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Sunday, December 12, 2010

'Alien Tango' Katherine 'Kitty' Katt #2 by Gini KOCH


Received from the author

From the BLURB:


It's been five months since marketing manager Katherine "Kitty" Katt started working with the aliens from Alpha Centauri, and she and Jeff Martini are getting closer. But when an experimental spacecraft is mysteriously returned to the Kennedy Space Center, Kitty and the rest of her team are called in to investigate. Now the team must survive murderous attacks, remove a space entity from a group of astronauts, and avoid an unhinged woman with a serious crush on Kitty's high school boyfriend. And that's all before evil masterminds decide Kitty's extermination is vital.

It’s been six months since the events of ‘Touched by an Alien’. Katherine ‘Kitty’ Katt is now Commander Kitty and heading the A-C Airborne division. Kitty is also in a happily committed relationship with her very own alien heart-throb, Jeff Martini.

But Kitty’s happily ever after is about to be wrecked by a new galactic threat and some skinhead anti-alien humans. It’s up to Kitty and crew to bring down a human terrorist organization called Club 51 and figure out what has a whole crew of astronauts spooked. . . all in a day’s work for our girl Kitty.

‘Alien Tango’ is the second book in Gini Koch’s fabulous space-opera ‘Katherine Kitty Katt’ series. ‘Tango’ had a lot to live up to since the ballistic popularity of ‘Touched by an Alien’. . . and I am happy to say that Koch delivers, ten-fold!

If there’s one thing you should do before reading Koch’s ‘Kitty Katt’ series it’s prepare yourself. When you crack the book open you’re essentially strapping yourself in for a frantic and frenzied space-romp of epic proportions. From page-one Gini Koch has the book floored, pedal-to-the-metal tuned to hyper-speed. . . and she never lets up. From alligators to ex-boyfriends, skinheads to a sentient alien consciousness. . . this is one blockbuster book!
Gower came over after a lot of arguing. “Kitty, what are we
doing?”

“The usual, saving the world from all the other things out there trying to destroy it.”
“Oh, good. Routine.”
All the beloved cast are back for more shenanigans with Kitty: Martini, Christopher, Gower, Reader, Lorraine, Claudia and Kitty’s parental units. ‘Tango’ also offers up a whole new cachet of characters; charismatic Kevin, an entity nicknamed ‘ACE’, Kitty’s ex-boyfriend and Martini’s entire family clan. . . This is a jam-packed second instalment, to be sure.

A big focus of ‘Alien Tango’ is the changing Alpha Centauri society. Kitty and Martini are an increasingly common human/alien pairing, but the older A-C generation are still reluctant to allow inter-species marriage and breeding. In ‘Tango’ we meet the Martini-brood and learn where all the xenophobic hypocrisy stems from. All this discussion about inter-species fraternizing also leads to Martini and Kitty having some deep-and-meaningful explorations concerning their relationship.

Martini is definitely the stand-out, pin-up-boy star of the ‘Kitty Katt’ series. If you swooned over him in ‘Touched’ be ready for Martini-induced heart palpitations in ‘Tango’. He’s more Alpha and territorial than ever – he lifts heavy objects and kicks alligator butt. In other words, Martini is an Armani-clad Neanderthal. . . and I love him! He and Kitty are so darn cute together, and even though their relationship goes through the ringer in this instalment, I loved every second of their smutty banter!

Kitty is back to her kick-butt self in this second book. Kitty now has the dubious honour of wielding authority amongst the A-C’s. . . and with great power, comes great responsibility. Kitty has men and women under her command and safe-keeping, and she feels the pressure when her A-C’s are under threat from some psycho skin-head humans and territorial alien folk;
“More explanation, less Kittyisms,” Christopher said.
“I wasn’t ‘isming’! I’ll talk slower. I think it’s safe to assume there is at least one planet, maybe more, that doesn’t want Earthlings to show up saying ‘Howdy! Can we move in here?' One of those is your home planet. You remember them, the lovely folks who exiled your entire race here because you have different religious views and so you’d lure the parasites to Earth?”
“Rings a bell,” Martini said.
Not only is Kitty battling skinheads and alien threats. . . she also has a nutbar stalker on her trail and a clingy ex-boyfriend. Kitty handles her increasingly bizarro life with her usual wit, aplomb and Aerosmith. . . her deluge of fawning men sometimes makes her come across a tad Mary Sue, but it helps that Kitty is dumbfounded by her popularity and still subject to good-natured ribbing for her song choices.

Gini Koch’s ‘Alien Tango’ is space-operatic brilliance. There are alligators, Armani-clad aliens, happy-trail sex and Tarantino-esque car-chases. . . another instalment in a series that’s so good it hurts.

5/5

April 5th 2011


5 comments:

  1. YES!!! I am sooo freaking happy you loved this book! Gini is brilliant and I cant wait to see what she comes up with next!!

    Awesome review!! =))

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  2. OMG this sounds brilliant and fun!!!
    Thanks for the review!:)

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  3. I loved this book too! Can't get enough Martini ;) I'm looking forward to Alien in the Family - that first chapter had me wanting more, more, more!

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  4. I'm with Patti. I can't get enough Martini, too.

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