Viki’s Review: ‘Alien vs. Alien’ by Gini Koch

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.

Title: Alien vs. Alien (Katherine “Kitty” Katt #6)
Author: Gini Koch
Published: December 4th 2012 by DAW
Genres: science fiction, paranormal romance, adult, urban fantasy

My thoughts:

After my initial disappointment in the previous book in the series it took me some time to read this one. This story is marginally better than the previous but still not as action packed as the first books. I think that the steps they made in the direction of a political carrier is not the best the author could have made. She narrowed down her character possibilities and freedom, since someone as a known politician can’t go around chasing bad guys, he/she only can help from the background.

Kitty and Jeff got used to their new role even if they are not the best in it yet, Kitty can sell anything if she puts her mind into it. But problems and catastrophes don’t avoid them just because they went into a different path, but the male characters think Kitty should stay in the talon, she should sit this one out. Why they thought that if they keep secrets form Kitty, the chaos doesn’t find her anyway is a mystery for me. She is the capital trouble magnet and usually she is the one who solves the problems anyway.

The plot is full of unexpected twist and humor which grabs the reader with the first page and doesn’t let go until you finished. It was an interesting development how Kitty handles the situation without Jeff on her side and I also loved her new powers. She is the boss. She proves that she is a force to be recon with by herself. She is even more resourceful than we got used to from her.

The book ended with a blast and a big revelation that will have consequences in future books and I can’t wait. With this the author opened up a new venue for her characters. I enjoyed it quite a bit and my belief got restored in Gini Koch magic.

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