Book & Author Details:
Catalyst (Flashpoint #2) by Rachel Grant
Published by: Janus Publishing
Publication date: 21st November 2017
Genres: Romance, Suspense
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.
Rachel Grant is slipping. There is no explosion for at least the first 10 pages, if not more. But, honestly? That’s really the only issue I have with this book. And a made-up one at that!
Both characters are wonderful. Both strong in their own ways. Both with their own weaknesses. And yet written with such a strong chemistry with each other that it is impossible not to get drawn into their story.
But as is always the case, the plot does not play second fiddle to the love interest. Oh no. People/sex trafficking, political maneuverings, corrupt big business. All hanging together as a plot with accomplished ease.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader copy of this book.
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.