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Review: Alien in Chief by Gini Koch

alien-in-chiefTitle: Alien in Chief

Author: Gini Koch

Genre: Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy

Series: Katherine “Kitty” Katt (Book #12)

Publication Date: December 1, 2015

Format: Paperback, 540 Pages

ISBN-10: 075641007X (DAW/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0756410070 (DAW/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

The Mastermind has upped his game . . .

As Kitty can tell you, it’s not easy being the wife of the vice president – especially not when he’s an alien from the Alpha Centauri system. And being a parent of preternaturally talented children, don’t even go there. But she and her A-C husband, Jeff, have learned how to roll with whatever life and the bad guys throw at them – they think.

Kitty & Company have been savouring a few months of quiet since they got back from Beta Eight. But suddenly their peace is shattered by the arrival of a mysterious female assassin – who might be Jeff’s missing niece, Stephanie. And that’s just the beginning of the fun.

When the Alpha Centauri Planetary Council requests a visit with the president and vice president, things look politically dicey. When the most dangerous prisoners in the most secure supermax prison escape with ease, things look bad. But when the Mastermind releases a virus that kills people in a week, things go to Defcon Worse fast.

Now it’s up to Kitty to save everyone important in the U.S. government – including her mother, her husband, and herself – before the virus spreads through the rest of the country, and then the world. Plus she’s facing invisible attackers, crazed assassins, a teenager in hiding, the most dangerous train ride ever, the disappearance of her beloved flyboys, and a mysterious alien who could be an enemy or the ally she needs.

And this time, the Mastermind’s made it very personal. Either he’s going down . . . or Kitty is.

Quick & Dirty: Kitty’s back to fight the Mastermind in another action-packed, crazy and heartbreaking installment.

Opening Sentence: Ah, to see the world, travel to exotic locations, and meet interesting people. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The twelfth novel in the Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series finally has Kitty and her crew back on track to take down the Mastermind. After the two previous novels, one of which did have Kitty learning the identity of the Mastermind but otherwise, were more like side journeys and then barely a year and a half of downtime for Kitty as she had her & Jeff’s second child, all that time and the gang still couldn’t come up with valid proof of who the Mastermind is and how to take him out. This novel does heavily rely on the previous books so I do highly recommend reading the previous novels. You could read it as a standalone but I don’t recommend it, there are a lot of reminders in the book for things that are pertinent but as in depth as this series is there is still so much more that you would be missing out on.

Less than two years have passed since Kitty’s adventure on Beta Eight. Life has been pretty uneventful for Kitty, yes, she had her second child but she hasn’t had to put her life in danger in quite a while. The Planetary Council have decided they want to visit planet Earth. Kitty and the American Centurion don’t know why they want to visit but they all agree that now is not a good time because of a variety of reasons but they also know that they can’t say no. One of the reasons for the bad timing is that an unknown female assassin is now targeting A-C’s, A-C sympathizers and Kitty. Thankfully, she always arrives on a Harley, so Kitty has plenty of time to try to thwart the assassin’s plans.

Plans are made to meet with the Planetary Council at the NASA base in Florida. For some reason, they decide that they must make the trip by train, a special “Rail Force One”. The President, the Vice-President and other members of the Statehouse are making this very special trip. As always, trips can never go smoothly and no matter how much they prepare, Kitty and the A-C’s must be ready for an attack. The Mastermind has stepped up his game and it seems that there are may actually be more than one group trying to take down Kitty and the aliens. The train scene is crazy, over the top action that I can totally see in a movie. This scene is also perfectly portrayed on the book cover.

This series continues to be crazy, over the top fun. I really enjoy the humor and the musical playlist that is more of a partner to Kitty than even Richard White. It’s not all fun and games though, there are some hard times for Kitty. These books are really long so sometimes I do forget some of the events that happen at the beginning, which, in my eyes can be a good and bad thing. The story is definitely not boring.

Kitty is crazy, funny and sometimes crazy funny. She likes to think outside the box so of course, her solutions are a little nutty, which as a reader keeps me on my toes because I don’t know what she’s going to do next. The secondary characters and the way that Kitty interacts with them are some of my favorite moments in the books but I really like the animals. I really want a Poof of my own.

Overall, I wasn’t entirely surprised by some of the events in the novel especially when the name of the novel itself is a spoiler. I had a bad feeling that this novel would end badly and continue to the next. Thankfully, it didn’t end on a cliffhanger but there are things that are left undone. Hopefully, these stories will be wrapped up in the next installment.

Notable Scene:

“Honestly, Mom, I’d prefer not to tell any of you what I’m planning. In no small part because Jeff and Christopher are the worst liars in the world. I know you pulled up how you used to feel about Chuckie for that ‘fight,’ Jeff. I don’t think you can do that for the ‘where is your wife going’ question.”

I hate to admit it, baby, but you’re right on both. I’d like to know, but it’s probably better that I don’t.” He sighed. “And you know how bad it is when I’m letting you do this, without me and without argument.”

“Don’t worry, Jeff,” Christopher said. “Kitty’s plan will be something insane and foolhardy that will put her and everyone else on her team in mortal peril. Several times, most likely.”

“You don’t know me.”

“Just be really clear about your location when you call for help.”

“You remain not my favorite, Christopher.”

He grinned. “Nice to see that Jeff’s still number one in your heart.”

“And in the bedroom.”

“Too much information!” That was said in unison by most of the room.

Jeff just grinned. “Even when we face the potential end of the world, it still sucks to be me.”

Katherine “Kitty” Katt Series:

1. Touched By An Alien

2. Alien Tango

3. Alien in the Family

4. Alien Proliferation

5. Alien Diplomacy

6. Alien vs. Alien

7. Alien in the House

8. Alien Research

9. Alien Collective

10. Universal Alien

11. Alien Separation

12. Alien in Chief

13. Camp Alien

14. Alien Nation

15. Alien Education (May 2, 2017)

16. Aliens Abroad (December 2017)

17. Aliens Rescue (May 2018)

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FTC Advisory: DAW/Penguin provided me with a copy of Alien in Chief. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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