“Loose Threads” is an utopic Alternate History of 506 pages, set in the Pacific Rim, circa 2070s. It’s an eye-opening story for young & older adults…
___The main character of “Loose Threads” is Nyssa Persson. She’s freed from a Tokyo pimp and comes to an informal security outfit. Nyssa agrees to join the toughest and most eclectic training regimen in the world…
___The narrative centers around a raid at an Osaka foundry which has been bootlegging bogus car parts. The raid triggers a subsequent attack at a summit meeting of world-powerful CEOs in Kuala Lumpur.
New Book Alert: Hot Wheels: Cool Assassins Book Two by J.O. Quantaman; Follow Up in Tense Exciting Series About Spies and Assassins Is Superior to the Original.
___By Julie Sara Porter, Bookworm Reviews
This volume in the series, Hot Wheels, appears to carry the motto, “Enough with the explaining! Let’s get down to the action!” And, oh, does it deliver! Hot Wheels follows a much more straightforward plot set in 2076 than its predecessor and emerges the better for it. J.O. Quantaman gives us a DB attack on an international meeting of the CEO’s called Transnats. This attack is told from the point of view of the DBs, the Transnats, and a few innocent bystanders who become more involved with the conflict the further along the plot goes.
___The Transnats are certainly a corrupt nasty bunch that barely like each other let alone anyone else. They are spearheaded by W.A. “Double You” Rathbone, an antagonist who does not even appear for the meetings,b doesn’t have to for the others to recognize his power. Just him listening into their conversations and his lifelike avatar being present is enough for
the others to recognize his power, even if they don’t like him personally.
___The DB plot is excellent and is much better than the one in the previous book partly because it focuses on two of my favorite members of the Dog Breakfast Co-op. The first is Jen “Pix” Marov, a former circus performer who uses her acrobatic skills to climb large structures including the Personas Tower in Kuala Lumpur where the Transnats are meeting. The other character is Joanna AKA Jo and Kemosabe, a martial artist and driver who serves as Jen’s getaway.
___Jen and Jo are a pair of strong independent women that play off each other really well. Jen’s stoic nature and dedication to her skills is tested by Jo’s fast driving and intense sexuality. Whether the two are fighting antagonists, escaping to another country, or engaging in sexual byplay with some handsome sailors, they make for a great action comedy duo.
___Hot Wheels is not only a great follow up to Loose Threads, it is superior. It took the world that was built in Threads and gave it movement, energy, and plenty of action.