A fast-paced spy thriller set on a cruise ship to Mars.
Kangaroo has the top-secret clearance, the experience, and the fancy scanning implants in his eye to be a very good spy. And there’s one thing he has that nobody else does—the mysterious ability to open a “pocket universe,” a portal to empty space in a parallel universe where he can stash stuff. Pretty handy. You might even say irreplaceable. But that doesn’t stop his boss from sending him off-world on a mandatory vacation while their department gets audited, “like a parent banishing a noisy child who’s preventing the adults from getting their work done.” A pleasure cruise to Mars might be fun for some people, but it turns out that Kangaroo doesn’t really know what normal people do on vacation, and he kind of would prefer to keep on being a spy. Only problem is, there’s nothing to use his skills on—at least until the crew finds two dead bodies and Kangaroo gets drawn into an investigation that turns up more than anyone on board was bargaining for. Like, way more. Could-start-an-interplanetary-war more. 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.