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Book of the Week: Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch

It was just another day in Arizona – and then the monster showed up.

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 – a domestic dispute 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 else was doing. Instead, she got mad, searched her purse for a weapon and, armed with a Mont Blanc pen, sprinted into action to take down the alien.

In the middle of all the screeching and the ensuing chaos, a tall handsome hunk of a guy in an Armani suit suddenly appeared beside her, examined the body, introduced himself as Jeff Martini with ‘the agency’, called out to an Armani-clad colleague to perform crowd control, 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.


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Mask of Troy, the (2010) [novel]
Review by angheliki (2016-04-03)
A great idea in a clumsy text.

•Very smart pseudoarchaeological elements such as Agamemnon's mask that's actually related to Troy.
•The best part of the book was about Nazis. The author stopped for a while the archaeology lessons and gave us a story, a time, a place, a nation and its background.
•Very good submarine archaeological details - as expected from a famous scuba diver.
•interesting landscapes

•Slow pace and boring dialogs. Not just boring, more like "archaeological lessons for noobs".
Since he couldn't find another way to teach you, the author, puts the characters in conversations that actual archaeologists would never have. It's so ankward.
•Bad character development even though we get some hints that some of them could be more interesting.
•Too many unnecessary details but for some characters we get too little explanation of what they do. Intuition is supposed to be considered as sign of wisdom while some heroes are just insisting on their pre-existing belief.
•Adventure comes only in the final pages.
•Too much influence from Indianna Jones but only for some boring cliches.
•Too good to be true ending of the story where everyone gets what he dreamed of.

In total:
An interesting yet boring book. As an archaeologist, myself, I was expecting a lot more in the actual adventure and much more interesting characters. Unfortunately I had an echo of my years in university.
It started quite promising but ended up an average reading.

Recommended only for fans and for those who enjoy a slow pace.

(This review refers to the 2010 version titled “The Mask of Troy”)

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