McCracken and the Lost Valley
Seeking adventure? Look no further!
September, 1914: McCracken’s worst fear has been realized, for war has broken out in Europe. In the turmoil that follows the outbreak of hostilities, the French Minister of War visits McCracken with a strange artifact: a piece of fabric that cannot burn, and cannot be pierced by bullets. Where can the Allies find more of this fabric? Can they find it before the Germans and Turks? Only McCracken and his allies, Ariadne, Sikorsky, Fr. Jamie Erickson, and, of course, Fritz can hope to unravel the clues that will lead them to the fabled Land of Prester John. Soft cover. 199 pp.
If Catholic Adventure Has a Name, It Must Be McCracken
If you weren’t aware of McCracken, you should know that he’s been described as “Indiana Jones with a Rosary.”
Engineer, adventurer, big-game hunter, defeater of nefarious villains . . . and of course husband and father. The McCracken Adventures take place in the early years of the twentieth century, when many of the philosophies that formed the modern imagination were taking shape. Consequently, McCracken’s adversaries are representatives of the Culture of Death. What is the Catholic response to nihilism, communism, eugenics and many others? McCracken provides young readers with a guide through the minefield of twentieth-century thought. But the focus is on adventure. So come along and dodge the bullets, flee from the Cossacks and head-hunters, jump out of zeppelins, dive to the ocean floor or soar above the clouds in a biplane, because life is an adventure!
The McCracken books are written so that you can read each one as a stand-alone. But if you really want to read them in the order that they happen, this is the chronology:
McCracken and the Lost Island (1913, set in Kenya and the Mediterranean)
McCracken and the Lost Valley (September 1914, set in northern France, Portugal, the Caspian Sea and the Himalayas)
McCracken and the Lost City (May 1915, set in New York City and on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico)
McCracken and the Lost Lagoon (January 1916, set in the British Honduras and West Africa)
McCracken and the Lost Lady (April 1917, set in Italy, Switzerland, and various locations in Russia and Siberia)
McCracken and the Lost Cavern (Spring 1918, set on the Western Front in France, London, and Scotland)