Alien vs. Alien (Katherine “Kitty” Katt #6)
By Gini Koch
Expected Publication December 4th, 2012
Science Fiction | Urban Fantasy | PNR
Source: Received from author in exchange for an unbiased review
From Goodreads: Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini and the rest of the American Centaurion Diplomatic Corps are still recovering from their introduction to Washington D.C. politics, parties, and conspiracies. So when compromising pictures arrive, no one’s too surprised. They’re also the least of anyone’s worries.
Evil androids running amok, birds of all kinds and from all places creating havoc, a Senator trapped in an ever-tightening web of intrigue, and escalating international tensions all seem tough but manageable. But the disappearance of Jeff Martini and Charles Reynolds during the International One World Festival signals more than the usual nastiness — and it looks like even ACE can’t help them.
Then new trouble arrives in old packages and even with the best hackers in the world, beings from near and far, the full might of Earth’s military, and the Wonder Twins on their side, Centaurion Division’s outmanned and outgunned.
Now Kitty’s racing against the clock to find not only Jeff and Chuckie, but to keep the peace between Middle Eastern countries, all while searching for the bases of super-soldier operations — to stop them or die trying.
And we’re BACK!!! YAHOO! Yes, folks, Kitty is back in all her glory and Ms. Koch has come back from what I thought was a “meh” book number five and delivered a solid sequel with Alien vs. Alien. Last time around, I got lost in all the extra characters so I didn’t quite enjoy the awesome-ness that is Kitty and the gang. This time character additions are reined in, plot twists don’t go where you think they will, and carnage is off the hook. All through it, Kitty is forever running her mouth off to most everyone’s chagrin, except maybe Martini…
As most good books in a series do, we start off with a nice little recapping of events from the previous book in the form of a nice “establishing shot” of life for Kitty and Jeff Martini. I’m going to totally cheat here and say that if you want to READ the opening and first chapter of Alien vs. Alien, you can head over to Ms. Koch’s website to get a peek. Since I hate spoilers, I don’t do much recapping in my reviews. So I leave it to you to decide for yourself. But it IS a great way to test out Ms. Koch’s writing (*wink, wink, nudge, nudge*).
As I started reading, I got a little nervous because we started getting into all the characters that lost me in Alien Diplomacy. Honestly, I just kind of let a lot of the bad guy’s names wash over me for a bit and it all worked out fine. I mean, it had been like half a year since I read the last book – how can I remember all these big nasties? No worries, it really worked out fine. It was like all the characters were rounded up rodeo-style and everything was tightened up beautifully.
Overall, very few new characters were added to this story and where they were added, it was near the middle to the end of the book. I loved all the new characters, most notably the non-human ones – AWESOME!! Side note to Ms. Koch: I refuse to believe it’s a reference to the Big Bang Theory and stick to my Lone Gunman analogy (read the book and you’ll understand… maybe).
Setting / World Building
Since this is a series and it’s set here on Earth, we’ve had quite a bit of time to establish the setting and world. So I’m going to talk about imagination. Where Ms. Koch excels is dreaming up alien technology and being able describe it functioning on Earth. It impresses me that she can dream this stuff up and on the other side, dream up how Kitty is going to use Earth’s technology to fight the alien baddies. Okay, so Kitty has a little extra juice. But at this point, she still doesn’t know what she’s capable of.
Wow… did that last paragraph make any sense to anyone? How about this: Gini Koch dreams up crazy shit. Sorry, that word just seems to be the word of the week this week…
Story / Tempo
432 pages. 432 pages. Yup, 432 pages. Ms. Koch’s books are long. But she has a long way to go from point A to point B and it’s a complete mess of a maze in between. Like a Target parking lot at Christmas time, you can’t get there from here. It’s almost as if Kitty has to do the impossible – oh, yeah, she does! She has to save the world, AGAIN.
Seriously, Ms. Koch writes wonderfully complicated stories with many twists and turns and impossible dead ends that make her books long. But I have to say this, you don’t really notice it (um, unless you’re on a deadline with other books) because Kitty is so freaking hysterical. You just can’t beat when she’s teamed up with Richard White; I smile just thinking about their banter. And then there’s Kitty and Jeff (insert “Love in an Elevator” by Aerosmith here). But then there’s Kitty with her fly-boys; nobody messes with her fly-boys!!!
So, why the four star rating? Okay, so maybe it’s because I read the ARC but I had three pretty big unanswered questions at the end of the book. One is maybe a hole; I don’t know if it’s something that will be addressed in a later book. And still “missing in major action” are Kitty’s mom and dad, James Reader (he phoned it in mostly this time), Paul Gower, Kevin, and Selena. I know, I know, this isn’t book one, two, or three and you can’t make everyone happy. I just miss these guys playing.
So, while it’s not a PERFECT for me, Alien vs. Alien is definitely a solid LOVED IT!!!
So much so that I’m going to give away a copy of Alien vs. Alien. Or if you haven’t started this series or need another book in the series, you can pick a book of your choice from the series. This is a great chance to try and win a copy of this series if you’ve been wanting to start it. Keep scrolling for the Rafflecopter…
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