Title: The Adventures of Tintin – 3 books in one volume
Genre: Adventure/Graphic Book
Flight 714 – On a refueling stop in Jakarta, Tintin, Captain Haddock and Professor Calculus are on their way to Sydney when they meet aircraft industrialist and eccentric millionaire Laszlo Carreidas. Unable to politely refuse Carreidas’s offer of a lift, Tintin and his friends join the millionaire on his prototype private jet, the Carreidas 160. Unbeknownst to Carreidasp. and the others, his secretary Spalding and two of the pilots are in a plot to hijack the plane and bring it to a deserted volcanic island.
Secret of the Unicorn – Tintin, his dog Snowy, and his friend Captain Haddock, who discover a riddle left by Haddock’s ancestor, the 17th century Sir Francis Haddock, which could lead them to the hidden treasure of the pirate Red Rackham. In order to unravel the riddle, Tintin and Haddock must obtain three identical models of Sir Francis’ ship, the Unicorn, but discover that criminals are also after these model ships, and are willing to kill in order to obtain them.
Red Rackham’s Treasure – In the previous adventure, The Secret of the Unicorn, Tintin and Captain Haddock discover three parchments revealing the location of the Unicorn, a 17th century navy ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor Sir Francis Haddock. The Unicorn was scuttled by Sir Francis while battling the pirate Red Rackham for his treasure. Tintin and Haddock believe that the pirate’s treasure is in the remains of the sunken Unicorn. Tintin and Captain Haddock hire a fishing trawler, the Sirius, to search for the treasure.
My Thoughts: I have long been a fan of Tintin so when I needed a graphic book to read for a challenge I decided I needed to renew my acquaintance with him. The artworks in all the Tintin books are beautifully detailed and colorful; worthy of careful scrutiny as there are odd things lurking for the attentive reader. All the main characters are wonderful, the clumsy and oh so polite twin detectives Thompson and Thompson, the tetchy Captain Haddock and the star of the books – Snowy. Snowy is a little white dog who steals nearly every scene he is in. Sure some of the political ideas behind the Tintin books are a bit dated now, even Tintin’s attitudes can be described as politically incorrect – but what hasn’t changed since I first read them in the late 1960s and early 1970s is the edge of the seat adventure and laughs.
Rating: B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it.
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