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Koko Takes a Holiday (EBK) Paperback – June 10, 2014

3.9 out of 5 stars 63 ratings
Book 1 of 3 in the EBK Series

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*Starred Review* Set five centuries into the future, this first novel begins in a resort complex, the Sixty Islands, where elite brothel owner Koko Martstellar narrowly escapes an assassination attempt. Fleeing to the orbital community known as the Second Free Zone, Koko is astonished to learn that her old friend, Portia Delacompte, is behind the assassination. While Koko is trying to figure that out, Portia is trying to figure out something just as baffling—why she ordered the death of her friend—for her memories concerning the hired hit seem to have vanished. This futuristic wild ride starts out quickly and doesn’t really slow down until it’s over. You would think such a breakneck pace wouldn’t leave much time for character development, but Shea skillfully weaves characterization into dialogue and the thoughts and actions of the people in the novel. The use of the present tense certainly helps make the story feel urgent and immediate, too. We get caught up in Koko’s predicament and are carried along with her as she desperately tries to keep herself alive until she can track down her would-be assassin. Great fun and a fine introduction to an author with a distinctive style. Expect more from Shea, perhaps in several genres. --David Pitt

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"A fun, action-packed, page-turner." - SFF Punk

"If you’re looking for a fun, violent, blood-and-gore sci-fi romp, you should check it out." - Pixelated Geek

"Shea just keeps the action and plot hooks coming." - Hey Poor Player 

"Kieran Shea's first novel is action-packed, fast-paced, violent, and full of cyberpunk fun. It's a brilliant ride that makes for a quick read, perfect for summer vacation." - Daily Crate

"Personally, I can’t wait to see Koko Martstellar in another book soon. If it’s even half as good as Koko Takes A Holiday it’ll be another hellacious ride I want to take." - Pop Cults

"The sheer breakneck speed of Koko Takes a Holiday, and the pseudo-cyberpunk posturing of Shea’s prose, are more than enough to propel you through this book cover to cover." - Giant Freakin Robot

"Plenty of explosions, bullets, wise cracks, and surprises will leave you wanting more. And the best news is that Koko the Mighty will be out in Summer 2015. Yippee-Ki-Yay… this book completely rocks." - Geek Dad

"An extremely fast-paced chunk of science fiction space operetta with attitude...Shea is a name to look out for, and I can only see his work getting better and better." - Adventures in SciFi Publishing 

"Fans of far out there science fiction works similar to what movie fans would expect from a Quentin Tarantino flick will feel right at home." - BGG Magazine

"It’s no secret that I loved Kieran Shea’s debut." -  My Bookish Ways

"This book looks absolutely bonkers, and it’s one that we’re itching to read." - BuzzFeed Community

"Koko Takes a Holiday is a nonstop, bloody thrill ride with the all the subtlety of a rocket launcher, and I loved every minute of it. And the ending? Well, you’ll see-it’s a jawdropper. Kieran Shea will blow you away, promise. More Koko please!!" - My Bookish Ways

"Reminiscent of Takeshi Kovaks from Richard K. Morgan’s Altered Carbon with a dash of Tank Girl attitude, Koko is memorable character. The violence is quite extreme, so the squeamish should probably look elsewhere, but this is a fun gender reversal of your typical shoot-em-up" -Library Journal  

"Wild ride....breakneck pace...great fun"  – Booklist starred review  
 


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