Cool Assassins 1 & 2

Fiction - Science Fiction
939 Pages
Reviewed on 07/02/2022
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

Combining two full-length novels in the same Cool Assassins speculative fiction series, J.O. Quantaman offers up Spin-Off: Cool Assassins 1 & 2, containing book one, Loose Threads, and book two, Hot Wheels. The story is set about fifty years in the future with a fluctuating, non-linear timeline and revolves primarily around a former, trafficked sex worker turned rescued warrior named Nyssa. Dog-Breakfast is an elite co-op that operates in a universe of corporate tyranny and Nyssa's journey in the martial arts espionage and execution squad, alongside her past, are explored within this world in great detail. Nyssa remains a hunted target but is no longer alone. An acrobat named Jen, the de facto leader of Dog-Breakfast named Cook, and partners Meg and Subie round out her surroundings, among many others. The plot is a convergence of Nyssa's 'then' and 'now', dancing between Kazuo and her Dog-Breakfast training, and her growth within the dichotomy of both lives. A huge twist is revealed at this point among many smaller ones that come to light along the way. Two Dog-Breakfast members nearly fall into an oligarch trap and the ensuing revenge that ravages the ordinary is deadly to everyday citizens and becomes a trigger in Dog-Breakfast's race to stamp out the unruly rulers.

Spin-Off is a goliath of a novel with each book tapping in at just above and just below the five-hundred-page count mark. Most of this is the result of intensive descriptive narratives employed by J.O. Quantaman to build a complex world that embodies a futuristic setting on Earth and beyond, complex technology that features throughout the science fiction elements, and a hierarchy of politicking and power that carries with it a social structure that would seriously excite a room full of anthropologists. The framework is solid even when the details do sometimes wander. The best part is absolutely the latter half/second novel, which is fast-paced and full of incredible action. Quantaman is deftly skilled in the art of the fight and chase scenes and between the first half of Spin-Off and the second you can really witness his maturity as a writer in near real-time. He gets bonus points for the strength of a solid cast of female protagonists. This book requires a lot of trust and commitment from a reader, but once engaged it becomes impossible to put down. Recommended.