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Review: Alien Tango by Gini Koch

alien-tangoTitle: Alien Tango

Author: Gini Koch

Genre: Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy

Series: Katherine “Kitty” Katt (Book #2)

Publication Date: December 7, 2010

Format: Paperback, 428 Pages

ISBN-10: 0756406323 (DAW/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0756406325 (DAW/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie


For Alien Super-Being Exterminator Katherine “Kitty” Katt, anti-alien conspiracies, threats from outer space, and a couple of killer alligators are all in a day’s work. It’s been five months since Kitty joined Centaurion Division, working with the aliens from Alpha Centauri. She and Jeff Martini have grown closer and life looks rosy. But when an experimental spacecraft is unexpectedly returned to the Kennedy Space Center, Kitty and the rest of Alpha Team are called on to investigate and are immediately embroiled in life-or-death situations that scream “political conspiracy.”

The team must survive murderous attacks, deal with a mysterious space entity that has seized control of a group of astronauts, and evade a woman who’ll do anything to eliminate the competition when she develops an obsessive crush on Kitty’s old high school boyfriend. And that’s all before the evil masterminds decide Kitty’s extermination is vital…Alien Tango is the thrilling second installment of the Alien series.

Quick & Dirty: A heroine with a quirky sense of humor that can solve anything in her crazy, outside the box style.

Opening Sentence: Aliens walk among us.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Alien Tango is the second novel in Gini Koch’s urban fantasy Katherine “Kitty” Katt series. These books are thick but man are they action-packed and funny. If you like a main character with a crazy sense of humor who loves a rock soundtrack with her action then I would recommend giving this series a try. The aliens of this series are also worth it because who doesn’t love a bunch of drop dead aliens in Armani? I’m beginning to think I do! As an urban fantasy series, the story makes more sense if you’ve read the stories before it.

Katherine “Kitty” Katt is now the new head of the Airborne Division of Centurion. It has been only five months since she discovered that aliens are real. Now something strange is going down at Kennedy Space Center. The Centurion Division has been tasked to find out what has happened to a group of astronauts after they returned un-expectantly from space. Meanwhile, Kitty is not planning on going back to her high school reunion but Jeff is much to her chagrin. The alligators are perhaps the funniest thing in this novel. I didn’t remember them from the synopsis but I wondered why there was an alligator on the cover.

I want to repeat that there is so much going on in this novel. Kitty uncovers a group who wants nothing for the aliens but to be their slaves and they have found the ultimate weapon. Kitty also is trying to help fight the bigotry within the Alpha Centurions. Craziness just abounds in this novel and all the events take place within the span of a few days, although two weeks did pass at one point but honestly it still just felt like the span of a few days.

I love Kitty’s spunk and humor. Her humor is quite out there but it does often make me laugh out loud. Plus, you can never know what is up Kitty’s sleeve because a lot of her ideas come out of left base. These ideas seem to be what the Alpha Centurions need though because they hadn’t been able to fight off the bad guys for years until Kitty came along. The only thing I don’t like is that Kitty is a little too emotional at times and cries quite a bit.

Kitty does have one thing that reminds me of one of my used to be favorite series… all the males in the novel seem to have the hots for her. At least three proposed or planned on proposing, one keeps threatening to turn straight (which is hilarious by the way), and the many flirtatious meetings with different men (while in life or death situations).

Jeff Martini is sexy as hell but he is moody in this novel, not as funny as book one. I almost wanted Kitty to at least take up one of the other offers. This book isn’t all fun and games. There are times when I do get a little lost in the dialogue and can’t quite comprehend some of the more technical issues that the characters are talking about when they are bouncing ideas quickly off of each other.

Overall, I do have some minor issues with the book but in the end it is an entertaining world that I have enjoyed immersing myself in with the strange but crazy hot aliens. I can’t wait to unveil what is next for Kitty and Jeff.

Notable Scene:

“You people really are the scum of the Earth, aren’t you?”

“This is our world. They don’t belong here. If they’re going to stay, then they’re going to do what they should.”

“Be your weapons?”

“Be our slaves.”

He meant it. This wasn’t just a bid for power, this was Hitler all over again. I had to hand it to the little goosestepper—he’d tapped into what appeared to be a universal goal of megalomaniacs everywhere: purity of the race and death or enslavement of any not considered good enough.

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


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