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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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Aliens walk among us.
Six months ago, that line would have totally freaked me out. Now, I'm living with thousands of them and dating one -- if you define dating as spending almost every waking hour together and pretty much every sleeping hour together, too, while still maintaining separate living quarters.
Aliens do walk among us -- it helps that they're here to protect the Earth, and they're all gorgeous, too. They also run at hyper-speed, have talents humans don't, and really have the edge in terms of stamina, seeing as they all have two hearts. From my vast but specialized experience, they're also god-like in bed.
However, they can't handle human machinery like cars or planes, and they can't lie to save their or anyone else's lives. So humans have nothing to worry about. At least, not from the ones who live here.
From the others out there in space? Oh yeah, worry. Worry a lot.
But then, remind yourself that `our' aliens are watching over you, protecting the Earth and its citizens from danger.
And if that doesn't make you feel all secure, this should. I'm watching over you, too.
Huh. I sort of expected more than the `Sounds of Silence'. Tough room.
From NASA to her high school reunion, Kitty has her plate full in this second novel of Gini Koch's Alien/Katherine Katt series. And, if only it were that simple. Someone is out to enslave or kill Kitty's new pals from Alpha Centauri. With leaps of super illogic, Kitty will save the day and manage not to get engaged to the wrong man (again), by means of airplane, alligator, and her devastating fashion sense. But can she do it all without revealing to her best friend that aliens exist?
Expect big explosions, big snark, and even bigger surprises!
If you discounted this series as not serious enough for your book taste, or you just don't consider SF your usual genre flavor, take a look at the following quote. Gini Koch gives her characters emotional depth while still having a way with words.
"Guilt tried to join my emotional party, but Heartbreak was still in control, and Confusion insisted that it had shotgun right now. Guilt slunk to the background, hovering around, waiting for its opportunity to make me more depressed."
Yes, Kitty is walkin' on the science-fiction side, but she's gotta lot of paranormal happenin' for her with more action-adventure than one gal deserves. And, mystery? We got your mystery! Just don't shoot the messenger!
Now, pop back and read the first volume (if you haven't) for the best series debut ever!
Touched by an Alien (Alien Novels)
Moving on to the third novel? Go, you! Another Team Gini minion!
Alien in the Family (Alien Novels)
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.
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