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Review: Alien Diplomacy by Gini Koch

alien-diplomacyTitle: Alien Diplomacy

Author: Gini Koch

Genre: Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy

Series: Katherine “Kitty” Katt (Book #5)

Publication Date: April 3, 2012

Format: Paperback, 448 Pages

ISBN-10: 0756407168 (DAW/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0756407162 (DAW/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

Being newlyweds and new parents is challenging enough. But Jeff and Kitty Martini are also giving up their roles as super-being exterminators and Commanders in Centaurion Division while mastering the political landscape as the new heads of Centaurion’s Diplomatic Corps. Enter a shadowy assassination plot and a new set of anti-alien conspirators, and nothing will ever be the same…

Kitty’s brand of diplomacy and lobbying isn’t quite as smooth as Jeff’s—but when a shadowy assassination plot and a new set of anti-alien conspirators are identified, Kitty’s the diplomat for the job—in between “Mommy and Me,” “Diplomacy for Beginners,” and the dreaded “Washington Wife” classes. Armed with only their wits, and dressed to kill, it’s up to Kitty and the Diplomatic Corps to stop the bad guys from unleashing mayhem on all the world’s leaders. But will Kitty trust the right people, at the right times, or will going her own way prove deadly—not just to her, but to her daughter, Jamie?

Alien Diplomacy is the fifth installment of the thrilling Alien novels.

Quick & Dirty: Politics just aren’t for everyone.

Opening Sentence: “They call boxing the sweet science.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Kitty is back in the fifth novel in the series. She is attending classes on how to be a Washington Wife, which really are just fancy etiquette classes and apparently she is horrible at them. She is trying to get her skills up to par in time for the President’s Ball. Sadly, she has to deal with sycophants and a teacher that is embarrassed of her all while they doubt the fact that she is actually an Ambassador too.

Kitty hates this new scenery and hates the new people and desperately misses kicking superbeing’s butt. Jeff is doing much better in the new environment, but when Kitty stumbles across new anti-alien conspirators and a possible assassination plot things really begin to heat up. All of the AC’s are having babies, and everyone must outwit the conspiracy in order to keep the kids safe and everyone else as well.

When a member of Kitty’s class commits suicide Kitty suspects that this might hit closer to home than she wants it too. Now she has to do everything in her power to keep Jamie safe as well. Plus, another one of her sorority sisters finds out she is married to an alien, and well she took it better than Amy did. Although now Amy seems to be with Christopher so maybe she is over the whole alien thing as well. As the President’s Ball begins will Kitty and the others be able to foil the plot? Are they the target? Will Kitty and Jamie get out alive?

This series is solid and good, I think my problem is they are a little long and filled with all kinds of things that don’t always hold my attention. I love Kitty’s wit, and the relationship with her and Jeff is great. I love the majority of the characters in the books. I just wish it was a tad more focused. I find myself very interested and then I lose interest and then I am back again. I also have to say that I like my aliens to be aliens, not just be better humans. I mean they are prettier, smarter, faster, and have talents so they are like super humans basically.

The parasite aspect in the first book was really interesting, but now they are moving away from all of that heading into the political realm. I mean there are still superbeings around, but Kitty isn’t the one dealing with them anymore. Plus, Kitty agrees with me, she wants to go back to kicking superbeings’ butt too! Of course, now that Kitty is an enhanced human thanks to her daughter, things do continue to get interesting.

Notable Scene:

I heard the bullets hit, however. Along with with Vance screaming his head off. The sound of screeching tires was pretty loud. Things happened fast, as White rolled us into the streets to avoid a stream of bullets. As my perspective went over and over, I saw Vance run into the Romanian Embassy, as Len and Kyle ran out. Which coincided with a taxi pulling up next to us.

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 Diplomacy. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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