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KANGAROO TOO by Curtis C. Chen

Meet Kangaroo.
He’s a superpowered secret agent who’s about to face his toughest mission yet:

Kangaroo isn't your typical spy. Sure, he has extensive agency training, access to bleeding-edge technology, and a ready supply of quips and retorts. But what sets him apart is the pocket: a portal that opens into an empty, seemingly infinite, parallel universe. Kangaroo is the only person in the world who can use the pocket, and he's pretty sure his agency only keeps him around to exploit this superpower for their own purposes.

After he bungles yet another mission, Kangaroo gets sent away on a mandatory "vacation." While trying to make the most of his exile aboard an interplanetary cruise to Mars, two passengers are found dead, and Kangaroo risks blowing his cover to investigate. However, it turns out he's not the only spy on the ship—and he's just starting to realize that there is a massive conspiracy to unravel.

Now, when a hijacker takes over the ship and threatens to crash it into Mars, Kangaroo has to stop the disaster which would shatter the delicate peace that's existed between Earth and Mars ever since the brutal Martian Independence War. A new conflict could devastate the entire Solar System. Billions of lives are at stake and it's up to Kangaroo, and Kangaroo alone, to save them.

Weren't vacations supposed to be relaxing?

A high octane science-fiction spy thriller that puts a new spin on the outer space adventure, WAYPOINT KANGAROO kicks off a blockbuster series full of adrenaline and intrigue.


"Space cruises & badass ladies! Fun sci-fi, reminds me of Scalzi."
— The Doubleclicks

"[A] solid premise, a zippy plot, and some intriguing world-building... Fans of Scalzi's Old Man's War Universe novels should seek this one out."
— The Missourian

"Chen is said to have studied at the feet of both John Scalzi and Ursula K. Le Guin, so I guess this book answers that age-old riddle."
— B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

"The pace never flags in this high-stakes thriller, the plot never stops twisting and turning, and our hero never loses his sense of humor. Debut novelist Chen has created an engaging character and a rich, believable world. Sci-fi fans will love this fun, high-tech adventure."
— Kirkus Reviews

"In this rollicking splice of mystery and high-tech SF ... Chen's debut keeps the plot twisting as the story builds to a powerful climax, leavening the suspense with Kangaroo's droll quips. This book is an auspicious start for its author and his wisecracking series."
— Publishers Weekly

"Zippy pacing and a hyperactive, wisecracking hero are two big reasons this space adventure succeeds... For those looking for a lively spy adventure in space, this is a fun debut."
— Library Journal

"A very entertaining SF mystery/thriller and an impressive first novel."
— Locus Online

"Full of intrigue, action, laugh-out-loud humor, and some truly awesome tech, Chen's debut is a ripping great read. I loved it and can't wait for more!"
— Jason M. Hough, New York Times bestselling author of Zero World

"If you like your adventure lightning-paced and set in space, this is the book for you. Waypoint Kangaroo is a high tech thriller set on a passenger liner headed for Mars, featuring a wisecracking secret agent with a superpower that will blow your mind. New writer Curtis Chen delivers non-stop action that twists and turns and finally hurtles to a harrowing climax. Prepare for old-fashioned sense of wonder updated with cutting edge hardware in this deft first novel."
— James Patrick Kelly, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards

"This Kangaroo could just be your new favorite wisecracking interplanetary adventurer."
— Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky

"Kangaroo's adventure is a great, fun read for anyone who loves a mystery or a spy story. The light narrative tone and funny side comments make the subject matter seem less serious, but the themes and comparisons to our current world are not lost on the reader."
— Booklist

"If I could describe this book in one word, that word would be FUN! Kangaroo is as entertaining as they come. What a character! Always up to something! Whether he is trying to relax into his vacation and have a few drinks, or chasing the bad guys, he puts himself right smack in the middle of all sorts of escapades. This is a great book and first in a new series!"
— Book Haunt

"a very entertaining read- perfect for summer vacations"
— Powder & Page

"The novel's definitely a page turner, and a welcome addition to the ever-growing canon of Asian American speculative fiction."
— Asian American Literature Fans

"I've never wanted a book to get a film adaptation more than this one."
— On Comics Ground (Shoot The Breeze Comics)

"fun af"
— Leigh Wallace

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