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Alien Collective: Alien Novels, Book 9 par [Koch, Gini]
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"Kitty and Jeff Martini and their ever-expanding gang of humans and aliens return for another highly entertaining dose of dangerous and wildly offbeat adventures. Koch continues to be the go-to author for anyone wanting madcap futuristic adventure heavily laced with deadly danger and laugh-out-loud fun."—RT Book Reviews
"The variously dark and cheerful seventh installment of Koch’s Alien series is a crowd-pleaser…. The best hallmarks of the series—frequent banter, head-first dives into action, tangled webs, and Kitty’s snark—are in full force again.”—Publisher’s Weekly
"Rollicking, sexy fun—science fiction hasn't been this much of a blast since ... well, never.  Grab on with both hands and enjoy the wild, lusty ride."—Robert J Sawyer
"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. Meanwhile, readers who like the smart sf silliness of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy novels, Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga, Pat Murphy’s There and Back Again, and A. Lee Martinez’s The Automatic Detective will find it distinctively different, for Koch’s humor is more in the vein of MaryJanice Davidson in her Undead series, but darned amusing, all the same."—Booklist
"It's one hot, fast-paced, crazy romp, with plenty of humorous banter to go with the blood spatter and discussions of wedding dresses."—Locus

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Despite not having run for office, nor wanting to remain in office, Representative Jeff Martini is being wooed as the vice presidential running mate for a charismatic senator who seems likely to win the campaign. While the Diplomatic Corps has to deal with the pressures of a political campaign sure to uncover secrets they don’t want shared with the world, Ambassador Kitty Katt-Martini has other worries—handling the reemergence of her most potent nemesis, thought dead and buried.

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HASH(0x8934fb4c) étoiles sur 5 This Is Kitty's World. We're Just Spectators 6 mai 2014
Par Gizmos Reviews - Publié sur
Format: Poche
**I received this book for free from Penguin/DAW in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*My Thoughts*

Gini Koch has created a monster with the Katherine "Kitty" Katt series that continues to grow and we are only on book # 9! There are literally hundreds of characters involved in this story, with our intrepid heroine Kitty Katt-Martini leading the way for the good guys against the evil villains led by the mysterious Mastermind who has his Apprentices, some horrible politicians, Death Dealers, lobbyists, Anti-Alien groups like Club-51 and the Church of Intolerance, and those who are just scared of the unknown, trying hard to prevent her husband Jeff from becoming the next Vice-President of the United States.

Over the past 4 and a half years, Kitty has gone from being a marketing director, to a thorn in the sides of those who terrorize innocent people. She's gone from not knowing that aliens really exist, to marrying a drop-dead gorgeous Alien in Jeff Martini, and having a daughter with him.

She's killed several MEGA-Aliens with hair spray, and an assortment of useful weapons, including a flamethrower, and has become the Bad Guys Number One target to be eliminated at all costs! As Alien Collective opens, it has been 6 months since the events of Alien Research and Kitty is still the Ambassador for the American Centaurions who have given their lives in order to protect the world from evil both on and off this planet. Kitty and her crew are still searching for the Hacker known as Chernobog who nearly brought the group to their knees, while at the same time, trying to local Ronald Yates illegitimate offspring. Kitty's challenges apparently are just getting to the tipping point in knowing who her true enemies are.

You seriously must read this series in order in order to get the Kittisms and the various snarky comments and names she comes up for people she meets. If you have read this series from the beginning, you know exactly what I mean. I love that in Kitty. She may not be the sharpest tool in the shed at times, and people are always rolling their eyes at her mischief and comments. But, when you need a way to fight back and win, Kitty is always on point!

You do need a scorecard to separate the good guys from the bad guys, and I suggest you keep a pad of paper and pen handy while reading this book. There times that I end up tossing my scoreboard up in the air because Koch teases us with morsels that I hope will soon lead to the revelation of the person behind the Mastermind mask. Kitty also has a tendency of proving to the bad guys that she's isn't the enemy. She's talked more than a few people into joining Team Kick-ass.

I wanted to send a humorous message to Gini and ask her if I was right in my guess as to whom the Mastermind really is, but found myself in an interesting interview with her character Kitty instead. I won't go any further, but if you have made it to this point in the series, then you have probably guessed more than a few times that it was someone within Kitty's realm of so called friends, and family.

Alien Collective does change things for Kitty, her family and friends. Where Koch goes from here will be interesting to read about. I can't wait for December, and the release of Universal Alien! Sounds like it will be a helluva ride!

Author - Gini Koch
Title - Alien Collective (Katherine "Kitty" Katt # 9)
Released by Penguin/DAW
Published: May 6, 2014
Genre: Science Fiction
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HASH(0x8936151c) étoiles sur 5 Prince and Kitty to the rescue 6 mai 2014
Par Aurian - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle
As usual, I stayed up way too late on a Sunday night to finish this book. There is always a moment in these books, that you are pulled into the story and just have to know what happens next, how they will figure it all out and how they will all survive. Of course, that is not always the case; sometimes they do lose close friends and allies.

It is still very hard to write a coherent review about these books. So many things happen, so many characters, so many plots and I still do not want to spoil anything important for other readers.

I love Kitty as a heroine, she is truly kick ass, she takes charge, she will do whatever it takes to keep her friends and loved ones safe. She has an amazing taste in music, and I love how she uses it to pump herself up for action. Kitty is very smart, even surrounded by exceptionally smart and brainy people, she is the one who figures all the plots out and knows how to thwart them. To all their enemies, she is the main target to take out.
Her husband Jeff is amazingly good looking and extremely good in bed (or the shower, or the elevator) and they are very much in love. He wants to keep her safe and protected but of course Kitty will not hold back when she is needed.

I so felt for Charles, after what happened in the last book. His role in this one is minor, and I hope to see more of him in the next one. Like the Pontifax and Reader, they need more page time as I love those characters.

Again, as usual, this book is chock full of action and confusion, multiple plots are running through. New friends are made, traitors are found but Kitty really stars in this book. She is very busy, and whenever Jeff is doing his political stuff, Mister White is her trusted sidekick. And so are Mister Joel Oliver, Buchanan and her two uncles. The two alien princesses lend their fighting skills when necessary.

I really enjoy the interaction between Kitty and all the animals in this book, Prince has a starring role and he does bite. Even with Jeff running as vice president, there was not much political stuff in this book, except for the final scene when all the states are casting their votes, where the big bad thing happened, and I am very happy with that as well.

Gini Koch always amazes me with the strange and still somehow believable plots she concocts in these books, and how she pulls it off to get Kitty and the gang out of them again. The evil guys and girls are truly evil but I missed the evil clones. I also have no clue whatsoever who the Mastermind is. Someone close to them, someone they will never suspect. That can be a lot of people and I don’t dare to speculate at this point. I think when it is revealed, it will be a bomb blast of astonishment and denial. And it will break Kitty’s heart.

There are so many characters who all keep appearing for a short time in all the books, that it is getting hard to keep track of them all. Some of my favourites I missed in this book, and I hope to see more of them in the next book. Perhaps it is time for a list of characters in the back of the book. Who is who, what is his or her function, and are they a known friend or foe at the start of the book.

I can’t wait to read the next book and find out who the Mastermind is, and what he really is after, except world domination. I do wonder if he is human or alien…
I do think there will be some more traitors found in Jeff’s own family; after all, they are also related to Yates …

9 stars.
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HASH(0x8923f588) étoiles sur 5 Kitty's arrested, Jeff's running for VP, & Algar/ACE are in trouble. ALIEN COLLECTIVE (Katherine "Kitty" Katt #9) by Gini Koch 7 mai 2014
Par Lori Parker - Publié sur
Format: Poche
Kitty and the girls have gone "Washington Wild"...and get arrested. Quite an opener, that. Yeah, I mean handcuffs and the paddy wagon. Nobody tell Jeff and the rest of the significant others, okay?

* * * * * * * * * * *
"Representative Martini, Bruce Jenkins, Washington Post here with CNN. Do you have any comment on the fact that your wife just admitted that Centaurion Division was responsible for all the bombings yesterday?" - Reporter
* * * * * * * * * * *

Welcome to an extreme Ronaldo Yates family reunion, and Kitty didn't know she was the guest of honor. Dogging her heels are her favorite assassins and Prince, because - Who else to keep on tap when bio-weapons become "routine," and Jeff, a member of the A-C alien race, accepts the vice-presidential nomination?

To thoroughly complicate the political situation in this ninth installment of the Katherine "Kitty" Katt books, there's a new super-consciousness in town, and "he" has a bone to pick with ACE, the physical and psychological burier protecting Earth from most of what's out there in the big bad universe. You might even label Sandy "judgmental." The truth is, if ACE is found guilty of failing certain galactic standards of penguin-keeping, he'll be removed from Earth. And, because Sandy is a big deal on the alien scale of powerful, he can sense the A-C Elves too. Not good. So not good. Because, you see, nobody threatens Kitty's friends.

* * * * * * * * * * *
"You're lying. With ACE gone you'll lose superconsciousness scrutiny of this planet. At least, so you think. But I think they'll just send someone else, someone who won't actually care about us like ACE does."
"Immortality is a lot of dullness interspersed with extreme excitement. This is an extreme excitement moment. I'm enjoying it."
"I'm not. ACE is in my daughter. That means my daughter in danger. And if ACE leaves my daughter, she's in more danger. And if the Superconsciousness Council tries to take my daughter with them and ACE, I'm going to find out how to destroy the entire universe to get her back. That exciting enough for you?"
Algar stared at me for a few long moments. "You're scared."
"I'm neither suicidal nor moronic, so, hell yeah, of cours I'm scared."
"And yet, you're not capitulating to the superior being. Instead, you challenged it."
"Yes. As has been pointed out, not my most shining moment."
Algar gently put the Poofs into my lap, stood up, and patted my head, rather lovingly, all things considered. "No. I consider it your most shining moment to date."
* * * * * * * * * * *

Fun: Save the world (again), while trying to convince the public that A-Cs are "normal." Sure - because it's worked so good this far.

ALIEN COLLECTIVE treats fans to more linear action than in ALIEN IN THE HOUSE and ALIEN RESEARCH, its most recent predecessors in the series. The distribution between action and dialog is creative and natural for a SF "action" romance book. The reader will find the limitations Gini places upon her heroes intriguing. Every talent and most alien races now have well-established and exploited weaknesses, making fights in the political arena and on the battlefield a tradeoff of one-upmanship.

Prepare for inventive uses of pop culture references. This is trademark Gini Koch. My favorite, "Lion King death," is worth hyena-style laughter; trust me.

* * * * * * * * * * *
Took a deep breath. "Okay, in this order, I want these answers. Where is my father? Where are all the Embassy pets? Why is my embassy unsafe? Where are the other people who I'd expect to be here who are not in this room? And what the hell is going on?" - Kitty

"Only idiots argue with the smartest guy in the quicksand." - Kitty

"That's awesome, guys, but my husband and my pets are about to die, so consider me lacking in levity. And holding a flamethrower. Just sayin'." - Kitty
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Other books in the Alien/Katherine "Kitty" Katt series:
Touched by an Alien: Alien Novels, Book One
Alien Research: Alien Novels, Book 8
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HASH(0x8936f870) étoiles sur 5 Katherine "Kitty" Katt book 9 7 mai 2014
Par Sarah (Feeling Fictional) - Publié sur
Format: Poche
It's no secret that I'm a HUGE fan of Gini Koch's alien series, I love how fast paced these stories are and the fact that they are so full of humour and crazy antics! Alien Collective is once again a fabulous instalment to the series and I loved every minute of it. It always amazes me that Gini Koch continues to come up with so many hilarious ways to challenge (or should that be torture?) her characters, we've seen the superbeings, alligators, poofs and peregrines to name a few but I'm just going to leave it for you to discover what she throws at them in this book.

Even though Alien Collective sees Jeff running for vice president the focus is still very much on the action and Kitty is given plenty of chances to kick ass and take names. The story is set about a year on from Alien Research but the A-Cs are still struggling to recover the data that was stolen by the hacker Chernobog. With years worth of research completely lost they are scrambling to catch up and their enemies are at a distinct advantage. Kitty knows it is vital to track down the remaining Yates offspring before their enemies do, the hybrids all seem to have unusual and very strong abilities and the last thing Kitty needs is them allying with the mastermind, but finding them is easier said than done.

The blows just never stop coming at them in this book, what with attacks on their embassy as well as those of their allies and multiple bombing attempts in strategic locations worldwide Kitty and the team have a lot on their hands. Add in an alien visitor who has come to put ACE on trial along with some very unusual attacks on Kitty herself and things are about to get even more complicated. Luckily Kitty has some powerful friends and her "uncles" are a great source of useful information for her. She is getting closer to discovering who the real mastermind is and it's looking more and more like it is someone in her close circle, someone she considers not just a friend but part of her family. I'm actually kind of terrified to discover who the mastermind is, I have a feeling it's going to shock us all and I'm nervous that it's going to end up being a character that I love. I would hate to even make a guess at who it is though, the court is just wide open at this point and it really could turn out to be anyone.

I can't get enough of this series and I'm sure fans are going to love this latest instalment, it has everything you'd expect from Gini Koch and is just as addictive as the other books. It's unusual for a series to still be going strong after 9 books but I can't see myself ever getting bored of Kitty and crew so I can't tell you how excited I am to know there will be at least 4 more books. Each new release just can't come fast enough!
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HASH(0x89626378) étoiles sur 5 In the middle 8 mai 2014
Par Series Shawna - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I'm in the middle on this book. It has all the good stuff we've come to expect from Koch, concerning Kitty and the gang....action, humor, mystery, love....but occasionally I felt like kitty states often now "blah, blah blah" while reading. We also didn't get much of our "alien collective" which turned out to be a page, one minute sort of battle. I really hate that in books spend the whole time dwealing and its solved anticlimacticly, uugh. The team spent all that time on mastermind and Yates children then pause were campaigning, truce....huh? Just not as fluid as usual. I also felt like kitty and Jeff aren't really a couple anymore, let alone a family with Jamie. They took the ambassador jobs so they could be more a family and still help the A-C' s, while they are still helping them they aren't together much as a family.
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