Quantum (Captain Chase #1)by Published 01 Oct 2019
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International bestselling author Patricia Cornwell delivers pulse-pounding thrills in a series featuring a brilliant and unusual new heroine, cutting-edge cybertechnology, and stakes that are astronomically high.
On the eve of a top secret space mission, Captain Calli Chase detects a tripped alarm in the tunnels deep below a NASA research center. A NASA pilot, quantum physicist, and cybercrime investigator, Calli knows that a looming blizzard and government shutdown could provide the perfect cover for sabotage, with deadly consequences.
As it turns out, the danger is worse than she thought. A spatter of dried blood, a missing security badge, a suspicious suicide—a series of disturbing clues point to Calli’s twin sister, Carme, who’s been MIA for days.
Desperate to halt the countdown to disaster and to clear her sister’s name, Captain Chase digs deep into her vast cyber security knowledge and her painful past, probing for answers to her twin’s erratic conduct. As time is running out, she realizes that failure means catastrophe—not just for the space program but for the safety of the whole nation.
Quantum (Captain Chase #1) Reviews
The story, while 'OK', is unfortunately marred by one of the most insufferable characters I've encountered in a book. The protagonist is the very epitome of an 'iamverysmart' who has studied or developed every field of science, every technology implementation and suffers from every conventional quirk that they can think of, and who has the habit of pointless extemporizations and diatribes for no real reason other than to demonstrate their 'iamverysmart'ness. Captain Calli is an action hero as well, of course, with a quick wit, a beauty queen, and has the ability to use phrases as answers and a varied knowledge of car makes and models.
Got this free as Amazon Prime First Reads choice for September. I had got fed up with Scarpetta so was keen to read about this different character. A pity. She is such an annoying character - I have given up after 20% - I hate not finishing books but life is really too short for this one
Charles van Buren
A thriller/mystery which quickly became tiresome
September 5, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
Review of Kindle edition
Publication date: October 1, 2019
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
353 mostly dreary psges
I believe that this is but the third Patricia Cornwell book I've read. It is very different from the other two and, I suspect, from what most readers of her books are accustomed to. This one is very wordy with long passages which, if they advance the plot at all, do so minisculely. At 70 to 75% percent into the book, I still wasn't completely sure what was happening except that it had been built up to be something very bad and dramatic. Then the book stopped without real resolution. I suppose there will be a second volume but I won't be reading it. Cornwell has an excellent command of the language but that does not prevent tedium. The gimmick used in the Kindle edition can not dissipate the problems. Here is the quote from the beginning of the book about the gimmick: "Two Ways to Read This book features animation. On compatible devices, you can control this experience using the Show Media option in the Aa menu."
(No storyline spoilers) I just finished this book and am unhappy that I wasted a few hours reading it. I have this feeling that the author was a little arrogant because of the success of her other series and forgot she was telling a new story. It seems that the comma button on Ms. Corwell’s typewriter was broken when she wrote this book. As the entire thing was written with sentence fragments. And so annoying. That I was beyond distracted. Having to keep reading the each sentence repeatedly. Because I was unsure if I had missed something. And I couldn’t stop rereading. Since it made no sense. I can’t even do it the way she did. But it drove me crazy.
The other big thing that really ticked me off is that the book had no ending and the next one doesn’t one doesn’t come out until October 2020. Again, this feels arrogant. This wasn’t book 172 of the Kay Scarlett’s series that I don’t mind waiting a year for. If your going to introduce a new story and want people to care when book 2 comes out don’t wait a year. She should have held this one back so they would come out closer together. But I guess she can count on sales because of who she is so it doesn’t matter to her. Luckily I only paid $1.99 from Kindle. I would be furious if I’d paid full price and I won’t be buying the next one without reading reviews first.
The book was quite boring until the last 40 pages. The author drilled on and on about quantum physics, trying to explain things I don’t ever want to understand, things that turned out not to be particularly relevant to the book. I found learning about forensics interesting but there’s no real excitement in math. Next, after reading over 200 pages, I still new nothing about the characters which made them very uninteresting. (Do people with a doctorate in quantum physics who work on making spacecraft safe at NASA, who design advanced telecommunications and want to be astronauts also work as NASA police and crime investigators, both full time? Really? There were flashbacks, written in italics throughout the book, telling 3 different stories. One about the protagonist and her twin, which was interesting and probably relevant to the next book, a year from now. One about her alone, a way too long story about cutting her finger so we know why she has a scar on her finger tip, and the third about a friend/coworker which the author never finished telling. Lastly, the book had no ending. It finally gets a little exciting in the last few pages, then boom, it’s over. The things that were wrapped up were things that had just happened and all I could think was who cares?
What a difficult book! I give it 1.5 stars. It was an exhausting read, and I used it to help me fall asleep, which was effective.
Written in first person, the story is continuously interrupted by the character's chaotic thoughts. I think the book could have been cut in half with just one chapter containing past events and experiences that shape the character. Instead, the reader is constantly bombarded with the repetitive unfinished flashbacks, bits of memories, feelings, manias, and otherwise annoying monologues about her past that interrupt what could have been a good story.
At first I thought it would calm down, but it didn't. As a result, not only did I not like the main character, Calli, but often wondered if the twin was an alternate personality, until the scar confirmed otherwise. Then, to add insult to injury, after making the reader work for every bit of the story, the author doesn't even have the decency to finish it! I will not read the next installment because, frankly, I couldn't care less about Calli and her twin, and why she was doing what she did.
I am just glad it's over and now will search for some really great literature that delights my emotions and senses--something this novel failed miserably to deliver.