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Quantum 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. Years ago I was a huge Patricia Cornwell fan I read every book the moment they hit the shelves and still have many of the earlier 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 exactly 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 either So sad. 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. 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.

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