by Gini Koch
Marketing manager Katherine “Kitty” Katt had just finished a day on jury duty. When she stepped out of the Pueblo Caliente courthouse, all she was thinking about was the work she had to get caught up on. Then her attention was caught by a fight between a couple that looked like it was about to turn ugly. But ugly didn’t even begin to cover it when the “man” suddenly transformed into a huge, winged monster right out of a grade Z science fiction movie and went on a deadly killing spree. In hindsight, Kitty realized she probably should have panicked and run screaming the way everyone around her was doing. Instead she sprinted into action to take down the alien.
In the middle of all the screeching and the ensuing chaos, a hunk in an Armani suit suddenly appeared beside her, introduced himself as Jeff Martini with “the agency,” and then insisted on leading her to a nearby limo to talk to his “boss.” And that was how Kitty’s new life among the aliens began…Touched by an Alien is the thrilling first installment of the Alien novels.
Cliché. Touched by an Alien has everything that is good, and bad, about corny cliché science fiction. (think Men In Black mixed with all the ‘D’ rated science fiction movies played by the Sci-Fi channel on a Sunday afternoon) I would not suggest it if you are wanting something intellectual and thought provoking; however, it is the perfect sci-fi book to take to the beach!
Koch takes readers on a whirl-wind adventure where marketing manager Kitty Katt (yes, that is her name) is recruited by Jeff Martini (yes, that is his name) to work with a top-secret alien organization dedicated to protecting the planet from some wicked evil creatures. What follows is super gorgeous aliens, crazy sex scenes, family conflict, alien butt kicking, and action scenes worthy of being in an Expendables movie.
There are some moments that can get annoying because this is Koch’s first novel. I cringed at the overuse of the term ‘girlfriend’ by the one gay character; it is a lazy term and one that left him two-dimensional. Kitty also has this crazy ability to know intimate details of their enemy which are unknown to her alien partners, despite having fought the creature their entire lives. Multiple aspects of the story are just a little too convenient for my liking.
I still sped through Touched by an Alien because the clichés are fun overall. I love Kitty’s quirky and convoluted personality, and Koch’s unique take on the alien community. I was engrossed by the fight scenes because of Koch’s vivid descriptions, never mind the unrealistic qualities. I picked up a few more books in the series just for the good time they are bound to offer.
It was corny so don’t take it too seriously; enjoy how Koch jokes with her readers. Definitely pick up Touched by an Alien if you are wanting a science fiction tale that will make you laugh! Let me know what you thought about Touched by an Alien!