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(Captain Chase #1)

2.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,794 ratings  ·  287 reviews
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 physi
Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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    Quantum (Captain Chase #1)
    Release date: Oct 01, 2019
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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…more
    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)

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    Charles  van Buren
    Sep 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
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    A thriller/mystery which quickly became tiresome

    September 5, 2019

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    Publication date: October 1, 2019
    Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
    Language: English
    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
    David Highton
    Sep 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
    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
    Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
    Decent police procedural, so far. Not a stand-alone. THIS BOOK HAS NO ENDING.

    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
    Sep 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
    Last year I read the last Sue Grafton in the alphabet series and was disappointed. Turns out she had a terminal illness so I feel bad for my critical review. I don’t think Cornwell has that excuse. It’s been a long time since I read a Patricia Cornwell mystery, but I remember them as fast-paced with interesting characters. Quantum has none of those qualities.
    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
    Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
    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 a
    Sep 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
    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 we ...more
    Sep 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
    Reviewing for the Kindle in Motion features

    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.
    Sep 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
    I did not really care for her new book. I will not read the continued story. It’s not as good as her other book in my opinion. I had a hard time keeping interested
    Sep 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
    Shelves: unfinished
    Confirming my expectations this book turns out to be an utterly confusing jumble of poorly constructed prose. Nothing attracts me to continue reading it.
    Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
    There are a few authors for whom I'll move heaven and earth to carve out enough time to read their latest efforts; Patricia Cornwell is among them. So when I got a chance to read a pre-publication copy free through the Amazon Early Access program, well, how fast can you say one-click? For years, you see, I've enjoyed the author's exploits of Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta This one isn't about her, although similarities to both the good doctor and her tech-savvy niece, Lucy, positively leaped out ...more
    Gerri Mazer
    Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
    (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. Bec ...more
    Gail Roberts
    Sep 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
    Didn't enjoy it

    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,
    Debbie Lesley
    Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it
    Futuristic....or is it?

    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 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
    Michael Howard
    Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
    I had great hopes. I often like female authors and a strong female lead. This had high tech (NASA, a quantum computer being transported to space) and a murder mystery. The murder was intriguing, and the fact that the main suspect was an identical twin to the chief investigator, with very high tech hacking and tech skills, was really interesting. So I was drawn in. But I was disappointed over and over. There were long diversions into inner thoughts of the investigator, her conflicted emotions, an ...more
    Jackie Cain
    Sep 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
    I gave up on this book after struggling for four days. When I got past 50%, still very little had happened and the only time I found the book interesting was when the main protagonist, Captain Callisto (Calli) Chase, was not so central to the action. I skipped to the end and found that I hadn't missed much - well, things had clearly happened in relation to the space mission but there seemed to be little resolution. Then I stopped reading and went and read something that interested me more.

    I enjo
    Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
    I grabbed this for free as a "Kindle First" book -- it will be formally released as of October 1.

    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.
    Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
    It is hard for me to read a Patricia Cornwell book now. I have read all 24 books in her Kay Scarpetta series. By the time I'd gotten to the last half dozen or so I noticed what seemed to me a change in her writing style. She now writes what I'll call suspense books, rather than thrillers.

    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
    Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
    This is a new series for the author. It focuses on Captain Calli Chase who is a NASA pilot, quantum physicist and cybercrime investigator. On the eve of a top secret space mission, she's alerted to a tripped alarm in the tunnels below the NASA research centre together with a suspicious missing ID badge and some blood spatter. There is a looming disaster, sabotage and all evidence is pointing to her twin sister being the instigator. Can Calli clear her sister's name and stop a disaster from happe ...more
    Sarah Barber
    Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
    This book is, well...... ok I guess

    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......

    Alas, no.

    The amount of research Ms Cornwe
    Mary fike
    Sep 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
    Frustrating and Disappointing

    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
    Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
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    Stuart Cliffe
    Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
    Too clever by far

    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
    Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
    This was an Amazon First Reads, so thankfully I didn't waste money on it. But reading it took a good few hours that I'll never get back and I begrudge those wasted hours, because the book was abysmal! The writing style was truly awful and I had to force myself to finish it in the hope I'd understand what was going on. I have no problem understanding science but I still have no idea at all what it was about... just a jumble of meaningless numbers, calculations and science, punctuated by annoying ...more
    Bruce Thomas
    Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    What did I just read?

    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
    Michelle Dodson
    Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
    I have been a fan of Patricia Cornwell's since the beginning. Towards the end of the Scarpetta books I was really starting to lose my fondness for her, however. She became technical to the point of being tedious, (I get it, you fly your own helicopter) and it felt more like she was just showing off the knowledge she has instead of writing a good story.

    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
    Deborah Armstrong
    Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
    This irritating book was so in need of good editing. The author seems to have a need to let us know every snippet of knowledge she has about NASA, drones, the goes on and on. Do we really need to know the names of the streets she crosses?

    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
    Years ago I was a huge Patricia Cornwell fan. I read every book the moment they hit the shelves and still have many of the earlier ones on my library shelf today. However, after time, I grew to dislike the characters in the series. They never grew, changed, worked on their flaws to the point that they became unbelievable and, really, horribly boring. SO, when I saw that Cornwell had a new series, one not aimed at teens, I thought I would give it a shot. After all, it was her writing that I liked ...more
    Nick Burrows
    Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: 2019, book-nerd-2019
    This book used one of my least favorite tactics from YA and juvenile fiction...not finishing a story in one book. Sorry Patricia, but you write for grown ups...this is unacceptable. Maybe reduce the excruciating level of detail (one 10 page chapter included a countdown clock and covered a whopping 8 minutes of the day, most of which was the protagonist getting dressed after a shower) and the haphazard and incongruous flashbacks and just tell the story you started. After reading 300+ pages, settl ...more
    Marcy Kozar
    Sep 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
    This book was so awful! If you don't have ADD before reading this, it might give it to you! She's all over the place with this mess of a story, using way too many words to say not much of anything. One example is her using pages and pages to describe the contents of a person's office - a place the story never revisits, so why bother? Characters are introduced who never show up again and don't serve to move the narrative further, or clarify the chaos that's been created so far. To add insult to i ...more
    Paul J
    Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
    FILLER. DISSAPOUNTING Too much filler not enough story

    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
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    Patricia Cornwell sold her first novel, Postmortem, in 1990 while working as a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. Postmortem, was the first bona fide forensic thriller. It paved the way for an explosion of entertainment featuring in all things forensic across film, television and literature.

    Postmortem would go on to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony,
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