--and this is where the mystery, intrigue, and adventure begin.
I did enjoy this book, but I would not recommend it for younger readers as there is some strong language and some suggestive material. I liked the book enough to want to read other volumes in the series. It is best to read this book first as it is part of a sequence of books. In conclusion, The Peril at Delphi is an entertaining book and captures the sprit of adventure that characterizes Indiana Jones.
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