!!> Reading ➽ Quantum ➶ Author Patricia Cornwell – Alwaysonltd.co.uk
Charles van BurenA thriller mystery which quickly became tiresomeSeptember 5, 2019Verified PurchaseFormat Kindle EditionReview of Kindle editionPublication date October 1, 2019Publisher Thomas MercerLanguage EnglishASIN B07BN2WGGJ353 mostly dreary psgesI 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 they advance the plot at all, do so minisculely At 70 to 75% percent into the book, I still wasn t completely sure what was happening except that it had been built up to be something very bad and dramatic Then the book stopped without real resolution I suppose there will be a second volume but I won t be reading it Cornwell has an excellent command of the language but that does not prevent tedium The gimmick used in the Kindle edition can not dissipate the problems Here is the quote from the beginning of the book about the gimmick Two Ways to Read This book features animation On compatible devices, you can control this experience using the Show Media option in the Aa menu. 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 irritating Some which seem significant turn out apparently trivial, and some which are barely mentioned seem to have been major events None of them are explained properly, leaving them as just annoying little open questions by the end of the book.Then there is Captain Chase and her circle of acquaintances Our heroine is ridiculously intellectual and stupidly nerdy Supposedly a woman with a triple career of astrophysicist or something similar , NASA police investigator extraordinaire and astronaut in waiting, she persists in showing us, the readers, how much cleverer than us she is and to be frank it s just annoying and dull Her friend the local hard nosed chief of police with the irrational fear of enclosed spaces brought about by some monumental event of three years ago about which we never learn a thing , is even less believable And then there is her former mentor commanding officer weird daddy figure, who is far too devious and calculating by half.I suppose I really should try Cornwell s best known series and see if it s just this book or her writing style I don t like This one, though, I thought was a poor story with poor characters written in a very pedestrian style with far too much geek speak , and it really is not for me at all. 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 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 of the pages Rather, this is the first in a new series featuring Captain Calli Chase, a NASA pilot, quantum physicist and cybercrime investigator whew The first thing that came to mind when I finished is that the amount of research that went into the writing of this book must have been staggering But as a reader, aye, there s the rub the subject matter was just too technical for my brain to fully understand the details of what was going on Still, I got enough of the gist for it to be a good story an exciting one, even so in the end, it was an enjoyable experience and I won t hesitate to snap up the next entry if only to see if and how the cliffhanger in this one is resolved.Calli has an identical twin sister Carme, a fighter pilot both come from scientifically gifted parents from whom they inherited their considerable abilities and with whom Calli still lives As the story unfolds, Calli gets an alert of a possible cybersecurity breach, and she and partner Fran head to what seems like the bowels of the earth a tunnel at NASA Langley in Hampton, Virginia as an aside, having spent a fair amount of vacation time in the Hampton area, references to places I ve been made the events even interesting The breach is doubly concerning because in a couple of days, a rocket is scheduled for launch on the same day as a spacewalk during which astronauts will attach a top secret high tech node that s expected to initiate a revolutionary quantum network whatever that is Should either event go wrong, the consequences could be dire.In the secret underground room at NASA, Calli finds evidence that someone has somehow gained unauthorized entry evoking questions of who, when and, perhaps most important, why From that point on, things go from bad to worse a NASA employee who earlier reported her badge stolen turns up dead, an apparent suicide, but Callie s sleuthing tells a very different story As the time of the rocket launch and spacewalk grow ever closer, the it becomes clear to Calli that something really bad is about to happen.The fact that her sister hasn t been seen or heard from in some time adds yet another dimension to the dilemma where on earth or beyond has Carme gone And is she somehow caught up in the potentially disastrous events about to unfold These and other questions dog Calli, who constantly channels the angst of the always over thinking Dr Scarpetta much to my dismay since it isn t a characteristic that endears either of them to me Oh yes an animation feature called Kindle in Motion is an option for select Kindle versions, but that didn t interest me a whit so I can t speak to its effectiveness In the end, I can t say I developed a real fondness for any of the characters here but they re intriguing enough that, as I said at the beginning, I ll give the next one a try for sure. 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 mishmash of technobabble and paranoia with a few mysteries that barely kept my interest The narrator s suspicions and traumas from her past are offered as very poor substitutes for social interaction Every single character was either hostile and damaged or else totally lacking in any distinguishing characteristics.Maybe Cornwell was trying to show off what she had learned in her 2 years of research, but she could surely have gotten the number of calories in a doughnut right 200, not 100 Meanwhile she portrayed the winter temperatures in the Langley Wallops Island region of Virginia as if it were Saskatchewan She may have needed frigid temperatures to advance her plot, but it made the whole story suspect.All in all, this book had no redeeming qualities I can see why it was offered for free To add insult to injury, the underlying mystery wasn t even solved, but if you think I am coming back for the conclusion in Book 2, you are mistaken Even for free. Got this free as 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 No storyline spoilers I just finished this book and am unhappy that I wasted a few hours reading it I have this feeling 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 unsure if I had missed something And I couldn t stop rereading Since it made no sense I can t even do it the way she did But it drove me crazy The other big thing that really ticked me off is that the book had no ending and the next one doesn t one doesn t come out until October 2020 Again, this feels arrogant This wasn t book 172 of the Kay Scarlett s series that I don t mind waiting a year for If your going to introduce a new story and want people to care when book 2 comes out don t wait a year She should have held this one back so they would come out closer together But I guess she can count on sales because of who she is so it doesn t matter to her Luckily I only paid 1.99 from Kindle I would be furious if I d paid full price and I won t be buying the next one without reading reviews first The book was quite boring until the last 40 pages The author drilled on and on about quantum physics, trying to explain things I don t ever want to understand, things that turned out not to be particularly relevant to the book I found learning about forensics interesting but there s no real excitement in math Next, after reading over 200 pages, I still new nothing about the characters which made them very uninteresting Do people with a doctorate in quantum physics who work on making spacecraft safe at NASA, who design advanced telecommunications and want to be astronauts also work as NASA police and crime investigators, both full time Really There were flashbacks, written in italics throughout the book, telling 3 different stories One about the protagonist and her twin, which was interesting and probably relevant to the next book, a year from now One about her alone, a way too long story about cutting her finger so we know why she has a scar on her finger tip, and the third about a friend coworker which the author never finished telling Lastly, the book had no ending It finally gets a little exciting in the last few pages, then boom, it s over The things that were wrapped up were things that had just happened and all I could think was who cares 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 of it is a little round the houses and back again, there s a lot of information thrown in via the main protagonist s very random thought processes It is almost existential in nature but the subject matter is highly intriguing all done within a claustrophobic and often quite creepy setting and I found myself caught up in it almost without even noticing.It does have a cliffhanger ending that resolves very little but this actually didn t annoy me at all given that I m now fully immersed in Callie s world and will be along for the whole of the ride.I do think Quantum mechanics will probably always remain beyond me but the descriptive sense of this is very accessible and therefore compelling and there s plenty of mystery to keep me happy.Yes Ok then I ll look forward to the next and as that s something I never thought I d say about this author again I m extremely happy to be proved wrong Bring it on. 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 well, of course, with a quick wit, a beauty queen, and has the ability to use phrases as answers and a varied knowledge of car makes and models. 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. 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 annoying monologues about her past that interrupt what could have been a good story At first I thought it would calm down, but it didn t As a result, not only did I not like the main character, Calli, but often wondered if the twin was an alternate personality, until the scar confirmed otherwise Then, to add insult to injury, after making the reader work for every bit of the story, the author doesn t even have the decency to finish it I will not read the next installment because, frankly, I couldn t care less about Calli and her twin, and why she was doing what she did.I am just glad it s over and now will search for some really great literature that delights my emotions and senses something this novel failed miserably to deliver.