The most glaring example of this reflection is Tintin's unwillingness to be a part of the adventure. It is Captain Haddock rushing off to South America while Tintin only follows him at a later date. This book places the Thompson Twins and Castafiore in danger; it is up to Tintin & Co to stage a coup to free them. This book contains some great Calculus moments. General Alcazar's pushy wife provides the best comic relief.
It's advisable to read The Broken Ear before Tintin and the Picaros in order for the reader to become acquainted with the politics of San Theodoros and the characters Pablo and Dr. Ridgewell. This isn't one of the better Tintins, but it's part of a truly amazing series all the same. (by Elizabeth)