- Series: Alien Novels (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: DAW (December 7, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756406323
- ISBN-13: 978-0756406325
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 59 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alien Tango (Alien Novels) Mass Market Paperback – December 7, 2010
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Koch continues her lively series, launched with Touched by an Alien (2010) and featuring Kitty Katt, now a commander in the elite Centaurian Division force of gorgeous men and women in Armani black. Deep in the subterranean base beneath the New Mexico desert, her relationship with Commander Jeff Martini, an Alpha-Centaurian, is moving along nicely. The bizarre return from space of three astronauts to Cape Canaveral takes the division to Florida to investigate. Along the way, they foil a terrorist plot and uncover a secret organization that wants to expose and annihilate aliens. Arrival in Florida plunges Kitty and company into a melee involving bombings, fires, disappearing dead bodies, and a battle utilizing alligators. Meeting Jeff’s formidable family illuminates some aspects of Alpha-Centaurian culture, including a ban on marrying Earth humans. Quirky characters, wacky situations, and nonstop action from battleground to bedroom keep this romp entertaining. --Diana Tixier Herald
Praise for the Alien series:
“Gini Koch's Alien books remind us why we read: it's fun!” —Kirkus
“A series that shows no signs of slowing down.” —Publishers Weekly
“For those craving futuristic high-jinks and gripping adventure, Koch is an absolute master!” —RT Reviews
"This delightful romp has many interesting twists and turns as it glances at racism, politics, and religion en route. It will have fanciers of cinematic sf parodies referencing Men in Black, Ghost Busters, and X-Men." —Booklist
“Gini Koch has created a monster with the Katherine ‘Kitty’ Katt series that continues to grow.” —Gizmo’s Reviews
"Twelve books into the Katherine 'Kitty' Katt series and Gini Koch is still able to deliver a fast-paced, action-packed thrill ride that stays true to what faithful readers love about the series but still manages to throw in some unexpected twists and turns." —Under the Covers
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I liked Touched By An Alien, but Kitty kind of got on my nerves in Alien Tango. For someone who isn't as good looking as the Dazzlers (the A-C women), she seems to have almost every male falling over themselves for her. It got old. And dude!, she and Martini have had sex in almost every airport in the world. These two have sex all the time. Great, I'm happy for you, but when do you find time to do anything else? There was also one bit close to the end when things are going badly and I kept thinking if I could figure out what was wrong, Kitty should also. Sorry that's not very descriptive, I'm trying hard to leave out spoilers. It's not a long list of complaints, but these negatives have colored my feelings toward Alien Tango.
But it's not all doom and gloom people, there were things I like. The humor, as usual, was great - pop culture laden quirkiness at its best. Jeff Martini continues to get better. I felt bad that he and his family had this huge disconnect. It's quickly and realistically explained why Jeff has a hard time figuring out his family, and while I sympathize with the Martini clan, they've had almost 30 years to figure things out and they couldn't do it. I hope to see more of this evolving relationship in book 3, Alien In The Family. There were a lot of things going on in this book, but it wasn't hard to keep track of the different plot threads. The plot twists were pretty good, though one resolution seemed a bit silly (i.e. Gower). And boy, Koch can write a great crazy lady (I'm hoping this is not from experience). We also get lots of Reader, I love him, and Christopher is a much more likable character this go around. There's also a scene towards the end where Kitty is by herself with the bad guy and things are going badly. I felt this had the right amount of "heaviness" for such a humorous book.
Once again Koch has delivered a fast paced story with great humor and well explained science fiction elements. I still think this is a great series for those who don't typically read science fiction but want to try it out. The sci-fi elements are not overwhelming and flow well with the story - it doesn't get tedious. It also has humor, romance, action, and mystery, a little something for everyone. Unfortunately, what sticks the most with me is how tired I got of all these different guys being in love with Kitty (and arguing over her). And to be fair, it wasn't every male character, but it did start to feel like that after awhile.
I liked Touched By An Alien better, and I will still be buying Alien In The Family, but I give Alien Tango 3 out of 6 stars.
Alien Tango is full of non stop action. It takes place six months after Touched By an Alien ends, and it seems like Kitty can't stay out of trouble for long. The refreshing thing about this series is that while trouble finds Kitty and Jeff (Martini) again, it's totally different then the trouble that found them in Touched. This time around it's crazy in laws, some crazy chasing alligators, a stalker crazy girl and an ex who thinks he's still in love with Kitty. Oh yes, she also saves an all power entity, helps the women of A C battle the tradition of arranged marriages, finds trouble at her high school reunion and battles the alien hating group Club 51 who'd be more then happy to see all the aliens disappear.
While some of my favorite characters from the first book-Christopher, (will he ever get a girlfriend?) Reader and Gower return, some new characters are added to the mix that I loved equally as much as my old favorites: Kevin, Ace, and Martini's dad. There were also some great villains added in the mix. I really liked the fact that while I was laughing my way through the book, Kitty and Martini had some real issues to deal with like religion, old traditions and dating someone who isn't from your race or in this case, planet. The issues were woven into the story with care and didn't distract from the light heartiness of the book, but it was nice to see that they weren't ignored since Kitty and Jeff have such different backgrounds. I think that my favorite thing about this book, well really the entire series is that there is an actual romance occurring in the book-none of this fight until the last 50 pages of the book then realize that they are perfect for each other crap that you find so often in romances. Even though Kitty and Jeff don't have the love-hate thing going on, there is enough drama happening that their romance doesn't get old.
This is one of my favorite new series of the year, and Gini Koch has become an auto buy author for me. I can't wait for Alien in the Family to come out in April! Martini has catapulted to the top of my book boyfriend list and Kitty is one of my favorite heroines. She just doesn't take any crap from those boys!
This isn't a serious book, and there are some things in there that are quite out there, literally. If you just read this for the fun of it, you will enjoy it very much. There are no deep thoughts required.
I did note that there were two typo's in the book, where a word was missing. I had to read those sentences a couple of times and fill in the blank. Other than that, it was a delightful read (though I felt like smacking Martini Jr a couple of times).
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