The Catalyst

  • by Howard Lawson, Ron Speers
  • Narrated by Patrick Macnee
  • 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Ensign Deke Mallory is deployed to the Mediterranean at a crucial Cold War juncture, the fledgling Navy fighter pilot falls for a winsome Spanish girl - and under the spell of a rogue Navy Ace whose mutinous plan to flame their MiG tormentors violates the president's peace initiative. But the real threat to peace is lurking off-stage, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where a fanatical ex-Nazi SS unit has gone to ground with an insidious ruse guaranteed to trigger the superpowers' "mutually assured destruction". Rising CIA analyst Terry Truman must bet his career to confront the president based on hunches, but only Deke Mallory's mettle can prevent Armageddon - if he survives to launch the kind of legend he'll become.


What the Critics Say

"The Mallory Chronicles combine Tom Clancy's expertise at portraying military hardware with the accessability of a Danielle Steele romance!" (Delmarva Quarterly)


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Customer Reviews

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Poor Patrick

The narrator, Patrick Macnee, used to have a wonderful voice and things he read in the past have been good. However, age seems to have caught up with him and his voice has taken on a reedy, nasal tone that is something of a distraction.

This is compounded by the recording being done in a room with a noticable echo. Little or no post-production work appears to have been done on this recording and the sound quality distracts greatly from the content. The quality was so poor that I had to stop listening after less than an hour.

I could not recommend that anybody purchase this particular recording based on sound quality alone.
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- John

Poor Narrator

I agree with the other two reviews. I also purchased all three of the books, and have not been able to get through them due to the narrator. He is almost monotone and sometimes seems to be yelling at the listner. I also have hundreds of audible books, and feel that I wasted my money with the purchase of these books.
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- heather brott

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-22-2007
  • Publisher: Big Happy Family, LLC