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Item - Operation: Poison Dart


Series: Find Your Fate - G. I. Joe — no. 16
Authors: Stine, H. William
Stine, Megan
Illustrators: Garrido, Hector (cover)
Henderson, David (interior)
Date: 1987
User Summary: You are Headset, an expert on the brain and hypnosis. These talents make you the man of the hour when COBRA launches a plot to enslave the minds of American citizens.
Fireguard's Thoughts: Operation: Poison Dart was the first G. I. Joe gamebook I had the chance to read, causing me to wonder if it's a good idea to read the best book in the series first. The plot is actually fairly chilling for this kind of thing. When I read other books, I would usually think something such as, "Ho-hum, another death ray," but I felt a chill from learning COBRA planned to switch a mind control drug for kids' booster shots.

Operation: Poison Dart is (for a Find Your Fate book) full of memorable lines and situations, and has a protagonist with a very interesting specialty. The choices are also different, especially the first one which I don't want to spoil for you. Suffice it to say, the choices and their consequences often are as psychological to the characters as any book starring a hypnotist thwarting a mind control plot ought to be. When I first picked this book up I thought this kind of thing would be the norm for the series, but some twelve other books and the roles of far too many "strategy specialists" later I came to appreciate the effort it takes to break the mold sometimes.

If you want to read any G. I. Joe book, please, do yourself a favor and make it this one. 8/10

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