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Catalyst - A World War II Thriller Paperback – October 9, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Breakneck Books (October 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979692938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979692932
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,434,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
When you sit down to read Paul's book don't plan on doing anything else for quite a while. Catalyst is an overwhelmingly powerful book with suspense, plot twists, action and romance that will keep you engrossed for hours on end. The characters are well thought out and incredibly human. Paul's knack for description, the wealth of information and attention to the exact history of the time will put you into this book like no other.
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By Oz Dillon on February 14, 2009
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International author Paul Byers, comes out of the hangar with all guns blazing in his first suspense novel, "Catalyst". Mr. Byers grips his audience from the first page on, setting the scene for a fast paced spy thriller.

The aerial fights evoke what it must have been like back then, alone in hostile skies, sitting in a tin coffin with a view. You can almost hear the Merlin engines scream and the roar of machine guns and smell of cordite in the cockpit during the dogfights. The terror of the loser, and the relief of the victor...

Set in a what-if era of World War 2, he takes the reader on a whirlwind chase from war torn Europe to the very heart of the USA, to ferret out one of history's greatest traitors, while trying to stop a devastating attack on America that could well turn the tide of the war to Hitler's favor.

I give Catalyst two thumbs up!
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Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book a lot. I am a novice to WWII air warfare. I found the book interesting, face paced, thrilling, and educational. It is language respectable and appropriate for most age levels. I Highly recommend the book to anyone old or new, who wants a great introduction to WWII air warfare.
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A very well written, fast paced action story set in WW2. The story revolves around an American OSS officer based in England. He discovers the Nazis have built an amazing new high speed, high altitude jet bomber and are planning to use it to bomb London and America with a nuclear bomb. The story is loosely based on fact...the Nazis did develop a jet fighter (the ME 262) and they were certainly working on a nuclear device. If the book has a fault at all, it is the implausible plot where the OSS officer takes on the world singlehanded and lives to survive, a la James Bond style !!.Having said this, I really enjoyed the story and it is certainly a good read.
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A great short read filled with intrigue and suspense. It makes you wonder how close were the Nazi's to having a super weapon that could have changed the outcome of the war. If D- day had failed it could have been all the difference in winning or losing the war.
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By Linda on November 22, 2014
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A very interesting and entertaining what if read. Hard to put down at points ( I would have taken the medal ), and very surprising events in the book. I recommend this read to any science fiction military reader.
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I agree with all of the five star reviews. The plot is well thought out and very well executed, enhanced with very good to excellent character development. The author was able to create quite a bit of suspense throughout the book, and as others have said, it was hard to put down. The editing was excellent; I only noticed a couple of minor errors, and they did not distract from one's reading enjoyment. I did think the last 20% or so appeared a little bit hurried up, but again it did not distract from the overall quality of the story. Without giving anything away, I will note that some of the technical aspects of intercontinental flight at night and in bad weather could have been beefed up somewhat for the aviators that might be reading, especially regarding navigation, fuel management and the final decision to do a one-eighty when a quicker and safer alternative was fairly obvious. I do indeed look forward to more from Mr. Byers.
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Book started out as a very interesting story, half way thru it became less interesting , and the last 1/4 of the book was ridiculous. this author needs some help in putting together a story line that insult the readers intelligence.
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