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CATALYST by ANNE MCCAFFREY & ELIZABETH ANN SCARBOROUGH, Excerpt

CATALYST by ANNE MCCAFFREY & ELIZABETH ANN SCARBOROUGH, Excerpt

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Pilot, engineer, doctor - ship's cat? Since the early days of interstellar travel, the so-called Barque Cats have become essential to the well-staffed space vessel. Assisted by humans - Cat Persons - with whom they share a deep and loving bond, the Barque Cats are responsible for keeping spacecraft free of vermin, for alerting crews to environmental hazards, and for acting as morale officers.
But a widespread epidemic affecting livestock on numerous planets throws the felines' future into doubt. Suddenly the galactic government announces a plan to impound and possibly destroy all exposed animals, including the Barque Cats. With the clock racing against them, a handful of very special kittens and their humans will join forces to save the Barque Cats, and quite possibly the universe as they know it, from total destruction.
Enjoy this excerpt of Catalyst by Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, available wherever books are sold.

Pilot, engineer, doctor - ship's cat? Since the early days of interstellar travel, the so-called Barque Cats have become essential to the well-staffed space vessel. Assisted by humans - Cat Persons - with whom they share a deep and loving bond, the Barque Cats are responsible for keeping spacecraft free of vermin, for alerting crews to environmental hazards, and for acting as morale officers.
But a widespread epidemic affecting livestock on numerous planets throws the felines' future into doubt. Suddenly the galactic government announces a plan to impound and possibly destroy all exposed animals, including the Barque Cats. With the clock racing against them, a handful of very special kittens and their humans will join forces to save the Barque Cats, and quite possibly the universe as they know it, from total destruction.

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Publish date: Dec 7, 2010
Added to Scribd: Dec 10, 2010
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marysneedle reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Anyone who really loves cats will love this book.Ann McCaffrey really knows cats very well and their antics.
fuzzi_1 reviewed this
Rated 2/5
I love "The Rowan" and "Damia", written by Anne McCaffrey, so I was pleased to see she'd written a book (actually two) about the oh-so-mysterious Barque Cats. When another member here picked the first book, "Catalyst" as a challenge read, I thought this would be a great opportunity to finally read about the Barque Cats.I was disappointed.The characters weren't developed as well as in other books by the same author, and many of the situations just did not make sense, based upon what we had been told previously. I didn't form much, if any, attachment and/or interest in the main characters, but kept hoping for something better.It didn't happen. Then the author added a Deus ex Machina type plot twist toward the end, and I almost didn't finish the book.The story does not end, exactly, but leaves unfinished business for the second book, "Catacombs".I was and am very disappointed in what could have been a great addition to the Anne McCaffrey legacy, but which turned out to be so mediocre that I doubt I'll pick up book two.What a waste...
dark_phoenix54 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I loved Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series when I was a teen, but sort of forgot about her later. When a saw something about the Barque cats on someone’s web site, I had to find the books. Apparently, ‘Catalyst’ is a sort of prequel to another series of books she wrote, a series that the Barque cats play a part it. This is their origin story. Set in the far future, interstellar trade is constant. Many of the space ships have cats on board to catch cargo destroying rodents and to patrol for air leaks, electrical shorts and the like. The most expensive cats are the Barque cats, a pedigreed line of unusual intelligence and ability. When a very pregnant Barque cat is catnapped during a stop at a space station, the ship’s Cat Person (the human to tends to and works with the cat) is heart broken. Carl Poindexter grabbed the cat for two reasons: one, his son had been pestering him for a cat and two, she-and her unborn kittens- are worth a lot of money. And Carl has schemes above and beyond simply selling the kittens.. Add to this problem a possible disease breakout that has all animals, planetside and on ships, impounded. Then a cat who wants to rule the universe and who pilots his own spaceship appears and things get really interesting… While shelved in the regular adult fiction, I would have placed this book in either young adult or children’s books. It’s really written for preteens, in a simple and unsophisticated style. I found the human characters rather flat and couldn’t bring myself to care about them, and the action was muddled. I really enjoyed the sections told from the cats’ points of view; they really seemed to be the smartest characters in the novel. But despite my love of cats and stories about them, I was disappointed in ‘Catalyst’.
svfreeman reviewed this
Rated 3/5
As a cat owner, this book was enjoyable at times when a cat character's behavior envoked a sense of familar patterns with my own cats but overall the characterization and development was shallow. Many of the human characters were minor variations on other characters that were better presented in the Acorna series.
tehanu_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Not a bad book, fun, easy read. Not McCaffrey at her best but sometimes a little Anne McCaffrey is better than nothing. A pleasant way to escape this world for an afternoon or evening. I am a little interested, though, in how she paints the world if the cats take over...
tiffanyhickox reviewed this
Rated 3/5
This book was okay - just good enough for me to finish reading it. The plot moved kind of slow and was fairly predictable. The characters were not as fully developed as they could have been. It felt like I was watching a movie more than reading a book.
ocgreg34 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
The Barque Cats are a special breed, trained from birth to serve as companions on spaceships. They keep the crews' spirits up as well as control the mice and rat populations and find any oxygen or other leaks within the ships. Chessie (more formally know as Thomas' Duchess) is one of the finest of her breed, and her soon-to-be-born litter has already brought in a good price. While stopped at the planet Sherwood, Chessie is catnapped from the local vet. As her keeper Janina tries to find Chessie, a supposed epidemic breaks out among the planet's animals, and the government begins impounding and threatening to kill all animals. It's a race against to time to save Chessie and her kittens and to discover the cause behind this outbreak before more animals across the galaxy are captured.I enjoyed the story, following both the humans as they set about trying to uncover the motives behind the government's need to impound all animals and the cats who discover telepathic connections with humans thanks to a mysterious space cat name Pshaw-Ra. The stories were full of action and kept me turning the pages. But I had the impression that the book wasn't intended for an adult audience. As I read, I thought how much the young adult/teen crowd would love the story -- a good sci-fi/action adventure mixed with talking (albeit telepathically) animals.That's not a bad thing. With the younger crowds being drawn more and more towards bright lights and shot-em-up video games, "Catalyst" is a book I think even they would enjoy. I know I did.
readinggeek451 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
A valuable breed of spacefaring ships' cats, a catnapping con man, strange shiny beetles, and an Egyptian-descended cat with plans for galactic domination add up to a story that is pleasant enough but not as charming or sheerly fun as it should be.
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