Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2018
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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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.
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.