Catalyst (Star Wars): A Rogue One Novel

Version: Unabridged
Author: James Luceno
Narrator: Jonathan Davis
Genres: Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: May 2018
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 11 hours
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Lauded Star Wars author James Luceno returns to pen an intense tale of ambition and betrayal that sets the stage for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 

War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before the Republic’s enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.

Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal. While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor’s tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic’s web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself.

Reviews (13)


Written by Daniel F on February 9th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Great background on Galen and Lyra, but the book is basically to see how naïve Galen is...

Written by Han J on November 15th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent insight into the background of some of the main characters in the movie. Love the interactions between Tarkin and krennic. This book is basically the runway on which the movie takes off. Excellent!

Written by Michael Del Muro on December 23rd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Story of intrigue. Good setup for Rogue One. Good narrator.


Written by elizabeth williams on December 20th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Enjoyed the book especially with the release of rogue one days after I finished reading/listening. Not an amazing book but it has an enjoyable back story and character building. As usual there are sound effects so beware of this if you are listening while in an ambient environment. Scared the piss out of me while driving.

Catalyst (Star Wars)

Written by Daniel artz on December 19th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book! Highly recommend you read this before seeing the Rogue One movie!!

Written by Nick Loy on December 16th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I'm a big James Luceno fan, but my sense is he didn't have much to work with here. 2.5 stars for me.

Written by Shawn Ashlock on December 14th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Awsome. Great precursor to the new movie, Rogue One. A must 'listen' before seeing the movie.

Written by James Krause on December 9th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

As per usual, nothing groundbreaking happens in this book. No massive revelations occur and honestly, most of the story told could be assumed to have happened. But... That isn't to say that this book is bad. If you want to get to know Orson Krennic and Galen Erso and their relationship previous to Rogue One... then I highly recommend this book. If you love Star Wars and want to read an immersive character study... then I highly recommend this book. Overall it's a fun lot of betray, intrigue, and stage setting for what will hopefully be an amazing movie. As per usual, the narration and direction are spot on. Well done.

Written by Anders Wennerberg on December 3rd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book! For sure a must read before Rogue One.

Written by Aubrey Gibson on December 2nd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I would rather listen to this book than sniff farts.

Author Details

Author Details

Luceno, James

"James Luceno is New York Times bestselling author of two Star Wars: The New Jedi Order novels?Agents of Chaos: Hero?s Trial and Jedi Eclipse. He also co-authored the popular Robotech series with his close friend, the late Brian Daley, and wrote the film adaptations for The Shadow and The Mask of Zorro. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife and children. "