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Alien Tango, by Gini Koch
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: DAW
Published: 2010
Review Posted: 7/11/2013
Reviewer Rating:
Reader Rating: Not Rated

Alien Tango, by Gini Koch

Book Review by Joshua Palmatier

Have you read this book?

Finished Alien Tango recently and have just gotten a chance to write its review. I really loved the first book in the Alien series, Touched By an Alien, so I was looking forward to this book and had hoped to get to it much sooner. Life interrupted, but it was worth the wait.

The main idea here is that humanity has finally gotten to a prototype ship for long distance space travel . . . but on its launch it runs into serious problems when something hits it in flight. The suspicion is that something alien entered the ship, took it over, and brought it back to its launching pad in Florida. All this happens off stage. The book begins when Kitty Katt and the rest of Centaurion Division is called to Florida to figure out exactly what happened and chaos ensues.

This second novel isn't as frenetic as the first one, with a little slower pace and a few less explosions, but it was certainly an enjoyable read. We get to see Kitty taking charge and barreling into situations she really has no experience with . . . and coming up with some bizarre solutions. Along the way, we get some personal elements, with the advancement of her relationship with Martini--such as meeting his parents and family--and discovering a little more about Kitty and her past with her class reunion. All of this was highly entertaining, especially the plot revolving around the space shuttle and its crew and the unraveling mystery there. Once again, the cover of the book is a perfect representation of what the book reads like: blatant fun over-the-top chaos.

We also have the romance elements. I commented in my review of the first book that, as a reader, I'm not drawn to this genre, so in my opinion the romance parts were distracting. And here I'm speaking about the heavy-duty romance tropes, not elements related to characters having a relationship. I'm certain that most of Gini Koch's main segment of readers would disagree with my assessment of the romance being "distracting" though. *grin*

I brought the book up with a friend of mine while reading it, who told me she couldn't get into the first book and didn't understand why I enjoyed it so much. I think the answer is that Gini Koch is writing the SF version of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series . . . except Gini Koch is a much better writer in my opinion. So if that's the stuff you like to read, I'd highly recommend diving into Gini Koch's world. I'll be hitting the already released third book, Alien in the Family, as soon as I get the chance.
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