Catacombs: A Tale of the Barque Cats (A Tale of Barque Cats) and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $15.00
  • Save: $2.50 (17%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Acceptable | Details
Sold by FPQ Books
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: The cover is clean but does show some wear. The cover has curled corners. Item ships secure with Fulfillment By Amazon, Prime customers get 2nd day at no charge!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Catacombs: A Tale of the Barque Cats (A Tale of Barque Cats) Paperback – January 10, 2012


See all 13 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$12.50
$7.11 $7.06
Best%20Books%20of%202014


Frequently Bought Together

Catacombs: A Tale of the Barque Cats (A Tale of Barque Cats) + Catalyst (A Tale of Barque Cats) + Maelstrom (The Twins of Petaybee #2)
Price for all three: $32.02

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Holiday Deals in Books
Holiday Deals in Books
Find deals for every reader in the Holiday Deals in Books store, featuring savings of up to 50% on cookbooks, children's books, literature & fiction, and more.

Product Details

  • Series: A Tale of Barque Cats
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780345513793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345513793
  • ASIN: 0345513797
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

McCaffrey and Scarborough follow January 2010's Catalyst with another light space adventure featuring super-smart cats. The barque cats, mistaken for a public health hazard, flee Earth for the feline-dominated planet, Mau, with the help of Pshaw-Ra, a mysterious cat with his own spaceship. Oddly, no one--including the humans--is bothered that he plans to take over the universe on behalf of felinekind. Chester and his 10-year-old human friend Jubal are likable young heroes who make a good foil to the charismatic, shadowy Pshaw-Ra. Readers of all ages will be entertained as the barque cats explore strange new worlds and save the day. (Jan.) (c)
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Cats in space! In their sixteenth collaborative novel, the authors return to the universe of Catalyst. Saved by the arrogant space cat Pshaw-Ra from mistaken euthanasia at the end of the last book, the dashing tom Chester, his telekinetic boy partner Jubal, and a shipload of other cats and their people land on their mysterious savior’s desert planet. Promises of fishy treats, naps, and other luxuries soon give way to the cruel rule of a petty cat queen and the lurking pursuit of the unkillable snake Apep. Given the meandering plot and fluffy style, the only purrs this book will elicit will come from young readers, feline fanatics, Egyptian-mythology buffs, and those who enjoy light space opera combined with extreme cuteness. Even those readers may find that the huge cast of characters and confusing descriptions of events go down like a hairball. Long, honorable careers have garnered McCaffrey and Scarborough a legion of fans, so expect demand; but readers might do better with rereading one of their classics. High-Demand Backstory: Fifteen previous collaborations between these two popular authors have shown that together their books are as popular as their individual ones have proven to be, and their latest partnership will follow suit. --Neil Hollands --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Anne McCaffrey, the Hugo Award-winning author of the bestselling Dragonriders of Pern® novels, is one of science fiction's most popular authors. With Elizabeth Ann Scarborough she co-authored Changelings and Maelstrom, Books One and Two of The Twins of Petaybee. McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland.

Customer Reviews

Anne at her best...great story line and character development.
thhwwppt
I hate starting a book that is a series so I waited till I had both books on hand before reading.
Don Morby
I love all of Anne McCaffrey's books, but she has out done herself with this one.
Patti A. Stott

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Barque Cats: and their human Cat Persons bond in an almost mystical way. Each and their human seem to instinctively know what the other wants as if reading minds. Mysterious feline Pshaw-Ra somehow changes the dynamic that leads to a telepathic link between Chester the Barque Cat and his Cat Person; other cats soon follow.

A plague leads to the government order to destroy those considered the carriers, which brings unwanted focus on the Barque Cats. Pshaw-Ra opens up a mousehole to carry the Barque cats and their Cat Persons on the starship Ranzo to Mau where he plans to breed the newcomers with his felines; the offspring will rule the universe. However, he finds problems at home with daughter Nefure claiming the throne while his other daughter Renpet fleeing into the catacombs beneath the Mauan desert. Pshaw-Ra is a target of scorn while something dormant for almost as old as the universe has awakened with a thirst for the light starting with cats for breakfast.

This is a fun feline frolic as the Barque Cats and their Cat Persons try to save the universe from the Mau residents. Faster than the speed of light, readers will enjoy the escapades on Mau although wonder why everyone especially the off-worlders seem emotionally detached from Pshaw-Ro's scheme. Still this is an entertaining human-feline outer space thriller (see Catalyst).

Harriet Klausner
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Margaret L. Smith on February 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I really hate to say anything bad about a McCaffrey book, but I have no choice here. I doubt that I will even finish reading this one, and will not buy any more in the series. As others have said, there is no depth or complexity to either the characters or the plot.

I've been a McCaffrey fan since reading a Pern short story, "Weyr Search", years before any of the books came out. I've loved everything she has written, both science fiction and romance, except for this and all but the first of the Acorna series. I stopped buying the Acorna books after the second one, and as I indicated above, won't buy any more of the Barque Cat series.

Some of McCaffrey's collaborations have been great - the Planet Pirates books, for instance, and they introduced me to Elizabeth Moon and Jody Lynn Nye, authors I might not have discovered otherwise. This one, though, leaves me cold.

Looking at a list of her books, it appears that most of the ones I just can't get through are collaborations with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, so perhaps my criterion should be "If Scarborough is the co-author, don't bother"?
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donna Gough on January 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
For cat lovers, this book is a gem! Both authors are first-rate, and I, for one, am eagerly waiting for a sequel. Cats that can think and operate in space! Highly recommended! An excellent SF yarn!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Bower TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I must agree with some of the other reviewers that this book did not seem to be as captivating as the first one. I didn't really have all that much trouble finishing it as I really did get a kick out the writer's insights into cats. These were brought in by casual touches that would be familiar to cat lovers everywhere.

One that immediately comes to mind is where the Grand Vizier, Pshaw-Ra is teaching the kittens to control gravity so as to make themselves heavier or lighter. This shows great insight and experience with the joys of living with one or more cats. I'm sure we can all recall instances when cats could move as light as a feather and others when they could seem as heavy as lead. The latter being the case when one may be lying down and your beloved cat decides to walk across you and each step weighs down upon your body as if the cat weighed 80 pounds.

This is definitely one of those books you'll have problems with if you can't accept the premises established by the authors. If you're willing to cut them some slack and just go with the flow I believe cat lovers will find enough reminders of their experiences with well loved cats to make the book worthwhile reading.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marketa on January 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I read the last reviews with surprise. I am a fan of both McCaffrey and Scarborough and have read all their books. Some I liked more than others. This one is one of the more superior ones. The characters in this book are cats and some humans, I felt that there was ample time to get to know the characters and to grow very fond of them indeed. There was enough action to make the book flow fast, but not so much that there was no time to enjoy the emotions, feelings and thoughts of each of the main characters.

The story line is very interesting and for any cat-lover this book is a purfect read! But even for non-cat people it is a sublime story that should be found on every book shelve.

I hope there will be a third book in this series in the same vane.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Fry on November 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Good follow-up to the first in the Bargue cat series. It would be wonderful if Ann McCaffrey could have lived to write a third.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. J.Turner on April 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Ann McCaffrey and Elizabeth Scarborough have written a romping great tail in the follow-up to Catalyst. The Barque Cats with their Cat Persons (CP) have overcome a plot to destroy all animals thought to be infected with a plague which causes the infected cats to develop telepathic abilities and bond with their CP. This is a grate example of why we have come to love Ann McCaffrey's universe.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?