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Summer, 1913 "Tomb of Terror"


[Depicted in Young Indiana Jones and the Tomb of Terror, the second novel in the series published by Random House, and first written by author Les Martin - released in 1990]


  • At some point in time in the year 1913, Indiana takes a holiday trip to Egypt with his father’s good friend Marcus Brody.

  • While there he encounters a German archaeologist whose men are digging to store munitions in the sacred Valley of the Kings.

  • During these months of digging the archaeologist stumbles upon an ancient tomb completely by chance, one that inside is filled with countless treasures including the ‘ring of Osiris’.

  • While Indiana and his friend Sallah [formally known as Sallah Mohammed Faisel el-Kahir - best known for later depictions in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade] are investigating the source of the stolen ring, they are ambushed by the archaeologist's men and are taken as prisoners.

  • The corrupt men load Indiana and Sallah onto a truck along with a statue of Tutankhamun [a figure mentioned previously during Indiana’s First Adventure], where they learn about their intentions of destroying the Suez Canal.

  • With their lives in the balance Indiana and Sallah escape the men and jump into the Nile River (which at the time was swimming with crocodiles), where it’s revealed that Indiana has stolen back Osiris ring, which subsequently interacts with a bolt of lightning - sending the perpetrators to their ultimate demise.


  • During this adventure Indiana doesn’t encounter anyone in particular with historical significance, however he does gain further knowledge on:

  • Tutankhamun aka King Tut - an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, his tomb was discovered almost completely in tact by archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922, which sparked a newfound interest into Ancient Egypt - leading to the mask of Tutankhamun becoming its most recognized symbol.

  • Osiris - an Egyptian God, usually identified as the God of the Afterlife, Underworld, and the Dead, yet is more appropriately viewed as the God of Transition, Resurrection, and Regeneration.


  • Nile River - generally regarded as the longest river in the world, it runs through eleven countries in total and is the primary water source of both Sudan and Egypt, the latter of which has relied on the river as a lifeline of civilization since the Stone Age. The Nile has changed it’s direction over time however, as sea levels rose during the Ice Age which led the stream to be diverted, and subsequently led to the creation of the Sahara Desert around 3400 B.C.

  • The Suez Canal is a man-made artificial waterway in Egypt that connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea through the Isthmus of Suez, built during 10 years of construction between 1859-69.

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