3 out of 4 stars
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Catalyst by Ian Kent is a high paced geopolitical thriller. With the main character Jake Prescott leading the charge, a band of intelligent scientists are on the hunt for justice when innocent lives are stolen in Los Angeles. Is it an accident or a precise attack during an environmental conference?
Throughout Catalyst, Ian Kent introduces the audience to many geopolitical controversies and situations. Kent does not shy away from discussing climate change. The main character is a leading member of environmental studies and holds an abundance of knowledge in the field. The reader can learn a lot about what people are trying to do within cities such as Los Angeles and Vancouver to help control pollution and climate change. These are everyday pressing issues that can help the audience connect deeply with the story. I find a book even more tantalizing when the author can weave education into a thrilling plot.
I am impressed with the elements that Kent weaves into the plot. However, there are times when I wanted the characters to move faster and take action, but they didn't. Many times I wish Kent would show us the action rather than summarize the encounter. During one section of the book, a character is interrogated by multiple government agencies. However, the audience is simply told about this encounter. I believe that the author missed an opportunity to entice the audience with an intense interrogation scene. With some small edits and focus on the audience’s perspective, I think the author could adjust his writing strategy to make these parts of the story more exciting.
The characters in this story are fantastic. Jake Prescott is a brilliant protagonist and is motivated by justice and love. He is intelligent and thoughtful in his words and actions. Jake is a character that you love to cheer for as he goes through his trials and tribulations. He reconnects with loved ones from a previous life, and this leads to many twists and turns. Introducing characters from Jake’s past invites a deep and rich history that the author draws upon throughout the storyline to intice excitement and create character motivation. The characters are realistic and all carry their own unique traits, making it easy to decipher who is who.
I am rating Catalyst by Ian Kent 3 out of 4 stars. I think the author missed some areas to add excitement and intrigue to the reader. Also, I found minor grammatical and spelling mistakes. Catalyst is an excellent book for people who enjoy geopolitical thrillers with a touch of romance.
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