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Catch the Lightning ✸ [PDF] ✈ Catch the Lightning By Catherine Asaro ✴ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The author of Primary Inversion returns to the interstellar Skolian Empire to tell the story of a young girl from present day Earth taken into the future and made the focus of a murderous plot to brin The author of Primary Inversion returns to the interstellar Skolian Empire to tell the story of a young girl from present day Earth taken into the future and made the focus of a murderous plot to bring down the empire pp.


10 thoughts on “Catch the Lightning

  1. Richard Richard says:

    This is a simple review of a flawed book in a very, very ambitious series.First, I noticed what others have as well the first half of the book is muchengaging than the remainder This appears to be related to the vast scope of the series.The first book written see below is set in a world far away from our Earth, and involves species that bear a strong resemblance to humans, but are quite distinct, with very different histories leading back to a long disappeared ancient race.This book This is a simple review of a flawed book in a very, very ambitious series.First, I noticed what others have as well the first half of the book is muchengaging than the remainder This appears to be related to the vast scope of the series.The first book written see below is set in a world far away from our Earth, and involves species that bear a strong resemblance to humans, but are quite distinct, with very different histories leading back to a long disappeared ancient race.This book starts off, quite startlingly, right here on our Earth, inor less the present day Somehow a character from that other universe appeared here, and seems to be stranded.Honestly, the boldness of that maneuver, plus the scope of the series just check out the diagram required to explain the chronology of the stories wins Asaro a star or so Such chutzpah should be encouraged, especially if the author doesn t take decades to slowly spool out the epic G.R.R Martin, take note.The strong sense of dislocation on starting this book is probably explained by this diagram Note that this book Catch the Lightning is at the very end of the series, which actually begins withSkyfall , although this was the second one publishedIf you want to read the series in toto,the author s bibliography page provides both the order of publication and the order of the saga s actual chronologyBut the second half of the book loses a star, by devolving into an extended chase sequence with too much smoke and very little fire Asaro seems to be too fond of the products of her fevered world building, and doesn t understand that describing a very baroque civilization isn t the same thing as storytelling.Update it seems that just two months before I read this, the author wrote an expanded book that covers the first half of this book s story Lightning Strike I haven t read it, but those who have liked the re write, so you might want to start there She also suffers from an annoying over emphasis on science wizardry I was recently defending science fiction in front of a reading group, assuring them that there is plenty of scifi that doesn t lean too heavily on robots, spaceships, etc Well, I definitely won t be recommending Asaro to that bunch they ll be reading China Mi ville sThe City and the City , instead Anytime technobabble gets so extreme that I a techno nerd for decades just glaze over and start skimming, it s way beyond too much Yeah, Asaro s resume is pretty damn impressive, but I m pretty sure the reading audience that wants that kind of technical depth is quite small.Upon putting down this book, I didn t intend to read any of the series After seeing the scope of her saga, I have to admit to being curious what she did with all those words.Dedicated fans of epic science fiction will probably bear with it, but I m ambivalent


  2. Bark Bark says:

    This is the second book in Catherine Asaro s Skolian Empire Saga and is also another not to be missed read for hard core scifi fans and romance readers looking for a well written futuristic love story.Ms Asaro has created another extraordinary heroine and hero while maintaining a non stop action filled read I now know why these books appeal to so many different types of readers there s adventure, romance, political intrigue and interesting future societies and theories that boggle the mind This is the second book in Catherine Asaro s Skolian Empire Saga and is also another not to be missed read for hard core scifi fans and romance readers looking for a well written futuristic love story.Ms Asaro has created another extraordinary heroine and hero while maintaining a non stop action filled read I now know why these books appeal to so many different types of readers there s adventure, romance, political intrigue and interesting future societies and theories that boggle the mind.The best thing about this book for me was the characters If I can t care about them I just won t be able to get into a book no matter how interesting others may find it The author takes as much care developing her characters as she does her plot which makes this book so special Tina may only be seventeen but she was forced to grow up early and her actions, and responses to the unbelievable situations she s thrust into are very realistic She s vulnerable and tough, smart and easy to like Althor is a perfect match for her, he s strong, sensitive and moody and with her strong empathic abilities she s probably the only one who would be able to fully understand and love him.My only complaint, and it s a minor one really, that can probably be attributed to the fact that I don t read much hard scifi, is that sometimes the book lapsed into long technical explanations that jogged me out of the story and because I read this book immediately after finishing PRIMARY INVERSION some of the explanations didn t seem necessary to me so I skimmed them Despite that nit I can t recommend this one highly enough The characterization is flawless, you ll love and route for these people as they face impossible odds


  3. Suz Suz says:

    Part of me wants to say I liked this a lotthan 3 stars, but parts of this book really annoyed the crap out of me.Asaro brings the awesome sciencey fun like she always does with the physics and explanations of physics terms and ideas that I am not terribly knowledgeable in Her ability to bring complex physics theories and ideas into her books are why I like this series so much.She didn t have as much political intrigue in this book, which is something else I really enjoy about the Skolian Part of me wants to say I liked this a lotthan 3 stars, but parts of this book really annoyed the crap out of me.Asaro brings the awesome sciencey fun like she always does with the physics and explanations of physics terms and ideas that I am not terribly knowledgeable in Her ability to bring complex physics theories and ideas into her books are why I like this series so much.She didn t have as much political intrigue in this book, which is something else I really enjoy about the Skolian Saga books, but it makes sense that some of the interplay between people societies wasn t as well developed.Althor is probably my second least favorite character so far he is written entirely too inconsistently.The romance part of the story fell incredibly flat and occasionally creepy graphic sex between a 17 year old and an almost 50 year old No thanks It even got downright annoying, which is why this one doesn t get 4 stars for me Also, I know the series features a slaver race society, but the rapeyness in this book really could be toned down It was alright I did like the later parts of the book a whole lot, and it definitely wasn t as bad as Diamond Star


  4. Deb F Deb F says:

    TL DR version Tina is a waitress She meets Althor They run away They re captured by mercenaries, they run away, view spoiler they end up on Raylicon and escape through the web hide spoiler I was disappointed I read this as an audiobook after listening to Primary Inversion and The Radiant Seas This is quite different.For starters, the main character is a 17 year old empathic waitress on Earth in 1987, but in a different VERSION of Earth, one where the time streams may have be TL DR version Tina is a waitress She meets Althor They run away They re captured by mercenaries, they run away, view spoiler they end up on Raylicon and escape through the web hide spoiler I was disappointed I read this as an audiobook after listening to Primary Inversion and The Radiant Seas This is quite different.For starters, the main character is a 17 year old empathic waitress on Earth in 1987, but in a different VERSION of Earth, one where the time streams may have been different, so it s behind by about 400 years The reason for that delay was never properly explained.The heroine, Tina, is living on her own in LA and has Mayan ancestry That gave the opportunity to put in some stuff about Mayan culture which could have been really interesting, but which generally wasn t Every time it came up, it was in reference to the similarities to Raylicon, which just got annoying It was like the author was saying Here, let me show you how similar my made up world is to a real thing. SPOILERS FROM HERE Bear in mind that at the end of Radiant Seas, Althor was married off, and expecting a child, so I was a little confused, but figured something must have happened to him in the years since Whatever that was, it was never mentioned in this book.Tina s on her way through the gang controlled streets of LA after work, when she meets Althor, who is supposedly on his way to Washington DC, to attend a diplomatic function in honour of his mother His JAG insists he s in the right time, but Tina s version of Earth has a Federated not United States of America, and technologically, is way behind where the equivalent Earth is in his time Luckily, between him and the JAG, they can speak enough English to communicate.The JAG has been damaged by sabotage, and even though the Earth is SO far behind, FSA authorities at Yeager base manage to capture it, damage it further, and begin to examine it Because Althor is linked to it, that has adverse impacts on his brain function.Up until this point, I thought the book had real potential, but from the point where Tina is attacked at the library, things go downhill.They run from the police even though they re guilty only of self defence, spend some time hiding out at CalTech for no good reason except to introduce some minor characters, then head out to an Althor s Universe Earth based station at Epsilon Eridani where they re married in a Catholic ceremony, even though Tina is under age They re captured by mercenaries, partly because of a betrayal by one of those closest to Althor After being sold to one of the enemy, they effectively become Providers, but with apparently no slave cuffs, or any of the other Providery things mentioned in the previous books That means they can escape, and make it to Raylicon Largely, they escape because of the JAG, and by the end of the book, it was the only character with whom I had any sympathy Tina had no spine, she just did whatever she was told to do including get married Again, the whole culture on Raylicon could have been fascinating it s populated by clones who are dying off not really sure the explanation for this made sense , and letting the buildings decay as a result They also ride things a bit like T Rexes but all that good background stuff was minimised in favour of them getting married again in a Raylicon ceremony, and then being trapped by a space fleet The end of the book has them meeting Althor s mother who apparently made it out of the web alive , and finding out that THIS universe s version of Tina had lived a very different life Suddenly there s the potential of a convenient enclave of Mayan descended Earthlings, who no one knew existed, but who don t have the dangerous genes that are causing extreme birth defects in the Rhoan line Sorry, but after ALL that in depth discussion on the specifics of WHY the Rhoan interbreeding has caused such damage, to the point where Althor was born deformed, that s taking authorial convenience just a LITTLE too far.Effectively the plot could have been summarised in a paragraph, and you wouldn t have missed out on much Which is a shame, because I really enjoyed the first two books


  5. Kelly Kelly says:

    Having enjoyed the first volume of the Skolian Saga I started this book with high expectations They were met in part.The beginning of this book is wonderful and the story of Tina and her friends helping Althor escape Earth is exciting Where the novel failed for me was in the depth of mathmatical and scientific detail Catheraine Asaro is no doubt brilliant and her excitement for her subject leaps from the page, but I would have been happy with less I grasped her theories well enough to bel Having enjoyed the first volume of the Skolian Saga I started this book with high expectations They were met in part.The beginning of this book is wonderful and the story of Tina and her friends helping Althor escape Earth is exciting Where the novel failed for me was in the depth of mathmatical and scientific detail Catheraine Asaro is no doubt brilliant and her excitement for her subject leaps from the page, but I would have been happy with less I grasped her theories well enough to believe them for the purpose of her story, the pages and pages of further argument and detail were mind numbing.While I understand making entries in a series work as stand alone novels, having to re read the explanations of the Skolian genetics and how their minds work was also tedious I think I d personally prefer to see that information simplified in the story and expanded upon in an index If I have to rediscover how their Kyle scale quantifies and how their brains work and who the Rhon are in every volume, I am going to become weary of it.The story itself is rather simple Althor has slipped into a different time and an alternate universe and happens to meet Tina, who is his perfect mate in every way His ship is captured by the government and they pull off a thrilling escape only to fall into another plot, the one that damaged his ship and caused him to arrive on Earth in a different where when in the first place We learn a littleabout the Ruby Dynasty and meet another player who, again, is a cool, calm and collected matriarch.I enjoyed the story for its simplicity and I felt the emotion between Tina and Althor I liked the personification of Althor s Jag What I found lacking was a sense of future The entire story was indispersed with comments such as I didn t know then or at the time It feels like a prelude or a prologue and it finishes before we get to the actual novel Though I ve listed several difficulties I had with the book, I am not dissuaded from my course I like Catherine Asaro s writing and I ve read too many of her novels to be put off by one I did not enjoy so much I ll keep moving through the Skolian Saga and hope to find the further adventures of Tina and Althor picked up at a later date


  6. Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali says:

    I thought I was strong but apparently not strong enough to complete this book I want to be clear here This book is not poorly written My dislike is based on personal preference I decided to read this series because I am interested in SciFi written by women and with women as the protagonist Asarothan delivers in that regard Asaro is an intelligent woman I totally admire that Totally.This book has all of the elements I like, space travel , political intrigue, colonisation, tech Asar I thought I was strong but apparently not strong enough to complete this book I want to be clear here This book is not poorly written My dislike is based on personal preference I decided to read this series because I am interested in SciFi written by women and with women as the protagonist Asarothan delivers in that regard Asaro is an intelligent woman I totally admire that Totally.This book has all of the elements I like, space travel , political intrigue, colonisation, tech Asaro s descriptions, while often long winded and overdone, show great depth and intelligence You can t beat that.While I am no fan of romance, I can tolerate some, when it is tasteful and subtle and realistic.But I despise INSTA LOVE, the waist length hair princess and the great big hunk who would just die to protect her This is like a Harlequin romance only in space I can tolerate a lot, but not that We have mind melding love that requires no work All parties involved are perfect looking Its just too sweet too unreal And she, like the main character in the first book in this series, is very Mary Sue Kudos for including a person of color, as our heroine is Hispanic That s awesome to see, but this love at first sight, gazing into each others eyes, sharing minds, cute tiny princess y heroine with the big tough muscle bound hunk of good looking from another planet, May December, hearts and roses, peaches and cream isthan I can bear.If I liked this kind of sentimental frippery I d give this book a three or four but as it stands I am disgusted Two stars That s all I ve got


  7. Alex Neville Alex Neville says:

    I loved this book I will honestly say that it is one of my favorites now, even above Primary Inversion The characterization was amazing And it was so cool to be transported from the ghettos of Los Angeles to high tech civilizations in the stars The romance between Althor and Tina was sweet, if a bit rushed Also, the ancient civilizations on the desert planet mixed with high technology and intellectual knowledge amazing I loved the science and the math behind everything, too I won t prete I loved this book I will honestly say that it is one of my favorites now, even above Primary Inversion The characterization was amazing And it was so cool to be transported from the ghettos of Los Angeles to high tech civilizations in the stars The romance between Althor and Tina was sweet, if a bit rushed Also, the ancient civilizations on the desert planet mixed with high technology and intellectual knowledge amazing I loved the science and the math behind everything, too I won t pretend to understand it all or even the majority of it, because I m a programmer, not an engineer or theoretical mathematician But even so, I found the brief explanations fascinating If you don t like science and math in your stories, then you won t like this book That s why it s hard science fiction In other words, don t expect The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy as much as I love that book And the visuals Far from the stereotypical science fiction writer, Asaro does an amazing job of painting a picture of faraway worlds There is logic and beauty aesthetic and rigor I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who likes beautiful world building, realistic characters, and hard logic That being said, I am still a little bit fuzzy on the parallel universe thing Sometimes she doesn t do the best job of explaining which universe x or y occurred in, so you kinda have to extrapolate it for yourself Threw me off a bit Ultimately read it if you like hard SF You will love it If you don t want to be bogged down with long scientific explanations of things, there s always Solo shot D I m looking forward to it, haha


  8. Skip Ryan Skip Ryan says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I know a lot of people don t like SciFi because of all of the gadgets and what not And Asaro loads her books with gadgetry and physics But I love it There s a reason why the tricorder looks like so many of the gadgets we use everyday I especially felt vindicated to my old man anyway when one of the characters mentioned all moments happening at the same time We ve been arguing whether or not time travelers can actually change the future for years now Or wait, was that from another book I I know a lot of people don t like SciFi because of all of the gadgets and what not And Asaro loads her books with gadgetry and physics But I love it There s a reason why the tricorder looks like so many of the gadgets we use everyday I especially felt vindicated to my old man anyway when one of the characters mentioned all moments happening at the same time We ve been arguing whether or not time travelers can actually change the future for years now Or wait, was that from another book I m not really sure what to say about this novel, the series, and Catherine Asaro in general I like this book, but didn t love it I like the series, but don t love it I like the writing style of Asaro, but don t love it My feelings toward Asaro is very similar to my feelings to Lois McMaster Bujold I like them both but, I ve never been wowed by either Oddly, however, I often find myself thinking about the characters months after I read the last book in their series It s strange to have such ambivalence I don t necessarily like the books, but I can t stay away from them either What I think I like about them is that they manage to portray femininity into their writing and not just as sex , even with all of the gadgets and machoism I love having female writers in a very male dominated genre


  9. Cat Cat says:

    Catch the Lightning is probably the most mis placed book in the Skolian series, since it happens so much later than book 1 and later than the next several books The shift from Soz to Tina and Althor was jarring, and I kept looking around for a way to remember which timeline I was in and which characters were related to whom.And that s just unfair to this book, which is sweet all on its own I re read it twice in a row because I was still waiting for my roomies to finish reading and returning Catch the Lightning is probably the most mis placed book in the Skolian series, since it happens so much later than book 1 and later than the next several books The shift from Soz to Tina and Althor was jarring, and I kept looking around for a way to remember which timeline I was in and which characters were related to whom.And that s just unfair to this book, which is sweet all on its own I re read it twice in a row because I was still waiting for my roomies to finish reading and returning book 3 which made it easier to enjoy it for its own merit And it had one of those signs of a very good book for me It made me want to read up on some history I don t know very well In this case, I would love to look into real Mayan history textiles, artifacts, language, and religion I had to take her universe for granted, and possibly with a grain of salt it IS fiction, folks But it left me with that happy sense of gosh, now I want to learnstuff that comes when fiction takes a cultural influence and expands it into the story.Next time I re read the Skolian books, I may try them in time line chronology, and read up on Althor AFTER he s already been born


  10. Joy Joy says:

    I rarely like the short summaries of the Skolian Empire books I always enjoy the stories What makes me like them so much is the characters In CATCH THE LIGHTNING, a young Earth woman is plucked from her 1987 life of poverty by a Skolian prince Her Mayan genetic heritage creates an attraction between Tina and Althor that they cannot deny It also offers hope for the dying, inbred Skolian family, if Althor, Tina and their Jag ship can escape their many enemies and get home.CATCH THE LIGHTNING I rarely like the short summaries of the Skolian Empire books I always enjoy the stories What makes me like them so much is the characters In CATCH THE LIGHTNING, a young Earth woman is plucked from her 1987 life of poverty by a Skolian prince Her Mayan genetic heritage creates an attraction between Tina and Althor that they cannot deny It also offers hope for the dying, inbred Skolian family, if Althor, Tina and their Jag ship can escape their many enemies and get home.CATCH THE LIGHTNING is the last book on the Skolian Empire timeline so far, even though it is the second one Asaro wrote Her way of writing the stories out of temporal order makes it especially important for these books to be able to stand alone and they do provide the necessary background so each book can be read alone


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