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 physi ...more
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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.(less)
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 th ...more
I enjoy reading mystery/police procedurals, especially if there are science-fiction elements. That said, “Quantum” starts glacially slow, with two female security personnel searching a NASA Langley basement/tunnel. After much exploring, complaining about claustrophobia, and monologuing about . . . well, about a lot of stuff, protagonist Captain Calli Chase and Major Fran Lacey discover a possible, low-intensity crime s ...more
This story centers on a pair of twin sisters, narrated by one of them, both of whom are clearly on the autism spectrum. The whole book is a ...more
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 a ...more
The KIM features were sparse and disappointing. Really the cover animation was the best one. And the features lock 🔒 down background colours as white which isn't suitable for visually Impaired people. I've yet to read the contents of the novel but thought I'd review the animations feature in case anyone makes a choice based on that because I think for a cybercrime NASA thriller it could've made use of a lot more of the animations features than it has.
This is my first Cornwall novel. Now I am wishing I started with the Scarpetta series instead. I picked this because I was hoping I would enjoy it as much as Andy Weir novels. But the horrible sentence structures and awkward phrases drive me nuts and kept me distracted and frustrated. These are just a few of the most glaring and annoying examples. The way "and" is used to combine two fragments that do not really go together with the "and" in this way. And the incomplete sentences, ...more
I got this book free on Kindle which surprised me since it is by Patricia Cromwell. I like her books, usually, but I struggled with this one.
This book dealt with several different areas.....you had the highly intelligent Capt. Calli Chase and her identical twin sister whom we never actually met but yet we knew she was there. You had a suicide or was it so we also have the investigators, quite a few, who will be working on this mysterious death. Then you have the military p ...more
I enjo ...more
I've read a around 30% and I'm just not feeling it. It started out pretty suspenseful, but the last couple chunks I've read have been a lot of non-expositional exposition if you know what I mean. For example. MC is talking to a former boss who makes a comment alluding to something she should know. We're in her head and she acknowledges that she knows what he's referring to, but she doesn't elaborate. ...more
By that I mean she has her protagonist as more of a passive figure. The plot is now slowly rolled out by the protagonist's reaction to things going on around her and her analysis of each step along the way. We ...more
I started read Patricia Cornwell years and years ago, starting with Post-mortem. However she lost my loyalty to Kay Scarpetta with Blow Fly.
I’ve tried a couple of her other books but not liked them enough to go beyond the 1st book in a series.
When I heard about this book, Quantum, I was thrilled. It seemed like just the kind of book she would be great at.... maybe Captain Calli Chase could be the new Kay Scarpetta......
The amount of research Ms Cornwe ...more
First let me say that I have always enjoyed this author's previous work, and looked forward to reading this new series. The animated section heading each section was awesome, and I'm sure the hard copies will look dull by comparison. The high tech described was fun and imaginative. But although the character development for Captain Chase was quite good, the development of her sister, parents, and former boss Dick was sketchy and didn't allow me to care about any of t ...more
I like this author, and I've read many of her books with great enjoyment. But. This one was about equal parts fascinating storyline and maddening storytelling. We're meeting Captain Chase who's a combination secret agent NASA cop and wannabe astronaut. She has a difficult relationship with her twin sister, whom we do not meet directly. There's a possible security breach surrounding a launch - which for some reason is happening at the same time as a critical spacewalk. (You shoul ...more
Quantum by Patricia Cornwell is an interesting book. The attention to detail is very much the essence of the story, and it becomes the longest lead to character development I have ever read. I haven't read a first person mystery before, but I liked the perspective of being inside Callie's brain as she processed information from her investigation of the break-in, but kept getting refocused about what was happening as people she trusted seemed to be keeping her out of importan ...more
Since this was an inexpensive Kindle option, I thought I'd giver her new series featuring Captain Chase a try. Ugh. SO bogged down in technical de ...more
The unrealistic protagonist, Calli Chase, is all of the following: 28 years old, an identical twin; an astronaut wannabe (along with her twin sister); a veteran (retired from the AF at rank of captain 3 years ago [that would be at age 25]); has a ...more
Ive been reading Cornwall sice scarpetta first came out. I get that women have a lot of emotions floating - ive worked in female dominated professions for 40 plus years - but Holy Gods and Goddesses. It takes 4 chapter length sections of self flagellation for the protagonist to put on a hazmat suit and walk 10 feet from the truck to the door of a crime scene. And the book is a cliffhanger. I thing anyone who buys this book should get a 50% re ...more
Postmortem would go on to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, ...more