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Wild West Rider

Series: Time Machine #9
Platform: Microsoft Reader
Translated Into: O cavaleiro do oeste selvagem (Portuguese)
Farlig oppdrag i Det ville vesten (Norwegian)
Jahac na Divljem zapadu (Serbo-Croatian)
Jezdec na Divjem zahodu (Slovenian)
El pony express (Spanish)
Selvaggio west (Italian)
Author: Overholser, Stephen
Illustrator: Leialoha, Steve
Release Date: October, 1985
ISBN: 0553251805 / 9780553251807
Length:125 pages (plus data bank and data file)
Number of Endings:1
User Summary: Your assignment is to travel to the American West in the 1860s to discover why the Pony Express only lasted eighteen months.
Demian's Thoughts: This is a good book, though it's just about average quality for this series. There's a bit of challenge towards the end, but it's not too hard to get through the book fairly quickly.

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Nomad's Thoughts: Another great entry in the Time Machine series. Wild West Rider suffers from somewhat childish writing at times, a flaw inherent in gamebooks of this nature which target audiences of obviously younger readers. However, this gem of a book makes up for it in other aspects. A fascinating topic is found in the book and even if you’re not a big fan of the Western genre, finding the reason behind the resulting failure of the Pony Express is still something that should be able to grab the attention of most readers. Wild West Rider sheds a little light on the true importance of the Pony Express in the annals of history and left me feeling satisfied by the time I'd reached the end. Things can get a little tricky toward the end of the book and it's possible to get caught in a loop, but all in all it's fairly easy to reach the end.

A satisfying read and a must have for fans of Westerns or the Time Machine series in general. Wild West Rider has gone on to become my second favorite entry in this amazing series.

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