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Celebrate the 90th birthday of the famous boy reporter created by the Belgian cartoonist, Georges Remi (pen name “Hergé”)! “Tintin” tells the story of a foreign correspondent and his faithful dog Snowy as they traverse the world, fighting criminals, solving mysteries, and breaking stories. Included in this bundle are:
1) The Crab with the Golden Claws
Tintin follows a series of leads to a group of criminals who have been smuggling opium in crab tins. His attempt to escape from them eventually leaves him struggling to survive in the Sahara desert, but he soon finds that he’s not away from the clutches of the drug cartel yet. This is an exotic, old school ale, reminding readers of movies like Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark and even Casablanca.
2) The Secret of the Unicorn
This is a story of the search for a map to lost treasure, tangled in old family feuds and the acts of one petty criminal. Rather than a thrilling adventure, this is more of a traditional detective mystery. There’s a fun dose of high seas adventure as well.
3) Red Rackham’s Treasure
This high seas adventure finds Tintin using the map discovered at the end of The Secret of the Unicorn to hunt for a pirate’s lost treasure. This story has a lot of detective elements and some historical riddles. This is a great tale of Tintin’s time as an explorer and a great old-fashioned treasure hunt.
4) The Calculus Affair
A thunderstorm comes to disrupt normal everyday life and a dead man is found. Tintin and friends investigate to find more going on than they originally thought possible. This story tells a tale reminiscent of James Bond. Many regard this book as the best Tintin book, a perfect combination of excellent pacing, sharp artwork, and smart plot.