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Item - Return of the Ninja

(second printing)
(second printing)

Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) — no. 92
Contained In: Choose Your Own Adventure Box Set (88-92) (Collection)
Choose Your Own Adventure Martial Arts Box Set (Collection)
Translated Into: El retorno de los ninjas (Spanish)
Author: Leibold, Jay (pseudonym used by Montavon, Jay)
Illustrators: Kukalis, Romas (cover)
Bolle, Frank (interior)
Date: June, 1989
ISBNs: 0553279688 / 9780553279689 (paperback)
0836813103 / 9780836813104 (hardback)
Length: 112 pages
Number of Endings: 21
User Summary: In this direct sequel to Secret of the Ninja, it has been one year since you were able to save your friend Nada's dojo from an evil force. Now you have learned the art of ninjutsu yourself, and you soon find yourself and the dojo facing a new threat -- a mysterious ninja intruder.
stonemason's Thoughts:

I really liked Secret of the Ninja, and I was hoping this would be another good gamebook along the same lines. Let's just say I was right! One thing I really liked about this sequel is that it continues right where Secret of the Ninja left off, and reading this book gives new background information into why things in that earlier book happened the way they did, in addition to providing a new, internally consistent plot thread. Like its predecessor, you can travel back in time -- but this time it's to a new time period.

Also, it isn't as repetitive as the earlier adventure. Different pathways really do reveal different facets of the plot, although this isn't done as successfully as it could have been.

Many of the mythological and fantastic elements of the book's predecessor are missing here... there are no more gods, creatures or spirits, so fans of mythology might be disappointed. Still, I think this is a worthy successor to book #66, perhaps even a slight improvement. Good stuff!

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Special Thanks:Thanks to stonemason for the plot summary.
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