Saturday, June 3, 2017

Alien Nation by Gini Koch (Spotlight and review)

Alien Nation


Gini Koch


Sci-fi action meets steamy paranormal in Gini Koch’s Alien novels, as Katherine “Kitty” Katt faces off against aliens, conspiracies, and deadly secrets. • “Futuristic high-jinks and gripping adventure.” —RT Reviews

It’s a typical day of bureaucracy and stress for President and First Lady Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini, made more stressful when alien spacecraft are spotted making a beeline for Earth, none of them from the Alpha Centauri system.

Then a cryptic request from an old adversary pulls Kitty out of the White House and into an explosion—and an even more explosive situation. Not only is the Mastermind back in the game, influencing the Club 51 True Believers to find and destroy all Centaurion bases, but he’s also found a dangerous benefactor and created some frightening new cloning abilities.

And, just to make things a little more challenging, those alien spacecraft are coming to ask Kitty for protection, and asylum on Earth. Police stations being blown up and war helicopters in play aren’t enoughto keep Kitty down, especially when she’s got some new alien friends helping out.

But what these aliens share will rock the world—the other aliens on theirway to Earth are fleeing an enemy so terrifying that even a Z’porrah ship is trying to get to Earth for safety and protection. And if Earth isn’t able to stop this threat, there may not be anything left of humanity.

Now Kitty and Company have to figure out where the Mastermind is and stop him, before any new aliens land. And then they have to save the world from a deadly invasion. Or, as Kitty calls it, Thursday.

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My review:

4.75 out of 5 stars

Alien Nation by Gini Koch is part of the genre-twisting ‘Alien’ series, this story combines science fiction, fantasy, paranormal romance, and adventure elements into another suspenseful tale as mostly human Katherine (Kitty) Katt-Martini and her hunky Alpha Centauri hubby Jeff marshal friends, family and allies to deal with an alien invasion that is fleeing an horrific menace that will literally change every being it comes into contact with. Finding a way to cozy up to those who definitely look different from what she is used to will be only one thing that Kitty needs to conquer but she’s never backed down from a challenge yet and she is definitely not going to start now…when EVERYONE’s life is at stake.

This book features another delightful and exciting adventure with First Lady Kitty Katt-Martini and the rest of the larger-than-life folks in her circle. The FLOTUS is learning the ‘power of the paw’ in addition to a few other perks of the office, but the crises are still arriving fast and furious, and problems are increasing astronomically. With her usual inimitable style and aplomb, Kitty kicks butt with enthusiasm accompanied by an impressive playlist that represent not-so-subtle clues from one of her allies, working around constraints imposed.

It’s always amazing to me how this author can address current issues with such flair and provide a wondrously entertaining story with her portrait of the dangers of bigotry and the importance of acceptance and appreciation for the contributions that can be made by those who are very different from us. I am always vastly entertained by the creatures who populate these stories, and wow, the images of the Turleens swooping around doing their Gamera imitation while helping Kitty save the day had me laughing out loud. The amazing thing about Gini’s stories is that they are SO outlandish and chock-full of pop culture references and musical clues that one can spend hours captivated by the imagery. Add in an exciting story…who can help being nervous when the BAD GUYS are FLEEING something…plus a few puzzles (like who is Patricia and what did she do to be featured as such a horrible alien race, lol), cameos by some of one’s favorite characters, and the ongoing love affair between the main characters, and one can disappear into one of these hefty books for days.

Those who are unfamiliar with the series should definitely start at the beginning (one of these days, these thick books need to be made even thicker by a list of characters to help us keep track of who’s who) but be advised that only those who love sarcastic wit and wonderfully exciting larger-than-life adventures will appreciate these comic-book-on-steroids tomes that combine humor, self-honesty, loyalty, and the excitement of an ongoing struggle for identity in a world that is getting smaller but no less important in terms of the universe. I have to wonder how the author is able to keep raising the bar in her ability to combine wacky with relevant but I definitely appreciate her talents and look forward to more tales in this fantastic series even though it apparently has a planned endpoint that is rapidly approaching.

A copy of this title was provided to me for review, a version of which was submitted to Night Owl Reviews show how far behind I am...the sequel has just released! I am looking forward to reading it...but unfortunately there are (quite) a few in line ahead of it, drat!


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