- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 58 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Podium Publishing
- Audible.com Release Date: July 12, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01H0KXFZO
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The Catalyst: Targon Tales, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
Reher does not waste time or drag their feet. From the beginning, we're thrown into action and adventure, watching as Nova battles with doubts concerning those she cares about, and also those she should trust within her work organization. The story moves along fast, but there are times when it slows and we get to enjoy and appreciate the fascinating world and its people Reher has created. The underlying cause for which Nova, Seth, and their comrades fight is very positive, and I greatly enjoyed that Reher pushes their characters to make certain sacrifices to attempt to achieve this goal.
My only gripe:
I loved reading Seth and Nova's relationship, and I felt that the author could have expanded a bit more on them at the end of the book. Of course, not everyone will agree with me on this one.
The characterizations are solid, the writing is crisp and fluid, and all of the questions posed within the story are answered. Reher is a great storyteller, and you know they know this from the confidence exhibited in the book. I enjoyed reading this immensely and fully believe that others will, too.
Chris Reher has written a space opera in the classic style-- character oriented, yet filled with fascinating aliens (who, with the exception of the squid-aliens, aren't all that alien), space battles, and daring escapes. There's even a bit of romance-- but it's integral to the plot.
More to the point, we can watch the protagonist grow, the junior military officer begin to question the morality of the actions she has taken while following orders from her superiors, actions heretofore not thought about because they came under the category of 'following orders'. Watching her grow into a moral adult is one of the real plusses, as is the delightedly convoluted plot. It's a pleasure read that makes you want more. Happily, Reher has written them.
It might have been cool if the "alien race" in the book had some sort on perspective they could communicate. (I don't want to say anything that might spoil).
Love the character of Nova Whitestar. She's in the next book as well..."Only Human".