Top critical review
Decent police procedural, so far. Not a stand-alone. THIS BOOK HAS NO ENDING.
Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2019
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 scene. Then back to the tunnel search. No zombies or supernatural creatures. Happily, the mystery elements increase at about 15% Kindle mark.
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.