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Alien Diplomacy (Alien 5) by Gini Koch

May 13, 2018 - 6:39 pm No Comments

Alien Diplomacy (Alien 5)
Author: Gini Koch
Publisher: DAW
Page count: 425pp
Release date: 3rd April 2012
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

This fifth book in the ‘Alien’ series starts off with a bang and doesn’t stop.
As a bit of spoiler free background, the
Surcenthumain drug from a previous book changes people into something more, and as Ambassador Jeff Martini and his cousin Christopher had been given it without their knowledge, they have no idea what the side effects might be. There’s a history of monsters, and this has made Katherine (Kitty) Martini, pretty nervous but also great at kicking arse. She’s also more than human, but not quite alien, like her husband, as yet.
Officially, the ambassadors are from ‘American Centaurion’ a non-exinstant country. They’re really aliens, and there’s a whole bunch of them living in the open.
ACE is benevolent super consciousness living ‘in’ or with Gower.
If you havent read the previous books, there are catch up moments, but it will be confusing. As it is, there are so many characters and arcs now, it’s a little structurally like Game of Thrones.
What you basically have though, is conspiracy theory comedy SF with a great strong female lead who also faces regular challenges like motherhood and etiquette at the Embassy. As well as how to carry her glock and identify killers.
I love these books oka, they’re fast entertaining reads but can get a little confusing as to who is who at times.
However, the second I finished this one I was desperate to read the next.

Alien Proliferation

February 8, 2016 - 4:10 pm No Comments

Alien Book 4
Author: Gini Koch
Publisher: DAW
Page count: 458pp
Release date: 6th Dec 2011
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

In the fourth Alien novel, Kitty Katt-Martini is heavily pregnant and almost ready to pop so is mostly confined to bed. That doesn’t stop her alien husband Jeff getting jealous when Chuckie Reynolds of the ET Division CIA, turns up for a meeting with Kitty and the CIA via video call to assess how the couple’s duties will be covered during maternity leave. Copper is angling for Reynold’s job and things are about to get hectic.
Jeff and Christopher are called to an urgent mission in Paris where it appears superbeings are attacking, but the imageer in Kitty’s home touches the screen showing the Paris attacks and knows something is wrong. The creatures the team are battling aren’t superbeings. So, what are they? Chuckie is veering towards a specially created super soldier. 
On top of all that, Kitty and Jeff are worried about whether their baby as a hybrid will have any mutated powers. After a difficult childbirth, danger comes calling again as old school frriend Amy turns up telling Kitty that members of ET Division and PTCU are being hunted. From there on, expect the myriad of mayhem, adventure and insanity that comes with these books.
Kitty as a new mother with her own skill set and an abundance of brains and bravery proves that having ovaries is not a disability. She kicks ass with the best of them, chasing bad guys, juggling breast feeding and snuggles for her newborn baby Jamie, whilst Daddy Jeff also sets a good example. What I particularly enjoy about this series, isn’t just the sense of humour, which is there in droves, but the way in which characters are not restricted by their backgrounds and fight against perceived limitations. Koch presents a diverse cast of characters who defy expectations. As always, bearing in mind this is the fourth book in the series, Koch delivers on every level, and leaves you wanting more.

Alien in the Family

January 5, 2016 - 4:14 pm No Comments

Author: Gini Koch
Publisher: DAW
Release date: 5th April 2011
Page Count: 457pp
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

The third book in the ‘Alien’ Kitty Katy series by Gini Koch, Alien in The Family starts six months after the events in the second book (Caliente Base is now a political refugee annex) and Kitty Katt is still part of Centaurion Division, as head of Airborne, working with the aliens and humans to deal with ongoing threats, whilst having accepted a declaration from Jeff Martini. In human-speak, she’s engaged, and happily so. Well, that is apart from planning a wedding to an alien, and all of the cultural implications, whilst dealing with the threats to Earth. But at least she can actually plan a wedding, now that she’s actively changed the ban on AC – human weddings.
She’s also started working closely with best friend Chuckie, who is leader of the CIA ET Division, which came as a surprise to Kitty, and a pain to Martini, who is incredibly jealous of his relationship with his fiancé.
At present the team is stuck in the desert watching strange lights in the sky that are somehow familiar, and appear to be linked directly to Kitty.
In fact, the lights in the sky seem to be a message, resembling Kitty’s unity necklace. And it, oh God, appears to be an invite across the solar system to all Martini’s relatives – to the wedding reception from hell.
Similar to the first two novels in in the series, this one, also, literally doesn’t take a breath. There’s action, adventure, fighting and fun all the way through, and Kitty is a fun protagonist to ride along with. The banter she shares with everyone is genius and she can kick-ass or snog with the best of ’em.
This novel offers lots of scope for more political intrigue and fun. The wedding shenanigans (think humour, soap opera, fights and guns) gives this book the tight focus needed for the threat and also adds sparkle to the mix. From choosing a wedding dress, to relatives who think Kitty is marrying the wrong man, there is mayhem all the way.
What I particularly like about these books, is that underneath the veneer of SF action and humour, is a very relevant discourse on diversity and prejudice. Not only is Kitty Jewish, but she is marrying an alien in the first interspecies marriage since the Pontifex changed a ruling. There are also gay couples and lots of inter-racial couples in here and each character is judged on their merits not their race. Koch, through Kitty, makes it very clear what her views are, which are indicative of the tension within the SF community itself. The book is brimming with diversity. And the ending is a real treat, leaving the reader wondering just exactly how Kitty will deal with what happens next, in her own inimitable way.