The first thing I noticed about Secret of the Pyramids (Choose Your Own Adventure #19) was the art by Anthony Kramer. It's unintentionally creepy as everybody looks like what best can be described as deranged toddlers. Sometimes with facial hair. As if acknowledging this the artist spares the reader some anguish by having almost half of his drawings highlight the back of someone's head. There are also two drawings of a sandstorm that look like toys beneath a rippling surface of water. That's the most upbeat description I can give of them.
Anyway, as the other reviewer noted, the story by Richard Brightfield isn't much better. Your uncle is a scientist and takes you along with him to Egypt in order to try and use the pyramids to focus cosmic rays into an unlimited source of energy. Now THAT'S a scientist. Depending on the path(s) you choose you may encounter UFOs, belly dancers, a random time traveling magician, sandstorms, mind control, a very short world conquerer living in a modern pyramid, submachine gun toting desert warriors, a submersible car, a group of assassins, a group of terrorists, and a group of evil foreign agents. You can also become all-powerful in one path but it ends as soon as you do so no wish fulfillment for you, my friend.
As you might gleam from the previous paragraph this book is all over the place. But none of it is very satisfying. The ideas are thrown in barely developed and then given abrupt ends. A few times it felt like the author wrote himself into a corner and so he quickly ended the path. Like the entire belly dancer storyline where you either hang out in her village and then go home, just go home, time travel back to page two, or go back home. There's also absolutely no continuity in this book either. Guards may come rushing in in one scene if you sneak out a window but if you go out the door the hall is completely empty. Or one group of villains is behind everything if you choose one path but it's aliens if you choose another. Also a lot of the choices are either 'go on adventure' or 'go back to hotel/go home'.
The "secret of the pyramids" is found on only one path. But since it makes no sense and you get nothing out of it I wouldn't exert a lot of effort trying to find it. Two words: data module.
- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Bantam Books; Reissue edition (1 April 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553257617
- ISBN-13: 978-0553257618
- Package Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.4 x 0.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 22.7 g
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