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One thing that's always bugged me about urban fantasy is the authors rarely think out how the military would use vampires and werewolves.

Well, Carrie Vaughn is not one of those authors: "Kitty Goes To War" tackles just that subject, throwing the radio werewolf up against some lycanthropic soldiers that are spinning out of control. It's also Vaughn's eighth werewolf book, but she keeps things fresh with brisk, clever writing and suspenseful subplots.

Kitty is summoned by the Army to help them deal with an unusual problem: a secret squad of werewolf Green Berets has gone wild because their alpha/commander has been killed. Now Kitty not only has to help recapture them (including the murderous new alpha), but help them learn to deal with the real world as werewolves. Easier said than done.

Also, Kitty is being sued by Speedy Mart's president because of a caller accusing him of magic weather terrorism -- and she soon realizes that the accusations may be true. But she has bigger problems to deal with when one of the werewolf soldiers goes AWOL to free his crazed alpha -- even as Denver is hammered by an ancient magic that might wreck the whole city.

"Kitty Goes To War" isn't a very accurate title, since Kitty isn't actually involved in a war at present -- she's just dealing with some of the nasty aftermath of war. But it's still a rollicking good read -- lots of blood, fur, madness and armed mayhem, as well as a magical conspiracy involving a chain of 7-11-esque convenience stores. What's not to love?

Vaughn does a good job juggling the various subplots and filling them with the right amount of action, romance and fantasy. But she also handles the supernatural world with tongue planted in cheek -- Kitty describes Colorado Springs as a "Love craftian behe moth of ur ban sprawl" and remarks that "every vam pire I'd ev er met loved blithe ly throw ing out these por ten tous procla ma­tions of supe ri ority and doom."

Kitty is also dealing with some personal problems here, such as flashbacks to the traumas of the last book and her determination to thwart an obsessive scientist who wants werewolf test subjects (although said scientist sort of fades out late in the book). Additionally, Cormac is back -- and he's, er, not quite the man he used to be.

"Kitty Goes To War" isn't really about Kitty going to war, but it's a solid and enjoyable urban fantasy that tackles a subject few authors are smart enough to think of -- werewolf soldiers.
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on 15 November 2010
Carrie Vaughn continues Kitty Norvilles story in this her 8th book in the series.

In this book Kitty is contacted by her contact in the Centre for the Study of Paranatural Biology to come help with some soldiers who have returned from war. They were made into wolves by their team leader, who died on mission. Now they're home with no leader to control them they've gone wild and the Military needs help.
Kitty also has to cope with being sued for slander by Speedy Mart when she questions whether it has supernatural connotations on her show. Plus Cormac her old friend the Bounty Hunter is out of jail, and he's not quite acting himself...

This book is a gentle one of Kittys adventures. It doesn't have major plot overtones for the series and is similar in style to 'Kitty Goes On Holiday', it's a gentle one off that i really enjoyed.

I like that Carrie Vaughn deals with Kittys issues that came up in surviving the events of 'House of Horrors', so she empathises with the Post-traumatic stress the military wolves are feeling.
This book reaffirms Kittys selfless need to help others and reinforces how much you as a reader like her. Having Cormac have a mysterious personality issue going on is nice as it gives him something of a character revolution rather than going back to the old ways he had before.
If you love Kitty then dive in this books for you, same applies if your a werewolf fan, or like supernatural fiction.
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on 15 May 2011
I can't help but have a soft spot for Kitty and her escapades. I really enjoyed this book and each book in this series seems to get better and better. This book was more about the werewolves than all the other supernatural madness Kitty gets thrown into usually.
Her role as Alpha of the Denver pack has really come along and faced with aggressive green beret military werewolves, she showed her status despite being fearful.
I found this book really interesting because it was showing another side to werewolves and specifically what happens when werewolves lose their Alpha. I liked the slant of a werewolf dealing with post traumatic stress of war and losing his team and pack to werewolf infighting. In showed the extreme difficulty of throwing supernaturals into war thinking their the ultimate soldier but everything has it's consequences.
This book did have another story threading through it regarding strange things happening at Speedy Marts which was good but for me the werewolf story took over.
I have to say that each book I fall more in love with Kitty and Ben as a couple. They have to be the sweetest couple in fiction. The way they look after each other and care makes me feel all swoony. Not overly sexual like most UF books these days but the love speaks at a more soul level and the ending was so lovely that I'm dying to read the next book.
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Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville book sequence is quickly becoming, in this house at least, what is probably one of the best urban fantasy series out there. Nearly as good as Jim Butcher's Dresden Files in fact.

Although the early installments were a bit episodic in style and tone, the author has unveiled hints and offered glimpses of a bigger and more ambitious overall story arc in the last few volumes. Which bodes well for Kitty Norville fans.

I've always loved the fact that Carrie Vaughn takes her characters and storylines along unexpected paths, keeping this series fresh and very entertaining. And Kitty Goes to War is no exception.

Here's the blurb:

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.

As I mentioned, I like the fact that Vaughn explores various themes that you rarely or never see in most urban fantasy series. Bless her, there hasn't been a bizarre love triangle involving a sexy woman whose heart is caught between a muscular werewolf with a twelve-inch cock and a hip vampire. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it won't happen any time soon.

The premise for this one was quite interesting. The US army secretly put together a unit of werewolves operating in Afghanistan. But when the alpha male is killed in action, the struggle to raise a new alpha male to lead the unit leaves the werewolf pack decimated. Three have survived the aftermath, but post-traumatic stress have left these killing machines unable to control themselves and interact with normal people. The Center for the Study of the Paranatural Biology calls upon Kitty to assess the soldiers' potential and chances to be returned to society and live regular lives, or at least as normal a life as a werewolf can live. Carrie Vaughn explores what it means to be a werewolf, how could anyone accept to become one to serve their country, how a werewolf can and should interact with the rest of his or her pack, how to live, or try to live, a normal life within their community, how to deal with their special needs, etc. Which makes for an engrossing read, especially since Vaughn isn't afraid to tackle the deeper issues involved.

Of course, Kitty Norville has a supernatural knack for attracting trouble, whatever she does. Following one of her radio call-in shows, she gets sued for libel by the CEO of Speedy Mart, a nationwide chain of convenience stores. As always, there is more than meets the eye regarding that lawsuit and Kitty soon finds herself the target of an even more sinister plot. All the while, Cormac is acting weird, which doesn't sit well with Kitty at all.

A bit like Kitty's House of Horrors, this one feels like an interlude or a side-story. As fun and engaging as the previous books, Kitty Goes to War is more self-contained. The Harold Franklin storyline revealed that Kitty might be in more trouble than she envisioned, but that plot thread is not pursued in this novel.

Told in the first-person narrative of the endearing werewolf radio host, witnessing events unfold through Kitty Norville continues to be a pleasure. She may not always be the sharpest tool in the shed, and with her uncanny ability to turn a bad situation into worse she is constantly an accident waiting to happen. But she always means well, and I find it impossible not to root for her. Fans have been looking forward to Cormac's return and it was nice to see him again after such a long absence. Though his time behind bars has irrevocably changed him, it's nice to have him back. Tyler's plotline added another dimension to this tale, and Harold Franklin's reminded us that there are bigger and better things to come.

The pace throughout Kitty Goes to War is fast and crisp. There is never a dull moment and the book is a veritable page-turner.

However, I can't help but feel that the set-up stage should be done by now. With nine installments behind her belt, here's to hoping that Carrie Vaughn's Kitty's Big Trouble will mark the beginning of Kitty's involvement in that more complex and ambitious overall story arc, of which we have only been granted glimpses thus far. . .

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on 13 May 2011
I have been a big fan of the Kitty novels and this is the worst - not because of the content but the lack of content. May I ask Carrie why she feels letting her publisher get away with the layout of this book. The Text has been enlarged the line spacing has been widened. When a writer starts a book a lot of effort is made at the begining to draw the reader in kind of like a starter for a 3 course meal it is meant to give you an appetite. I am sorry to say that this book is a snack it was nice to taste but basically did not fulfill my appetite as it should have. The Story line has suffered terribley because of either the authors lack of enthusiasm to complete a proper novel or the publishers have forced a deadline and expanded the book in typeface to give the reader that they are getting Value for money ruining a what could have been an excellent addition to the series.

I would avoid this Kitty Norville episode it will leave you wondering what happened to the author why the stories that kept you reading has now rendered you skeptical and hateful that they should think that producing what I can could only say is a short story which should have been given to compendium of short stories. I actually feel robbed, I gave this book 2 stars 1 for each story line in the book. If you are a Kitty fan do yourself a big favour and avoid this book it wont take you long to read it and you will feel robbed.

Sorry Carrie but think one stinks of profit before craftmanship like a Wal Mart low quality item
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As a huge fan of Carrie's Kitty Norville I really couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. As usual its well written, the characters as engrossing as even and with Cormac getting a brand new lease of life as well as a whole hatful of new tricks it was going to be a seat of the pants journey. The prose were strong, the characters continued to grow as Kitty and Ben's connection has and when backed with great action sequences it made this the usual quality that I've come to expect from Carrie.

That said, whilst I did enjoy this title it did feel more like it was a couple of short stories blended to create a novel length title which while it was OK, I did feel each could have been expanded more to create two full length titles rather than rushing to conclude both parts which were unrelated except in order to help generate the lead character with a way and means to get to a certain point in the tale. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy it but the fact that these two arcs felt fairly short did leave me wondering if the research time either wasn't available or the deadline approached a lot faster than the author anticipated.
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on 18 May 2016
A series best read from the beginning and in order as whilst each book features a stand-alone event some of the stories (as in the case of books 5 and 6) do follow on closely from the previous book. And besides which its good to follow Kitty's story from her being recently bitten to life as a fully fledged werewolf.

With two strands to the story - one involving lycanthropic soldiers (cue an interesting reflection on mental illness), the other, the owner of Speedy Mart convenience stores accused of what is no less than 'weather terrorism' - it took for the two to combine before I was fully won over by Kitty Goes To War but, combined with the return of a favourite character of mine, won over I eventually was.

A great edition to the series which sees Kitty go from strength to strength. Alas, whilst good to have him back, it remains to be seen if the newly reformed/possessed? ****** (the afore mentioned favourite character of mine who I won't name here) will remain a favourite or if his story line will prove to be too absurd.

Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.
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on 27 December 2014
Five star exciting read. As always, Carrie Vaughn keeps the pace of the story flowing really well and brings strong characters into the mix. I love Kitty and her pack. The action is good and this is a strong storyline. The only fault I could find was more of an editorial point. It was grammar errors in places. Otherwise a solid story on the series.
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on 14 March 2011
I was a bit disappointed with the last Kitty offering (although I seem to be in the minority looking at previous reviews) but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read a lot of urban fantasy and this is one of my favourite series. I especially like the fact that Cormac's life has just become a bit more interesting......
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on 13 July 2011
Really loved this book, Carries Vaughns books follow on beautifully and this with several stories running along side each and then eventually intertwining, bring another level of story telling to us. This is really worth reading and I am looking forward to the next installment.
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