Monday, January 13, 2014

Review: Alien Research by Gini Koch

Title: Alien Research
Author: Gini Koch
Series: Katherine "Kitty" Katt #8
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Daw
Number of Pages: 521
Source: Publisher
When rumors of a new super-drug surface, the FBI comes to Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini for help. It becomes quickly apparent that the drug is merely the tip of a deadly iceberg and a much more insidious plan is underway involving Titan Security, Gaultier Enterprises, and YatesCorp. As newly discovered A-Cs and hybrids begin to surface, each with expanded and deadly talents, more and more signs point to a new evil genius who’s using the A-Cs and their enemies both as guinea pigs. Then Area 51 and the Dulce Science Center go silent while Alpha Team, Airborne, and most of the worldwide A-C Security team are there for training. And if that’s not bad enough, Centaurion Division is hit with more bad, and deadly, news: Chernobog the Ultimate, isn’t a hacker myth, he’s a real person -- and he’s on the bad guys’ side. Now Kitty and company must find the real Dr. Feelgood and stop him or her before the latest version of Surcenthumain hits the streets and more people they love are harmed, or worse. But when the inconceivable happens, Kitty’s focused on two things only: reviving the ACE entity before their enemies realize Earth’s best protection isn’t actually active…and revenge.

Alien Research is the 8th book in the Katherine "Kitty" Katt series, and I have to say I was surprised by how much I adored this one. Normally by book 8 in any given series, the plot becomes boring, characters become predictable, but not so with this book.  If you were on the fence with this series with the last book and were hesitant to start this one, have no fear because Kitty and the gang are back in action and this one really is unputdownable. I read this while I was at a conference, and I just wanted to hole up in my hotel room and read it-it took lots of willpower not to do that!

This is a hard review to write with out giving away spoilers, but let me just say there were so many shocking twists and turns that I honestly never knew what was coming next. This is honestly one of my favorite books in the series. It made me laugh, cry and want to hit something-sometimes all at the same time! I loved that we saw more of Alpha Team, Raj, Gower and the Dazzlers in this book. This series has so many characters and all have become beloved members of my book family by now, that I want to see them all in every paragraph-which isn't really realistic, but Gini does a fantastic job of not leaving anyone out and introducing new characters who become instantly beloved. I loved all the new characters introduced in this book, mainly because I kept being surprised by their appearance.

I'm extremely biased with this series, but honestly? This book is fantastic and reminds me a lot of the earlier books in this series. There's lots of action, and Kitty and Martini have some great scenes together. This one left me an emotional wreck, but, really the things that happened in the book needed to.  I can't wait to see what happens next with Kitty and the gang, because I really have no idea what will happen and I love that. One last thing-the overall mystery of who the mastermind is behind everything is driving me CRAZY because I can't figure out who it is, and while my guesses have all been horribly wrong I love that I still haven't figured it out and won't until it's finally revealed.  This is one series that I'm glad I took a risk on starting.