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Item - Caravan to China

(First printing)
(First printing)
(First printing)
(First printing)

Combined Summary

Series: Time Machine — no. 21
Platform: Microsoft Reader (Microsoft Reader edition)
Translated Into: El imperio mongol (Spanish)
Marco Polo (Serbo-Croatian)
Marco Polo (Slovenian)
Author: Gaskin, Carol
Illustrators: Stout, William (cover)
Navaroo, José Gonzalez (interior)
Dates: December, 1987 (First printing)
2001 (Microsoft Reader edition)
May 1, 2017 (Ibooks reissue)
ISBNs: 0553269062 / 9780553269062 (First printing)
1596876328 / 9781596876323 (Ibooks reissue)
Length: 125 pages (plus data bank and data file) (First printing, Microsoft Reader edition)
Number of Endings: 1
Cover Price: US$2.50 (First printing)
User Summary: In order to discover why no Europeans followed Marco Polo's route to China for three hundred years, you must travel back in time and follow the route yourself.
Demian's Thoughts:

This is an excellent book with lots of interesting details and well-described settings. Some of the themes from this book were revisited in the seventh entry of the Earth Inspectors series. In an e-mail received long after reviewed this book, Mark J. Tilford commented on something I hadn't noticed at the time: there are no loops in this book, so no matter what choices you make, you can't help but reach the ending eventually. In most of the other entries in this series, you could theoretically at least get stuck by making the same choices over and over again.

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Special Thanks:Thanks to Ryan Lynch for the cover images.
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