Catacombs In Catalyst award winning authors Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough introduced readers to the beguiling Barque Cats spacefaring felines who serve aboard starships as full fledged members o
  • Title: Catacombs
  • Author: Anne McCaffrey Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
  • ISBN: 9780345513786
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Catacombs
    In Catalyst, award winning authors Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough introduced readers to the beguiling Barque Cats spacefaring felines who serve aboard starships as full fledged members of the crew Highly evolved, the cats share an almost telepathic bond with their minders, or Cat Persons until, suddenly, there is no almost about it, and a particular BarquIn Catalyst, award winning authors Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough introduced readers to the beguiling Barque Cats spacefaring felines who serve aboard starships as full fledged members of the crew Highly evolved, the cats share an almost telepathic bond with their minders, or Cat Persons until, suddenly, there is no almost about it, and a particular Barque Cat, Chester, learns to exchange thoughts with his human friend, Jubal Other cats soon gain the same ability Behind the seeming miracle is a mysterious cat named Pshaw Ra, who possesses knowledge and technology far beyond anything the Barque Cats or their humans have ever seen When fear of a virulent plague leads the government first to quarantine and then to kill all animals suspected of infection, Pshaw Ra with the help of Chester, Jubal, and the crew of the starship Ranzo activates a mousehole in space that carries the refugees to a place of safety Pshaw Ra s home planet of Mau, where godlike cats are worshiped by human slaves But Pshaw Ra s actions are less noble than they appear The scheming cat plans to mate the Barque Cats with his own feline stock, creating a hybrid race of superior cats a race destined to conquer the universe Yet right from the start, his plans go awry.For one thing, there s a new queen on Mau Pshaw Ra s daughter Nefure, a spoiled brat er, cat with a temper as short as her attention span Pshaw Ra s other daughter, the rightful queen Renpet, is exiled, running for her life in the only direction available to her down into the vast catacombs beneath the Mauan desert Far from receiving the hero s welcome he expected, Pshaw Ra must use every bit of his considerable cleverness just to survive.Meanwhile, as usual, Chester and Jubal stumble right into the middle of things, in the process uncovering the lost secrets of the Mauan civilization But that s not all they uncover In the forgotten catacombs deep below the Mauan capital, something has awakened Something as old as the universe Something that hungers to devour all light and life and that bears an undying hatred for cats.
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  • Anne McCaffrey Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

    Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD Harvard , Colonel USA Army retired , and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent She had two brothers Hugh McCaffrey deceased 1988 , Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.Anne was educated at Stuart Hall in Staunton Virginia, Montclair High School in Montclair, New Jersey, and graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures.Her working career included Liberty Music Shops and Helena Rubinstein 1947 1952 She married in 1950 and had three children Alec Anthony, b 1952, Todd, b.1956, and Georgeanne, b.1959.Anne McCaffrey s first story was published by Sam Moskowitz in Science Fiction Magazine and her first novel was published by Ballantine Books in 1967 By the time the three children of her marriage were comfortably in school most of the day, she had already achieved enough success with short stories to devote full time to writing Her first novel, Restoree, was written as a protest against the absurd and unrealistic portrayals of women in s f novels in the 50s and early 60s It is, however, in the handling of broader themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly the two series The Ship Who Sang and the fourteen novels about the Dragonriders of Pern that Ms McCaffrey s talents as a story teller are best displayed.She died at the age of 85, after suffering a massive stroke on 21 November 2011.Obituaries Locus, GalleyCat.


  • I am so glad I was able to pick this up from my local electronic library, both the Kindle and the audio versions I m also glad I was able to purchase and read the first book in this series It made this book easier to understand to know what happened before But I think it might ve been understandable to read it without the first book and still get it Oh, how I miss Anne McCaffrey My favorite parts were the polydactyl cats who are proven to be the earliest space explorers landing in Egypt helping [...]

  • Catacombs A Tale of the Barque Cats by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth ScarboroughThis is apparently a story that is part of a larger series The protagonists are all cats with some sidebar humans This story returns the Barque Cats to their normal environment This book needs back story I felt like I had started on page 150 and had no way to get caught up The story really never caught my interest and I am truly fond of anthropomorphism.The cats see humans as some what dull servants which actually se [...]

  • I know this is not the most intellectual comment, but it s the most honest way of stating how I feel This book was eh normally I am swept away in McCaffrey s books and can t put them down, but this book just never really engaged me.

  • A continuation of Catalyst, human boy Jubal, and cat Chester have a bond where they can communicate via their minds They and other cats are brought to planet Mau by Pshaw Ra, who is royalty on that planet Pshaw Ra has plans to rule the universe Little does everyone know, but Pshaw Ra is planning to find a way to use all these cats to his advantage It was ok I didn t enjoy it as much as the first book I m not a big fan of the space stuff, but I enjoyed the cats themselves when the focus was on th [...]

  • Catalyst was just okay The sequel is no improvement There are major gaps in logic, even for a person that reads scads of SF and fantasy The Barque Cats aren t thrilled living on a world where cats are worshipped, because it is intensely hot and the cats have very long fur The current queen also considers the Barque cats extra appendages ugly Plus there is this gigantic reptile sliding around underground.

  • I was vaguely ashamed of myself while reading the first book because it was so incredibly stupid, and this book is worse Nothing really happens, and at one point the author chooses to state that someone who had been banished is persona non CATta Ugh It is short, so I got to 80% but gave up in disgust I think the people who are 5 starring these have a particularly aggressive form of toxoplasmosis.

  • Another book of great readingAs always I find myself thinking I should slow down and make it last longer but cannot do so,her characters are so alive and personal they are like old friends I recommend starting with the White Dragon and Pern saga and read the Tower series as a dessert.The Barque Cats are the wine to go with dinner.God how I miss the Dragon Lady.

  • The cats in space fun continues in Catacombs the Barque cats sequel to Catalyst Definitely read Catalyst first if you want to full comprehend and enjoy Catacombs The cats and their humans fend off an evil snake being called Apep There are lots of kittens, Egyptian mythology and adventures The audiobook is great for long trips and the story and characters will appeal to younger listeners.

  • I read the first one, then I read this one An OK story The writing seemed uneven I think I ll go back and re read some of McCaffrey s early stuff I remember The Ship Who Sang made me cry back in the 60s.

  • Only my opinionA Great read For many years I have read McCartney books As always I am engrossed I the story Love from a fan.

  • Pretty catsome This book continues the tale of Chester and jubal from catalyst Slightly strange but a very fun read.

  • This was a fun, fast read It seems like it was meant to keep going, but I am guessing Ms McCaffrey passed away before that happened.

  • Wasnt quite as heart wrenching as the first one, and probably for the better so I dont die crying over fictional cats Still a very good book and a good sequel

  • Somewhat disappointing, given the quality of the authors collaborating on it The story felt disjointed, seeming skip important bits in transition between narrators, and rushed at the end.

  • Many reviews of this book seem to have readers confused about the fact that Catacombs is a sequel Unless people are reading a book with a different cover, the jacket states that Catacombs is from the authors ofCatalyst as well as being a tale of the Barque Cats Maybe that is assuming too much, but it seems that would be a clue The inside flap states that Catalyst is where the cats and their space adventures begin Again, another clue this is a sequel.Anne McCaffrey was an award winning author, pr [...]

  • In the second book of the A Tale of the Barque Cats series, Pshaw Ra takes Chester, Chester s Cat Person Jubal and the rescued cats to his home world of Mau in order to escape their government ordered execution On Mau, cats are venerated as gods and the sole purpose of the human inhabitants is to serve their cat masters The newcomers are promised lives of luxury, indulgence and limitless fishy treats But it is soon evident that Pshaw Ra s actions are not acts of benevolence, but a calculated mov [...]

  • Catacombs by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough is the second book of the Tales of the Barque Cats series The book continues on from the first book with the Barque cats having just escaped from the oppressive incompetent government to the planet of Mau which their rescuer the cat Pshaw Ra assures them will treat them like royalty However the greeting they receive is less than they expect as can be anticipated in a world of today which is dominated by cats and which has a new leader who [...]

  • I am enjoying this new series by Ms McCaffrey and Ms Scarborough This is the continuing story of the Barque cats After having escaped from corrupt human officials, Chester and his boy Jubal have brought as many Barque cats to save from extermination due to a supposed plague from eating shiny beetles that were actually imported by a mysterious cat named Psha ra Psha ra is from the planet Mau, where he has a master plan for the Barque cats and his own race of felines He loves the 6th toe that the [...]

  • Although I had read the first book in this series Catalyst, it took a few chapters to get into this book I enjoyed the interesting mythlike parts of the story including mummies, cats, celtic knots, and pyramids One criticism I have is that the evil being fought seems to be rather mindless and reminiscent of Pern s thread, now being bugs and worms snakes I m sure that the always plotting Pshaw Ra will figure in the next book, but honestly I missed several characters from Catalyst who seemed to be [...]

  • Catacombs under the Egypt like planet Mau hide mummies and hi tech left by earliest settlers, and imprison a supernatural giant serpent A second time, Anne McCaffrey Elizabeth Ann Scarbourough entertain and amuse The story concentrates on Chester, who grows from rebel kitten to leader dad, and his telepathic linked boy The enigmatic elegant extremely old vizier teaches the new mixed breed generation how to manipulate spaceship controls and weapons with their inherited Barque dextrous extra toed [...]

  • I just had to read this one as it was the sequel to Catalyst It s quite uneven going from desperate situation to a cat s nonchalance, but I guess that s the point Chester and his human Jabal return to his parents and ships But the evil Apep or snake follows them out and the kittens that they have brought with them have to save the day when the snake or millions of mini snakes that the big snake has transformed into surrounds a sun causing all kinds of havoc for the solar system not ours Not much [...]

  • I liked this book overall This is the sequel is Catalyst It s about cats with special telepathic powers and their breed is called Barque Cats They are expert hunters and they are bigger than your normal house cat In this book the story continues, our main cat character Chester, is trapped on a planet called Mau where the cats live and they are taken care of by their human servants They revere cats Their cat leader is called Pshaw Ra He doesn t spend much time there because he is out exploring sp [...]

  • Like the first book, this is the continuing adventures of Chester and his human Jubal Still cute, but has fallen a bit flat in the execution of the idea A bit too neatly wrapped up for my tastes, especially with the extreme danger she put them in in the latter half of the book view spoiler A bunch of cats batting around a fusion weapon to defeat a creature that sucks all the energy from a sun hide spoiler I m sure there will be books about the pair, the last sentence of the book virtually guara [...]

  • Yes, I am giving a McCaffrey Scarborough book a two and a half star review Something changed in the telling of the story for this book, many aspects, such as point of view from the cats, are awesome in theory, but fall flat in execution, something other reviewers have noted.That acknowledged, it is a cute and fast read I found it enjoyable as my Shadow has taken a renewed interest in both my keyboard and what s on the monitor It s fun to pretend that perhaps he s paying attention and will soon b [...]

  • The reader on this audio version was quite an addition to the story Her vocalizations for the cats gave them some excellent purrsonality throughout.I need to find the first book in this series to fill in the back story.A lot of fun elements in the feline cultures we meet via the Barque cats and the Mau refugees Crazy unfounded rumors of cats and other animals carrying disease and the perils of wholesale massacre just an indirect reference in this volume and mixing in space travel, conspiracy and [...]

  • A nice quick read, very engaging Scarborough s touch I think makes this book funny sometimes hilarious The cats are as smart and as individual as humans, but they can easily be distracted by treats, or the need for a nap or mating Hmm, I guess all that is true for humans too The way each cat finds her or his special person is reminiscent of the Pern dragons, but that s not a problem And everything ties together with ancient Egypt and its mythology Well done

  • I think there s a book that comes before this one I don t know right now I just picked it off the shelf at the library The book may have made a bit sense if I d read the series in the right order.I was confused by the different points of view for the first third of the book Once I got it all straightened out, I found the cat adventures enthralling I really enjoyed the idea of cat spaceships The book definitely lives up to the proverb, dogs have people cats have staff.

  • Like the first book, this one seemed to be written for a young adult audience I really liked the concept of course, I m a cat lover , but the execution felt a little off I felt as if the last part of the book was kind of tacked on at the end because it needed to be a certain length Or maybe it just read like a few short stories with the same characters I still think it s a shame that they couldn t tie these barque cats together with the ones from the Talents series.

  • I liked this book better than the first one It s always very interesting to read a book that s from the cat s perspective I was glad I got both Catalyst and Catacombs at the same time By the time I finished Catalyst, I wanted to know what was going to happen next and started right into Catacombs It s a pretty easy science fiction read and good story line didn t want to put Catacombs down.

  • Catacombs A Tale of the Barque Catsby Anne Mccaffrey and Elizabeth ann Scarburoughhad to wait for this one an exciting story about the adventures and miss adventures of the great mankoon cats in space and how they find a similar raise of cats and interbreed for the austintatious advantages of both breeds, and the violent and mysterious attack of a new speices in space cause because of the cats distruction of an ancient fow.

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