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(Captain Chase #1)

2.93  ·  Rating details ·  9,722 ratings  ·  1,382 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
Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Myra Traubenik I, too, love Scarpetta and looked forward to this book. It is a disappointment. And, it ends with a hook that you have to read the next book to find…moreI, too, love Scarpetta and looked forward to this book. It is a disappointment. And, it ends with a hook that you have to read the next book to find out how things end. (less)
Alasandra Alawine Yes, it's the first one. And deadly boring don't bother reading it.…moreYes, it's the first one. And deadly boring don't bother reading it. (less)

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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
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
We’ll say 3.75 stars for a sluggish start.

After a hiatus from her successful forensic series, Patricia Cornwell returns with a novel that will have readers reaching for the stars in the middle of this impactful crime thriller. Captain Callisto ‘Calli’ Chase gave up a promising career in the military to help her family. She was able to land on her feet, serving within the NASA police in Virginia. While out investigating an alarm within the facility, Callie comes across some forensic material that
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 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
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it

Patricia Cornwell's long-running 'Kay Scarpetta' series is about a talented medical examiner who helps catch sadistic killers. Kay works with a thorny detective; has a brilliant niece; and experiences angst about her man.

Cornwell's new book Quantum goes in a different direction, but has a similar vibe. The main character - Air Force Captain Calli Chase - is a talented scientist and NASA security expert who's trying to catch a possible saboteur. Calli works with a phobic detective; has a
Charles  van Buren
Sep 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Charles van Buren

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
Kevin Dowson
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm sorry to say this was a huge disappointment. I admit to never having read any Patricia Cornwell but her reputation as one of the foremost crime writers, especially via her Scarpetta series, had me very excited to pick this up as a First Reads selection. Sadly, that was the end of the excitement.

While it is evident Ms Cornwell is a very accomplished writer, this book left me frustrated and even bored throughout. There are lots and lots of veiled hints at past events that just become plain
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 feel 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 ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
I can't believe Patricia Cornwell wrote this. I started reading this on Kindle Unlimited, and kept thinking I skipped a page, or missed a paragraph. NOTHING made sense - so choppy, purposefully vague and misleading, completely not engaging at all. I stopped reading after literally nothing had happened, literally spent pages on her walking thru the underground secret tunnel (ok, maybe that's a scene setter) walking in the parking lot, walking into her office, walking back to the car, etc. Don't ...more
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
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 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 ...more
Liz Barnsley
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I went into this blind, having been somewhat down on this authors last few Scarpetta books but despite being dubious at first at the rather rambly nature once again of the prose suddenly I found that I was in it and from that point on I banged through it- the science was fascinating, main protagonist Callie was odd yet compelling so I do feel somewhat vindicated in my previous comments that Patricia Cornwell really needed to move onto something new.

Granted this won't be for everyone. The nature
Sep 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: disliked
The only thing at all notable about this half of a book (and no, it’s not an entire book, in spite of what you may have heard) is that it is one of the worst offerings I’ve read in a long time. Good golly, Miss Calli, it was torture being trapped in your pretentious, boring little brain.

Please do yourself a favor and give this a hard pass. I got it for free and I still feel as if I was ripped off. It’s bad my friends, it’s bad.

Amanda Lawford
It feels like Patricia Cornwell read The Martian by Andy Weir and then whinged to her publisher that it’s not fair that Andy can write a book that’s all science and math but she has to keep releasing books in a series that’s 25 books long published over 30 years and she’s sick of writing about a forensic examiner and wants to write about NASA, maths and science, (probably just to show off her intelligence) and if Andy can do it, why not her? And that’s how it feels like this book was born.

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 ...more
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
Ruthy lavin
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not the usual high standard of Cornwell’s work, I found this frustratingly slow.
Maybe my expectations were too high, or maybe it’s because I’ve never read one of her books before which wasn’t brilliant, but this was barely pushing 2 stars.
david j mitchell
Sep 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
I really enjoyed Cornwell's early books, and keep hoping that she'll return to form. So I continue to read each new book, and continue to be disappointed. Quantum was possibly her worst ever.
Patricia L Kerr
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
00:00:00:00:0 means nothing

Oh my gosh, where to begin? First, Calle cut her fingertip of her right hand cutting bagels...she's right handed, how did that happen? Two, she's supposed to be a logical thinker and one of the top candidates as an astronaut but her mind is all over the place and never on the task at hand! I'd fire her in a heart beat. Third, she's contradictory with herself and others. Fourth, those blasted numbers mark separations within the chapters and they're so annoying! I wish
Nancy Baker
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I never thought I would write a negative (really just a so-so) review about a Patricia Cornwell story but, alas, here it goes. In all fairness, my lukewarm feelings about the book may come from my love of her past forensic series books. They were engaging, informative and, for the most part, had a beginning, a climax and an end. I must confess that I don't read series books. And I did not realize that this was an actual "series" style story. As her usual writing style, it had a beginning and a ...more
Alasandra Alawine
Oct 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Captain Chase Callie to her friends is unbelievable, those of you who are familiar with the Scarpetta series she makes Lucy look like a slacker and an underachiever. Callie has not one but two jobs as a Cybercrime investigator she is investigating a staged suicide of an employee whose badge went missing. As a quantum physicist she has to save a top secret space mission all while trying to unravel what her identical twin Carme (pronounced Karma) has to do with the mess. We haven't meet Carme in ...more
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a hard review for me. I'm used to reading Patricia's forensic books. I struggled reading a lot of this book as the main character would float into memory lane during a harrowing event that could have meant life or death at times. There were good points, the background of her actual career and how well she performed it; the closeness of her family and one particular friend that out ranked her. She also performed well under pressure.
Donna Davis
I'm a longtime fan of Cornwell's Scarpetta series, so when Amazon offered me a free, early look at this first book in the new Captain Chase series, I was over the moon. Thanks go to Amazon First Reads, and I am sorry not to provide the kind of review that I expected to write, but this one doesn't work for me. It's for sale now, but hang onto your money.

Whereas her earlier series was the original forensic thriller genre, Calli Chase, our protagonist, is a cop for NASA. Perhaps I should have seen
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
Nov 20, 2019 marked it as tried-the-sample-not-for-me
Shelves: available-on-ku
I enjoyed the Kay Scarpetta series in the good old days. They were (at the time) fresh, original gripping. But then Ms Cornwell's writing style changed and became less accessible and (for me) less appealing. Some of her books after that were IMHO, just c*rap.

I thought I'd give the new series a try, but I found this book fairly incomprehensible and (dare I say it?) a bit 'wanky'. Ms Cornwell, once you knew how to tell a story well. This book? Seemed rambly and incoherent from the get-go. Does not
Judi Easley
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sci-fi thriller readers
Recommended to Judi by: Amazon Early Releases
A Captain Chase Novel #1
Patricia Cornwell
Thomas & Mercer, Oct 1, 2019
353 pages
Sci-Fi Mystery Thriller series
Amazon New Releases for October

The cover is dark and mysterious looking, but not terribly exciting. The author’s name will sell the book, yes, but I really prefer to see the title of the book first. Sometimes it seems like the author’s name is more important than the title when they do it this way with the two the same size in the same font and the name first. No modesty. Or is
Belinda Bentley
Sep 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Hated it read one chapter then deleted the book
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.
The Nerd Daily
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Marla Warren

Patricia Cornwell’s newest novel, Quantum, features shades of the action and atmosphere her fans have loved in her Kay Scarpetta series, but for crime-thriller junkies, Captain Calli Chase is no Dr. Kay Scarpetta. On the flip side, however, Quantum may be very appealing to a thriller-reader that leans toward sci-fi.

As the events in Quantum take place primarily within NASA, this clearly well-researched book is very science-heavy.
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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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