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  • Great Read!

    Another page turner from Rachel Grant! Catalyst is a fast paced read that takes you from South Sudan to Morocco. Brie Stewart is trying to correct past wrongs by working as an aid worker in South Sudan but someone has other plans for her. The camp where she works is attacked and she escapes into the jungle to avoid capture. Sebastian Ford, a Green Beret, is tasked to find her before she comes to harm. Ms. Grant writes compelling characters who you get to know beyond the surface. If you want to read an intelligent romantic thriller, then read this book. The story line is compellingly believable…power and corruption is a dangerous combination.

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  • Great addition to the excellent Flashpoint series

    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

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  • Intensely exciting romantic suspense

    Firestorm is the third in Rachel Grant's Flashpoint series of books, set, as the name suggests, in dangerous unstable flashpoints in Africa. Like the others in the series, the book is impeccably researched and well written with an intensely exciting, intricate plot. This time, most of the action takes place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Savvy or Freya, a spy, and Cal, a Green Beret, are simultaneously distrustful of and attracted to each other. Their relationship grows into a sensual, tender romance while they unravel a web of treachery and corruption centred around a Soviet - backed would-be dictator, whose plans to gain control of the region's immense resources and stage a coup could totally destabilize it. This is one of the best romantic suspense novels that I have read recently. I have no hesitation in recommending it.

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  • Excellent read.

    This is a definite five star read. The bad guys are many truly disgusting. This is the second book in this series and pulls the reader into the world of the Sudan, poor, undernourished, abused and heart felt sadness. The story focuses on the pillage of natural resources and the plight of those people trying to survive. Two lovers fighting the good fight, trying to make a difference in a world so warped, it is close to impossible. Excellent read. Put at the top of your TBR list.

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