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Review: Alien Research by Gini Koch

alien-researchTitle: Alien Research

Author: Gini Koch

Genre: Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy

Series: Katherine “Kitty” Katt (Book #8)

Publication Date: December 3, 2013

Format: Paperback, 521 Pages

ISBN-10: 0756409438 (DAW/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0756409432 (DAW/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

When rumors of a new super-drug surface, the FBI comes to Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini for help. It becomes quickly apparent that the drug is merely the tip of a deadly iceberg and a much more insidious plan is underway involving Titan Security, Gaultier Enterprises, and YatesCorp.

As newly discovered A-Cs and hybrids begin to surface, each with expanded and deadly talents, more and more signs point to a new evil genius who’s using the A-Cs and their enemies both as guinea pigs. Then Area 51 and the Dulce Science Center go silent while Alpha Team, Airborne, and most of the worldwide A-C Security team are there for training. And if that’s not bad enough, Centaurion Division is hit with more bad, and deadly, news: Chernobog the Ultimate, isn’t a hacker myth, he’s a real person — and he’s on the bad guys’ side.

Now Kitty and company must find the real Dr. Feelgood and stop him or her before the latest version of Surcenthumain hits the streets and more people they love are harmed, or worse. But when the inconceivable happens, Kitty’s focused on two things only: reviving the ACE entity before their enemies realize Earth’s best protection isn’t actually active…and revenge.

Quick & Dirty: In this heartbreaking installment, Kitty and the A-C’s are dealt the biggest blow now that they’ve been outed to the humans.

Opening Sentence: In all the time man has been on our good planet Earth, we’ve stared at and striven for the stars, at least in some way.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Alien Research marks a turning point for the Katherine “Kitty” Katt series. Kitty and her crew have to deal with some truly heartbreaking events. These novels are richly creative and I never have any idea where the story will lead since there is always so much going on, hence the hefty page number of the novels.

In this novel, six months have passed since Operation Sherlock where many of the House of Representatives were killed which strangely opened the way for Jeff Martini to become a Representative from New Mexico and also since Naomi and Chuckie were married. Kitty is having strange dreams that may or may not be somewhat prophetic. Then Kitty gets a call for help and discovers that a bunch of A-C’s have disappeared on a so called security training exercise.

I will reiterate that there is so much going on because the missing A-C’s has Kitty realizing that Gladys the head of Security is still a security risk. Then a prison break adds another A-C relation to Yates into the fold. Then the entirety of A-C computer system is wiped out by a hacker but thankfully Tito didn’t put his research into the Yates DNA online. But then the bad guys have been doing a little research of their own that Kitty uncovers. All of these events have to be treated carefully now that everyone knows that Aliens are living on earth and since Martini is a Representative now he must abide by U.S. politics and rules.

The writing definitely pays attention to detail which is nice because this world is now terribly complicated but fun. The one thing I don’t like is that since the conversations often reveal all the clues to what is going on they often argue or talk in circles which for me just adds up the page count. The books are dark but not overly dark because there is still a really fun and dysfunctional sense of humor that I really enjoy. This novel was a little harder because the deaths actually did affect me more than I thought they would because there are so many characters but the way they were all handled did make me a bit teary eyed.

This novel also introduces two new characters who may have bigger roles in the future. Also, Kitty finally learns the actual truth of the A-C elves. The cover isn’t quite as accurate as normal but it was still a crazy badass scene between a tank, BUFF and a “dirt devil”. There is one scene towards the end that was definitely action movie material.

Overall, the aftermath of the events in this novel will weigh heavily on the Alpha Centurion and Kitty for the foreseeable future in the upcoming novels. I’m not very thrilled with all the bad that happened in this novel but everything happens for a reason so I do look forward to see where Kitty goes from here.

Notable Scene:

“What is she talking about?” Gower asked as he and White held Chuckie down.

Now wasn’t the time to explain that multiple universes existed. Now was the time to share that we were well on our way to DEFCON Oh My God. “Dude, she is not in her right mind. She’s injected at least thirteen syringes full of Surcenthumain Pure. She did it to protect us. But it’s, ah, affecting her. Like, for instance, she may now think—“

“Chuck, why did you marry me if you still love Kitty more?”

“That. She may think that.”

“Seriously?” Jeff asked. Chuckie looked to shocked to speak.

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

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