Catalyst

Catalyst

by Rachel Grant

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BN ID: 2940158619762
Publisher: Janus Publishing LLC
Publication date: 11/21/2017
Series: Flashpoint , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 12,271
File size: 955 KB

About the Author

Four-time Golden Heart® finalist Rachel Grant worked for over a decade as a professional archaeologist and mines her experiences for storylines and settings, which are as diverse as excavating a cemetery underneath an historic art museum in San Francisco, survey and excavation of many prehistoric Native American sites in the Pacific Northwest, researching an historic concrete house in Virginia, and mapping a seventeenth century Spanish and Dutch fort on the island of Sint Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children and can be found on the web at www.Rachel-Grant.net.

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Catalyst 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Aunty_Susu 3 months ago
It’s not often that I read a book where I have to put it down and walk away because it’s too ..…. too emotional, too suspenseful, simply too much …… but this was one. What a breathless ride! Brie is a very damaged heroine. So many things wrong in her life, so many things wrong in her past, but her heart is in the right place, and I really liked her and empathised with her. Bastian has a huge chip on his shoulder – or maybe a couple. We have plenty of time to get to know them both in the first part of the book while they are struggling to survive. Plenty happening around them while they get to know each other as well. The action escalates in the second half as all the loose ends gradually tie together. A totally gripping story that never lets go of you. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Almost too hot to handle
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
An exciting on the edge of your seat ride that grabs you from the first page until the last. Brie is an aid work with a secret that only a few know about. Sebastian knows all about her and her past when he sees her he can’t help but put his foot in his mouth. Even with a different name, hair, makeup and clothes change she can’t seem to hide who she is from him or does she…. She has worked so hard since she found out what her family is really like to outlive what they stand for. Her family does their worse for money she does her best to help those they hurt. Brie is the black sheep of the family. A family who would love to pull her back in using her and her body for their cause to make more money. Brie is a very bright she thinks on her feet with come back after every comeback for Sebastian who tries to put her in her place not believing a word she is saying. She throws her hands up and said who cares leaving with tears in her eye…she just needs to hold it together long enough to get out of his sight then she can fall apart… Sebastian has come up in the world he is second in command of his unit, he has worked hard coming far from his reservation and his tribe. He is proud of his Indian blood but he is also proud of his unit and all they stand for. He also has a secret of how much he would love to have one night with the princess as he calls her. He has mixed feeling from years ago and her help with trying to put a pipe line through their native land. When he follows her out after all the cruel words he said he finds her in tears, he fights what he sees and what he knows to be fact…but are they? The narrator does an outstanding job really bring the story to life holding your attention keeping you on the edge. He gives the right amount of pause to really let you take in what he just read keeping you hooked as you picture each detail in your mind. I don’t feel it would have had the same effect if I had read the story he really delivers a strong emotion listen. With a very strong voice that really brings his male characters to life but a very feminine one that makes his females very pleasant interesting and lively, I really loved his different character voices. You have no trouble putting the voice with the faces they are well balanced and really sound as you would picture them to be. You know just who is talking and what they are feeling, you can hear their pain, sadness, sorrow, joy, love and fear. There are no background noises, no volume changes if any breaks were taken I could not tell. His performance was outstanding, very clean, and clear delivering a highly entertaining audio I got lost in. From start to finish this is how an audio should be done bring life to the characters, making the listener buy into the story, feeling each emotion making the listener hold their breath, laugh and want to cry, keeping the listening on the edge delivering a story that makes you not want to put down. Just delightfully outstanding I can’t wait to listen to more of his work. The author gives you a well balanced story with a delightful plot that keeps you spellbound. It is very entertaining with many twists and turns that keeps this story moving at a fast pace, highly thrilling, and exciting. There will be times you will have your heart in your throat waiting for the end to be near. When the attack came on Brie and her co workers I was holding my breath when she was taken to the salve market my heart broke. What a tough lady that really knows
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every bit as good as her other books, and I loved that she wrote about subjects others avoid with unapologetically.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love when Rachael Grants new books come out, I know I am in for a treat and always pleased with her series. She addresses real life with love and action hero's that are real and we can relate too. It's wonderful to read about strong good women and men doing this best to get through life and love.
Jennann3 More than 1 year ago
Catalyst is the second novel in the Flashpoint series. I don't typically read a series out of order, but I didn't feel as though I missed out on background information. The novel starts off in South Sudan at a USAID camp where Brie Stewart is volunteering as a relief worker. She is recognized at Camp Citron by Chief Ford. Chief Ford can't believe "Princess Prime" is in Sudan as a USAID worker. Having formed an opinion of her 10yrs ago, he can't fathom her giving up her oil money to live in squalor and tells her--right before kissing her. Brie Stewart has cleaned up her act, changed her name, and worked really hard to help suffering people. While Brie doesn't hide her past, she claims responsibility and continues to battle her demons daily. What she doesn't need is an Alpha male, Chief Ford, harassing her and accusing her of past wrongs. But that kiss... After returning to camp, Brie's village comes under attack. She escapes only to be captured and put up for sale in the market. Chief Ford's Green Beret team is called up for the rescue mission. His team successfully tracks down Brie, rescues her, but also creates a diversion to enable the captured children to escape. In doing so, he and Brie are separated from the rest of the team. Even though they have a pre-arranged meeting place, Brie and Bastion miss it due to the rainy season and injuries. They eventually find a place to hide and come up with another plan....They also realize how wrong they were about each other. This novel was captivating, suspenseful, and kept me on the edge of my seat. There were so many stories within the main story that Rachel Grant had you guessing until the last word. Real world issues such as: famine, pursuit of political power at all costs, development of biological and chemical weapons, human/child trafficking and drug abuse were just a few of the topics mentioned. Such a powerful story! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
FBShafer More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the series. You can read Catalyst without Tinderbox, but you’d be missing all of the fun. A few sparks fly when you combine romance, anger, and hot sex. You know there will be fireworks when they clash, and the wait is never long or disappointing. The story line is uncomplicated enough for travel, waiting in offices for an appointment, or just sitting by the fire. Her characters are strong, intelligent women with hunky, exciting men. It’s refreshing to have a feisty, intelligent female who is educated, adventurous and not some helpless creature. She can hold her own mentally and physically and still be emotional and sensitive. I love a book that you can easily pick up and put down without losing what’s happening, but then why would you want to put it down at all?
Slimssis More than 1 year ago
This was a great book full of suspense and some romance. I really liked Brie and Bastion together. It started out as a reluctant romance that grew with the story and the characters. It's a book I would happily read twice.
etherealfury More than 1 year ago
4.5* I have been waiting for this book since before I even finished TINDERBOX, the preceding book in the Flashpoint series! Rachel Grant is one of my all-time favourite romantic suspense authors and indisputable auto-buy because her work is both the epitome of everything romantic suspense should be and incredibly educational without being pedantic, all wrapped in a superbly written package. In less skilled hands, CATALYST would simply be a pulse-pounding story of human trafficking and sexual slavery with some sexy military men, but Ms. Grant elevates it into a nuanced story of geopolitical instability in an oft-forgotten part of the world set against a backdrop of Western corporate greed and amorality, Native American issues, and the machinations of the intelligence community… whilst delivering an engaging cultural anthropology lesson. CATALYST will suck you in from the get-go and not let you come up for air until the very last word. It’s a testament to Ms. Grant’s skill as an author that I liked the book so much despite only being lukewarm towards its protagonists, Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer Sebastian (Bastian) Ford and former-billionaire-oil-heiress/schill-turned-aid-worker Gabriella (Brie) Stewart Prime. I was not a fan of Bastian coming into CATALYST based on his arsehat behaviour in TINDERBOX, and he did little to improve my opinion of him throughout most of CATALYST: his judgmentalism, carelessness with people, and giant chip on his shoulder did little to endear him to me. Same with Brie’s self-pitying, woe-is-me reformed little rich girl penance (though I liked her much more than Bastian from the outset). But it’s the very fact that Ms. Grant’s characters are so imperfect that makes them so compelling and real-- no one likes everyone they meet in real life, and authors shouldn’t strive for that unattainable ideal. And, despite how much they both want to deny it, their chemistry is off the charts… and they make each other better versions of themselves, irrespective of how likable one finds those improved versions. CATALYST is an excellent addition to an already stellar and weighty body of work for Ms. Grant. If you haven’t yet read a Rachel Grant book, do yourself a favour and pick one--any one!-- up ASAP. **I received a free/reduced price copy of this book with no obligation to post a review
Traann More than 1 year ago
Catalyst by Rachel Grant is the second book in her Flashpoint Series, and just like the first book, it grabs you in the first few pages and you won’t want to put the book down until you have finished it. There are characters from the first book in the series, Tinderbox, but if you haven’t read that one, you will not be lost by reading this book first. The book starts out in a club in Camp Citron, Djibouti with Chief Warrant Officer Sebastian “Bastian” Ford, looking for, and finding, a woman he never expected to see in that part of the world. The day before he thought he had spotted her in an office on base. He was looking for Gabriella Stewart Prime, or Princess Prime, as the media had called her 10 years ago. She was the daughter of a Billionaire who was the CEO of one of the worlds largest oil companies, and last time he saw her, she and her families company, was trying to take over tribal lands in Washington State, where Bastian was from. He finds her but she has changed and it really throws him. She now goes by Brie Stewart and every word out of her mouth confuses him and makes him rethink what he thought. Brie, now a USAID worker, helping the South Sudanese people return to their villages after civil war displaced them, doesn’t remember Chief Ford but then again, there is much from her past she can’t remember. Back then she worked 16 hour days for Prime Energy, drinking, drugging and having sex indiscriminately, so much so, that she asked Bastian if they had sex 10 years ago. It is with questions like that, that Bastian can’t reconcile the spoiled rich girl from the aid worker woman now in front of him. They part but that will not be the last time they see each other. Move forward a month and an attack on the village that Brie is working in brings Bastian and Brie back together in an unexpected way and the sparks start flying, literally, and all hell breaks loose. I don’t want to give the story away but if you like suspense, military and romance then you will LOVE this book. If you even like this book (again, I think you will love it) then please try others of Rachel Grant’s books. No matter which one you pick up, you will not be disappointed. I can’t wait for the next book in the series and I think you will feel the same way.
ms12dzn More than 1 year ago
“Princess Prime, I’m your worst nightmare.” And so begins the love story of Chief Warrant Officer Sebastian Ford and Gabriella Stewart Prime. He, a Green Beret of Native American heritage and she, the youngest child and only daughter of the unscrupulous CEO of Prime Energy – o and a recovering heroin addict – meet at Camp Citron, Djibouti. She has no memory of Bastian but he certainly remembers her! Against the backdrop of the South Sudan, Rachel Grant weaves a thriller where these two protagonists must battle horrendous forces of nature, the epitome of human evil, and the corruption of corporate values to the very last page. This gripping novel fully engages the reader from the very first page. Really! It’s beautiful. Catalyst, the companion piece to her earlier book, Tinderbox, is every bit as good if not better than the first one. I highly recommend it. I simply could not put it down. Thank you, Rachel Grant, for developing such a wonderful novel. I am a fan for life. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Cindyp66 More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Rachel Grant’s books. This book grabbed me right from the start. It’s faced-paced, full of action and adventure, lots of romance, and lots of fun! I really like the characters. Both male and female lead characters are strong, but they have faults and seem more human and real because of them. Both lead characters (Brie and Bastian) had a lot to overcome just to get to where they are at the beginning of the book! But they’re struggles are real struggles that people deal with every day in real life. (I’m referring to struggles with family and heritage, drugs, etc.). I thoroughly enjoyed this book, just as much as all the other Rachel Grant books I’ve read. They are always a fast and wild ride, never disappointing! I received this eARC from the publisher, which in no way impacts the content of my review.
JewelsBookPages More than 1 year ago
I love Rachel Grant’s heroines. They’re typically sassy, smart, and capable. They don’t necessarily rely on the hero to save them; rather they work in tandem as a team to save each other in a variety of situations. Brie Stewart is no different. She has a lot of issues and she does tend to lament her poor decision making in her younger years often, but I took it to be her way of reminding herself she has come a long way since then. Her coping mechanisms and tough facade came from a backbone forged in steel and darned if I didn’t feel pride whenever she stood her ground in difficult circumstances! Then there’s Chief Warrant Officer Sebastian Ford, aka Bastian. I wasn’t totally on board with him after some jerk moves in Tinderbox (book 1 in the Flashpoint series) when he was messing with Pax and Morgan, so going into Catalyst I admit I wasn’t his biggest fan. And while he’s still arrogant and has moments of obnoxiousness, I learned he has almost as many issues as Brie. He just appears to handle his ghosts..somewhat better. Knowing what I know now made me sympathetic to his character and I have to say I liked him more than I thought I would! It didn’t hurt that he obviously met his match with Brie either... Book two in the Flashpoint series, Catalyst had a lot going on! Rachel’s ability to weave fiction and fact seamlessly allows her to bring issues to a reader’s attention in aN entertaining way. Brie’s aid work in Sudan highlights the real food shortage issues and civil war/power struggles I was only cursorily aware of from the news. It gave me a new crinkle in the brain and something to study up on and learn more about. Secondary characters Morgan and Pax make an appearance, as does Cal and Savannah (Which speaking of..PLEASE, tell me Cal and Savy are next!) and there’s also a surprise cross reference with a character in the Evidence series. Overall, Catalyst had a strong plot, great suspense, and a fantastic romance that I’m happy to recommend! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book which I received at no cost from the author.