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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
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Summary

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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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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What has happened to Patricia Cornwell

I have been a fan since the very first book and have never missed a title. However the most recent Scarpetta books have a vein of paranoia and increasing the main characters have become flat and unpleasant I bought this book with hope for a new set of characters/situations which a fresh start might bring but no the same unsettling paranoia abounds, characters who just lie or dissemble with little redeeming features. Smug use of technical knowledge is everywhere wasting space, energy and patience and the repeated use of a countdown clock is irritating and lazy build your tension with words not gimmicks. I truly don’t know what to do, continue buying Cornwell books or give up on a favorite author?

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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

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Stop with the internal monologue PLEASE

I had really high hopes for this book. Premise sounded interesting, the new character should be really interesting, but, why oh why, the pages and pages of internal dialogue, over thinking everything, making every action and event have some deep meaning. I had to bail after a few chapters not caring about the story or the characters.

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Disappointing

I used to love Cornwell. This book was awful. By 6 hours in all that had happened was 1 suspicious suicide. By the end I was none the wiser as to what it was all about.

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Wait!!! What?

This was phenomenal, as I expected it to be. I have always loved Patricia Cornwell writing and this was no exception.

There’s more to know about this story... I’m going to look for it! I want to know more about Callie and Carma and what happens. This was a breath catching listen and kept me in the edge of my seat through the whole book!

It’s well worth the time!

January LaVoy was an excellent choice of narrator and the characters were easily distinguishable.

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disappointing

nothing really happened, characters were thin and didn't really engender any emotion. ended feeling let down and bored.

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Utterly Disappointed

Wish I’d read the other reviews before purchasing.
Having read/listened to all of Patricia Cornwell other books, I was expecting a story with come to life characters and gripping plot and twists and turns to rival the best roller coater. However, I gave up after 5 chapters as I’d lost interest!

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Below par for Patricia Cornwell

in attempting too much detail, the story line meanders to a conclusion. Such a shame as every Scarpetta book was a good read.

Had audible employed any quality control, the chapters would be correctly marked.

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Not good

I made a bad choice here. I struggled to finish it. The story line is almost non-existent.

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  • Emily Ensor-Shaffer
  • 12-10-19

Pointless, Boring, and Unsympathetic Characters

This book's biggest flaw is that there was no ending. We have a possible intruder on a military base and later a murder. Neither one of which are solved in the course of the story. I see that this is book one of the series, but each book should be encapsulated meaning it is a complete story in it's own right.

The story seems to take place mainly in the protagonists head. There's a lot of whining and emotional crap going on showing the main character to be very distracted from her job. There's too much family drama for this to be considered a thriller. There were no chase scenes there wasn't much of an investigation into a suspicious death and ultimately nothing happened all the questions remain on answered.

Second there seem to be a lot of pointless exposition and detailed description that did nothing to further the plot. There were flashbacks that seemed unnecessary and it was hard to tell when the story was taking place in the present and when it was taking place in the past. I assume in written form the text is italicized or in someway indicates that the scene is a flashback.

Her early works were so good & I vaguely remember a satirical series that was pithy.

This was just bad.

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  • Tammy
  • 14-10-19

Do not buy this book

I usually love Patricia Cornwell books, but this book was horrible. No real story just almost random thoughts. Skips all around. No development of characters and no development of the plot. Even ended without an ending. Listening to this book was pure torture. Don’t waste your money.

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  • Maison D’etre
  • 12-10-19

Confused and unresolved

I normally love this author, but this book reads more like a rough draft, or the first half of a book. Much of the NASA talk seems implausible, and the protagonist is riddled with self-doubt. It makes me miss confident, sensible, and sometimes crusty Scarpetta. I’m hoping she either returns or Capt Chase gets some resilience lessons from her.

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  • Great Tutu Kona
  • 25-10-19

Tihis is a joke, right? Quantum, my patootie !

I couldn't finish this dog. There is no dialogue, no continuity, no characters, no plot, I was six chapters in when it dawned on me that all I'd heard was she was in a tunnel. How do people get away with this crap?

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  • Lee
  • 16-10-19

Not worth the time or money

I read three other books before finishing this. At times the details were so long I forgot what was going on. I kept wishing it would get better. Save yourself and don’t buy this book. Keep looking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-19

Disappointing

Overly descriptive to the point I got bored listening. Can’t believe Ms PC wrote this

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  • Texas_Girl200
  • 07-10-19

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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  • Wayne
  • 02-10-19

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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  • Cyndie Stevens
  • 05-10-19

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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  • jodie
  • 05-10-19

Poor book

Was one of the worst books I have read. To much of the main character thoughts, did NOT wrap up the deaths, missing sister, etc. very poor.

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