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Marketing manager Katherine “Kitty” Katt had just finished a day on jury duty. When she stepped out of the Pueblo Caliente courthouse, all she was thinking about was the work she had to get caught up on. Then her attention was caught by a fight between a couple that looked like it was about to turn ugly. But ugly didn’t even begin to cover it when the “man” suddenly transformed into a huge, winged monster right out of a grade Z science fiction movie and went on a deadly killing spree. In hindsight, Kitty realized she probably should have panicked and run screaming the way everyone around her was doing. Instead she sprinted into action to take down the alien.
In the middle of all the screeching and the ensuing chaos, a hunk in an Armani suit suddenly appeared beside her, introduced himself as Jeff Martini with “the agency,” and then insisted on leading her to a nearby limo to talk to his “boss.” And that was how Kitty’s new life among the aliens began…Touched by an Alien is the thrilling first installment of the Alien novels.
I love Kitty. Really, who wouldn’t? She runs into danger, protects the people she cares about and even people she barely knows, and is kick-ass while she does it.
“Touched By An Alien” by Gini Koch is witty, fun, and fast paced. It is packed with action. It’s also packed with mystery and intrigue. Kitty begins with stepping up to save innocent people from a monster but that’s not the end of things, that’s just the beginning.
She learns that aliens are real and helping protect the world from monsters, parasites that turn any mammal into a rage filled monster trying to kill people. On top of that, the biggest bad is paired with the man running the ultimate terrorist group, a parasite that isn’t just a monster but who has plans for destroying the world. And Kitty needs to figure out how to stop him.
Why Kitty? Because he wants her and wants to destroy the people she loves. This is the real secret to the excitement of this book. Gini Koch combines mystery and intrigue into an action thriller that is impossible to put down filled with humor and characters that you love.
I willingly admit to crying in this book because not everyone makes it. And that is the beauty of the book. It makes you fall in love with everyone Kitty loves and she cares about the people around her and she wants to help them. The author blends humor and pathos with equal measure and makes you genuinely care about all the characters in the book.
It’s a breath of fresh air to have a character that is also a good person. She isn’t perfect. She makes mistakes. She falls in love fast and has a temper. But you love her anyway. She’s a good person protecting her family. And like every person like that, firemen, police, and soldiers, she isn’t willing to step down and let the people she cares about get hurt.
The same goes for this novel. It isn’t perfect. Sometimes Kitty is telling us what’s going on instead of us just seeing it for ourselves but it works, especially from a first person point of view. I also probably would have loved it almost as much without the sex scenes but I do find they help move the story along and are instrumental in bringing Kitty into her new world. Action and dialogue really move this story. It is fast paced and incredibly well paced. It would make a great action movie or television show.
I also like that in this book smart people are prized. Yes, the aliens are beautiful but their culture prizes intelligence over looks and doesn’t care about the color of a person’s skin or their sexuality. They have their problems, not the least of which is not being able to lie worth a darn and needing help figuring out what the Big Bad is up to. This is a world I wouldn’t mind living in.
And, yes, Kitty is kick ass. And that’s why I love her so much I can re-read the book over and over.
Editor Rating: Really loved it!
Series: Alien Novels (Book 1)
Publisher: DAW (April 6, 2010)
You can get the book here: Duncansbooksandmore