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Review: Alien Collective by Gini Koch

alien-collectiveTitle: Alien Collective

Author: Gini Koch

Genre: Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy

Series: Katherine “Kitty” Katt (Book #9)

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

Format: Paperback, 519 Pages

ISBN-10: 0756407583 (DAW/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0756407582 (DAW/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


Despite not having run for office, nor wanting to remain in office, Representative Jeff Martini is being wooed as the vice presidential running mate for a charismatic senator who seems likely to win the campaign. While the Diplomatic Corps has to deal with the pressures of a political campaign sure to uncover secrets they don’t want shared with the world, Ambassador Kitty Katt-Martini has other worries—handling the reemergence of her most potent nemesis, thought dead and buried.

Quick & Dirty: Explosions, bombs, more super-consciousness oh my….

Opening Sentence: There was a time, about four and half years ago, when I thought the world was basically simple.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Kitty is back again and this time most of the girls are arrested for their own protection at a protest against an Anti-alien candidate. Some of the guys too, after they are released, Kitty receives an odd phone call in which she is warned about attending protests and how dangerous they can be for her. As always, the plot thickens when they turn on the TV and see that there has been an explosion at CIA Headquarters.

Before they can even wrap their heads around that, Kitty is informed that Jeff is being tapped to be the Vice-Presidential Candidate on Senator Armstrong’s ticket. Kitty isn’t really that happy about that, and worries about their secrets coming to light. To top it off she is having weird dreams that involve her former enemy Mephistopheles. He seems to be helping her figure out things, and oh yeah, she challenged another superconsciousness about ACE, because they don’t have enough to worry about.

Wait there is more, they catch another of Al Dejahl’s terrorists, well really another one of Ronnie’s kids, it seems that he has planted explosives in their embassy and several others. Except, once they interrogate him they find someone else has planted one additional bomb in each place that Silar was unaware of, and if that isn’t enough they find out Stephanie is a traitor as well. Kitty begins to worry that they will have more traitors among Jeff’s family, and is stunned to find out that Chuckie has already thought of that.

So they have a ton on their plates, will Kitty be able to stop all of this in time?

Too much going on is really my only ongoing complaint with this series. I always start off the book very interested and it literally brings up one thing, deals with it for a bit, then another random thing gets brought up and so on and so on. It makes it hard for me to keep interested because it jumps from one to another literally the entire book until it all starts getting wrapped up. The books are still way too long, and I truly believe if she stripped them back to the core, focused on a major incident and the deeper mystery these books for me would be fantastic. I still really like the majority of the characters, although now that there are so many and new ones are being introduced every book, I get lost in that as well. The writing is great, the wit is outstanding, and the core of it is full of great charcters. I don’t think I am ever going to love them, but I can totally see why so many do.

Notable Scene:

Cuddled her and took her with me while I changed out of the Armani Fatigues and into jeans, my Converse, a short sleeved Iron Maiden T-shirt, in order to look intimidating, and a light Aerosmith hoodie, because I was going into action and that required my boys to be on my person.

Made sure I had plenty of clips for my Glock in my purse, verified that anything and everything I else I could need was in there, gave my hair a fast brush and pulled it into a ponytail, and I was ready.

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)


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

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