Catalyst (A Tale of the Barque Cats, Book 1) by Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Laural

By Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Laural Merlington, Brilliance Audio

Pilot, engineer, doctor—ship’s cat? because the early days of interstellar trip, the so-called Barque Cats became necessary to the well-staffed house vessel. Assisted by way of humans—Cat Persons—with whom they proportion a deep and loving bond, the Barque Cats are liable for protecting spacecraft freed from vermin, for alerting crews to environmental risks, and for performing as morale officers.

But a common epidemic affecting farm animals on various planets throws the tom cats’ destiny into doubt. unexpectedly the galactic executive declares a plan to impound and doubtless smash all uncovered animals, together with the Barque Cats. With the clock racing opposed to them, a handful of very distinct kittens and their people will sign up for forces to save lots of the Barque Cats, and particularly very likely the universe as they are aware of it, from overall destruction.

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Ponty was a man whose capacity for inspiration had often come to the assistance of his aspirations. Like the cat in the little lady’s arms, he usually landed on his feet and got the cream while he was at it. He had been a soldier until he saw the light and started working as an arms dealer and a sales rep for pharmaceuticals of both legal and illegal status. He had served in every conceivable rank and capacity aboard ships, chiefly those that smuggled prohibited technology from world to world for a price.

He’d only just got her back to the space station in time to reach her ship before its scheduled departure. The tracker was docked in the small bay adjacent to the vet clinic. They seated themselves in the vehicle, checked with Traffic and were assigned a time, cleared their orbit, and recorded their destination. Jared was a good pilot, and Janina sat back to enjoy the flight. As soon as the docking bay doors retracted, she could see the green and blue bulk of the planet Sherwood. As they descended, the long valley between two minor mountain ranges that constituted the Varley ranch zoomed in beneath them.

You’re a working cat and we got ourselves a business arrangement. I can see you have your own ways and you don’t know to trust me yet. ” The cat stropped herself against his legs once, quickly, as if in agreement, and bounded heavily back into the straw again. He was a little disappointed she wasn’t a friendlier, cuddlier cat, but then, he couldn’t blame her much. Cats on Sherwood were common as dirt and not always treated nearly as well. But she was a cat of her word. The next morning there was a line of rats, mice, lizards, and bugs at the barn door when he opened it.

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