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Koko Takes a Holiday

(EBK #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,064 ratings  ·  154 reviews
Five hundred years from now, ex-corporate mercenary Koko Martstellar is swaggering through an early retirement as a brothel owner on The Sixty Islands, a manufactured tropical resort archipelago known for its sex and simulated violence. Surrounded by slang-drooling boywhores and synthetic komodo dragons, the most challenging part of Koko’s day is deciding on her next drink ...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Titan Books
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Don’t let my middling rating fool you, because I really did enjoy this book. It was like eating a big bowl of popcorn for lunch; sure, you didn’t really get much out of it, but boy, it filled you up nicely and gobbling it down felt so wickedly good and yummy. Like a B-action movie, I don’t think Koko Takes a Holiday will stay with me for any significant length of time, but it was some great pulpy fun while it lasted.

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“An excellent, fun cyberpunk novel with a kickass female lead character. Koko Takes A Holiday is a fast paced, awesome novel that comes highly recommended. You won’t want to pass this one by.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

"Five hundred years from now, ex-corporate mercenary Koko Martstellar is swaggering through an early retirement as a brothel owner on The Sixty Islands, a manufactured tropical resort archipelago known for its sex a
Apr 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: english
When you start a story on an ultraviolence-themed pleasure island populated by boy-whores and cybernetic komodo dragons, you had better find a way to make the adventure even more awesome from there. Shea doesn't, and after Koko departs her life of booze and drugs and sex in the sun right at the start of the book, the plot moves to a sky base where she spends 99% of the narrative just sort of wandering around. The opening chapters are a true work of pulp art, and would have worked brilliantly as ...more
Holly (The Grimdragon)
"Koko rolled wildly left and vomited. She puked for a full minute until it seemed nothing more would come forth and her throat felt as though it'd been flossed with frayed wire. Finally, when she stopped heaving, she rolled back and felt the grief and disbelief inside changing. The thick emotional calluses from a lifetime of warfare and capitalized catastrophe had vanished. A blizzard of symphonic confusion welled inside her, overwhelming her practiced discipline and control. Koko convulsed and ...more
Benoit Lelièvre
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's difficult to write a novel that is 'like a graphic novel' or that seizes the proper tone of comics. KOKO TAKES A HOLIDAY manages to not take itself too seriously, while keeping the task at hand on top of its priority list. Koko and Flynn are fun, unlikely protagonists who could've featured in a novel of any genre. That's what makes good science-fiction. It's not the fear of facing technology that is mesmerizing, but the alienating familiarity for the characters and their eerie similarity to ...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)

Booze! Orgiastic simulated mass slaughter! More sex than you can shake a, er, stick at, and just about any way you want it! All of this and more can be found at the very adult playground of The Sixty Islands, a manufactured tropical resort. It’s here that Koko Martstellar can be found tending bar and tending her stable of boywhores, as well as enjoying the affection of her favorite, Archimedes. It’s an unorthodox life, but Koko is happy, and glad to be out
Nancy Steinle gummel
Koko Takes a Holiday by Kieran Shea is different. It takes place on an earth of the future where large conglomerates control the planet. There is war with the recivs, the humans left on earth. Many are genetically engineered. Koko is one. She was a hired mercenary fighting wars all over the planet. During some of her battles she worked side by side with Portia Delacompte. It got so that Koko considered her a friend, but thee were still trust issues. Portia had plans to parlay her career into man ...more
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Well, that was violent.
Dawn Rutherford
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pretty violent, but if you are looking for fast paced sci-fi with a badass mature woman protagonist, you probably will enjoy this.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
I bought this because I decided that I wanted to read a sort-of-sleazy sci-fi over-the-top thrillride kind of read, and I was in Barnes and Noble, and this kind of stuck out as hitting every checkpoint on the list. And I suppose I was more or less successful on that front!

The problem is that if you want to read a sort-of-sleazy sci-fi over-the-top thrillride, you shouldn't have very high expectations. This isn't a bad story by any means, it's just not written particularly well. There are a few
Steve Weddle
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: Kieran Shea and I are represented by the same literary agency. He's a nice guy and I consider us pals. That's great for me, but causes problems when I want to review his book. If I didn't like it, I'd probably just not review it online. But as a fellow writer, I appreciate so many of things he's doing in this book that I have to mention them. So, you know, keep in mind that I'm writing this about a fantastic book by a guy I know personally. Grain of salt, pound of salt -- whatev ...more
Don Priest
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Good action, but I never really cared about any of the characters or their stories. Feels like the author tried a little too hard to make it a gritty, post-apocalyptic world, where life is cheap and everyone is out for themselves. That works great when well done, but here it was just too over the top. The main character isn't any better than her adversaries, just as willing to gun down the people who get in her way. Makes it hard to want her to win, especially as there isn't much to her personal ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Aug 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The book takes place 500 years in the future. The world is pretty messed up by now. And one place is sure in the front running. Sixty islands; the place where you can watch a massacre and then take part in an orgy. Brothels and killings. Aww what a wonderful resort!

Our ex mercenary heroine Koko owns a brothel. Life is good. But then BOOM! Her former wants her dead. But Koko can kick ass and taking her down wont be easy. She was cool. No nonsense from her.

The book is actionfilled, since people ar
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I haven't read a good cyberpunk book in ages. This isn't technically that genre, exactly, but it wears a lot of the clothes, and well. Koko Martstellar is an ex-merc tending bar in the engineered Sixty Islands when a hit squad shows up to terminate her with extreme prejudice, as they used to say. It seems one of her old colleagues has gotten a hair up her butt about something she doesn't remember, and sent herself a memo saying to off Koko at the first opportunity. Koko may have gotten a little ...more
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Koko Takes A Holiday contains some really nice world building without slowing the plot down. This is fast-paced, candy, perfect for summer reading. To be honest, I could have used more sex and violence and more wit. Everything is set up to be a sort of R-Rated Fifth Element. Kieran Shea succeeds part-way, but the lighter, ironic tone isn't consistent. I'm hoping the sequel sharpens Shea's skills and expands the world even further. ...more
Brian Richardson
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it
A fun summer popcorn book. No grand message here, but rather a thoroughly enjoyable action flick of a book .
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
This book relishes in the absurd, occasionally to the point of satire, and it's very smartly written for the most part. A great summer read. ...more
Vincent Stoessel
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible, hi-tech
A slick racey, SF shoot em up. Well done for this genre. I enjoyed the ride.
A fun, dirty space adventure. Lots of violence and an interesting universe. Will check out the sequel.

Offspring of The Fifth Element and Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Reviewed for The Bibliophibian.

Koko Takes a Holiday is definitely fun, in a rip-roaring blood and guts and plenty of sex sort of way. It rolls along at a tremendous speed, and it’s a really fast read because of it: there’s very little sitting around and thinking about what’s going to happen next, because what’s going to happen next comes straight through the door at you ready to pounce. That said, I was never really in any doubt that Koko would make it and probably shack up with a particular oth
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
A wild ride, barring a few skippable raunchy sex scenes, with a massive body count and some gruesome bits. Not bad world building, either.

Memorable lines:

"Great. His day has just gone from bad to full-blown shit-puppet shambles."

"'C-c-can you move any f-f-faster? My nipples are about to snap off."
Viktorija B.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Reading this book WAS like taking a holiday. I chuckled out loud way too many times. I fell in love with most of the characters, and the change of perspective in each chapter made me turn the pages even faster. Hell - this book was such a fun, sci-fi gore fuelled action ride, it actually relaxed me. Good, easy to swallow, fun schlock. I loved it!
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This took me longer to read than I wanted to, but I was sooooooo fricking sick it wasn't funny. BUT I kind of appreciate that it took me so long because I would have been pissed at myself if I read this too fast because . . . THIS BOOK WAS FUCKING AWESOME! Kieran Shea can you tell me WHY you made this so fucking good, why?!? WHY?!?!?!

Deep breaths, OK I'm calm (well maybe hehe). I can't wait for the next one and I think I'm going to kill over waiting for the next one.

But what I like most about
Paul Harmon
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
First things first. This was a First reads, Good Reads book I won and thank you to all for that.

Kieran Shea's "Koko Takes a Holiday" is a big dose of the Cyberpunk 2020 RPG from the 80's, with some Bourne Identity, a touch of modern noir and a Mark Millar Graphic novel thrown lovingly into a prose package.

Koko is an ex-mercenary now living the high life as a bar/cathouse owner(since its male whores does that make it a doghouse?) on the lush resort Islands called The Sixty Islands. It doesn't tak
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
A big disappointment.
What was advertised as outlandishly cyberpunk, refreshingly empowering to the female sex, and blatantly original only amounted to something.... average. There were unique elements in the plot, the most memorable being the Embrace ceremony where thousands of "Depressus"-afflicted individuals jump to their deaths in an orchestrated aerial event. Also unique is the brutal eyeball-chomping actions of bounty hunters. However, the grotesque and shocking were merely peppered withi
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, fiction
This novel actually felt rather like the holiday of the title. It is cartoonishly violent science fiction nonsense and so much fun! The setting is five hundred years in the future, a cross between Market Forces and The Ballad of Halo Jones, with a touch of ‘The Fifth Element’. After massive upheaval and catastrophe, the world is run by mega-corporations, who have free reign to discipline their employees with everything up to and including execution. Our heroine Koko used to be a mercenary badass ...more
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-read
Koko Martstellar is a former mercenary, now owner of a brothel on The Sixty Islands – an artificial resort far away from coporate conflicts and re-civs zones on earth, where people can let off steam with sex and simulated violence. Koko is enjoying life until Portia Delacompte – her former comrade in arms, now boss of The Sixty Islands – puts a hit on her. Due to selective memory treatment, Portia doesn't know why she wants Koko dead. Koko herself is astonished: it was Portia who invited her to ...more

4 stars

This book is cray cray.

Koko is ex-mercanary who went of the grid and she's hiding on The Sixty Island resort....- think something like pleasure island/Fhloston planet from Fifth Element -where she's running a brothel. Suddenly, everyone wants to kill her and the person who put a hit on Koko is her ex-colleague and friend who helped her hide in the first place. Koko teams up with cop who is diagnosed with Depressus, mental condition that force a person to join mass suicide event and they a
Nick Raines
May 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Looking for something action packed, short, and to the point? Well here you go.

Koko is an ex-corporate mercenary turned bartender and pimp. Koko was good at mercenary work, but she got burned out on it and took an easier job on a paradise island offered to her by a friend. One day security comes calling wanting to arrest of kill Koko, her friend betrayed her. Now Koko is on the run to a colony of space stations above Earth.

This book is fast paced, down and dirty, and is not afraid to be overly
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
In KOKO TAKES A HOLIDAY, Kieran Shea manages an amazing balancing act.

Reading this book, I was struck by the world building. Shea creates an entire future that is both plausible and amazing. He creates diseases, new worlds, new situations and yet still ground it in reality.

At the same time, he's able to build deeper characters, ones who resonate with the reader... not cyphers who are just making their way through this world. Flynn, who is afflicted by Depressus is particularly compelling. And Ko
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