Kitty Goes to War (Kitty Norville Series #8)
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Kitty Goes to War (Kitty Norville Series #8)

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by Carrie Vaughn
     
 

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Kitty Norville, Alpha werewolf and host of The Midnight Hour, a radio call-in show, is contacted by a friend at the NIH's Center for the Study of Paranatural Biology. Three Army soldiers recently returned from the war in Afghanistan are being held at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs. They're killer werewolves—and post traumatic stress has left them unable to

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Kitty Norville, Alpha werewolf and host of The Midnight Hour, a radio call-in show, is contacted by a friend at the NIH's Center for the Study of Paranatural Biology. Three Army soldiers recently returned from the war in Afghanistan are being held at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs. They're killer werewolves—and post traumatic stress has left them unable to control their shape-shifting and unable to interact with people. Kitty agrees to see them, hoping to help by bringing them into her pack.

Meanwhile, Kitty gets sued for libel by CEO Harold Franklin after featuring Speedy Mart--his nationwide chain of 24-hour convenience stores with a reputation for attracting supernatural unpleasantness--on her show.

Very bad weather is on the horizon.

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"I just don't know how else to say that Marguerite Gavin nails the narration." —Fantasy is More Fun

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765365613
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
06/29/2010
Series:
Kitty Norville Series, #8
Pages:
342
Sales rank:
618,916
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Carrie Vaughn is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kitty Norville books, including Kitty's Big Trouble and Kitty and the Midnight Hour. She is also the author of the standalone novels After the Golden Age and Discord's Apple, and the young adult books Voice of Dragons and Steel. Vaughn had the nomadic childhood of the typical Air Force brat, with stops across the country from California to Florida. She earned her B.A. from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and a master's in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has worked as a Renaissance Festival counter wench, a theater usher, an editor, a buyer at an independent bookstore, and an administrative assistant. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Kitty Goes to War (Kitty Norville Series #8) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 155 reviews.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
originally posted at: www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com ***** What does Kitty, a colossal snowstorm and a few spastic werewolves have in common? Trouble with a capital T. I adore Kitty Norville and watching her character grow through this series has been fascinating. She's a radio D.J. who got bit and turned into a werewolf. She's had to stand up for herself and has done some pretty amazing things considering she was once a simple woman working her dream job. Now, she's standing up for others even when she has no valid reason for doing so. In Kitty Goes to War, I got to see her grow some more. This time she reaches out beyond her own pack and family. It's a huge leap because now she is playing in the big leagues and there is a lot at stake. Then again, it boils down to the basics - survival. Kitty's story is told in first person POV. Her internal dialogue allows a reader to understand her fears, concerns and determination to do what they say can't be done. I liked the fact that she doesn't let her anxiety and apprehension stop her from trying. She's not some super ninja chick with martial arts and voodoo abilities. She's like a woman I would probably work with who becomes a stronger more confident person through the challenges that life has thrown her way. She has compassion and heart and her only flaw is her optimism in the face of naysayers. Well, she doesn't see it as a flaw while others sometimes do, but she proves time and time again that they don't know everything, and I love it. The romance between Kitty and Ben is still going strong and still maturing. It's not just about a man and woman coming together and learning how to live with each other, it's also about a man who recently has been turned werewolf and is adjusting to that at the same time. Quite a juggling act yet Ms. Vaughn does it with panache and a sweet style. I think they complement each other and I feel all warm and fuzzy every time I get a glimpse of their connection. I have wanted Kitty to feel happy for a long time and this book lets me see that it's happening. She's come so far and she deserves a man like Ben. The external conflict is four fold. There's a lot of running around, and the pace is intense and frenetic. The writing was tight and energetic and captured the drama, the enormity of the danger and the emotions it engendered. Cormac is back and I'm so happy because I missed him. But he's got a new wrinkle in his personality and when it was finally revealed I was amazed. Astounded even because it's so wild and I got the greatest kick out of thinking how it can complicate Cormac's life. But nothing seems to faze the man and that makes me giggle. I think he's in for an interesting ride. I'm glad he's still part of the trio with Kitty and his cousin, Ben. They make a great team. I was chatting and gushing with another fan of Ms. Vaughn's and we both agree that we want to see more of Tyler. His character impressed us and we believe he could be a great asset to the series. As for me, I liked him as a person and I am very interested in what might be in his future. I hope the author doesn't let this kind of character fade; I think he can contribute to the action in the series. The way she wrote Tyler made me care about what happened to him and certainly throughout Kitty Goes to War, I was cheering for him. Of course that means the author did a stellar job of writing for that to happen.
leolioness More than 1 year ago
I love Carrie Vaughn but was super nervous about this book for several reasons. First - it's getting later in the series and I've been failed by several of my favorite authors around this time. Second - it's coming out so soon after the last one. Third - Carrie has been a rockstar by releasing so many books in a short time I was seriously worked about the content of this book suffering. Great news was - it was an awesome book. Around this time authors start recycling their plot lines - this one was brand new - but still tied in some of the former books to keep the plot going. I can't wait to see what comes up next for Kitty. A warning to readers: it's not a funny book - it's actually pretty deep and deals with some social issues. Plus I'm not sure I love what's going on with Cormac - but at least he's back in the books.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Midnight Hour talk show host Kitty Norville is also an alpha werewolf; perhaps the most visible in the country. On her show, she talks with callers about Speedy Mart and its owner Harold Franklin. The discussions focus on verified supernatural happenings at many of his stores. The final call-in for the evening insists Franklin is always there when a weather catastrophe occurs. Before she can react, his lawyer sues her. They meet, but accomplish nothing. Meanwhile Kitty gets a call from the NIH Center for the Study of paranormal Biology. A werewolf soldier in Afghanistan infected other soldiers; they were successful as a unit until the alpha died. The squad falls apart as the new alpha Sergeant Vanderman kills those who opposed him. By the time they are stateside, only two soldiers and Vanderman remain. They are held at Fort Carson, Colorado as each is out of control suffering from a form of PTSD. Kitty arrives to save the two followers as Vanderman is too far gone. She takes them outside on runs trying to show them what a good pack is like. During a blizzard, one flees from Kitty in an attempt to rescue his alpha Vanderman. Kitty learns Franklin is causing somehow the blizzard. She can see clearly that she must end the storm and find the missing werewolf before feral Vanderman escapes and the storm becomes like another Katrina. Catching Franklin would be the icing on the cake. Carrie Vaughn continues to expand her wonderful werewolf urban fantasy mythos with an edgy, poignant yet at times amusing thriller. The cast is solid as everyone wants to sue, kill or help Kitty. However, as always this is her tale as she struggles with helping werewolf soldiers suffering from PTSD. She and the audience will be stunned with a twist as Kitty Goes to War. Harriet Klausner
InvestedIvana 10 months ago
In this nitty-gritty war story, Kitty’s gotta deal with a few werewolf soldiers dealing with PTSD and their violent wolf sides while facing down a new bad guy who seems to be able to control the weather. I was pleasantly surprised with my reread of this book. At first, I couldn’t really remember much about this novel except for the werewolf soldiers. However, the story about the soldiers was much better than I remember, and this is the book that reveals the story of Speedy Mart and Cormac’s association with Amelia. The relationship between supernaturals and the government has always been a touchy one in Vaughn’s world. Actually, it’s a touchy relationship in most fantasy fiction that deals with the government at all. As humans, we don’t appear to be very optimistic about how our government would deal with a new sentient species, especially one with more power than we have. Says something about our general feelings toward our government, doesn’t it? Anyway… this touchy relationship comes to the fore again as Kitty tries to deal with the Center for the Study of Paranatural Biology and the military in the case of three soldiers who were turned werewolf while overseas in the military. While nominally caring for the soldier’s rights as individuals, the military ultimately sees them as weapons; the Center ultimately sees them as research subjects; and only Kitty is fighting for their right to be seen as people. She manages to save one of the soldiers, which is as good as she can hope for, given the circumstances. While all this is going on, Kity also discovers that the owner of the Speedy Mart franchise is a weather witch who uses his many Speedy Mart locations as anchors for his storm magic. Cormac, now with witch Amelia in his head, is able to make a plan to defeat the storm headed Kitty’s way so Kitty and her pack can take him down. The cat that is Amelia is now out of the bag, and we’ll get to learn more about her in coming books.
Berls More than 1 year ago
After the last book, Kitty Goes to War probably didn't have a chance of measuring up. But it came close, it just didn't quite blow me away like the last one. For one - - spoiler if you haven't read the previous books! - - I thought it was going to be awesome have Cormick back. It so wasn't :( he's just not the same - in part because he just got out of prison and that's really changed him. But more so, I missed Kitty's interaction with him. I love her with Ben now and I don't want that to change, but I realize now that what I loved about Cormick was the sexual tension between him and Kitty. Now she's so worried about him that she's playing mother hen to him instead. It's a big change in their relationship dynamic and I need to get used to it. There are some interesting developments where he's concerned, so things could get seriously interesting with him in the future. Besides Cormick, though, I think Kitty Goes to War was another hit for me. I just love Kitty's eternal optimism and determination to help people. This time, she's trying to help some war vets who were turned into werewolves by another soldier - and it went really well until.... Until it didn't. Now they're home and a mess. I loved Kitty's respect for what they'd been through as soldiers, not just werewolves. I loved that she refuses to give up on them, even when they would give up on themselves. And thanks to Kitty's House of Horrors, I was constantly on the edge of my seat because who knew where Carrie Vaughn would take it. And she didn't pull punches again, which was great. Everything isn't always a happy ending! But if you know Kitty, she never seems to have just one big problem - in Kitty Goes to War she's also looking into a series of concerns & incidents at Speedy Marts. It's something that has cropped up a few times over the series and it was cool to see a little tidbit take center stage in what becomes a pretty serious way. And I know you've got to be tired of me saying it - I just don't know how else to say that Marguerite Gavin nails the narration. She's been on my list of top narrators for a while and with Kitty Norville she's better than anywhere else I've seen her. The voices are so spot on and I would probably throw a fit if you told me I had to read it or even worse listen with a different narrator! That would NOT be cool! So yeah, another great addition to the Kitty Norville series and I'm picking up the next one immediately!! 4 stars Pretty Great I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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GeminiReader More than 1 year ago
Carrie Vaughn always delivers a fast paced, exciting time.
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I loved reading this. I have a daughter in Afghanistan, so I do understand the plight of our soldiers. I loved to know, that I least their are some extra ordinary people out there in this world, who help out our returning soldiers. Thank you. This book kind of hit home.
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