Catalyst Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In 1984, a doomsday vault was constructed on a remote island in the Arctic Ocean. Its purpose was to preserve Earth's genetic history in the event of a global catastrophe. Now, decades later, a second vault has been uncovered, this one resting where no one ever expected. And the problem is it's not ours.
Yet even more curious than the vault itself is what lies inside. Seeds. Millions of seeds. Each with a genetic embryo untouched and perfectly preserved. Waiting.
No one knows who built it. Or when. What we have managed to figure out is that whoever it was traveled an immense distance. For the sole purpose of hiding their genetic blueprints on Earth. But why?
Now, a small group of marine biologists and navy investigators have been assigned to find out. Before anyone else does. But Alison Shaw and John Clay are not prepared for what they are about to uncover. Beginning with the truth behind our own evolution.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 7 minutes|
|Author||Michael C. Grumley|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 07, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #20,862 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,676 in Mystery Action & Adventure
#1,933 in Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,114 in Action & Adventure Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2015
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That said, I have different criteria. I need sci-fi books with at least one character I can respect and identify with, a messsage that makes me feel good about humanity, and some cool out-of-the-box ideas. Add aliens, space travel, and/or cool tech (plausible or not), and I am a seriously happy camper. Keep the storyline consistent, the grammar and spelling decent, and stay away from misogyny/racism/preachy stuff, and we have a winner.
That's what I see in these books. They add up to exactly the kind of stories I love to read. They don't keep me up at night scared for mankind; they make me feel hopeful.
Catalyst continues the Breakthrough series with more revelations about the big brained mammals on earth, and strives to show there is a chance we can all communicate, we can all Kumbaya together. As with the earlier novels, the science doesn't all add up, but that's not what makes these books so important or enjoyable. No one writes hopeful and heart-filled sci-fi books anymore. They're all we-effed-up-the-planet apocalypse scenarios, terrifying no-one-has-rights-anymore dystopias, rebelling AIs, and misunderstood aliens trying to kill us.
Michael C. Grumley doesn't give us more of the doom and gloom. He gives us a break from the awful and shows us the good. Give me his brand of old school sci-fi adventure any day. I sleep much better hoping we can one day find a way to speak, peer-to-peer, with all the animals of the earth. Think of what we could learn if we could shut up long enough to listen, really listen, to the world around us!
Catalyst picks up where Leap left off. However, it is not just a continuous of the story or a tying up of loose ends. The plot becomes much more complicated with subplots. However, Grumley does an excellent job of controlling these plots to keep the story on track and moving forward. His clever writing style keeps you from getting lost from chapter to chapter. You won’t have to look back to past pages or chapters to remind yourself what happened and how did we get here. The character development in this installment of the Breakthrough series is deeper and richer. Alison’s relationship with John continues to blossom. Sally and Dirk are even more fascinating in this book. Dulce and Dexter are back and what they can do will amaze you. The whole interspecies communication aspect of this story is very fascinating. There is a good balance of science, technology and military action that is well researched and woven into the fabric of the story. You can read this novel as a standalone but you are not going to want to. The Breakthrough series is so exceptional you will want to read them all.
Michael Grumley just keeps getting better. Catalyst is an awesome read. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. Honestly, I was sad after I read the last page. Not because it had a bad ending, but because it was over. Don’t worry. Michael left some things unsolved and some questions unanswered for another installment. I have read many series that after the first couple of books the plots became shallow and the character predictable and I lost interest. Michael Grumley’s Breakthrough series, all the way through Catalyst, builds momentum, the plot thickens, the characters development is richer and each page draws you into the story. It really is that good.
This is NOT a spoiler alert.
I’m just here to say this is one of the best, well written serial novels I have every read. I put it up there with Ryk Brown’s FRONTIER SAGA and Richard Phillips’s THE THIRD SHIP and THE RHO AGENDA. All great books I would highly recommend.
You have heard people say they can’t put a book down; well this is one where you can’t wait for the next one. The characters are fanatic and engaging. You really get to know them, along with the dolphins and a gorilla. Same for the There is action, drama, humor, intrigue and a continuing plot. At the same time, just when you think you have some idea where the story line is going, it just keeps going.
If Amazon ever offers the more complete set (when it is complete, there are more coming) get it. You won’t regret it.
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This edition has (basically) the same characters as in the first two books, but this book can be read by itself and it will work for you. Great geo-political plot involving humans, dolphins and one cute gorilla. Lots of violence, but not gruesomely described.
In this book, American, Brazilian and Chinese operatives are trying to secure control of a chemical which is the "elixir of life" which was deposited by aliens thousands of years ago. Michael Grumley has again developed a convoluted plot which keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next, and that usually doesn't turn out to be the obvious outcome.
Yes, it's all highly unlikely, but it's very, very readable. I strongly recommend it to you if you enjoy such things!
Overall though, the sci-fi holds up - talking to dolphins and gorillas does not seen farfetched and miracle cures do come out of the forests. The action is rather less so, the gunfights seem contrived and the near-to-end Chinese action very unlikely (read it and see!).
Good enough though to go back in time and read the earlier volumes to see how they got to the start of this one.