Alien Tango by Gini Koch Review: Meet Alliflash and Gingatagator

August 18, 2012 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 4 stars, Books, Reviews

Alien Tango by Gini Koch Review: Meet Alliflash and GingatagatorAlien Tango by Gini Koch
Published by Daw Books on December 7, 2010
Source: Purchased
Genres: Science Fiction
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For Alien Super-Being Exterminator Katherine "Kitty" Katt, anti-alien conspiracies, threats from outer space, and a couple of killer alligators are all in a day's work. It's been five months since Kitty joined Centaurion Division, working with the aliens from Alpha Centauri. She and Jeff Martini have grown closer and life looks rosy. But when an experimental spacecraft is unexpectedly returned to the Kennedy Space Center, Kitty and the rest of Alpha Team are called on to investigate and are immediately embroiled in life-or-death situations that scream "political conspiracy."

The team must survive murderous attacks, deal with a mysterious space entity that has seized control of a group of astronauts, and evade a woman who'll do anything to eliminate the competition when she develops an obsessive crush on Kitty's old high school boyfriend. And that's all before the evil masterminds decide Kitty's extermination is vital... Alien Tango is the thrilling second installment of the Alien series.

Katherine “Kitty” Katt is the Commander of the Airborne Centaurian Division, which is a group of extremely good-looking Alpha-Cetaurians (or A-C’s) who use their powers to save the world. It’s been five months since “Operation Fugly” and Kitty is happily dating Martini, her sexy A-C boyfriend who is also a high-ranking Commander. However, with a jealous lover after her and a host of mastermind stalkers, she’s in for a ride in Alien Tango.

Having enjoyed the first book in the series, I was looking forward to this one, hoping it would meet my expectations. Perhaps I set my expectations a little too high, as there were some things that irked me. I found the plot was all over place and got lost every now and then. Instead of taking the book in a single direction, we get to see glimpses of Kitty’s life, like finally meeting Martini’s family, and a return of an old lover from high school.

Kitty is one weird lady. She’s got a quirky sense of humour (highlight of the book was when she did the kung fu horse stance to try and control a gushing pipe and when she named two alligators “Alliflash” and “Gigantagator”) which I find really hilarious. She’s really smart, ballsy, quick on her feet and extremely charismatic. So much so, that she’s able to command a unit with relatively no experience or powers (except for her sexual prowess, if you may like to call that one).

Unfortunately, she flaunts that sexuality a little too much in this book. She reminds me of the Flirty/Heartbreaker trait in The Sims 3, who can’t help but be amorous with everyone they take a fancy to. She’s got many men after her, much to Martini’s displeasure and a lot of the book revolves around his jealousy and insecurities. In two separate missions, Kitty actually uses her sexual prowess to assist in the mission, and although effective, I couldn’t help but wonder why the two most powerful aliens on the planet couldn’t help instead.

Although these things really got on my nerves whenever they appeared, there were a lot of redeeming qualities that helped me overlook those annoyances. What I really enjoyed about the book, is the sci-fi, modern day setting where aliens have integrated themselves into our world, unbeknownst to most of the human population. The descriptions about their religions, technology, and powers satisfies my inner nerd. There’s also a lot of witty banter between the characters, which is really fun and enjoyable.

The humour in this series is just pure gold. I mean these aliens prefer Armani suits, have extreme stamina, and all are apparently extremely sexy. Not to mention having the greatest empath in the world as her boyfriend, who knows exactly what she’s feeling without her mentioning anything. He’s great in bed, has excellent stamina, rich and powerful. Sounds like the perfect guy right?

I enjoyed Alien Tango and will be looking forward to reading the next title in the series.

Check out that beautiful cover art! Looks like an 80’s pin up doesn’t it?

Rating: 4 stars


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