Kitty Goes to War - Kitty Norville, Bk 8 Author:Carrie Vaughn Kitty Norville, werewolf radio call-in show host, gets a call from an old friend at the NIH's Center for the Study of Paranatural Biology, a friend with a problem, who doesn't know where else to turn. Three Army soldiers who have recently returned from the war in Afghanistan are in custody at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs. They're a... more »lso werewolves suffering from post traumatic stress, unable to control their shape-shifting, unable to interact with people. Kitty agrees to see them, curious and wanting to help. Meanwhile, Kitty gets sued for slander after featuring Speedy Mart—a chain of 24-hour convenience stores with a reputation for attracting the supernatural—on her show, and an old friend-and-adversary has just been released from jail.« less
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.
This continues to be one of my favorite series, once I got past the brutality in the first book. I enjoy the stronger, yet vulnerable, Kitty in the subsequent books. I like the way the author manages to blend real issues, like the challenges faced by returning vets - including PTSD - with the fantasy. It makes for a more intelligent read.
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Helpful Score: 2
Another great installment in the Kitty Norville series. I've never been disappointed and this one delivers as well. I'm very excited as the door has been left open for a 9th book. Keep 'em coming, Carrie!!
Kitty, as usual, is hard to put down. Her friend from the National Institute of Health Dr. Schumacher asks for her help with a serious problem - it seems the US Army has created a werewolf commando team that has been successful in Afghanistan, but their alpha unexpectedly died, and now the werewolves have gone rogue. Worse yet, they have escaped near Denver. If Kitty is to protect her pack, she will have to help the army capture them and rehabilitate them. Meantime, she also has to contend with a libel lawsuit from the CEO of a supermarket chain that she had featured on her show for suspicious paranormal activity on the premises of its stores. Vaughn continues to produce rocking good stories for this great series. Although the suspense in this one is ratcheted down a notch compared to previous books, the character development is still solid. Here's hoping she keeps on going strong.
Cormac is in this one and he has a nice supporting part:-) There are nice, entertaining mysteries in this book. Yes, more than one!! I kept wondering where the storyline was going with Speedy Mart. I also wondered what was up with Cormac. Adjusting to life outside of prison? Or something more? Go with the second, it was a cool surprise. (But then the first applies too). I like how Kitty tries to help people that need it , even if she suspects she might not be able to go anything. It is good to at least try. Good resolution of both plots.
This book is almost a twofer. There are two distinct storylines. One involves young men turned into werewolves to benefit the military and the other is about a shifty CEO of a convenience store chain. Kitty once again gets in trouble through her radio program when she speculates on the strangeness surrounding the local Speedy Marts. The CEO quickly brings a libel suit against her. The storyline with the werewolves is very close to how our young men and women are treated when they return from war. It is difficult to see them thrust back into society after the horrible things they have seen and done in the name of peacekeeping. Cormac is out of prison and figures strongly in this book. I must admit that I had hoped for a Kitty/Cormac pairing. I do love Ben and I don't want him to be hurt, but there is just something about Kitty and Cormac that seem right. I am glad to see Kitty step up as alpha and lead her pack in this installment.