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Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) — no. 73
Contained In: Choose Your Own Adventure Box Set (73-77) (Collection)
Author: Leibold, Jay (pseudonym used by Montavon, Jay)
Illustrator: Lin, Yee Chea
Date: August, 1987
ISBN: 0553267256 / 9780553267259
Length: 116 pages
Number of Endings: 22
User Summary: It is the beginning of the twentieth century, and you hope to make your fortune by searching China for a missing archaeologist; if you can him or the ancient cave of treasures he sought, you will be richly rewarded.
Demian's Thoughts:

After a couple of weird asides, Jay Leibold has jumped enthusiastically back into the world of purely historical fiction. As the note at the beginning of the book indicates, a lot of research went into this book, and there are many interesting real-life (and legendary) details to be uncovered by exploring the story. There's a lot of text here, too -- the book's pages are much more packed than is usual for the series. This fact can make the book a little hard to get into if you're used to a really fast pace and frequent choices, but if you approach the adventure with the right attitude, your patience will be rewarded with a consistently-designed, goal-oriented quest. Although this isn't Leibold's most engaging work, it is nonetheless a distinct success.

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Jordashebasics's Thoughts:

After a sluggish beginning, this book gradually picks up steam. The adventure of this is mostly pretty realistic. There's a touch of ghostly activity, but it isn't portrayed the usual way. The writing is good.

Once you can let yourself get past the slow opening, it's a fairly engaging book, even if it isn't terribly exciting.

Probably not all that interesting for kids, though.

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