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Quantum: A Thriller

Captain Chase, Book 1
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Series: Captain Chase, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
4 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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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 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.

©2019 Patricia Cornwell (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Texas_Girl200
  • 07-10-2019

Oh my God!!!!

I kept waiting for something to happen......
and waiting. This was a terrible read. Took me over a week to get through it and I am currently in a full cast on my right leg and loads of time to enjoy books.
I’ve listened to January LaVoy before and she has always turned in a terrific performance. Even she couldn’t save this book. She sounded furtive and frantic by turns. If you are looking for a Kay Scarpetta type read, stop now.

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  • Cyndie Stevens
  • 05-10-2019

Ramblings of a very neurotic woman

I am very disappointed with this book, Seems like Cornwell is writing her own strange musings. I listened for 6 hours thinking it would get interesting. I have always enjoyed Cornwell's coroner stories. This book is not typical of Cornwell's novels. In 6 hours it is essentially the ramblings of very neurotic woman. If you are expecting Cornwell's usual fast moving mystery/thrillers this book will not meet your expectations. I returned it after 6 hours.

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  • Dorothy Bradford
  • 04-10-2019

I Screamed

While driving. And pounded the steering wheel. I so wanted the author to get on with the story. But no, she has to wax poetic. Not worth a car accident. I stopped listening.

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  • Leigh
  • 07-10-2019

Repetitive tedious detail interrupts intensity

Why describe ‘run flat’ tires multiple times if the vehicle is never in jeopardy of tire damage? Uses self introspection to provide all the back story - bogging down the flow. Narrator performed every line dramatically, so that nothing seemed dramatic.
Not a book I’d recommend.

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  • Julie H.
  • 05-10-2019

Disappointed

Didn’t enjoy the reader nor the story. Expected another Kay Scarpetta novel. Should have read the overview. I stopped listening. Very disappointed with one of my favorite authors.

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  • Wayne
  • 02-10-2019

Outstanding start to a serialized series!

QUANTUM is the first novel in this serialized series which is to say that it ends in a cliffhanger (without resolution). I was aware of the cliffhanger before I purchased the novel because I had read some of the earlier negative Amazon reviews. QUANTUM has received horrid reviews which it does not deserve. Classifying the genre is difficult based on QUANTUM. Audible classify it as espionage thriller which seems valid. The novel is very technical and it deals with technical detail. The protagonist is Captain Calli Chase who works with NASA on the space program as a pilot, quantum physicist, and cybercrime investigator and who hopes to become an astronaut. Her parents also work at NASA as does Calli's identical twin sister who is named Carme (pronounced as karma). The Captain Chase series has real potential.

I'm a long time fan of author Patricia Cromwell going back 40 years to when she was an award winning reporter with our local newspaper the Charlotte Observer (actually it is no longer a real newspaper as it is now only fit to collect droppings in a parakeet cage). Early in her career as an author (beginning around 1990) Cromwell wrote many outstanding medical thrillers in her medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta series. More recently her books in the Scarpetta series and others of her books have had a major decline in quality. My hope is that the Captain Chase series will be a revival of her fortunes as a novelist. I'm happy to see that she is for the first time using self publishing with the Amazon company platform (Thomas & Mercer and Brilliance Audio) rather than a traditional publisher.

January LaVoy does a wonderful job of narrating this novel.

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  • Jozee Broderick
  • 10-10-2019

BORING

hated it. usually love all her books but this one was boring and confusing and full of technical speak only an aerospace engineer or astrophysicist would understand or care about.

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  • Susan in Lake Stevens
  • 10-10-2019

Too Much Detail

I was horribly disappointed with this book. I used to love her Scarpetta books, but this is a far cry from those. In her effort to be accurate, she floods the reader with so much minutia that her point was buried in the detail. Some of the descriptions were even redundant and bring to mind the professors in college who are so taken with their subject they bore their students to sleep. At some point I just wanted to see how it would end, and I could care less about the heavy handed descriptions.

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  • Monica Bailey
  • 02-10-2019

disappointed

disappointed with this book. 30 chapters at a crime scene? will pass on future reads.

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  • Liz KS
  • 02-10-2019

Breaks the rules

As a hobby, I write fiction.
This book has to be an example of how to add in backstory and break rules of sentence structure in order to get close first person narrative. I will probably have to purchase a written copy to see if the author uses italics to pop back and forth between past events and the present.
I was looking for an example of what I needed to do and I will be inspired by the book to write close first person.
But someone should have told P Cornwell that she went well beyond what was needed. I am sure she is disappointed with the reviews from the trolls.
The plot points are the quantum tunnel breach, the murder of a female techie, a missing sister and a hacked flight launch. Somehow P Cornwell is able to turn this into a novel through dense description. We never even meet the sister in real time, or the father, and the mother is only introduced on the phone. Time is somehow only over a real time period of nine or ten hours and that is how long the audible book plays.
Either I fell asleep at the end or there was no resolution.
This book is an example of backstory and world building, improper grammar, how to write a character who doesn't use cuss words while using them and close first person point of view. Definitely a must read if you want to see how to do that correctly. But I wish the publisher and editor had the balls to tell P Cornwell to cut back on some of the description and stick to the story line, pushing it forward and combining book 1&2 into a single, fast-paced book.
But I could be wrong, after all I am not published nor do I have the fan base or experience of P Cornwell. However, will be looking very close at how she did these descriptions for inspiration of my current novel. I was looking for something and this is as close as it gets to teaching how to write. Excellent character development. Took off a star for excessive development.

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  • A. Pringle
  • 03-10-2019

What a let down

Really thought this was going to be a great read, but after a lot of listening - it ran out of speed - the next book will need to finish up a lot of loose ends - disappointed.

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  • Andrew mcmean
  • 13-10-2019

Boring. Couldn't get past 20 mins

I have to admit I didn't listen to the full book as I couldn't be bothered. I've read all the Scarpetta novels and been waiting for a new one for ages so got this instead. Had to keep rewinding as I found as I was listening to it and then got bored and tuned it out. I really tried to get in to this as I wanted to like it but it really is very boring and tedious.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-10-2019

Don’t bother

I enjoyed reading the Scarpetta books until I read Chaos possibly the worst book of all time .. I thought I’d give this a whirl .. again what’s happened Patricia ? Nothing happens it’s just so tedious .. go back to what made you successful and stop experimenting you aren’t any good at it ... I’ve listened to 100’s of audio books and I never leave reviews but I had to tell people not to waste 10 + hours listening to chaos or this turkey quantum ... it’s awful