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.
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First book of another smash series.
I love her books, have read them all and can’t wait until the third in this latest series comes out. Please hurry!
Opposites Attract, Suspense
Catalyst is the second novel in the Flashpoint series. I don't typically read a series out of order, but I didn't feel as though I missed out on background information. The novel starts off in South Sudan at a USAID camp where Brie Stewart is volunteering as a relief worker. She is recognized at Camp Citron by Chief Ford. Chief Ford can't believe "Princess Prime" is in Sudan as a USAID worker. Having formed an opinion of her 10yrs ago, he can't fathom her giving up her oil money to live in squalor and tells her--right before kissing her.
Brie Stewart has cleaned up her act, changed her name, and worked really hard to help suffering people. While Brie doesn't hide her past, she claims responsibility and continues to battle her demons daily. What she doesn't need is an Alpha male, Chief Ford, harassing her and accusing her of past wrongs. But that kiss...
After returning to camp, Brie's village comes under attack. She escapes only to be captured and put up for sale in the market. Chief Ford's Green Beret team is called up for the rescue mission. His team successfully tracks down Brie, rescues her, but also creates a diversion to enable the captured children to escape. In doing so, he and Brie are separated from the rest of the team. Even though they have a pre-arranged meeting place, Brie and Bastion miss it due to the rainy season and injuries. They eventually find a place to hide and come up with another plan....They also realize how wrong they were about each other.
This novel was captivating, suspenseful, and kept me on the edge of my seat. There were so many stories within the main story that Rachel Grant had you guessing until the last word. Real world issues such as: famine, pursuit of political power at all costs, development of biological and chemical weapons, human/child trafficking and drug abuse were just a few of the topics mentioned. Such a powerful story! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
Fiction has its way to highlight a cruel reality in our current world
Catalyst is only the second book in The Flashpoint series and already becoming another of my favorite series by Mrs. Grant.
Sometimes fiction has its way to highlight a cruel and sad reality in our current real world, this book accomplished that. I was captivated from the very beginning by the plot and all the sensitive themes that are addressed though the book, at times I felt sick knowing the fiction in the book is the reality of many. Bastian is a hero that struggles with his immense love and resentments toward his family, country and his feelings for a heroine that he thought represented everything he despised. Brie is a heroine seeking for absolution and ways to mend the ugliness that her family has created by working for humanitarian groups while battling her own personal demons and twisted villains in a land with everything is for sale. South Sudan is a land of famine, civil war, slave markets, insurgents groups, countries that profit from the continuing government instability, and private companies from powerful countries that seek the total dominion of the energy and oil. I was delighted surprised by the appearance of a character that I like very much from another of Mrs. Grant’s series and I can’t wait to know more about Savanna James.