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Item - World War II Spies

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Series: You Choose: Interactive History Adventures
Author: Burgan, Michael
Date: February 1, 2013
ISBN: 1620657228 / 9781620657225
Length: 112 pages
Number of Endings: 22
User Summary: You can choose to perform espionage and sabotage missions in World War II as a member of the Danish resistance, as an agent for the German Abwehr, or as an agent for the American OSS.
Guillermo's Thoughts: Espionage during World War II has been a frequent topic in gamebooks. The Time Machine series, for instance, has two excellent books dealing with this topic (Mission to World War II and World War II Code Breaker). This book measures up to them by allowing you to choose among different characters (and by giving you the unusual option of playing a Nazi agent). Like other You Choose books, however, it attempts to cover a lot of territory in a limited number of pages. While there are many interesting choices in the book, there is not enough room to fully develop all the possible storylines. As a result, many of the endings are abrupt and unsatisfying.

That being said, each of the three adventures included in the book includes one or two satisfying story paths, making the book a worthwhile (and educational) read. I wish the author could take each of the three adventures and develop them into longer ones, though that´s not something that looks likely at this point.

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Special Thanks:Thanks to Guillermo Paredes for the hardback cover image, plot summary and other details. Thanks to Ken G. for the paperback images.
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