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I Belong

Review: Alien Nation by Gini Koch

alien-nationTitle: Alien Nation

Author: Gini Koch

Genre: Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy

Series: Katherine “Kitty” Katt (Book #14)

Publication Date: December 6, 2016

Format: Paperback, 534 Pages

ISBN-10: 0756411432 (DAW/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0756411435 (DAW/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie


It’s a typical day of bureaucracy and stress for President and First Lady Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini, made more stressful when alien spacecraft are spotted making a beeline for Earth, none of them from the Alpha Centauri system. Then a cryptic request from an old adversary pulls Kitty out of the White House and into an explosion—and an even more explosive situation. Not only is the Mastermind back in the game, influencing the Club 51 True Believers to find and destroy all Centaurion bases, but he’s also found a dangerous benefactor and created some frightening new cloning abilities.

And, just to make things a little more challenging, those alien spacecraft are coming to ask Kitty for protection, and asylum on Earth. Police stations being blown up and war helicopters in play aren’t enoughto keep Kitty down, especially when she’s got some new alien friends helping out. But what these aliens share will rock the world—the other aliens on their way to Earth are fleeing an enemy so terrifying that even a Z’porrah ship is trying to get to Earth for safety and protection. And if Earth isn’t able to stop this threat, there may not be anything left of humanity. Now Kitty and Company have to figure out where the Mastermind is and stop him, before any new aliens land. And then they have to save the world from a deadly invasion. Or, as Kitty calls it, Thursday.

Quick & Dirty: Many types of aliens flock to earth seeking help and mission accomplished, Kitty gets some major storylines wrapped up.

Opening Sentence: “Don’t Tread on Me” is a great rock song by Metallica.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Alien Nation is the fourteenth novel in the Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series. This science fiction/urban fantasy series continues the conflict with the Mastermind that Kitty and her gang have been fighting for quite some books. Gini Koch’s writing continues to be true to the character of Kitty while advancing the story.

Only about two weeks have passed since the events of Camp Alien. Kitty and Jeff are still having to piece together their Cabinet. Kitty is having a fun time reassigning people’s job after that apparently went so well the first time… But life is never boring for Kitty, so during one of the job meetings, Kitty is called away to deal with an issue. There are a bunch of aliens heading toward earth and they are not all the same type of creature. Kitty has to use her diplomatic skills in order to assure these new aliens are not killed or captured when landing on earth.

One of the ways Kitty wants to ensure that the aliens aren’t captured for evil is to finally take down the Mastermind and the Crazy Eights. In order to do that, she has to find out where he is now hiding. Also, Kitty uncovers some new but terrible creations by the Mastermind. He is desperate to take over and is resorting to some really unscrupulous acts. He even has some crazy equipment that has some terrible consequences for those around Kitty.

There are some really interesting creatures/aliens that show up on earth and I am really excited to see how they will factor in to the rest of the series. I like how they play a lot into mythology.

I think Kitty is one of the strongest female characters out there. She goes into the action, she does it all in the hopes of protecting all her friends and family. She makes the tough decisions and she does not dwell on the outcomes. In the beginning of the series she would take time to cry but she hasn’t done that in some time and I think it is because she knows that if she doesn’t stop the bad guys now then they can come back to haunt her and her community.

This series is still action-packed but I do think this one was more focused on all the decision making, between who to confirm for each cabinet position, what to do with the new aliens, how to tell all the countries aliens are coming, where the aliens should land, how to treat these new aliens, and how to take down the Mastermind. I will say again that this series is dialogue heavy between all the many characters chiming in and all the decision making in the mean time.

Overall, Alien Nation was quite the wrap up of all the things that have been true to Kitty while wrapping up major storylines. Honestly, this book did feel like it could have been the end of the series if need be but thankfully there are several more books to come. There is something that needs to be addressed but it isn’t a complete cliffhanger. I will say this series has been a bit hit or miss but in the end I really liked this series. I think Kitty is one of the strongest female characters out there.

Notable Scene:

“What the hell?” Jeff asked the room in general and me in particular.

“Do you think we’re infiltrated?” Chuckie asked, before I could reply. “Because this doesn’t seem like Walter but it does seem suspicious.”

“It does seem suspiciuos, but I don’t think Walter would willingly or knowingly ask me to walk into a trap. I think he’s completely unsure of the correct protocol for whatever situation he thinks he or we are in and is, therefore, asking for the one person he knows doesn’t give a crap about protocol at all.”

“I agree,” Buchanan said. He drew back my chair and helped me up. Jeff glared at him but it was only about a three on his jealousy scale, or, as I thought of it, Jeff’s base reaction to any man doing anything with me that Jeff felt he should be the one doing. “If we’re infiltrated, we’ll let you know.”

“How?” Chuckie asked flatly.

“I’ll run through the White House complex screaming.”

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


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