Here at the Retroist we’ve talked about the Choose Your Own Adventure book series before and some of the knock-offs like the Endless Quest and Twistaplot books, but here’s a brand I had never seen until recently: the Find Your Fate adventure books, starring Indiana Jones.
When I saw this book for sale at a local book store for a buck, I couldn’t pass it up. Like most books of the genre, the goal of this one is to help Indiana find some treasure (the “Lost Treasure of Sheba”) and keep him alive in the process. In the book you are not Indiana but rather his young friend (probably an easier character for young readers to relate to).
The book is also filled with lots of illustrations.
“Don’t just sit there, Indy — the Lost Treasure of Sheba (c) awaits!”
(Not your friends.)
I read the book through a couple of different paths the other night. Although the writing was good, I didn’t think the adventure was particularly exciting. Then again that could be because I am no longer a member of the book’s younger target audience.
According to the Indiana Jones Wiki, there were seventeen Find Your Fate adventure books. Books 1-9 feature Indiana Jones, books 10-15 feature other protagonists (including James Bond), and books 16 and 17 again star Dr. Jones. Fans of the genre will not be surprised to learn that several of the books were written by R. L. Stine, who wrote several other Choose Your Own Adventure books for competing brands. Through Google I also discovered that there were several other lines of “Find Your Fate” books, including books for GI Joe, Jem and the Holograms, and the Transformers. Sounds like more things I will have to track down now.
As I was writing this article I just noticed something. In the book, your (and your father’s) last name is Ballentyne. The Find Your Fate books were published by Ballantine Books, a division of Random House. Coincidence?