- Title: Alien Proliferation
- Author: Gini Koch
- Series: Katherine “Kitty” Katt #4
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Format: eBook
- Source: Own Copy
- Reviewed by: Sonja
- Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Description: Alien Super-Being Exterminator Kitty Katt is expecting her first baby. But the alien attacks are getting more dangerous, and now Kitty and her Alpha Centaurion husband, Jeff, have to find out who’s behind the conspiracy to kill Kitty’s secret agent mom and what caused Kitty’s transformation into a superhuman-and they’ve got to do it all before the baby shower…
Review: The one where Kitty and Jeff have a baby.
This one begins with Kitty in the final stages of pregnancy. In fact, she is on bed rest. She still does not, however, find time to read any reports or regulations. And, in their repeated habit of not planning for the events in their lives, she and Jeff are in no way ready for this baby. So, in typical fashion, it falls on others (James) to ensure that all their needs are met.
The birth, naturally, happens at the beginning of yet another crisis. And, the birth does not go as planned. To begin with, it appears A-C births are much quicker than your normal human variety. In addition, a plethora of other things go poorly, leaving Jeff in an almost catatonic state. Eventually, (and I do not feel that this is a spoiler, but you might, so if you don’t wanna know skip to the next paragraph) both mom and baby are fine, but Kitty is left a bit wiser and with super human abilities.
Only Kitty, in the midst of labor pains, would uncover a conspiracy and discover she was once again needed to save the world. This particular instance involves bringing all the A-Cs – all of them, not just Kitty’s gang – back into the fold as the powers that be suspect the presence of a mole and that the bad guys have entirely too much knowledge of the inner workings of the entire – um – species? Organization? of the A-Cs. Conspiracy Chuck and Kitty’s mom Angela are feeling great political maneuverings as they attempt to keep the A-Cs safe and in control of their own destinies. (OK, that might be a bit dramatic, but it is what the situation amounts to.)
In addition to the normal gang, we are introduced Kitty’s high school friend Amy. And, only in Kitty’s world, in a Gini Koch novel, could a random person in a random location hand a random phone number to a gal who then randomly needs it and it randomly connects to her old high school buddy. Yes. Seriously. And, it just so happens, that Amy’s father is also involved. Hmm. Small world. I mean, galaxy.
And, the whole scenario is getting a tad bit over-populated. I need a map at this point to remember who is who and who is related to whom and how they all met! The problem is – I really do love them all. Each character is clearly defined and rarely steps outside of his own personality. Kitty and her mind. Jeff and his jealousy. Christopher and his glares. (I love the glares – and the consistency of them throughout the series.) Chuck and his conspiracies. It all just works. How it works doesn’t really change from novel to novel. The bad guys change. The scenarios change. But, what makes the novels work is always there – the snark and love felt between the characters.
I did feel that Kitty left her baby with another just a little bit faster than a new mom would. That being said, I’ve never met a new mom who was called on to save the world on a weekly basis, so maybe she didn’t. The ‘torpedo’ references got a little old – even if probably totally in character. I felt the incident with Christopher just a tad bit out of character. That being said, I forgave it because I felt as though Ms. Koch had her characters in a bit of a transition and was trying to arrive somewhere. So, I went along for the ride and accepted it for what it was.
The story is true to the series. All the characters and snark are here. So, once again, I give this book the series standard 3.5. I really do not want to round it up or down – 3.5 seems just right. As I am forced to do so . . . I’ll round up to 4. Because I am a sucker for moms and their newborns. Oh, and for the way Uncle Mort saves the day.