Book Review by : Barbara Griffin Billig

THE CATALYTIC PROGRAMME – a fiction thriller
written by Terry Callister
Available in ebook form and paperback

Indie novelist, Terry Callister, is an engrossing writer with his first novel. The tale he spins shows he himself to be a world traveler and a profound thinker.

Starting out in an American setting, he has woven his tale around the idea of Communism making an ideological terrorist comeback. His protagonist character, David Levy, is handsome, an educated banker, successful in his career, and in his past life, special forces in the military. His Japanese banker associate,Yi, informs him that he has seen a copy of a memo and has evidence that Peru’s banking system is systematically being squeezed out of the credit market and set up to fail, bankrupting the country. Soon Yi is dead and as David investigates, he finds himself a target to be killed.

The story progresses to England, Hong Kong, the Phillipines, Canada, and finally back to the United States. David Levy’s adventures are full of cultural nuggets of wisdom – why the far eastern dope trade is so successful, the standard greetings of the English versus the Americans – thoughts on the unfairness of democracy versus communism – media fairness and accuracy. But the action never stops in this adventure novel. David Levy and Jackie Lean, the widow of his best friend, twist and turn their way around the world, barely escaping assasination attempts as they try to unravel the plot against the United States and ultimately the world’s freedom.

The publishing world today seems to only select those books they feel are “sure” things. One then becomes grateful for the independent publishing routes that have developed and the new books we are offered that would have been missed. As an aside, I read this book on my smart phone. It has Adobe Reader which opened the .pdf file and resized the text to my comfort level. Also, the phone is lit at night – no reading light required and it is quite light and comfortable to hold. The phone also has a kindle application to read books formatted thusly. And you always have your phone with you when you have a spare moment to read.

This book is a great read AND thought provoking. The plot is imaginative and refreshingly new. The writing is rich in texture and words. I would highly recommend this book to enjoy and expand your world.

For further information on how to purchase this book please go to:

Terry Callister has reviewed many indie books and hosted a web site for over a year that shared indie author info and book reviews. His wife also writes. Terry has definitely “payed it forward” and deserves recognition for the efforts he has made for other authors. Thanks to Terry Callister and please take a look at his book and like his Amazon page!

Barbara Griffin Billig, author of “The Nuclear Catastrophe” a fiction novel of survival


About Barbara Billig

Hi! I am Barbara Griffin Billig and I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis at age nineteen with a degree in biology and chemistry. After teaching for several years in St. Louis, Southern California seemed to be calling. There I started and worked at a variety of businesses including pet shops, restaurants, and a real estate brokerage firm. Deciding to take a sabbatical from the business world for several years I wrote, in conjunction with another teacher, Bett Pohnka, “The Nuclear Catastrophe”. This fiction novel portrayed what ultimately came to pass with 3 Mile Island, Chernobyl, and the Japan Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown. A new updated edition of this is available as an EBook for the kindle. An updated paperback version entitled“THE DISQUIET SURVIVORS of The Nuclear Catastrophe” is now also available. In 2014 the sequel was published: "#Betrayal, a nuclear fiction novel of survival"
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  1. An adventure packed novel for sure! Travelling all over… hmmmm! Sounds interesting!


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