Book Excerpt from Catalyst

29 Mar


I’m hosting an excerpt from Catalyst today. Catalyst is a World War II Spy Thriller, and it sounds pretty intriguing. Read the excerpt below to find out more!

Book Excerpt

The room was quiet, and it had been over an hour since the guard had left him. Merle struggled to keep his eyes open, but boredom, fatigue, and weariness overtook him. His head bobbed twice and he succumbed to sleep.

He sprang out of the chair as he heard the sound of someone screaming in agony. Had he been dreaming it? He listened intently, but the pounding of his own heart drowned out all other sounds. Surely the SS wouldn’t torture people in a public building in the middle of town. Would they?

Wide awake, Merle looked around the room, then glanced down at the table in front of him. He hadn’t noticed it before, but there were deep scratches in the top of the table. They started in the middle and drew outward toward the edge. There seemed to be a familiarity, a pattern to them.

He sat down and placed his hands on the table where the scratches started and slowly drew his fingers along the grooves. They were a perfect fit, like they were made to fit his hands. He yanked his hands off the table as if it were electrified. The scratches on the table were claw marks made by human hands. What kind of madness drove them to claw at the table like this?

Merle shot out of his seat and skirted around the table. He moved to the other side of the room, away from the table as if it were a snarling creature. There was something else now he hadn’t noticed before, a stain on the floor next to the wall. It looked like something had dripped down from the ceiling, but there were no marks on the ceiling, only the puddle-shaped stain on the floor. It was a dark stain and looked like . . . blood.

Merle reeled away as if the stain were another wild animal, ready to devour him. His eyes darted around the room now. He was frantic, he had to get out, but there was no escape.

He took several more deep breaths then forced himself to return to the table and sit back down. He was not going to let his fears, real or imagined, rule him. Reinard may be in control, but he would not allow himself to lose control. He had just sat back down when again he heard screams followed by the sound of a single gunshot.

About Catalyst

catalyst-front-300Title: Catalyst

Author: Paul Byers

Genre: World War II Spy Thriller

In the waning months of World War II, the allied armies advance upon the crumbling German war machine like a juggernaut. In a final desperate bid to save the Fatherland, a plan is conceived that could turn the tide of the war-the completion of an advanced jet-propelled bomber capable of delivering a deadly payload to the shores of America.

Captain Griff Avery of the OSS has just botched the defection of a prominent German physicist, a man crucial to the Nazi end game, letting him fall into the hands of the rogue SS General masterminding the plot. But Avery’s troubles have only just begun: overwhelming evidence points to the woman he loves as the German spy who foiled the defection.

Now under suspicion himself, Avery sifts through the lies and deceit, uncovering the treacherous German operation. Against orders and on the run, Avery is forced to wage a secret war of his own, recruiting the crew of a B-17 Flying Fortress and a reckless group of flyboys and their P-51 Mustangs to help him hunt down the secret SS cell and prevent the slaughter-no matter what the cost.

Author Bio

PaulByers_RSC0029 (3)Paul grew up in Oregon on the shores of the mighty and mysterious Columbia River, and spent endless hours daydreaming on the beach in front of his house, making up stories about the ships from exotic ports all over the world that steamed up the river – what secret cargo might they be carrying; did they harbor spies who were on dark and exciting missions?

Later in adult life, he moved to another mysterious and provocative city – Las Vegas, just outside the famous Nellis Air Force base. After work he would sit on his porch and watch the fighters take off and land, igniting his imagination with visions of secret missions and rich speculation about what could possibly be hidden at Area 51.
After moving back to his native Pacific Northwest, Paul worked for the Navy and took every opportunity he could to speak with veterans from WWII to the Gulf War, listening to them swap stories and relate the experiences of a lifetime.

So it is this combination of a passionate love of history, a vivid “what if” imagination, and a philosophy of life that boils down to the belief that – there are few things in life that a bigger hammer won’t fix – that led Paul to become a writer of exciting, fact-based action-thrillers. His greatest joy is leaving his readers wondering where the facts end and the fiction begins.


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