Kitty Goes to War (Kitty Norville Series #8)

Kitty Goes to War (Kitty Norville Series #8)

by Carrie Vaughn

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Overview

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429944618
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 06/29/2010
Series: Kitty Norville Series , #8
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 69,634
File size: 278 KB

About 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.


Carrie Vaughn is best known for her New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. Her novels include a near-Earth space opera, Martians Abroad, from Tor Books, and the post-apocalyptic murder mysteries Bannerless and The Wild Dead. She's written several other contemporary fantasy and young adult novels, as well as upwards of 80 short stories, two of which have been finalists for the Hugo Award. She's a contributor to the Wild Cards series of shared world superhero books edited by George R. R. Martin and a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop. An Air Force brat, she survived her nomadic childhood and managed to put down roots in Boulder, Colorado.

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Kitty Goes to War (Kitty Norville Series #8) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 167 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
mzserena on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I quite enjoyed this book. It's another in the Kitty Norville series that I found when it first came out. This one was better than the last couple have been, so I'm quite happy to continue enjoying the series.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Kitty Goes to War" has cemented the fact that this series deserves a spot in my top five series. It may be closer to one or two actually. After the first book, I wasn't even sure I wanted to continue on because Kitty was a weak character who let people run all over her. Now I see that it was probably Vaughn's intention all along to show readers how far Kitty could grow and change. She is now a strong leader. She is always a dang nice person. I thought "Kitty's House of Horrors" was my favorite book in the series and it was unti this one came along. The plot is actually fairly simple in complexity. Kitty gets a request to help three werewolf soldiers back from Afganistan. Things blew up for them over there and they are all suffering. Kitty is their one chance to gain back some semblence of a normal life. Around the same time, something weird is going on with a local convienance store chain called Speedy Mart. Cormac is doing the investigation and most of the legwork on this case while Kitty and Ben focus on the soldiers. The book never bores, each page is relevant to the plot. This story dealt a lot with the ideas of what makes up pack and inter-pack relations. The action scenes are great and never become so intense that the book loses sight of the emotions of the characters involved. Cormac is back and in this book sustantially. He has changed a little since prison but even Kitty and Ben can't guess how much. I am very much looking forward to seeing more of Cormac in the future. I am very eager to read the next book in this series.
dswaddell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kitty has been asked to assist in any way she can 3 special forces werewolves suffering from battle fatigue. Can she pull them out of their Killer rage. To add punch a heavy hitter has come to town to trash Denver. This is an enjoyable story. The developement of Kitties character is excellent.
TheDivineOomba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another Fine edition to the Kitty Norville Novels. In this story, Kitty is asked to help a trio of werewolves that lost there commander. Its a good story, Not as emotional as Carrie Vaughn's last book, but then, Carrie's stories always seem more grounded than other titles in this genre. I like that Kitty grows throughout the novels - she is a much more complete character now than in the first book. There is also a nice set up for future novels with a truly evil villain, but the book is complete and ties up all plot lines nicely at the end. New readers should start with Kitty and the Midnight Hour.My one complaint is the back description on the back of the book. I don't think there is even mention of Post-traumatic Stress disorder in the book itself, the military werewolves are suffering a loss of leadership more than from the horror of war.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the eighth book in the Kitty Norville series. Last I heard there are 10 books planned for this series. I didn't like this book quite as much as the last book "Kitty's House of Horrors" but it was still an enjoyable and engaging read.Kitty has a couple problems on her hands. First she is being sued by the owner of Speedy Mart stores after she does a radio show on suspicious supernatural happenings that are going on at Speedy Mart stores across the country. Second she gets a call from the government about a group of werewolves that have returned from service in Iraq and are a bit crazy; the government is wondering if there is any hope for their rehabilitation and if Kitty will help.Vaughn does a very good job of seamlessly juggling the two separate plot lines. The story line about the werewolves returning from war to be integrated back into society is politically timely and interesting; it is something that is unique to consider. Overall the book was very engaging and well written. I enjoyed the addition of some of the new characters that were introduced with the ex-military werewolves.The best part of this book is seeing Kitty act on her own and make decisions like a strong leader. If you think back to the first couple Kitty books, Kitty has come a long way as a character and I really enjoyed seeing that in this book. The majority of the story deals with the ex-military werewolves. The second plot dealing with the Speedy Marts was interesting but I was at a loss at what it had to do with the overall story. It seemed like this second plot might be part of something bigger that we don't fully understand yet. Also Cormac returns to the story, but the direction his character takes is kind of unexpected. I am not sure I enjoyed the character changes in Cormac, but I am sure that it has something to do with the overall story.Overall this was an excellent installment in this series. I enjoyed it and look forward to Vaughn's future books. Next to read by Vaughn is her new book Steel that is due out Spring of 2011.
DonnerLibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although this is the eighth book in this series, it is actually the first Kitty Norville book that I have read. Usually I would not begin a series anywhere but with the first book but I received this one from the Goodreads First Reads program and I wasn't going to read seven books to catch up. Now that I've read this one though I will definitely be going back and reading the earlier books! As a first time reader of the series, I realize that I was missing a lot of background stories. However, I never felt a bit lost in the book which is what I worry about when reading things out of order. Carrie Vaughn did an awesome job with providing just enough background information so that I could keep up but without providing so much that long time readers of the series would be bored. I think this is an incredibly hard balance to strike and I was very impressed with how Vaughn handled it.The story kept moving at a fast pace all the time. Kitty always had some situation that she needed to get or keep under control. I loved how both the main story lines kept the action going but also caused Kitty to reflect a lot on who she is and if she was doing the right thing. I loved that Kitty is an uncertain leader - she can put on the alpha attitude when necessary but she also shows compassion and is concerned about her friends. She doubts herself but keeps moving forward anyway.The story also has a personal connection for me. I spent several years living in the Denver area so when Vaughn is describing the route that Kitty and friends take down to Colorado Springs or around the city to each Speedy Mart, I know exactly the area she is describing. Vaughn has based her characters in a real city and backed that up with a lot of details. I find that this gives paranormal books a great sense of realism and makes me wonder what really does go on without our knowledge?!
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was so afraid that this book would wrap it all up...thankfully, I think that I will still be able to look forward to Kitty's escapades. I enjoyed this one. Kitty trying to save and "humanize" some people that were changed for the betterment of the military. Her heart breaks for those that she can't save while she is struggling to save everyone that she possibly can. There were many aspects in this one that were VERY interesting, military werewolves and wizards....good times.
samantha.1020 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kitty Goes to War reinforced why I love this series so much! Filled with action and some suspense throughout the book, I found this to be a fast-paced enjoyable read. I can't wait for more and am now anticipating the next book more than ever.In this installment Kitty is dealing with a multitude of problems. She has been asked to help deal with some military werewolves that have gone rogue and are now a danger to her pack and society. She is being sued for libel and is dealing with the lawsuit. And on top of everything she has to be the one to lead and protect her pack. With everything going on, it's no wonder that Kitty has her hands full!I love this series for a variety of reasons but the main reason is that each book is so enjoyable. I like reading these books, I like Kitty, and when I'm finished I look forward to reading the next book. Makes it pretty easy to see why this is one of my favorite series, doesn't it? One of the things that makes this series so different is that Kitty is married which isn't something you see in many urban fantasy series out there. I really enjoyed the fact that in this book we got to see more of Ben, Kitty's husband, and we also got to see more of their relationship together. I love the chemistry that the author has created between these two characters and find it refreshing to read about. Each storyline in this series is unique and this book was no different. I thought the idea of werewolves in the military was original and I also found it interesting to see how Ms. Vaughn tied it in with actual events going on today. Be warned as this is spoilery (don't say I didn't warn you) but the whole twist with Cormac really surprised me. I can see this being dealt with in future books and I'm curious to see what Kitty does with it. All in all, this is a series that I highly recommend although I really think that you should start at the beginning. As for me...well, I'll be waiting impatiently for the next book to come out :P
leFroo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My favorite of the Kitty books so far. I just want to note that, as an avid follower of Kitty's adventures/misadventures, I can appreciate the matured characters, the consistently good narrative writing, and the exceptional blend of plot and emotional charisma that Carrie Vaughn offers this series and this novel, in particular. The plot involving rouge berzerker-style Iraq/Afghanistan soliders is touching, to say the least, and incredibly insightful. Vaughn succeeds in relaying a very personal message outside of politics or pro or anti war sympathies. It is all about the people who fight these battles and the baggage they bear along with the victories of successes small or great. Besides that, Cormac's return to the series as a core aspect of the plot is a great boon for those of us who love him. Watch out for a nod to Butler's Harry Dresden character. Whether she did it on purpose or by total serendipity, it was much appreciated by this reader. I would recommend this one of the series to anyone, even those who haven't gone through the journey with Kitty from book one. Stand alone, it is a really solid urban fantasy ride. Really well told and really special. Note: I totally teared up at the end. It is one satisfying, engaging read. Kudos to Carrie Vaughn for this one. Big time.
lizard_698959 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While I love kitty usually I just didn¿t really enjoy this book. I felt like the author was trying something new and it just didn¿t work. Kitty is a talk radio host and werewolf not a therapist. I felt that the story was just not as interesting as it has been in the past. Also there was so much more she could have done with Cormack that was left out of the story and his character has done a total 180 degree change. Plus you have several stories going on and it was just too much. There is the Speedy mart story which is part of the long game then there are the 3 werewolf soldiers. I just feel that the stories have gone downhill for the last about 2 or 3 but I will tune in to the next one just to be sure it hasn¿t gotten better after that I¿m not so sure.
astults on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book doesn't stray too far from some of the other plot lines in the series. Kitty is the only one who can save innocent people from being ravaged by X (in this case army soldiers turned into werewolves) but this time she's got help from Ben and Cormac. And she's being sued for libel by the owner of a convenience store chain that seems to be a magnet for the supernatural.I was hoping this would be related to whatever the vampires have brewing but they take a backseat in this story. The alpha in the soldiers' unit is dead and they find it difficult to adjust. They break out of their treatment facility and Kitty tries to bring them to a point where they can try to balance their wolf and human selves. In summary, Kitty saves the day, the lawsuit is handled and we're given a new piece of information about Cormac's time in prison that's sure to be needed in the other books in the series.It was well written but seemed formulaic to me. At least two more Kitty Norville books are on the way.
SimonW11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The plot is a bit thin but this is about people not plot Kitty has to be the most compassionate and nonviolent werewolf in Fiction. Long may she continue.
InvestedIvana More than 1 year 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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