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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark is a junior novelization of the Raiders of the Lost Ark feature film. The book was written by Ryder Windham and released in May 2008.

Publisher's summary[]

Follow Indy on the quest that started it all, as he races from the Himalayan Mountains to the Egyptian desert in a high-stakes chase to track down the Ark of the Covenant. He must recover it before the Nazis do--or whole world could be in danger.

Plot summary[]

Differences from the film[]

  • Instances of profanity have been edited.
  • The book specifies the story as taking place in the weeks after the 1936 Olympic Games.
  • Background is provided on Barranca and Satipo, such as their meeting with Indiana Jones at Machete Landing and their frustrations with Peru having been ordered to have a rematch after defeating Austria at the Olympics.
  • The Peruvian Porter and the other porters are mentioned to be indigenous Quechuans.
  • Barranca is killed by the Hovitos with dozen of arrows instead of poisonous darts.
  • On the Pan Am Clipper, Indy is served by an steward who attended him on a previous flight.



Behind the scenes[]

The book states that Indiana Jones is 36 years old during the story. However, with Jones' birth date as July 1899, and the summer Olympics taking place in August 1936, the archaeologist has had his 37th birthday.

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Novel (Adventures of Indiana Jones) · Junior novel (Collector's Edition) · Storybook · Read-Along Adventure · Mighty Chronicles
Partial adaptations
Indy's Adventures · Traps and Snares · Great Escapes · The Search For Buried Treasure
Soundtrack (The Soundtracks Collection) · The Movie on Record
Comic · 1 · 2 · 3 · Marvel Comics Super Special · Marvel Movie Spotlight · Omnibus 1 · The Gold Goddess
Video game · Greatest Adventures · Trading cards · Indiana Jones Heritage · Raiders of the Lost Ark Game
Adventure Pack · Sourcebook
LEGO Indiana Jones
LEGO Indiana Jones Adventures · The Original Adventures · The Adventure Continues
Activity books
Coloring/Activity Book · Things to Do and Color · Indiana Jones and his Life of Adventure · Annual 2009 · Annual 2010 · Activity Annual · Winter Activity Annual · Golden Treasure Sticker Book · Heroes and Villains Sticker Book · The Greatest Adventures of Indiana Jones
Behind the scenes
The Making of: (Book · Documentary) · Great Movie Stunts · The Illustrated Screenplay · Original Movie Script · From Star Wars to Indiana Jones · A Look Inside · Making the Trilogy · Indiana Jones: An Appreciation · Creepy Crawlies · Travel with Indy: Locations · Stunts of Indiana Jones · Sound of Indiana Jones · Light and Magic of Indiana Jones · Music of Indiana Jones · Indy's Women · Indy's Friends and Enemies · The Complete Making of Indiana Jones
On Set With Raiders of the Lost Ark: (From Jungle to Desert · From Adventure to Legend)
Script development
Story conference transcript · Screenplay drafts
Home video
VHS (The Complete Adventures of Indiana Jones) · DVD (Adventure Collection · Complete Adventure Collection)
Blu-ray (The Complete Adventures) · 4K (4-Movie Collection) · LaserDisc
Great Movie Stunts & The Making Of Raiders of the Lost Ark
Other material and merchandise
Toy line · Collector's Album · Official Film Poster Magazine · LEGO Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Brick