The Catalyst : Steel City Heroes

  • by LE Barbant, CM Raymond
  • Narrated by Ian McEuen
  • Series: Steel City Heroes
  • 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Sean Moretti's powers manifested themselves, a lifetime of comic books taught him what to do. Already struggling to make it as a normal college student, his new-found ability to sense energy in those around him did nothing to simplify his life. As destructive forces descend upon Steel City, he must learn to channel his potential, or die trying.
Willa Weil has a secret - she comes from a long line of magicians trained to unlock the power hidden within poetry. This skill requires discipline and the Guild demands obedience. Willa has long kept her power to herself, but when a molten metal creature threatens to consume her friends, she can no longer remain on the sidelines.
History professor Elijah Branton moved to Pittsburgh for the job of a lifetime, researching the family history of one of the nation's wealthiest and most attractive CEOs. But not everything is as it seems in the Steel City. The historian soon unearths a deadly conspiracy that threatens to unravel his world.
Can they save their city, or will they lose themselves in the process?
The Catalyst is Daredevil meets The Dresden Files, a gritty and gripping superhero/urban fantasy story for the 21st century. With magic and monsters, science, and secrets, The Catalyst pushes listeners to consider their own path and the ethical compromises we all make - heroes and villains alike.
Editor's note: While not gratuitous, The Catalyst contains some strong language.

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Steel City of Heroes Origin Story

What did you love best about The Catalyst?

The characters and the questions asked about life in the steel city. The story was great as well. The doctor character in a different world would be an awesome villain.


How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

20% more action throughout the story would make the story amazing.


Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where the historian hooks up with his boss only after a couple of bottles. A close second for when the chem doctor treats the drug dealers.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had one extreme reaction to this book. The moment made me laugh out loud. It was when the chem. scientist was in the ghetto and treating the drug dealer. I just laughed because I could relate to that whole experience.


Any additional comments?

Don't be on the fence, just dive in and enjoy the story. As I described it a loved one, A great origin story with some action sprinkled in. And Ian McEuen did a great job throughout the book.

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- Chris Ifill

Mystery and Intrigue Done Right

Would you listen to The Catalyst again? Why?

This was great story telling. It was witty, engaging, and left me wondering what will happen next. The narration was amazing. Ian McEuen creation of personalities was stunning. This is a story I wouldn't mind listening to over and over. I can't wait for the next book!


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- Shakera Blakney

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-23-2016
  • Publisher: Smoke and Steel Press