Thursday, July 3, 2014

SFRB Recommends #18: The Catalyst by Chris Reher #scifi #romance #spaceopera

About The Book
Lieutenant Nova Whiteside, on an apparently routine assignment aboard an interstellar transport, finds herself the target of an assassination attempt. Her escape leaves her with no option but to rely on Seth, a former lover, for help.

Unfortunately, she realizes that they are now on opposite sides of an escalating war between the Commonwealth Union of Planets and an increasingly dangerous rebel organization.

In trying to find who is threatening her life, they discover a plot to destroy a distant planet - a world inhabited by creatures that are the key to Nova's survival - and a conspiracy that threatens the stability of the Union Commonwealth.

Why It's Recommended
Although this is the second book in the Targon Tales series, it can be read as a stand alone, and I think it is the best of a great series. It has a strong female lead character, space battles, mystery, conspiring with rebel forces, spies and a love story all rolled into one epic space opera book that isn't weighed down by bloat.

I thought the pacing in this book was excellent, starting off right away with space pirates capturing an imperial vessel where Nova has been assigned to protect an asset - a squid-like alien in a jar. This begins her journey to uncovering the truth of the aliens while she races to save her own life. She becomes the carrier of a catalyst agent that could be the key to changing the balance of power between the imperials and the rebels. At her side is Seth, a former lover who wants to scratch the former part off the title while still holding onto secrets he is reluctant to reveal. In the end, they will have to find trust in one another or all could be lost.

I think this book will appeal to both Science Fiction/Space Opera readers and Science Fiction Romance fans. It's a good 'bridge book' for those who are just starting to venture into one genre from the other (either pure sci-fi to sci-fi romance or vise versa).

Find it on Goodreads HERE.
Find it on Amazon US HERE

Recommended by C.E. Kilgore at

Author site: Chris Reher - Author

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