Scientists have discovered a way to go back in time. They have a time gun which will take a person back in history to protect valuable artifacts. These people are called agents. The time gun got into the hands of crooks and they stole the Red Ruby. Mortensen's job is to deliver the ruby back to where it belongs in history. But there are other crooks out there who also want the ruby. Mortensen makes a new friend named Kate. She is a very absent minded librarian, but plays an important part of where the Red Ruby belongs. Unfortunately for Mortensen, the ruby belongs on the Titanic which is now on the bottom of the ocean. The Red Ruby has a history of being cursed and if it goes back where it belongs, the curse could cause major trouble for Mortensen. Many things could go wrong on the bottom of the ocean. The author includes information about the history of the Red Ruby, facts about the Titanic, the Hope Diamond, the Valley of the Rubies, the Treaty of Versailles, and the Palace of Versailles. The illustrations are awesome and the story itself is quite interesting. This book would be for older children as there is some violence, sexy women, and murder. Part of the "Mortensen's Escapades" series. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
A quirky little Danish graphic-novel import doesn't quite deliver the goods. From first glance, the premise of this third volume is extremely intriguing: A debonair time traveler in search of a purloined gem travels between the 19th and 20th centuries, landing in the midst of history--and on the Titanic. Mortensen, the tuxedoed time traveler, is in search of the Red Ruby, a rare and priceless piece thought to be cursed. Along the way, he engages in exciting chases through Versailles, brushes with gangsters and murderers, and many games of chess. Jakobsen's narrative is disjointed and jumpy, though, and even readers paying close attention can get confused about when and where they are within the story; this seems a silly flaw for a graphic work, which could easily use its visual stylings to locate readers. Though recommended by the publisher for a middle-grade audience, it would be difficult to find a readership in that age range: This would be better suited to a patient, older crowd who could enjoy the noirish feel. With a vague and disappointing ending that leads readers know where and without resolution in subsequent volumes, this episodic offering is wholly unsatisfying. This ruby is definitely not a hidden gem. (historical notes) (Graphic adventure/science fiction. 13 & up)
Lars Jakobsen lives in Denmark and is the creator of the long-running weekly comic strip Ganske Vist (or Coop Ville, as it's known in English) about day-to-day life in a chicken coop. Lars worked as an animator on two Ganske Vist cartoons. He has also made several documentaries about historic films and events. Mortensen's Escapades was originally published in Denmark in 1993. Lars Jakobsen lives in Denmark and is the creator of the long-running weekly comic strip Ganske Vist (or Coop Ville, as it's known in English) about day-to-day life in a chicken coop. Lars worked as an animator on two Ganske Vist cartoons. He has also made several documentaries about historic films and events. Mortensen's Escapades was originally published in Denmark in 1993.