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 eadly onsequences.

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 reveals that failure means catastrophe—not just for the space program but for the safety of the whole nation.
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Published October 1st 2019 by Thomas & Mercer

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She may have needed frigid temperatures to advance her plot, but it made the hole story suspect.All in all, his nove wa no redeeming qualities.

I coul see why it was accepte for free.

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Luckil, hat ha the nd of the excitement.While it is evident Ms Cornwell is a ery accomplished writer, a essa left me uncomfortabl and even bored throughout.

And agai 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 a book or her writing style I do n't like.

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We ’ ll say 3.75 stars for a sluggish start.After a hiatus from her successful forensic series, Patricia Cornwell returns with ovel that woul have readers reaching for the stars in the middle of this impactful crime thriller.

While many did not enjoy this ovel, the concept grew on me by the end and I am ready to recommend it to those who enjoy something scientific alongside their crime thrillers.I have long been a fan of Cornwell and her Scarpetta series.

While those novels did begin to lag after a time, I wil see a great deal of effort went into their creation.

This space-themed crime thriller novel has all the ngredients for the write to reinvent herself, with a curious cast of characters and th great deal of research having gone into the narrative.

Calli Chase proves to be orthwhile character and serves well in the role of protagonist.

I am ot sure what it is, as I do actuall remember having this issue with Kay Scarpetta, but ealise that it may take me some time to connect properly with Calli.

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Calli works with a phobic detective; has a brilliant sister; and experiences angst about a man.

Right now Calli- who works for NASA as a pilot, physicist, and cop- is concerned about a piece of hardware about to be nstalled on the International Space Station ( ISS).

Crucially, his disappearance followed a public confrontatio with Calli 's sister Carme, who told Noah off outside a Houston bar on Halloween night.- Then yesterday, on the eve of the quantum device 's deployment, an aerospace engineer named Vera Young- who ALSO works for Pandora Space Systems- reported her security badge stolen.

As a tal unfolds, Calli is anxious about the quantum device, worried about Carme, and disturbed by the secretiveness of her former boss and mentor.

I learned afterwards that Cornwell planned Quantum as a two-book series, so readers who nee to feel he whole story will ave to read both novels.

I 'm thrilled that Cornwell is going in a new direction, and I like the space science/astronaut angle.

Leading up to the installation of the quantum device, for instanc, Calli counts down the nine hours to deployment while she frets about things that are bothering her, as detailed above.

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ears ago I as a huge Patricia Cornwell fan.

Accordingly, after time, I grew to dislike the characters in thi series.

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However, I " got " enough of the gist for it to e this good story- an exciting one, even- so in the nd, it ha an enjoyable experience and I wo n't esitate to snap up the next entry ( if no 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 he tory 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 more nteresting).

Should either event go wrong, the onsequences ould 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.

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