Type: Sci Fi
My Copy: Sent
Being newlyweds and new parents is challenging enough. But Jeff and Kitty Martini are also giving up their roles as super-being exterminators and Commanders in Centaurion Division while mastering the political landscape as the new heads of Centaurion’s Diplomatic Corps. Enter a shadowy assassination plot and a new set of anti-alien conspirators, and nothing will ever be the same…
After everything she’s been through, Kitty would love nothing more then a bit of down time. Sadly that just ins’t in the cards. She’s a new parent, she has a new job and with that job comes a responsibility that she become the face of a nation. No one is who they seem and if Kitty and Jeff have any chance of being successful at their new jobs, they will need to find out who is behind the attacks, what they want, and look fabulous and laid back while doing it. After all, important government figures don’t kick ass….much.
Alien Diplomacy is Gini Koch’s 5th forray into the world of Kitty Katt’s (AKA Kitty Martini) world. Up to this point we have had many steamy scenes, hilarious one liners, tons of shady government conspiracies and way to many hot aliens dressed in Armani. I have rode this train since the beginning and wow what a ride it has been! This is definitely one of my favorite series and I have shouted to anyone that would listen that they needed to check this series out. Simply put, I love this series. Which is why is pains me to type the next paragraph.
I didn’t like this one nearly as much as the past books. Kitty has a distinct personality. She’s direct. She’s an acquired taste. While I appreciated her awesome one liners again in A.D, her constant stream of questions seemed to grate on my nerves quite quickly. It appears that once again Kitty always seems to be the one that pulls that string that has all the ideas neatly falling into place. I wish Martini or Christopher got to unravel something on their own. Even Chuckie seems to always count on Kitty to get the ball rolling. After four books of this I was hoping Koch would change it up a bit and let someone else shine. A.D. is also slower then past books. I wasn’t pulled in right off the bat and so the first 150 pages were more a struggle for me then I’d like. The slowness coupled with the growing length of these books just felt like to much to me. The lengths of these books is my main concern. There seems to be way to much filler as the books get longer. As much as I appreciate the wit and the way in which the team works through the issues, it’s just becoming a chore to read all of it as the books get more complex. I don’t need to know every single thing Kitty is thinking at every single second of the book. I love snark but I don’t want every single page filled to the brim with it. I also think that while adding a baby (Jaime) to the mix was a unevitable evolution to the series, I think it was done to soon as some of the slowness revolves around Kitty and Martini being parents and not able to kick ass as often as they’d like.
The story line in A.D. with the shady stalkers and the blowing up of…well…a lot, was interesting and I enjoyed Mister Joel Oliver being more of a good guy this time around. In fact there are several characters that may have appaeared in previous books that hold a bigger role in A.D. I liked that. Even though there are a TON (and I mean that) of characters in these books, I find that I enjoy when more come in. Not to say it can’t get confusing. It can. In fact I feel like having a manual with all the characters and who they like or don’t like, abilities and personalities would be a good idea.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still CRAZY in love with this series.I still have the hots for Martini and still enjoy Kitty’s personality. Even best friends get annoyed at each other occasionally. I just think AD fell a bit short for me and it makes me incredibly sad to say that. I also think that lovers of this series need to read the book regardless because of the ever evolving story arc. I find that at least once in a series something doesn’t sit well with me…and unfortunately that’s this book. I am looking forward to the next book and will approach it with a fresh attitude and outlook.
I give Alien Diplomacy by Gini Koch 3 stars!