Friday, April 20, 2012

Alien Diplomacy by Gini Koch

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..

Whoa. Reading Gini Koch sometimes makes me feel like I'm watching Gilmore Girls on crack. I love her stuff but so much is happening all the time! That could be attributed to the characters themselves being bombarded with more plots to kill them than they know what to do with, but I think any reader should prepare themselves for a bumpy ride when they pick this up.

In this particular installment, Kitty and Jeff are trying to find who they are in their new roles as diplomats - diplomats who straddle the line between truth and lie whenever they step out the door. I feel for them, especially as it becomes clear that the 'long game' of diplomatic strategy is significantly different than the action on the front line. Luckily the transition is eased along by our favorite characters - Chuck, James, Amy & Caroline - with some additions from previous books (Pierre anyone?) so it all comes together in one fun, but wild, ride.

I can't wait for the next book, especially since even with all the craziness Jeffy & Kitty still show all lovey dovey-ness their relationship is known for. I'm not sure if all sci-fi romances will make me as happy at Koch does, but this is a damn good series and highly recommended.

Overall Feeling - A-

Series - 1) Touched by an Alien 2) Alien Tango 3) Alien in the Family 4) Alien Proliferation 5) Alien Diplomacy