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Length: 388 pages

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A highly entertaining rollercoaster ride, delivered at high speed with a new thrill in every chapter. And apparently the science part actually works Mystery People Like a thrill seeking ride...fast and furious with instant gratification. Daily Mail on The Noah's Ark Quest As thrilling as it is smart, The Roswell Conspiracy is a full throttle adventure from first shot to final word. Just check your gun and parachute, take a deep breath and jump in to a whole world of history, deception and thrills. This is fast, fun and fascinating thriller writing at its most original. Sam Christer, bestselling author of The Stonehenge Legacy Morrison's novel is a very contemporary take on this murky affair that is both intriguing and a rip-roaring thriller in its own right. CHOICE magazine on The Roswell Conspiracy

About the Author

After university, Boyd Morrison worked on a project for NASA and did a PhD in industrial engineering. When he moved to Seattle with his wife, he landed the dream job of working on Xbox games for Microsoft before becoming a full-time writer. He has been a Jeopardy! Champion and is a professional actor.

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  • File Size: 858 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00BQE1QWA
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (November 29, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 29, 2011
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W3FPBA
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Boyd Morrison is an author, actor, engineer, and Jeopardy! champion. He started his career working on NASA's space station project at Johnson Space Center, where he got the opportunity to fly on the Vomit Comet, the same plane used to train astronauts for zero gravity. After earning a PhD in engineering from Virginia Tech, he used his training to develop eleven US patents at Thomson/RCA. Boyd then managed a video game testing group in Microsoft's Xbox division before becoming a full-time writer. For non-fiction thrills, he enjoys white water rafting, skiing, scuba diving, and bungee jumping. Boyd is also a professional actor, appearing in films, commercials, and stage plays. In 2003 he fulfilled a lifelong dream and became a Jeopardy! champion. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Edwards VINE VOICE on February 20, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am constantly on the search for a new adventure tale to give me a few moments of pure escape, and after discovering Boyd's 'The Ark' not too long ago, I am happy to say that my search for a new author who can stand toe-to-toe with the likes of Cussler, Thor, Jeremy Robinson and James Rollins has turned up another who is worthy of being mentioned in the same breath (which is no small task, mind you).

The 'Catalyst' is what I like to refer to as 'Fine Brain Candy'...and just like Morrison's novels which preceed it, this one does not disappoint. The fact that you may be reading my review is a good sign that you probably enjoy action/adventure tales...let me say then that should you give this one a try, while I won't guarantee anything, I will say that odds are you'll finish the last page with a smile. One thing that I can't seem to get enough of when it comes to novels such as this is when the book contains just the right amount of science to back up the storyline. I'm not saying that you're going to suddenly believe everything the novel says, but for someone like me who never did quite well in science, it all sounded pretty plausible to me--or at least complicated enough that I didn't have to make a feeble attempt to decipher it all because I would've failed if I had.

One of the absolute best parts of The Catalyst is the fact that its so dang cheap right now, too. Granted, as I look over my ever-aging book collection, its getting harder and harder to look at the prices of books as being a 'bargain' these days, but it IS nice to see one not floating around a rather sizeable pricetag at the same time.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Bailey on April 29, 2009
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A thriller in which a graduate chemistry student and his girlfriend go on the run after his co-discovery of a cheap way to produce diamonds results in the murders of others familiar with the process. Good beach reading, but better yet, read this author's The Ark.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By TJ Zecca on March 5, 2009
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When I first got this book I was swamped at work and did not have a chance to pick it up.

A little while later, my girlfriend was curious and started reading the book while we were driving somewhere. In less that fifteen minutes she was sitting there gasping, chuckling, and making little noises, and five minutes after that she proclaimed that she "loved the book". Meanwhile, I was getting a little jealous since not only was I driving and getting absolutely no attention... I had not even had a chance to read it yet! :)

Since then I have read it, and I agree... It is a great book, a definite page turner, and I would have been fine with paying the standard $9.99 price for it.

Spend the buck, you will not be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nekkosan on January 31, 2013
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Definitely enjoyed this book, the characters, and the storyline. Writing was tight and LACK of bad grammar and typos was amazing. However had a hard time believing the ease and speed with which Erica and Kevin recovered from the messes in which they found themselves. Still, an enjoyable book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mark mckeever on January 22, 2013
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Really slow action, nothing surprising or unexpected. Very poor character development. The best part of the book was finishing it so I could go on to other books. Definitely below par, especially compared to "The Ark" which was quite good.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Machelle Allman on March 22, 2009
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Adamas is about Kevin, a grad student who gets a postmortem email from a former professor/employer. Kevin quickly gets embroiled in a cat-and-mouse game with a powerful industrialist who is interested in a process that Kevin unwittingly helped discover. Kevin is forced to run for his life while simultaneously trying to figure out why the hell why they're chasing him.

Morrison does a great job of keeping the action cranked up to 11. It's a true page turner in that our heroes are never really "safe", so you have to keep seeing what's happening next. There are twists upon twists, never blatantly advertised. I love this quality, because there's not much more of a downer than seeing what's coming a mile away. Not to mention, any author who can use a grad student's unwashed pile of laundry in a thriller gets props from me.

Indeed the whole academic way of life is its own animal, opaque to anyone who's never been through it, and Morrison knows the details. Because I work at a university, I love it when writers get it right. Two minor quibbles: student workers get trained on the FERPA privacy law and how important it is. Would a character risk that much trouble for $100 or $200 bucks? Same thing with access to a lab, would someone really risk the trouble to give a friend (even a good friend) access to a multimillon dollar lab? I'm not sure.

Perhaps its a function of age. Maybe $100 back in the day would have done it. I think it could be updated to $1000 in today's dollars. There are some other cues that the story may not be aging well. The idea that the crucial email didn't land in a sent items folder seems off, as well as Kevin's statement that he'd never used a cell phone before.
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