Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998)
Choose Your Own Adventure Martial Arts Box Set (Collection)
(pseudonym used by Montavon, Jay)
Bolle, Frank (interior)
This is a book I happen to have owned since I was a kid. It's a sequel to the previous "Ninja" entries by the same author, but I had barely read those.
The hero is unable to get in touch with her friend Nada, from the previous entries, and this is a running plot point that is never resolved (we never see Nada). Aside from that disappointment, there are a lot of things I like about this book.
You get introduced to Yakuza! They play a major role in the plot, and your character learns about them from a friendly Japanese man she meets in a bar. Shortly afterward, you witness them kidnapping someone, and they become a major plot point. It's a seamless way of teaching readers some interesting facts by dropping them into the plot, and then making them important. I'll admit it worked on me - I found the Yakuza in the story quite interesting as a kid.
The aforementioned Japanese man in the bar has some family problems, it turns out. That creates another plot point - you can try to get involved in his life to some degree.
The final plot thread involves a kidnapping and human trafficking ring that you can unwittingly become part of - as the kidnapee, of course.
The way the plot brances out in interesting, but sometimes unrelated, directions is quite fun and makes for an interesting read. No consistency problems here.
|yunakitty's Thoughts:||This is another fairly interesting "martial arts" book, although I found it much more interesting than Master of Tae Kwon Do. In this book, you try to help out a friend from karate class with his personal problems. Of course, he doesn't want your help, but does that ever stop "YOU" from making choices? Of course not. This is worth a read.|
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