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Quantum: A Thriller (Captain Chase, 1) Paperback – April 14, 2020
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"Quantum: A Thriller" by Patricia Cornwell
International bestselling author Patricia Cornwell delivers pulse-pounding thrills in the first book in a series featuring a brilliant and unusual new heroine, cutting-edge cybertechnology, and stakes that are astronomically high.| Learn more
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“Move over, Doctor Kay Scarpetta…Quantum inaugurates a new series with a confident new heroine…” ―The Telegraph
“Cornwell’s long-time fans will recognize her talent for jumping immediately into action. From page one, the reader is drawn into the space and time of the characters, as Cornwell wastes no time getting the reader oriented into the story. The claustrophobic confines of the opening setting are fantastically described, to the point that readers may have to remind themselves to breathe normally.” ―The Nerd Daily
“Brilliantly crafted, gripping, and smart…” ―Post Register
“Buckle up for a race to the finish that does not disappoint.” ―Bookreporter
“As always, Cornwell establishes time, place, and mood by expertly crafting each scene to make you feel as if you’re in it.” ―New York Journal of Books
“Gripping, suspenseful, and leaves you wanting more.” ―Better Reading
About the Author
In 1990, Patricia Cornwell sold her first novel, Postmortem, while working at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. An auspicious debut, it went on to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity Awards as well as the French Prix du Roman d’Aventure prize―the first book ever to claim all these distinctions in a single year. Growing into an international phenomenon, the Scarpetta series won Cornwell the Sherlock Award for best detective created by an American author, the Gold Dagger Award, the RBA Thriller Award, and the Medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for her contributions to literary and artistic development.
Today, Cornwell’s novels and iconic characters are known around the world. Beyond the Scarpetta series, Cornwell has written the definitive nonfiction account of Jack the Ripper’s identity, cookbooks, a children’s book, a biography of Ruth Graham, and two other fictional series based on the characters Win Garano and Andy Brazil. While writing Quantum, Cornwell spent two years researching space, technology, and robotics at Captain Calli Chase’s home base, NASA’s Langley Research Center, and studied cutting-edge law enforcement and security techniques with the Secret Service, the US Air Force, NASA Protective Services, Scotland Yard, and Interpol.
Cornwell was born in Miami. She grew up in Montreat, North Carolina, and now lives and works in Boston and Los Angeles.
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (April 14, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 353 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1503905098
- ISBN-13 : 978-1503905092
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #27,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If this weren’t a science-fiction mystery/police procedural—not to mention one written by Patricia Cornwall—I would’ve started skimming early in the book. However, I do read a lot of British mysteries and police procedurals, which sometimes start very slowly.
The premise is unique in many ways and the police procedural is well-conceived. I liked the strong female characters, especially Calli who seems to have some paranormal senses, if not paranormal powers. However, the execution is middling, with many domestic/personal side-plots, plus interspersed vignettes. There are also many what-appears-to-be flashbacks, which are clearly marked and are happily short. However, POV characters of flashbacks are unclear to unknown.
There is a Kindle In Motion video-animation option to this book, but the few, brief sequences—which are non-space-centered—are not satisfying. Plus, the default background is white, which I don’t particularly like.
IMHO, 2 stars is generous, because this book ends with threads untied, the story barely half-told, and all the character-arcs are TBC.
First, though, I want to speak a little about my status as a reviewer. At church, today, the sermon was about humility. Such a topic was perfect for me, because it reminded me how fallible I am as a reviewer, or as a human, when I forget there are so many great reviewers at Amazon.
One is a retired Navy chief. While I may not agree with his political conclusions, I always learn from his reviews, due in large part, to his logic.
Another is an up and coming reviewer who posted a terrific review of “The Dressmaker’s Gift,” by Fiona Valpy.
There are many other better reviewers, but both of these two are people to follow. I will welcome either to #1 status when they take over as such, soon.
I apologize to those offended, but, sometimes, it helps one to recall what motivates them to do what they enjoy. I ENJOY reading and sharing. I am not the best. Only the most fortunate.
Now, on with my review.
“Quantum” by Patricia Cornwell is a fast-paced page turner that kept my interest throughout. In addition, it has some intriguing animations that, alas, I took far too little time to observe and analyze. (Probably because I read it using my Kindle app on my iPad.)
Although billed as a suspense novel, I thought it was more humorous and a lighter read than suspense. Otherwise, the writing and editing is flawless, and thoroughly professional.
BLUSH FACTOR: Suitable for all audiences. Safe to share with anybody you want to.
In my new effort to strive for brevity, let me end my review here, by stating, four stars out of five. Why not five? Too little character development.
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Captain Callisto Chase investigates a tripped motion sensor deep in a service tunnel beneath a NASA building. She drags senior police officer Fran Lacey along with her...
I nearly bailed out at the first chapter. The book begins with a running commentary from Capt Chase with the odd moan from Fran. I didn't find it remotely engaging, rather a self indulgent monologue full of techno-gurble. It just didn't flow. By the end of chapter 2 they'd passed the second airlock and I was bored and frustrated...
It was interesting to see Kindle in Motion animation for the first time. It's not greatly used though. It was apparent in just the cover (best), author's signature and 4 chapter headers - 1 (pipework), 10 and 27 (weather) and 35 (explosion).
This book seems to be getting a rather marmite-like response. I would recommend downloading a sample.
I’m genuinely sorry to say I find it unreadable. The narrative style is horrible; short, staccato sentences that don’t make sense. In the opening pages; ‘Talking nonstop in rhythm to our descent. Feet thud-thudding. Another pause or two. Punctuated by the off-gassing of her loud exasperated sighs and coughs.’ What’s that about? The writing is clunky and is incredibly disjointed. So much so that I’ve given up at 25%. It’s irritating to read, I’m not following what’s going on and I don’t like the characters.
I rarely give up on a book and I never expected that I’d find a Cornwell novel unreadable, so this is a first. Very disappointing.