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Secret of the Pyramids (Choose Your Own Adventure, No. 19) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1983


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  • Series: Choose Your Own Adventure
  • Mass Market Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (March 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553232959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553232950
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Elliott on June 29, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Now don't get me wrong, I love Choose Your Own Adventure books. My many fond memories of them from childhood prompted me to pick up this book at a used sale. I didn't find it as engaging as others of the series, possibly because of the prevalence of machinegun-armed assassins and a vague colonial feel (references to the "Orient" and the "natives"). However there are a wide variety of stories, featuring pyramids, cobras, ancient reborn pharaohs, aliens, telepathy, kidnappers, and much more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Macpherson on July 13, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
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