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Spin (Captain Chase, 2) Paperback – July 13, 2021
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“Move over, Bourne and Bond―the espionage game has a new player and Calli Chase is here to finally bring the genre into the twenty-first century.” ―Mystery & Suspense Magazine
Praise for the Captain Chase series
“The creator of Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta peers into space and finds just as much skullduggery there…[introducing] an equally strong, even more tormented heroine…[in] federal special agent Capt. Calli Chase.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Move over, Doctor Kay Scarpetta…Quantum inaugurates a new series with a confident new heroine…” ―The Telegraph
“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
Praise for the Captain Chase series
“The creator of Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta peers into space and finds just as much skullduggery there…[introducing] an equally strong, even more tormented heroine…[in] federal special agent Capt. Calli Chase.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Move over, Doctor Kay Scarpetta…Quantum inaugurates a new series with a confident new heroine…” —The Telegraph
“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
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (July 13, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 413 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542019532
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542019538
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #43,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I do not care for books that end on a cliffhanger, requiring purchase of the next one to complete the story. I read the first book in this series and bought the second thinking this would answer questions and bring at least some kind of closure to the Captain Chase story. This is not the case at all. This book serves only to set up the next in the series.
Note that this book is written in first person so if that is not to your liking, you will not enjoy this book. Also, the science fiction elements may not be your cup of tea so be forewarned of those.
And finally, I must bid Ms. Cornwell adieu. I will use my entertainment budget for other books. I always feel taken advantage of when I spend money on a book only to find it is not complete. In this case, I simply do not care enough about the characters to learn their fate.
It is a page turner from page one.
The story takes you on a journey that only Cornwell can deliver. It includes technology that keeps you turning pages at the edge of your seat. A new character, a young boy genius, is introduced that keeps Capt Chase on her toes!
This adventure takes place mostly on the ground however without too much spoiling... get ready to blast off.
Clearly Cornwell did her research and you will feel like you are right there with her throughout. Hard to believe this technology is possible, let alone exists.
Excellent ! What will happen next? Cannot wait.
By Ryan Hillis on January 13, 2021
And so, this leads to one almost unbearable sequence in which four or five chapters slog by with Calli navigating through snow and ice from the room she’s been in to her new vehicle, while she goes on spouting acronyms, technobabble, and interior monologues. Finally she opens the door and gets into the thing.
Then, too, we are introduced to a new character, one of those “magic kids,” a child genius who’ll probably get on your nerves as much as he does on Calli’s. And of course, if you have the stereotypical “magic kid,” you must have the equally stereotypical magic villain the kid has been brought into help defeat: Neva Wong, who slunk into “Quantum,” develops, as I had feared, into one of those improbable “Dr. Evil” characters with a large vocab and a hissible demeanor.
Cornwell has evidently seen at least one too many Bond movies than has been good for her. Also, there is a development that I cannot reveal because it would give away some of the plot, but I’ll just say, there’s a character or two or three who should be charged with child abuse, but then we wouldn’t have this book.
Still, the suspense and the artful plot should be enough to carry you along. And on the plus side, there are no more of Calli’s flashbacks to the day she sliced her finger trying to cut a half-frozen bagel. I had assumed this was going to be a major piece of character development, but apparently the only purpose it served was for Those in the Know to tell Callie and Carme apart. And I loved the snarky AI, "ART," and the superb owl.
And finally, the finale does not disappoint. That minute by minute style, so annoying for the first 70 percent of the book, really builds the suspense at the end, and then, in a flash, just as you think you’re going to be left on a cliff awaiting the next book . . . well, you’re not.
Notes and Asides: Can we just have imperial measure? Do we need to have everything stated in metric with imperial measures in parentheses?
Since Calli constantly reminds us in her streams of consciousness she’s a bit chunkier than her twin, and since she also tells us nobody can tell them apart, are we to assume Calli is simply neurotic about this and we shouldn’t believe her?
For some reason, single-digit numbers are expressed as digits. I thought 1-9 are supposed to be written out. It’s as if for convenience’s sake the author just tapped the digit keys whenever she encountered a numeral, figuring the editor would do a search and replace for her. The editor didn’t. But then, to be fair, perhaps the editor was more engaged with deleting even more technobabble and interior monologues than we know. If so, I think that person cordially.
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It had its moments of holding my attention but have decided this series is not for me.
I think maybe this is geared towards the younger reader and tries too hard in parts.
Got fed up with the acronyms and descriptions of the equipment, so boring.
Unfortunately doesn't move quick enough through the story and got a bit ridiculous, did we have to have pages and pages of how Calli navigated a snowy car park to get to the super car?
Very frustrating, good in parts, not very likable characters, stupid names and acronyms sorry I give up?
Intrigue and suspense throughout with excellent character and plot development.
Once again left on a cliffhanger and eager for the next instalment.