Publisher: Sphere (5 Feb. 2015)
Fast, compelling and ultimately satisfying, Boyd Morrison’s The catalyst ticks many of the boxes when it comes to providing many of the essential criteria when it comes to writing a thriller of exceptional standards.
When Doctor Michael Ward dies in a suspicious fire, his student Kevin Hamilton is convinced it was no accident. The young Ph.D. student received a cryptic email from Ward just before the fatal blaze, warning him that their recent and supposedly failed experiment had actually brought about one of the most important discoveries of the century: a chemical process worth billions, with the potential to destroy lucrative global industries.
Along with his girlfriend, Kevin faces an urgent race to escape some extremely dangerous assassins. He must use all of his wits to protect his top-secret discovery and to prevent a conspiracy that will silence him forever.
Boyd Morrison has managed to create a heart-thumping story that rarely fails to keep its credibility and, also, deftly draw characters that will live long in the mind. Kevin Hamilton is a brilliantly sketched student, with all the hang ups of needing to succeed in life as he does on the run, whereas his nemesis – Lobec – is as ruthlessly clinical as scalpel in the hands of Jack the Ripper, but as fundamentally flawed as any power crazed narcissist has the right to be.
Okay, so the storyline may just be a little too fantastic at times, with some the problems faced by Kevin and his girlfriend Erica being a little too “easily” solved, but The Catalyst remains a scintillating novel that will have readers gasping for breath by its conclusion, such is the relentless pace the author has managed to inject into proceedings.