Med crime thriller novel has all the ingredients for the author to reinvent herself with a curious cast of characters and a great deal of research having gone into the narrative Calli Chase proves to be an worthwhile character and serves well in the role of protagonist Her strong belief in the law and order resonated with me as did her mathematical uirks that surface throughout the novel However there were times that I felt a significant disconnect I am not sure what it is as I do not remember having this issue with Kay Scarpetta but realise that it may take me some time to connect properly with Calli Her backstory and character development were both present throughout offering some arly tidbit on which Cornwell can build I hope for reveals to nsure Callisto Chase is not just another character whose uniue name is the sole reason she stands out Other characters grace the pages of this book and prove to be ntertaining though they also proved to be lukewarm at times The multiple plots are strong and the ideas are there but the delivery though the characters was significantly lacking As a story there was a great deal of potential here though things fell flat arly I scanned Goodreads and noticed others felt the same way Thankfully I held on as things did get better and I was able to feel confident in finishing this piece Such class and past success as an author should not deter Patricia Cornwell though I would hope that this is just a rut and not the new face of a talented writer I have njoyed for a long timeKudos Madam Cornwell for trying something new Not sure if it worked though some of my other favourites are stumbling these days Perhaps it is just a phaseLikehate the review An Entranced (The Donovan Legacy, ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge Charles van BurenA thrillermystery which uickly became tiresomeSeptember 5 2019Verified PurchaseFormat Kindle EditionReview of KindleditionPublication 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 xcept 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 xcellent command of the language but that does not prevent tedium The gimmick used in the Kindle dition can not dissipate the problems Here is the uote from the beginning of the book about the gimmick Two Ways to Read This book features animation On compatible devices you can control this xperience using the Show Media option in the Aa menu No storyline spoilers I just finished this book and am unhappy that I wasted a few hours reading it I feel 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 ntire thing was written with sentence fragments And so annoying That I was beyond distracted Having to keep reading the ach 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 ven 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 nding and the next one doesn t come out until October 2020 Again this feels arrogant This wasn t book 172 of the Kay Scarpetta 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 199 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 uite boring until the last 40 pages The author drilled on and on about uantum physics trying to xplain things I don t ver 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 Buried excitement in math Next after reading over 200 pages I still knew nothing about the characters which made them very uninteresting Do people with a doctorate in uantum physics and 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 friendcoworker which the author never finished telling Lastly the book has nonding It finally gets a little xciting in the last few pages then boom it s over The things that were wrapped up were things that had just happened at the nd and all I could think was who cares Years ago I was a huge Patricia Cornwell fan I read very book the moment they hit the shelves and still have many of the arlier ones on my library shelf today However after time I grew to dislike the characters in the series They never grew changed worked on their flaws to the point that they became unbelievable and really horribly boring SO when I saw that Cornwell had a new series one not aimed at teens I thought I would give it a shot After all it was her writing that I liked so many years ago right After a few chapters I realized that the characters were the same but with different names different locations different jobs but still xactly the same The cop who was terribly flawed The genius workaholic who was so gifted that no one got them Yeah I ve read their stories before I didn t want to read them again So I won t and I suggest that you not bother with it ither So sad Patricia Cornwell s long running Kay Scarpetta series is about a talented medical xaminer who helps catch sadistic killers Kay works with a thorny detective has a brilliant niece and xperiences angst about her man Cornwell s new book uantum goes in a different direction but has a similar vibe The main character Air Force Captain Calli Chase is a talented scientist and NASA security xpert who s trying to catch a possible saboteur Calli works with a phobic detective has a brilliant sister and xperiences angst about a man Calli and her identical twin sister Carme are geniuses who whizzed through school and began college at the age of fifteen Both girls have an interest in aerospace science and aspire to be astronauts Right now Calli who works for NASA Hysicist and cybercrime investigator Calli knows that a looming blizzard and government shutdown could provide the perfect cover for sabotage with deadly conseuencesAs 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
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 xcuse It s been a long time since I read a Patricia Cornwell mystery but I remember them as fast paced with interesting characters uantum has none of those ualitiesThis 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 ither hostile and damaged or A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, else totally lacking in any distinguishing characteristicsMaybe 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 suspectAll in all this book had no redeeming ualities I can see why it was offered for free To add insult to injury the underlying mystery wasn tven solved but if you think I am coming back for the conclusion in Book 2 you are mistaken Even for free There are a few authors for whom I ll move heaven and The Shadow Reader earth to carve outnough time to read their latest Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies 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 venjoyed the author s xploits 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 uantum 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 nough of the gist for it to be a good story an The Power Of A Choice exciting oneven so in the nd it was an njoyable xperience and I won t hesitate to snap up the next ntry if only to see if and how the cliffhanger in this one is resolvedCalli 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 The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right 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 thevents Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling 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 sxpected to initiate a revolutionary uantum network whatever that is Should Monsieur Pain eithervent go wrong the conseuences could be direIn the secret underground room at NASA Calli finds vidence that someone has somehow gained unauthorized ntry voking uestions of who when and perhaps most important why From that point on things go from bad to worse a NASA mployee who arlier 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 ver closer the it becomes clear to Calli that something really bad is about to happenThe fact that her sister hasn t been seen or heard from in some time adds yet another dimension to the dilemma where on Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. earth or beyond has Carme gone And is she somehow caught up in the potentially disastrousvents about to unfold These and other uestions 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 ndears ither 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 ffectiveness In the nd I can t say I developed a real fondness for any of the characters here but they re intriguing Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, enough that as I said at the beginning I ll give the next one a try for sure I can t believe Patricia Cornwell wrote this I started reading this on Kindle Unlimited and kept thinking I skipped a page or missed a paragraph NOTHING made sense so choppy purposefully vague and misleading completely notngaging at all I stopped reading after literally nothing had happened literally spent pages on her walking thru the underground secret tunnel ok maybe that s a scene setter walking in the parking lot walking into her office walking back to the car Il morto di Maigret etc Don t bother it s AWFUL We ll say 375 stars for a sluggish startAfter a hiatus from her successful forensic series Patricia Cornwell returns with a novel that will have readers reaching for the stars in the middle of this impactful crime thriller Captain Callisto Calli Chase gave up a promising career in the military to help her family She was able to land on her feet serving within the NASA police in Virginia While out investigating an alarm within the facility Callie comes across some forensic material that leaves her baffled When one of NASA s scientific contractors is found dead in her room from an apparent suicide Calli takes notice What starts out looking like a simple cry for help does not make sense the pieces come together The note left for others to find the state of the bodyven the last meal laid out on the table It all points to something that s been staged While she is trying to juggle her workplace situation Calli is brought up to speed that her twin sister Carme is wanted for uestioning in the disappearance of a man she was seen to have had words with not too long before Unable to locate Carme Calli struggles as she remembers the key vent in their past that drove a wedge between them as twins and sisters While Calli is certain there is a killer on the loose within the NASA facility she must remain calm and do all she can in order not to show her hand while inside the terror mounts An interesting return by Cornwell with an ntirely new concept While many did not njoy this novel the concept grew on me by the nd and I am ready to recommend it to those who Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional System, Third Edition enjoy something scientific alongside their crime thrillersI have long been a fan of Cornwell and her Scarpetta series While those novels did begin to lag after a time I could see a great deal offfort went into their creation When I heard that Cornwell was going to try her hand at something new I was a little surprised as Scarpetta was not yet tied off This space the. International bestselling author Patricia Cornwell delivers pulse pounding thrills in a series featuring a brilliant and unusual new heroine cutting Billionaires Contract Engagement (Kings of the Boardroom edge cybertechnology and stakes that are astronomically highOn theve 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 uantum
S a pilot physicist and cop is concerned about a piece of hardware about to be installed on the International Space Station ISS In nine hours astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer will deploy a Low Earth Atmospheric Reader LEAR that was developed by a group of Iowa high school students To witness the Sexual Secrets event the students and their teacher have come to NASA s Langley Research Center in Virginia where they ll watch the live feed and celebrate with the scientists Except the astronauts AREN T REALLY installing the LEAR Known only to Calli and a few other people the astronauts are deploying a top secret uantum device that will place the United States at the apex of uantum computing far ahead of other nations At about the same time as the installation of the uantum device a rocket is being launched to the ISS The rocket contains routine space station supplies as well as Christmas goodies for the astronauts In the midst of all these NASA activities Calli s Spidey sense has been alerted by several alarmingvents A couple of months ago an aeronautical ngineer named Noah Bishop who works for a NASA contractor called Pandora Space Systems went missing Moreover his disappearance followed a public altercation with Calli s sister Carme who told Noah off outside a Houston bar on Halloween night Then yesterday on the ve of the uantum device s deployment an aerospace ngineer named Vera Young who ALSO works for Pandora Space Systems reported her security badge stolen The badge allows access to all parts of NASA and a freak security alert leads Calli to believe that someone used the badge to access an off limits tunnel at Langley Afterwards Vera Young was found dead an apparent suicide Calli and her claustrophobic detective friend Fran Lacey investigate Young s death and discover clues that points to murder Further vidence demonstrates that someone tampered with the crime scene These occurrences and the fact that Carme Chase has gone off grid and can t be located make Calli VERY uneasy She fears that someone is trying to disrupt the deployment of the uantum device In addition she s afraid that Carme a technology whiz and cyperspace xpert who s always been something of a rebellious brat might have gotten herself into some shady businessperhaps ven murder Interspersed with this narrative are flashbacks to scenes where Calli and Carme are six year old children and Carme has a frightening Purely Sexual experience with a friend of the family Calli blames herself for this incident and it affects the sisters relationship going forward It may alsoxplain some of Carme s bad behavior Further we get hints that Calli has feelings for Carme s boyfriend who may on occasion have mistaken one sister for the other As the story unfolds Calli is anxious about the uantum device worried about Carme and disturbed by the secretiveness of her former boss and mentor As it turns out Calli has good reason to worry There s plenty of The West Transformed: A History of Western Civilization, Vol 1, to 1715 excitement as the story builds to a climax after which the booknds on a HUGE CLIFFHANGER which I didn t xpect I learned afterwards that Cornwell planned uantum as a two book series so readers who want to know the whole story will have to read both novels I have mixed feelings about this book I m glad that Cornwell is going in a new direction and I like the space scienceastronaut angle However uantum has a thin plot with a lot of padding that s both unnecessary and tedious Leading up to the installation of the uantum device for xample Calli counts down the nine hours to deployment while she frets about things that are bothering her as detailed above Thus part of the book reads something like this I m paraphrasing Time to deployment 8 hours 58 minutes 4 seconds Calli takes a shower and worries 8 hours 42 minutes 30 seconds Calli gets dressed and worries 8 hours 16 minutes 19 seconds Calli collects her backpack and worries 8 hours 6 minutes 51 seconds Calli gets into her SUV and worries 7 hours 55 minutes 34 seconds Calli drives to Langley and worriesand so onIn any case I plan to give Cornwell a chance to develop this series and I ll read the second book when it comes out So stay tuned and give this book a shot if it sounds intriguing You can follow my reviews at 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 specially via her Scarpetta series had me very xcited to pick this up as a First Reads selection Sadly that was the nd of the xcitementWhile it is vident Ms Cornwell is a very accomplished writer this book left me frustrated and ven bored throughout There are lots and lots of veiled hints at past The Anathema Cell events that just become plain irritating Some which seem significant turn out apparently trivial and some which are barely mentioned seem to have been majorvents None of them are xplained properly leaving them as just annoying little open uestions by the nd of the bookThen there is Captain Chase and her circle of acuaintances Our heroine is ridiculously intellectual and stupidly nerdy Supposedly a woman with a triple career of astrophysicist or something similar NASA police investigator Pookie-Pie 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 ofnclosed spaces brought about by some monumental vent of three years ago about which we never learn a thing is ven less believable And then there is her former mentor commanding officer weird daddy figure who is far too devious and calculating by halfI 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 What a difficult book I give it 15 stars It was an Calling Home exhausting read and I used it to help me fall asleep which wasffective 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 vents and xperiences 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 very bit of the story the author doesn t ven 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 didI am just glad it s over and now will search for some really great literature that delights my motions and senses something this novel failed miserably to delive. Een MIA for daysDesperate 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 rratic 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 natio.
Patricia Cornwell sold her first novel Postmortem in 1990 while working as a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond Virginia Postmortem was the first bona fide forensic thriller It paved the way for an explosion of entertainment featuring in all things forensic across film television and literature Postmortem would go on to win the Edgar Creasey Anthony