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Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) — no. 126
Author: Brightfield, Richard
Illustrators: Mattingly, David B. (cover)
Bolle, Frank (interior)
Date: 1992
Length: 114 pages
Number of Endings: 12
User Summary: Billy has disappeared in search of the perfect Martial Art, and you must go across the world and find him.
pinkfloydechoes's Thoughts:

To recap thus far in the "Master of" series: in Master of Kung Fu you went to China where Billy was kidnapped by Ninjas, in Master of Tae Kwon Do you went to Korea to find undercover agent Ling, and in Master of Karate you went to Japan to compete in a karate tournament. Now in this book you must use all of your skills from the previous adventures to find Billy.

This is my favorite book in the "Master of" series. Although the premise is that this book takes place in Thailand, you actually have a choice in choosing which country to go to. You could be looking for Billy in either Japan or Brazil, which makes for completely different storylines. There is only one epic storyline in which you can actually go and find Billy for yourself, instead of him coming over to you. But in order to find Billy in Thailand, you have to go through Japan first.

There are also a lot of references to the previous installments in this sub-series. Certain characters show up like Niko of the Yakuza from Master of Karate and Ling, your friend and Kung Fu teacher from the other two installments. This makes for some storyline discontinuities from the previous books. But nonetheless it is an above average book. And I also feel that the books 2-4 in the "Master of" series are the best ones.

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Special Thanks:Thanks to pinkfloydechoes for the plot summary.
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