Sci-fi action meets steamy paranormal romance in Gini Koch’s Alien novels, as Katherine “Kitty” Katt faces off against aliens, conspiracies, and deadly secrets. • “Futuristic high-jinks and gripping adventure.” —RT Reviews
Life’s never easy...
The Mastermind has finally been identified, but before Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini can take him down, they, their daughter Jamie, Charles Reynolds, Paul Gower, Christopher White, and several others are zapped out of their solar system and into another.
Landing in scattered groups on various areas of Beta Eight in the Alpha Centauri system means getting the team back together will be a major issue. But it’s only one of the challenges they’ll face. Kitty and Company have to forge alliances with the wide variety of sentient natives on the planet while plotting to create a civil war and overthrow the king—who just may be a clone of one of their bitterest enemies, Ronaldo Al Dejahl.
Of course, to do this, they have to overcome an assortment of dangerous obstacles, protect a group of refugees, take mind reading lessons, and seek out unexpected new allies as they journey to the CenterPoint of the World.
And once they reach the All Seeing Mountain, new issues and surprises await. Because there’s more than a small war going on—they’re in the midst of the Alpha Centauri Civil War!
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REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED COLD.
Yeah, I have no idea what that means, either. But it’s what they say when you’re ready to go after someone who’s done their best to destroy you. I think it’s supposed to mean that you should be levelheaded and calm while plotting your enemy’s ultimate, untimely, and ugly demise.
Sound plan. Pity that I work better angry. But then again, I’m pretty angry. So we should be good here.
Of course, that’s probably being far too optimistic.
Not sure what was more shocking—discovering that there’s a zillion and one universes out there and I’m representing in most of them, or discovering the identity of the Mastermind.
Visiting another universe was kind of cool. Nice to see how the other half was living with basically no aliens on the planet. Not as well in some ways, just dandy in others. It was a “fun” vacation, if we define fun to mean spending a couple weeks unsure if I’d ever get home again or if I was going to spend the rest of my life in Oz, both literally and figuratively.
Coming home was better—always nice to have that “took a trip but boy it’s great to sleep in my own bed and have great sex with my mega-sexy alien husband again” feeling.
But while I got to save the day for the other world, I’m not so sure how to manage back in mine. The term “it’s complicated” has never been more apt. And, as in the other world, a frontal attack is probably not the right plan.
A battle will be coming, though, one way or the other. Because it’s time to take the bull by the horns and ram those horns right into the Mastermind’s personal tenders. So to speak.
But at least I won’t be fighting this battle with only a small commando force. For this battle, I’m going to ensure I have an army. And, to quote one of my favorite ’80s glam rockers, it’s time to make the Mastermind Stand and Deliver. For I am a Woman of the Multiverse and I will not allow evil to continue unchecked.
• • •
Yeah, fine, fine. Let’s go with what’s been working all this time. Yo, Mastermind—just thought you should know that Megalomaniac Girl is back and she’s madder and badder than ever. So watch your step, ’cause I’m coming for you.
EARLY MORNING AND I are not best buds. I’m not a girl who sees any virtue in watching the sun rise. However, it was the morning after I’d come back from an unintended vacation, and my husband and I had spent the night wide awake and extremely active in the best possible way.
Now we were lying next to each other, relaxing in the afterglow of a night very well spent.
“I know who the Mastermind is.” As post-coitus comments went, this was probably not going to go down as the World’s Most Romantic Statement.
“Yeah?” Jeff rolled onto his side to face me, leaning on his hand. His other hand stroked my body. It was great to feel his hand on my skin—I’d spent the last couple of weeks wondering if that would ever happen again.
We had music on, and as Weezer’s “My Best Friend” hit our airwaves, I shifted likewise so we were face-to-face and I could also stroke Jeff’s chest and such. And I could look at him. Considering I hadn’t been sure I’d ever see his face again, it was nice to be here, like normal, as if nothing much had gone on.
We were in Sydney Base, so the standard nightlight glow was in the room, meaning we could see each other. Aliens, of which Jeff was definitely one, were different from humans in many ways, not all of them physical. As near as I could tell, no A-Cs liked to sleep in the extreme dark. I’d never asked why—and as I’d learned during my foray out of this world, I probably needed to be a bit more curious about many things.
However, since we’d moved into the American Centaurion Embassy in Washington, D.C., I’d gotten used to sleeping in the actual dark again. But this was kind of a nice retro moment. I’d spent my first night after discovering aliens were on the planet in a room very like this one, half of it with Jeff. The best half.
I was willing to stay in bed with Jeff forever but, partially because I’d had a two-week “vacation” in another universe, duty was calling in a loud and insistent manner. Also, Mr. Clock shared that it was six in the morning, and that meant that our daughter was going to be up in an hour, give or take.
“Yeah. Only . . . I don’t know if I can tell you.”
“Because you’re worried I’ll give away the fact that I know because I can’t lie any better than the rest of the A-Cs, right?”
“Right. You sound like you had this conversation already.”
“I did. With you, in that sense.”
“Oh. Other Me figured it out?” I’d switched universes with another version of me. Yeah, my life was just that kind of exciting. Hers was, too, now, come to think of it. Oh well, she was me. She’d roll with the punches.
“How? I mean, I realize I’m great at looking at accepted truths and quickly spotting the flaws and all that, but she couldn’t have had a lot to go on.”
“Oh, she didn’t. But she had the one key piece of information we’ve never had. The same new fact I figure you discovered while you were in her universe—her Chuck hates the Mastermind’s guts, with good reason.”
Other Me was married to my best guy friend since high school, Charles Reynolds. Well, her universe’s Charles Reynolds, at any rate. It had been instructive and interesting to see how my life might have been different. Hoped she’d enjoyed seeing how the other universe lived.
“Wow, yeah. So, you know who it is?”
Jeff nodded as “Bad Blood” by Ministry came on. “Almost the worst person it could be.”
“Got that right. So, does Chuckie know?”
“No.” Jeff sighed. “We’ve managed to keep it from him. For the whole week and a half that we’ve known. And only because we’ve been so busy and focused on fixing things with the Australian government and getting you and your Cosmic Alternate to switch back.”
“Did Malcolm already know?” Malcolm Buchanan had Dr. Strange powers. At least as far as I was concerned. If he didn’t want you to see him, you didn’t see him. If he said it was so, it was probably so. Luckily for me, my mother had assigned him to be my bodyguard when we first got to D.C. She’d assigned the Buchanan in the other universe onto Other Me a lot sooner. Apparently things were dicey wherever I was. Go me.
“Yeah. Buchanan’s known for what sounds like three years. But he has no actual proof. None of us here do.”
“We had no proof, either, other than the fact that Cliff Goodman was that universe’s Charles’ lifelong enemy. And the fact that he tried to kill Other Me, their kids, Charles, James, and Malcolm. He’d already . . .” Murdered my mother in that world. Along with the rest of her and Buchanan’s teams, which included other people I knew and loved in this world.
“I know,” Jeff said gently. “We figured it all out. Well, most of it. I’m sure we’re both missing parts of the whole nightmare.” He grinned. “And I know I don’t have the full story of how you kicked butt and saved the day.”
“You just assume I did that?” I hadn’t really had time to brief everyone on what had happened, in part because Chuckie was here with the group that had come to fix things with Australia and I hadn’t wanted to let anything slip.
Jeff kissed me, his typical awesome kiss. “Yeah, that’s my default assumption,” he said after his lips and tongue had owned mine for a good, long time, emphasis on good. “That you’re going to do what has to be done, better than anyone else ever could.”
“I could get used to this form of hero worship.”
He laughed. “There’s nothing wrong with accurate hero worship, baby.”
Snuggled my face in between his awesome pecs and rubbed against his chest hair as the Veronicas sang “I Could Get Used To This.” “Works for me. After all, I hero worship your bedroom and leadership skills, so we’re even.”
Jeff chuckled. “Always nice to be appreciated.”
“Back atcha. So, what do we do? I don’t know how to tell Chuckie that the guy he thinks is his best friend is the reason his wife is dead. He’s normally laid back and able to roll with whatever’s thrown at him, but I’m not willing to bet he’ll be able to deal rationally under the circumstances.”
Naomi Gower-Reynolds wasn’t really dead in the technical, universal sense. She’d taken so much pure Surcenthumain—what we called the Superpowers Drug—in order to save Jamie and Chuckie from being destroyed by the Mastermind that she’d become something far more than human or alien. She’d become a superconsciousness. And she was never allowed to come back to Earth. Our Earth. However, she’d found a way around that rule by covering the protection of her beloved goddaughter and husband in every other universe they existed in. And I was the only one who knew this. Well, me, and my daughter Jamie. Daughters Jamie, I guess.
There was a multiverse out there, and I discovered that I’d seen it before. In the past, when I’d seen the Universe Wheel, I’d never remembered it when I’d woken up or come back to life or whatever. But now, after this trip, I remembered it all. And I was pretty sure I did because of Naomi’s influence.
I existed in a large number of the universes out there, and in every one I was in, Jamie was there as well. Same birthdate for every Jamie throughout the multiverse, though her father was usually Chuckie, or James Reader. This was the only universe where Jeff was on Earth, so it was the only one with him as her father.
Jamie had learned how to communicate with her other selves. I wasn’t sure if it was because my Jamie housed a superconsciousness in her mind now, since ACE had taken up residence there, or if she was just that highly talented. Probably both.
“None of us have a plan for that yet,” Jeff admitted. “It needs to be broken to him gently, if that’s at all possible.”
“There’s a slight possibility that I’m wrong about Cliff being the Mastermind in this universe. Very slight.”
Jeff shook his head. “No, you’re not. Too many pieces fit.”
“Yeah, they fit to me, too. I don’t know what to do. Other than get a three-way mirror pronto.”
The Jamie I’d spent time with in the other universe was also special—she could see every other Jamie in all the other universes. But she needed help to do so—a large three-way mirror set up as if it was in a department store’s dressing room. I was pretty sure that she didn’t need a magic mirror, but I wasn’t completely confident—in my experience it didn’t pay to assume.
“Yeah, you told me that when you, ah, came back. I ordered a set. Should be at the Embassy when we get home. But unless those mirrors are going to give us proof that Cliff’s the Mastermind, or show us how to break the news to Chuck safely, I don’t think they’re what we need the most.”
“Yeah. What we really need to know is if Cliff and LaRue have a death ray.”
Before I could explain what I was talking about, “Trouble” by Pink came on and we were interrupted by a voice on the intercom. “I’m sorry to wake you, Vice President and Ambassador Martini,” a woman I’d never heard before said in an Australian accent. “But we have an incoming call from a restricted number.”
“Did the caller give a name, Melissa?” Jeff asked as he sat up and turned the music off.
“No, Mister Vice President, he did not.” Apparently Melissa was as big on the titles as Walter and William Ward were. Walter ran Embassy Security and, since Gladys Gower’s death, his older brother William had taken over as Head of Security out at the Dulce Science Center.
“Why are we taking this call then?” I asked as I sat up as well. This was far too reminiscent of the start of Operation Confusion for my liking.
“Because the caller said it was a matter of life or death, Ambassador.”
Excerpted from "Alien Separation"
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Praise for Alien Collective:
"Koch returns to her blend of complex, intertwining plot threads, outlandish action and irreverent humor.... An irrestitible hoot!" —RT Reviews (top pick!)
"Alien Collective has less to do with making a statement about humanity than it does about reminding us of one of the reasons we read: because it's fun." —Kirkus
“Gini always delivers such great adventures full of heart that you can't help but fall in love with the world and characters she has brought to life.” —Larissa's Bookish Life
“Gini Koch has created a monster with the Katherine "Kitty" Katt series that continues to grow, & we are only on book #9!” —Gizmo's Reviews
“Alien Collective has all that you could want in a fantasy/romance story, plus a bunch of extra side dishes on the house.” —I Smell Sheep
“Alien Collective has the Kittyisms, the adorable animals, the killer playlist, the fun sexy-time, and breakneck pacing we have come to expect from the Alien series.” —Bitten By Books
“If you like your books moving at the speed of sound, with plenty of action, then look into Gini Koch.” —Fresh Fiction
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's hard for me to believe that this is book 11 of the Katherine Katt series by Gini Koch. I first discovered the series via the cover artist, Daniel Dos Santos, but I didn't actually give the books a try until I saw them highlighted on another blog. I read the first book and was thrilled with it! I had to quickly get the others and then binge read the next 6 books. I've been hooked ever since. To anyone who has been reading this series, this book takes us back to the Alpha Centauri system. But it's not for old home week. Nope, Kitty and the crew land on Beta Eight, separated and facing a solar system wide civil war. Or as she call's it, Business as Usual. As per usual Kitty plows ahead, making unusual friends of both people and animals everywhere she goes. I love that the action and mystery continue to be a bold combination that keeps you immersed in this interesting world. If you haven't read anything else in the series, this is probably NOT a good place to start. After all, we have had 10 books of investigation and speculation into who the Ultimate Evil Mastermind is. Trust me, you want the build up to get to this point, and it's all relevant in getting here. This series continues to intrigue me, wondering where it will go next. I enjoy the fast pace of the story, the witty banter and even the sarcasm knob being at 11 most of the time. *wink* I can't wait to see what Kitty is up to next. This series has become one of my favorite guilty pleasures; action packed with plenty of geek references for my nerdy little heart. I am giving this book 5 stars. Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin for the opportunity to read and review the book.
Great book, great series. Loved every single book & I hope there will be many more to come.
The long anticipated Mastermind is now revealed and the fall out could be extreme. Kitty and family are zapped to another planet and haphazardly separated from each other. This new planet is very much like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, each region on this planet has a unique and colorful beauty but dangers that keep them running for their lives. Besides the beauty and dangers, each region contains particular and rare intelligent beings that Kitty and her team must befriend to survive. Lots of snark and witty banter accent their lengthy journey around the planet searching for their missing party members with Kitty collecting a menagerie of animals along the way. Fun, easy reading and quite enjoyable, Alien Separation was a colossal jaunt into the fantasy world of Gini Koch's imagination. I received this ARC copy of ALien Separation from PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW in exchange for a honest review.
Megalomaniac girl is back! I’ve had this one sitting on the table next to my chair since it hit the bookstores back in May. You might wonder why the heck it was sitting so close to me and still hadn’t been read. Grrrr, it’s one of those things called commitments. I made them and I was darn sure going to try and meet them. Didn’t mean I wasn’t grinding my teeth every time I looked at it and chomping at the bit to sink my teeth into it. And now, the latest in the series, Alien in Chief has just released. I just couldn’t stand it anymore so pardon me while I swept aside all my ARCs and gave myself permissions to read one of my favorite series. Call it my early Christmas present to myself. Three hundred pages in I had to MAKE myself get some sleep, but I can tell you I really didn’t want to. This series has me sitting on the edge of my seat, biting my lips and laughing out loud on a regular basis. From the beginning with Touched by an Alien, Gini Koch has drawn me into Kitty Katt’s world and totally enraptured me. Each book in the series is packed full of surprises and a total outside the box realism that keeps me glued to my seat until the last page. Alien Separationis no exception. Where else do you get aliens, comic book heroism, super hot flyboys and clues from super-sentient beings delivered via iPod tunes? Oh, and did I mention the laugh a minute irreverence? Best yet there is that touch of romance, passion, and love I seem to find an absolute necessity in my reading. In Alien Separation, Kitty Katt-Martini has made it back from the parallel universe she was transported to in Universal Alien. She knows hands down just who the Mastermind is and it’s time to kick some proverbial butt… well, that is until she and a select few of her closest friends and family find themselves slung across the galaxy. Of course, there are plans within plans and it’s up to a very capable Kitty to discover just what’s going on and come to the rescue… not only of her family and friends but the whole Alpha Centauri solar system. Something made a whole lot easier with the assistance of her trusty purse and all the marvels it dishes out in the nick of time. None of this is to discount the help of her companions, their trusty pets or the new alliances she’s made. Oh, I suppose it doesn’t hurt to be a foretold savior and god. You know I keep checking my purse, but darn it there are no poofies there to come to the rescue and I know for sure that a machine gun won’t fit into it. But darn it would be nice. Then again I’m not trying to save the world or the universe for that matter. What I will find though is a reading device loaded with books that help me take a vacation from reality. I have to admit that Ms. Koch’s books provide some of the best vacations I’ve taken. Things are always dire in Kitty Katt’s world, but there are rewards aplenty. Having the best of friends, a darling daughter and the princely love of the hottest alien out there sure add up on the win side not to mention the devotion of all her alien pets. But I have to admit I hope the challenges keep coming because I’m not sure I want this ride to ever end. *****Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions*****
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 REVIEW: Kitty strikes again!!!! Dang I love Kitty. I want her to be my BFF. Not only because she hangs out with uber hot Aliens (love love love Christopher) but she is just an awesome character that gets thrown into situation after situation and always comes out on top, better and a tad bit wiser than when she started. I am so excited for the next book in this series. I really can’t wait to see what the future holds for Kitty, Jeff and Jamie. :). And if I were Mastermind I would be very afraid.... If you are new to this series, I hate to say it but you really need to read this series in order. So much happens from one book to the next to get us to where we currently are. So get on it!!! Go grab Touched by an Alien and get yourself catch up on all things Kitty!!! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley & PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
This book is NOT a book. Do not WASTE your money. It is 3 pages and no content worth mentioning. Fraudulent to even list this as a book!