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Review: Camp Alien by Gini Koch

camp-alienTitle: Camp Alien

Author: Gini Koch

Genre: Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy

Series: Katherine “Kitty” Katt (Book #13)

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

Format: Paperback, 608 Pages

ISBN-10: 0756410088 (DAW/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0756410087 (DAW/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

The President and First Lady, aka Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini, don’t get any downtime once the Mastermind has been revealed to the world. Not only do they have myriad high-level government positions to fill, but the scrutiny and pressure on this Administration has gone into overdrive.

The sudden reappearance of a long-forgotten adversary turns out to be the tip of the iceberg. New robots and androids attacking, old enemies making new alliances, and new aliens with interesting abilities almost overshadow the fact that the U.S. still has to host a peace summit at Camp David between Israel and Iraq. It’s clear that while the Mastermind may be down, there are plenty of others ready to take his place—and all that stands between them and success are Kitty and Company.

Kidnappings, rescues, creepy hideouts, a hidden black site, and a domestic dispute that could end Jeff and Kitty’s marriage are nothing compared to finding not one but two hidden labs where dangerous and deadly things are brewing.

But when the President and his entourage finally get to the peace talks, things are no better. Mossad rightly suspects something’s wrong with both their Prime Minister and the President of Iraq. A hidden in-control superbeing, an android replacement, and an army of Fem-Bots turn the peace talks into a Battle Royale that the team might not actually survive. And if they don’t make it, Earth won’t make it, either.

But no pressure.

Quick & DirtyMore androids, more rescues, more kidnappings, and so much more!

Opening Sentence: “There’s an old adage – be careful what you wish for.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Kitty is back as the First Lady this time. Since the Mastermind’s plan was spoiled, but not before it killed the President, making Jeff the new President, things are more than a little hectic. Especially since the Mastermind was unveiled on national TV. As always, Kitty gets a call from the enemy, but this time she figures out who it is, Gustav Drax, and he is the one who kidnapped the flyboys. However, he lets them know that Kendrick has taken the helicarrier and the flyboys.

Shortly after they find out all of that, Kitty stumbles across a Kitty-bot that has an urgent message for Vice-President Jeff. Kitty quickly realizes that the Kitty-bot has been at Camp David and unaware of what has happened to the former President. They figure out that she was programmed to blow up at the peace talks. Kitty and the others quickly deactivate her and add it to the growing list of crazy things going on.

Jeff has to get the Camp David peace talks back on track, and Kitty is busy hunting down the missing flyboys. Kitty also had to dodge kidnapping attempts from multiple Kendrick bots. Will they be able to make peace between Israel and Iraq? Will Kitty find the missing flyboys? Will Jeff and Kitty make it through this one?

Kitty and Jeff have two kids now, and Jeff is the President. I am not sure this really dealt with that too much, I mean the peace talks were a part of it, but mostly it was about finding the flyboys. And more androids. Lots of androids. However, Kitty handles things as normal with a lot of butt kicking and quick wit.

Overall, I enjoyed this one. This series has been hit or miss for me. I have enjoyed several books, and a couple just left me going. Now nearing the end, I can say I can see why people love them, they are filled with a number of things that I enjoy. A quick-witted female lead, hijinks, great romance, and some pretty amazing backup characters. My biggest complaints are the books are too long, filled with too much going on, and sometimes the plot is downright silly.

I feel like I definitely stepped outside my comfort zone in this series. I was hoping to love them, but while that didn’t happen, I did enjoy them. I laughed out loud at points and was brought to tears at others. So if aliens are your thing, especially in a more urban fantasy feel instead of science fiction, then I heartily recommend you check out this series.

Notable Scene:

“So the time passed in a rather conventional manner. No one tried to run us off the road, shoot at us, bomb us, or kidnap us. Was texting with people in various cars in the convoy, and everyone reported it was all work and serene driving. Had a glimmer of hope that this would end up being a really boring camping trip combining work and awkward small talk and Poof juggling that I’d have to explains as a magic trick.”

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

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