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on 12 August 2005
Fighting Fantasy game book number 23, called Freeway Fighter, was written by Ian Livingstone. This book isn't set in any of the fantasy worlds we've seen before; medieval or a science-fiction future, but on Earth in the near future.
The year is 2022. Life is proceeding as it has for years, then, without warning, a devastating virus sweeps around the globe killing tens of millions of people. All that is left in its wake is a desolate wasteland. People now divide into two sorts; the lawful and the lawless.
You are a hard-as-nails hero who lives with the good people of a small fortified town called New Hope. One day you are given a mission to take supplies of seeds from New Hope, out across the badlands, to another fortified town of good guys called San Anglo.
In return for the seeds, so they can grow crops, they agree to give New Hope a big tanker filled with 10,000 litres of petrol from their oil-refinery. Petrol to run machines and motor vehicles is like gold dust in these times. People will steal, fight and even kill for it.
Off you go on your hazardous journey to San Anglo, armed with a special car called a Dodge Interceptor. This car is fast, armoured with steel and bullet-proof glass and armed with all sorts of James Bond-style goodies like machine-guns, metal spikes and rocket launchers.
Along the way you have to avoid miles of burnt-out cars, maniacs that shoot at you, thieves trying to steal your car and lots of dangerous road gangs. Added to this, you have to constantly find enough fuel, so you don't run out of petrol and get stranded somewhere.
The book is quite different to any of the previous game books. Freeway Fighter is different but likable. There are interesting aspects like driving through the desolate wasteland, the constant search for petrol and other Mad Max-inspired adventures.
A couple of things I didn't like were the mediocre artwork and the fact this game book has 380 references instead of the usual 400. The text is reduced by 5% but the price isn't!
All over I'd say that this book isn't that complex, isn't entirely original, is balanced okay in terms of opponent strength and has its fair share of interesting encounters. Likable but an average addition to the Fighting Fantasy game book series.