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Waypoint Kangaroo /

by Chen, Curtis C [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Chen, Curtis C. Kangaroo: bk. 1.Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2016.Edition: First edition.Description: 312 pages ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781250081780; 1250081785.Subject(s): Undercover operations -- Fiction | Space flight -- Fiction | Mars (Planet) -- Fiction | Parallel universes -- Fiction | FICTION -- Science Fiction -- Military | FICTION -- Espionage | Science fiction | Fiction | Science fiction | Spy fiction | Science fiction | Spy stories | Spy fiction | Science fictionSummary: "Kangaroo isn't your typical spy. Sure, he has extensive agency training, access to bleeding-edge technology, and a ready supply of clever (to him) quips and retorts. But what sets him apart is "the pocket." It's a portal that opens into an empty, seemingly infinite, parallel universe, and Kangaroo is the only person in the world who can use it. But he's pretty sure the agency only keeps him around to exploit his superpower. After he bungles yet another mission, Kangaroo gets sent away on a mandatory "vacation:" an interplanetary cruise to Mars. While he tries to make the most of his exile, two passengers are found dead, and Kangaroo has to risk blowing his cover. It turns out he isn't the only spy on the ship--and he's just starting to unravel a massive conspiracy which threatens the entire Solar System. Now, Kangaroo has to stop a disaster which would shatter the delicate peace that's existed between Earth and Mars ever since the brutal Martian Independence War. A new interplanetary conflict would be devastating for both sides. Millions of lives are at stake. Weren't vacations supposed to be relaxing?"-- Provided by publisher.
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<p>Kangaroo isn't your typical spy. Sure, he has extensive agency training, access to bleeding-edge technology, and a ready supply of clever (to him) quips and retorts. But what sets him apart is "the pocket." It's a portal that opens into an empty, seemingly infinite, parallel universe, and Kangaroo is the only person in the world who can use it. But he's pretty sure the agency only keeps him around to exploit his superpower.</p> <p>After he bungles yet another mission, Kangaroo gets sent away on a mandatory "vacation:" an interplanetary cruise to Mars. While he tries to make the most of his exile, two passengers are found dead, and Kangaroo has to risk blowing his cover. It turns out he isn't the only spy on the ship-and he's just starting to unravel a massive conspiracy which threatens the entire Solar System.</p> <p>Now, Kangaroo has to stop a disaster which would shatter the delicate peace that's existed between Earth and Mars ever since the brutal Martian Independence War. A new interplanetary conflict would be devastating for both sides. Millions of lives are at stake.</p> <p>Weren't vacations supposed to be relaxing?</p> <p>With Waypoint Kangaroo , Chen makes his debut with this outer space thriller. Chen has an extensive network of connections to prominent science fiction authors, and has studied under John Scalzi, James Patrick Kelly, and Ursula K. LeGuin.</p>

"Kangaroo isn't your typical spy. Sure, he has extensive agency training, access to bleeding-edge technology, and a ready supply of clever (to him) quips and retorts. But what sets him apart is "the pocket." It's a portal that opens into an empty, seemingly infinite, parallel universe, and Kangaroo is the only person in the world who can use it. But he's pretty sure the agency only keeps him around to exploit his superpower. After he bungles yet another mission, Kangaroo gets sent away on a mandatory "vacation:" an interplanetary cruise to Mars. While he tries to make the most of his exile, two passengers are found dead, and Kangaroo has to risk blowing his cover. It turns out he isn't the only spy on the ship--and he's just starting to unravel a massive conspiracy which threatens the entire Solar System. Now, Kangaroo has to stop a disaster which would shatter the delicate peace that's existed between Earth and Mars ever since the brutal Martian Independence War. A new interplanetary conflict would be devastating for both sides. Millions of lives are at stake. Weren't vacations supposed to be relaxing?"-- Provided by publisher.

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As the spy agency he works for is being audited, Kangaroo is sent off planet for a vacation on a luxury spaceliner heading to Mars. He is a valuable asset to his handlers, not only because of his training and augmented senses but also owing to his unique and infinitely useful ability to open a portal to a pocket universe. Unfortunately -Kangaroo doesn't really know how to be a regular tourist, so he starts nosing around the ship. Much to his surprise, he uncovers a murder scene. Throwing himself into the investigation, he soon realizes this is not a simple homicide but the tip of a conspiracy that could endanger an entire planet. Zippy pacing and a hyperactive, wisecracking hero are two big reasons this space adventure succeeds. Kangaroo's pocket portal is an unusual plot device that could have been gimmicky but gets used sparingly and to good effect. Furthermore, the hero's constant disobeying of orders and recklessness are offset and humanized by his nonstop humor, his puppy-like enthusiasm, and a romantic relationship he develops with a crew member. VERDICT For those looking for a lively spy adventure in space, this is a fun debut.-MM © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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