1968's "Flight 714 to Sydney" was Belgian artist Herge's next-to-last finished adventure starring his cartoon hero, the young journalist Tintin, and he holds nothing back from the storyline. It features an eccentric millionaire, a kidnapping, some old enemies from earlier stories, a remote island in Southeast Asia, and a truly bizarre ending.
As the story opens, Tintin, accompanied by his faithful dog Snowy, his sea-faring friend Captain Haddock, and the brilliant but hilariously deaf Professor Calculus, fall into company with the eccentric millionaire Carreidas, who offers them a ride on his experimental corporate jet from Indonesia to Australia. Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft is hijacked by some of Mr. Carreidas' subordinates, who divert the aircraft to a remote volcanic island. After a hair-raising landing on a short, improvised runway, the captives are introduced to the real villain, a familiar evil face from earlier stories. He and his band of brigands plan to steal Mr. Carreidas' money and then kill everyone.
The ever-resourceful Tintin finds a way for his friends to escape from the bad guys, but where to go on an island? On the run, Tintin and his friends take shelter in a cave, where they are trapped by the gunmen. However, they get help from an unexpected source, who will lead them away from the gunmen but toward the still active volcano. The ending is nothing if not unexpected.
Herge's fully mature artwork is the perfect complement to an excellent story. "Flight 714 to Sydney" is a perfectly mad adventure, but one that is highly recommended to Tintin fans of all ages.
- Paperback: 62 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; American edition (30 April 1975)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316358371
- ISBN-13: 978-0316358378
- Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 0.6 x 28.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 249 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)