Waypoint Kangaroo
June 28, 2023 5:20 PM - Subscribe

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.
posted by Literaryhero (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This has been recommended multiple times on AskMe, but never posted on Fanfare. After a recent discussion of Mickey7, I figured it might be worth discussion. This book (like Mickey7) has a dumbass wisecracking protagonist who ends up saving the world. If that is the type of thing you like reading, then this one (and its sequel Kangaroo Too) are pretty good.
posted by Literaryhero at 5:24 PM on June 28

I read this during the pandemic and when i saw the post i went back to my goodreads review which confirmed that I enjoyed it as a quick fun read. I don't know if I liked enough to rush out and get the sequel, but if i'm starved for a quick read I might.
posted by OHenryPacey at 8:02 AM on June 29

I don't know if I liked enough to rush out and get the sequel, but if i'm starved for a quick read I might.

You basically know what you are going to get with it. There aren't any surprises, but if you liked the first one you will probably like the second.
posted by Literaryhero at 8:17 AM on June 29 [1 favorite]

I remember reading and enjoying this a couple or three years ago. It was fun and quirky—a pleasant enough diversion.
posted by synecdoche at 9:47 AM on July 2

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