Alien in the House ~ Gini Koch

  • Title:  Alien in the House
  • Author:  Gini Koch
  • Series:  Katherine “Kitty” Katt #7
  • Genre:  Science Fiction
  • Format:  eBook
  • Source:  Own Copy
  • Reviewed by: Sonja
  • Rating:  2.5 out of 5

Description:  Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini have learned the ins and outs of Washington politics, not to mention how to prevail in intergalactic war and foil dangerous plots. But, in the aftermath of Operation Destruction, the Gower girls’ powers are burned out, the entire A-C population has been “outed” as the aliens living on Earth that they are, and, worst of all, ACE is nowhere to be found.

Then murder and mayhem are served up at an important dinner party at the American Centaurion Embassy, and when the dust settles Alpha Team and the Diplomatic Corps have more problems than just a dead Congressman.

Is there a single criminal mastermind—or multiple enemies—behind all the conspiracies that want Kitty dead and the A-Cs gone or co-opted to become the War Division?

The return of the best assassins in the business, the reappearance of two individuals long-presumed dead, Agent Malcolm Buchanan felled by something no one can identify or cure, and new technology that can block even the most powerful empath on Earth … all of this means the game’s officially afoot.

Then Vance Beaumont comes to Kitty with a wild theory that someone is systematically killing off the House of Representatives…

It’s up to Kitty and the rest of the gang to find out what’s really going on and why. But will they be able to stop the killer or killers before the rest of the U.S. House of Representatives become casualties? And will the replacement Representative for New Mexico’s 2nd District, who happens to be Jeff Martini, be the next to die?

Review:  The one where Jeff becomes a Representative. Capital R – like in the US House of Representatives.

Well, the A-Cs were outed in the last book. Now, everyone (and his brother and/or sister) wants to control them or use them for his own nefarious purposes. Therefore, Jeff and Kitty must play politics and diplomats at the A level to keep them free, safe, and on a useful track.

Ugh. This is definitely NOT my favorite book in the series. First of all, we really need a character map. Between the extremely large cast of characters AND Ms. Koch’s random use of first names, last names, and Kitty bestowed nicknames, it can be extremely difficult determine – or remember – who is what. Secondly, yes, I know it is Science Fiction, but, but, but it just passes beyond the realm of  . . . I don’t even know. I guess it just doesn’t make any logical sense. Things seem to happen just because. Just because we need something to move the plot along. Or, just because we need a villain. Or, just because it might be funny. (Key word, might) And, I find it harder and harder to accept these things. I think it would be easier for me if all this happened in another world, rather than mine. I feel myself shaking my head and going . . . not in my lifetime. (Well, Of course not!) But, irritating me in no possible way extends my enjoyment of a novel.

There are two things that really bother me. First of all, those who have followed my reviews of this series may remember my frustration with the whole Kitty thing. Kitty is perfect. Kitty can do no wrong. Kitty is smarter than the entire rest of the galaxy. Every male person in said galaxy is madly in love with Kitty. (Yes, eye rolling, heavily dramatic, deeply unsatisfying eye rolling.) Well, now, (and, yes, we have definitely seen this coming) Jamie is following in Mummy’s footsteps. She is so entirely precocious . . . carrying on conversations with her parents at not quite one. And, oh yes, she has already potty trained herself. No, Jamie is not a major character in this novel – it is just that it takes place on and around her birthday. But, it still irritated me. Yes, I should be used to it by now – but, nevertheless . . .

Secondly – playing with the American political system. Now, I would never EVER say that our system is perfect. Or, that it couldn’t be implemented in a more equitable fashion. But, DON’T MESS WITH IT! At least in a negative fashion. See, it seems that since the Aliens invaded in the last novel, the President has instituted a policy that all elected officials will remain in office for the moment so that Washington doesn’t have to deal with newly elected members and that the government will flow more effectively. (First of all, I need to accept THAT supposition, which strains my belief to a very large extent.) And, now, several members of Congress are dying – so the President and state governors are appointing new officials. And, there is some precedent for this – so it doesn’t make me totally ballistic.

But, suspending elections goes against everything our Constitution and political system stands for. And, our system is designed to continue smoothly (or, at least as what passes (albeit badly) for smoothly) in the face of new members. In this kind of circumstance, it is entirely possible that new blood is exactly what would be needed – to remove that possibility just makes me angry. And, it really colored my appreciation of the book.

Now, other than these two (well, three if you count the names . . . which I should) things, this novel is much like the rest. Maybe too much. I felt the jokes getting a little stale, the conversations getting a bit repetitive and the characterizations getting a little trite. Therefore, I would rate this one a little lower than average for this series – 2.5. I am rounding down to 2 because I am irritated. (And, that means the book was OK – not that I didn’t like it.) Will I buy the next one? Sigh. Yes. I do think without the political venue, I would have enjoyed this a lot more.

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