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Publisher's Summary

When a food storage depot in famine-struck South Sudan is torched, American aid worker Brie Stewart flees, only to land in a market where she's the next item up for auction. Is the attack on the aid facility another assault upon the war-torn fledgling democracy, or has her family set her up as a pawn in their quest for oil rights?

Chief Warrant Officer Sebastian Ford crossed paths with Brie years ago when she was a shill for her family's company, pushing a pipeline that threatened his tribe's land. Determined to lead the rescue operation to save her, he won't let her abduction - or the attraction that flares between them - get in the way of settling their unfinished business.

The Green Beret's skills are put to the test in the flooded grasslands of South Sudan, where they must battle nature and dangerous factions who are after more than oil. Bastian and Brie put their hearts on the line as they find themselves embroiled in a conflict that extends beyond country and continent. Together they must douse the spark before it reaches the flashpoint and engulfs everything they hold dear.

©2017 Rachel Grant (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The second novel in Grant's Flashpoint series offers intelligent romantic suspense that moves with the urgency of a thriller." (Kirkus Reviews)

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A romantic thriller on steroids!

A romantic thriller on steroids and an eye-opening lesson on social responsibilities, status and consequences.

“So, your friends call you Bastian. Your enemies call you asshole. What do lovers call you?”
“Why do you want to know?”
She smiled up at the stars. “Future reference.”

Catalyst by Rachel Grant is a wild ride from the starting gate. Don’t expect it to let up from there as the momentum of this roller coaster ride does not ease until the final paragraphs. The couple’s adventures are imbued with twists and turns I never imagined without a single dull moment! I laughed, swooned, cried and was both amazed and dismayed. It’s the first book I’ve ever read by Rachel, but it won’t be the last as I already have the book that preceded this one, Tinderbox, queued on my phone ready to hit play.

I had absolutely no issues reading Catalyst as a stand alone. I understand that the hero in Catalyst was first introduced in the series debut and I will be enjoying Tinderbox soon!

The two main characters, American aid worker Brie Stewart and Chief Warrant Officer Sebastian Ford were both great characters who I found it easy to relate to. She’s smart and thinks on her feet. By her choice, Brie is estranged from her family. She was born into wealth and privilege but is now committed to doing her part to fight what her family stands for.

Sebastian is a Native American who has risen through the Green Beret ranks to be second in command of his unit. He is proud of his people and of his country. Years ago, he saw Brie before she walked away from her family promote putting a pipeline through his tribe’s native land. He was repulsed by what she stood for, but was physically attracted to her even then. She was his forbidden fruit.

Now, years later, their paths cross again. Sebastian has a hard time believing that the Princess Prime he knew before could have changed into the caring individual she seems to be today. He can’t help but think that she’s putting on an act. They have words. But, weeks later, when her camp is attacked and she is kidnapped, Sebastian is determined to be involved in her rescue.

Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from Catalyst:

“I’m an aid worker. I’ve been helping South Sudanese people who’ve returned to their villages after being displaced by the civil war prepare for the rainy season, which, by all accounts, is going to suck elephant dicks this year.”
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“Ten years ago, I attended a community meeting for an oil pipeline proposal PE was ramming through the environmental impact process in eastern Washington. I sat in the front row as you defended PE’s plan to destroy an important Traditional Cultural Property to build a pipeline that would bisect the state from the Canadian border to the Columbia River. You had no respect for the sovereignty of tribes over the land. Your plan lacked even basic environmental protection for air and water, but you defended it because you didn’t give a fuck about air Indians breathe or water Indians drink.”
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“I’m going to make an exception for you. If you want to study me – every inch of me – I’m willing to be your lab rat.”
“Well, I’d need to have research questions if it’s going to be a valid scientific endeavor.”

I listened to the audio edition of Catalyst for which Greg Tremblay is the exceedingly able narrator. His strong and clear voicing of the story and the characters is excellent. He consistently distinguishes between each of the characters – male and female - with voices that sound genuine exuding emotions that added to the graphic and stirring nature of the tale. The end product is polished. His outstanding performance kept my attention captivated. I look forward to hearing him again.

Catalyst is hot and steamy, but also sweet and caring. It’s a romantic thriller on steroids, and an eye-opening lesson on social responsibilities, status and consequences. It’s fast-paced and action-packed. The ending is warmly satisfying as far as the main characters’ futures, but, as the author notes, the future for the Sudanese region is not rosy. Awareness that we can make a difference is a first step in making change happen. Rachel brings this cognizance to the forefront in a highly entertaining format and I applaud her for doing so. If you enjoy riveting edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense set in exotic locales with excellently-plotted intricate storylines, I’d highly encourage you to check out Catalyst!

My full review is published at Reading Between the Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!

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Lord what a ride LOVED this story thrills excitmen

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 how to handle herself in so many ways. When Sebastian shows up she doesn’t know what to think, with very mixed feeling she does her best to trust him but has to wonder if she put her trust in the wrong person. When his team put the children first I lost my heart not only to him but his team. It is touch and go through out with lots of action, danger. I loved the characters, the humor, danger, excitement and the love story. I just loved how the romance was written knowing they must keep on their toes with others out hunting them to when they set up a plan to find out who is behind it. Danger and excitement until the very end. The author gives a wonderful well balanced plot that is well thought out and written. I was hooked from the first page and could not put it down. I can’t wait to see what the next book in this series is about.

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Flashpoint Series

Book two is just as good as book one. It continues with two other characters in the flashpoint series.

Brie Steward and Sebastian Ford have their own demons to fight and their own identities to repair and protect. This story carries on in Djibouti, the start of all the books in the series. It makes you want to set up a small army to protect all the civilians in the African countries struck by famine, human trafficking and terrorism. This book brings its own issues to light which are again, real and present. The characters story again is filled with true feelings a person can associate with. You feel for each and every one of them.

I was extremely impressed with the narration. Mr Tremblay kept the voices in sync with the first book. Each character kept their own identity. REALLY WELL DONE!!

If you read the first book, you would not actually need a review on the second book. You would most definitely finish the series.

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Would recommend a different series

I had trouble reading this series. Couldn’t finish the first book, must have been her first book. I didn’t think it was written well, not very developed. The second book (this one) was better but didn’t really keep my interest. It seemed the book was written in two parts - the beginning was written well and the characters were compelling. The second half of the book storyline fell apart and written as if the author was on a deadline and just wrote to finish the book. Would Not recommend.

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Perfect Romantic Suspense

Catalyst is really a good example of one perfect romantic suspense - at least for me ;-)
The hero and heroine are believable and likable, there is clearly a lot of chemistry between the two and the back-story is really suspenseful. There are some misunderstandings between the main characters and while I would have liked them to be not warmed up quite so often, I can understand that it is not easy to let go of the perceived picture of yourself or someone else.
The suspense part of the story takes place at an unusual locale (Africa) and is not swiftly resolved but really keeps you at the edge of your seat.
While this is the second book in the series, it can be read - or listened to - as a standalone.
The reader can distinguish the characters well and is genuinely a joy to listen to.

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Parts r true!

Rachel Grant uses the famine and lack of feminine toiletries for adolescents in the South Sudan region for this story. This was a good listen. I enjoyed listening to narrator Greg Tremblay. Enjoy. 😄

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My new favourite author

I love everything about Rachel Grants writing - its fast paced, interesting, well written and all the characters are developed in such a way that you really care about the outcome and want to know what’s next for them.
These books are amazing in their richness and layers, especially around humanitarian and social justice issues. I love the way that the patriarchal biases and sexism is called out by both the men and the women. This is done respectfully and as part of the story which just makes the books even more enjoyable to read because it is challenging stereotypes rather than justifying them.
The narrator was fantastic and the sex scenes were hot and enhanced the story.
Would highly recommend this book.

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  • SB
  • 04-22-18

Great Series, Can’t Wait for the Next book!

The Bottom Line:

Story: 4.5 stars, great action, great romance, good background details, intelligently written.

Performance: 5 stars, Perfect, Excellent!!!

Relationship/heat: 4 stars, develops fast, loving, opposites attract. Scolding hot...a bit unbelievable, under some of the circumstances, but well written!
Very nice to have a male lead that is NOT a millionaire...Yep!

Overall: 5 stars, Intelligent, Great romatic military suspense! Worth a credit!

Can’t wait for the next in the series!

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These books should be their own category!

Would you listen to Catalyst again? Why?

Like "Tinderbox", "Catalyst" is a real story of action and suspense with real sex. These books should be their own category. I am so tired of "Romance" books with thin story line, character development, cliche dialog and full of High School-like drama and fairy tale relationships that are written around careful sex. I want more books like these! I will definitely try her other books hoping they will also be good reads full of adult situations, conversations and sex.

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Solid steaminess and adventure

Entertaining adventure and romance with enough flirtation-tension and a strong enough female lead to make it dynamic. Some of the romance and sex is a bit cringy...but that's common in this genre, and some of it is more swoonworthy and that's redeeming. The narrator's female voices are annoying, but I suppose it's hard for a man to mimic a woman without sounding insipid or pitiful and it doesn't detract too much. The rest is well read. A quality female co-reader would have made the performance great. I'm just nit-picking. It made for enjoyable company on a road trip.

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  • Mrs. S. A. Lynch
  • 11-28-17

this is an excellent read I highly recommend it

I am a fan of Rachel Grant having read her previous books but I particularly like this new series that she is writing. the characters are interesting and believable and the storyline has an unusual Twist I look forward eagerly to the next book in the series whenever that comes along.

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