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Waypoint Kangaroo: A Novel av Curtis C. Chen
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Waypoint Kangaroo: A Novel (utgåvan 2016)

av Curtis C. Chen (Författare)

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"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?"--… (mer)
Medlem:atomoton
Titel:Waypoint Kangaroo: A Novel
Författare:Curtis C. Chen (Författare)
Info:Thomas Dunne Books (2016), 320 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
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The one and only reason it took me so long to read this book was the fact that it was a print copy and most nights it’s easier for me to read on my Kindle. I have a lot of print books languishing because of this, but this year I’m determined to work my way through them. Anyway, I loved this one and fortunately have the next one in the series ready to go! ( )
  sdramsey | Dec 14, 2020 |
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Title: Waypoint Kangaroo
Series: Kangaroo #1
Author: Curtis Chen
Rating: 1 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 321
Format: Digital Edition

My Thoughts:


Due to some of the subject matter, I will not be reading any more by this author.

★☆☆☆☆ ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Feb 25, 2019 |
James Bond meets Star Trek, with a lot of the downsides of both book series. Honestly, Waypoint Kangaroo reads more like a script to a movie that I would love, so I'm going to keep my fingers crossed for that, but it falls short on a literary level.

The plot runs very smoothly. It features a classic interplanetary civil war in the backstory, a plausible futuristic society in a future where mankind has colonized this solar system, if no where else, it has a fun super-power that hasn't been covered extensively in comic books, but best of all it features non-existent technology that doesn't stray from the realms of possible.

Seriously, the technology is the coolest part of this book. Most of it revolves around cell phones, radios, and computers implanted in soldiers, spies, and veterans and it asks questions about how that will affect their lives. Kangaroo, the hero, is a fantastic twist on the technological questions asked because he has all that, plus the ability to open small portals to another dimension, called "the Pocket." (Hence, the name)

However cool the plot and the technology might be, it falls short on a literary level. Kangaroo could really be more compelling than the standard James Bond action-snarker. The prose seems weirdly spartan, which alone sets it apart from the science fiction classics. ( )
  AaronFromKansas | Feb 7, 2018 |
This book is a tasty genre casserole. It's a murder mystery spy adventure with a protagonist with a superpower in space. There's also some political intrigue and a bit of romance. I know this sounds like it couldn't possibly work, but it does. At least well enough. The superpower stretched my capacity for suspending disbelief a bit tight, but not to the breaking point. And the first person, present tense narrative is not something that normally appeals to me, but the story and the characters kept me interested throughout. I quite enjoyed the ride. ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
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"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?"--

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