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Captain Calli Chase races against time to thwart a plot that leaves the fate of humanity hanging in the balance in this new thriller from international bestselling author Patricia Cornwell. In the aftermath of a NASA rocket launch gone terribly wrong, Captain Calli Chase comes face-to-face with her missing twin sister—as well as the startling truth of who they really are. N Captain Calli Chase races against time to thwart a plot that leaves the fate of humanity hanging in the balance in this new thriller from international bestselling author Patricia Cornwell. In the aftermath of a NASA rocket launch gone terribly wrong, Captain Calli Chase comes face-to-face with her missing twin sister—as well as the startling truth of who they really are. Now, a top secret program put in motion years ago has spun out of control, and only Calli can redirect its course. Aided by cutting-edge technologies, the NASA investigator and scientist turned Space Force pilot sets out on a frantic search for the missing link between the sabotaged rocket launch and her predetermined destiny…a search that someone else seems very interested in stopping. From NASA to the Chase family farm, to the White House to distant orbits of space, Calli plays a high-stakes game of hide-and-seek with a cunning and ruthless adversary. One wrong move will unleash cataclysmic consequences reaching far beyond the boundaries of Earth. This heart-pounding Captain Chase thriller from Patricia Cornwell will leave readers desperate for more.


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Captain Calli Chase races against time to thwart a plot that leaves the fate of humanity hanging in the balance in this new thriller from international bestselling author Patricia Cornwell. In the aftermath of a NASA rocket launch gone terribly wrong, Captain Calli Chase comes face-to-face with her missing twin sister—as well as the startling truth of who they really are. N Captain Calli Chase races against time to thwart a plot that leaves the fate of humanity hanging in the balance in this new thriller from international bestselling author Patricia Cornwell. In the aftermath of a NASA rocket launch gone terribly wrong, Captain Calli Chase comes face-to-face with her missing twin sister—as well as the startling truth of who they really are. Now, a top secret program put in motion years ago has spun out of control, and only Calli can redirect its course. Aided by cutting-edge technologies, the NASA investigator and scientist turned Space Force pilot sets out on a frantic search for the missing link between the sabotaged rocket launch and her predetermined destiny…a search that someone else seems very interested in stopping. From NASA to the Chase family farm, to the White House to distant orbits of space, Calli plays a high-stakes game of hide-and-seek with a cunning and ruthless adversary. One wrong move will unleash cataclysmic consequences reaching far beyond the boundaries of Earth. This heart-pounding Captain Chase thriller from Patricia Cornwell will leave readers desperate for more.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Master storyteller Patricia Cornwell is back with the second book in her Captain Chase series. Pulling the reader into the middle of a cyber-tech thriller, Cornwell uses the exciting world of space and the threat to NASA as a whole to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Building on the momentum from the opening novel in the series, Quantum, Cornwell utilises her masterful way of developing a plot to make Spin a novel that is a must-read for those who love her style. A member of the US Space Master storyteller Patricia Cornwell is back with the second book in her Captain Chase series. Pulling the reader into the middle of a cyber-tech thriller, Cornwell uses the exciting world of space and the threat to NASA as a whole to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Building on the momentum from the opening novel in the series, Quantum, Cornwell utilises her masterful way of developing a plot to make Spin a novel that is a must-read for those who love her style. A member of the US Space Force, Captain Calli Chase is following up on a lead involving a murder at a NASA testing facility. Trapping in the middle of a snowstorm, Chase finds herself feeling testy and significantly on edge when she is targeted by a potential killer and saved only when her twin sister, Carme, appears out of nowhere. Before Calli knows what’s going on, she’s drugged and whisked away to a facility, where she is given more upgrades that she knows how to process. Emerging as a sort of Bionic Woman, Captain Chase is now armed and ready to work at new levels, as she seeks to assemble all the pieces to help her crack the case wide open. With everything literally at her fingertips, Calli is tasked with locating a young boy who has hacked into NASA and procured a special computer chip, one that could have significant consequences if it falls into the wrong hands. While the lad denies being guilty of anything, the jury is still out. With this chip, control of the internet and other significant technologies could be changed forever. Calli learns that one woman, Neva Rong, has sinister plans when she gets her hands on the chip and will stop at nothing to get it. As tensions mount, Chase will have to protect the boy and try not to show her cards before it’s time. Rong’s power has already been seen, as she is likely the culprit behind the murder at the NASA facility. Rong’s power in the aerospace world and connections all the way up the political ladder makes her even more deadly, while Chase seeks to reveal all before it’s too late. There is no doubt that Patricia Cornwell did extensive research for this book, having proven that she understands the topic throughout both novels. She is also not one to slowly offer what she knows, for spoonfeeding has never been what she does best. That said, it is also not presented in a condescending manner. Rather, space becomes exciting in this tech-thriller, for those who have a penchant for all things scientific. Calli Chase is a likeable character, or so it would seem. She is on point when it comes to her navigation throughout the book and she handles much of what is tossed before her. While she wrestles to understand how she fits into the larger picture, Calli does well to dodge the major issues that occur throughout this piece. The reader will find her learning much about herself, as well as a past she did not know existed. Cornwell does well to develop a number of other characters throughout the piece, keeping them all complementary of Captain Chase, but never putting the protagonist on too high a pedestal. Cornwell develops her characters to entice the reader, contrasting well with one another at various points. The reader can learn much about the story and Captain Chase through those who cross her path throughout this piece. While many have come to know Patricia Cornwell for her Kay Scarpetta character, this is far from that domain. While both women thrive on action, Captain Calli Chase is nothing like literary predecessor. Cornwell has taken things in a significantly different direction here and thrives on making waves in a new and exciting domain. Some will love it and others will likely find it too ‘techy’ for their liking. The writing is comprehensive and the plot is somewhat easy to decipher. However, if the reader’s interest is not space, technology, or artificial intelligence, this book may implode before the plot is able to capture their attention. With mid-length chapters, Cornwell develops her story well and tries to keep things on the level, but it missed the mark for me, in that I could not find myself wholly invested. I enjoyed parts of it, but felt out of my element in others. Still, it was a decent effort, even if it’s not entirely my sort of book. Kudos, Madam Cornwell, for a great leap away from the type of writing I have come to expect from you. While it did not engage me as much, I hope you find many fans and keep your readers guessing where things are headed next. Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    This second book in the 'Captain Chase' series opens soon after the dramatic conclusion of the first novel Quantum. The stories should be read in order. ***** Captain Calli Chase and her identical twin sister Carme are savants who have an interest in aerospace science and aspire to be astronauts. Both women are pilots, but their careers have taken different paths. Carme is in the Air Force and Calli is a scientist and NASA investigator. Since they were born, Calli and Carme have been groomed to be This second book in the 'Captain Chase' series opens soon after the dramatic conclusion of the first novel Quantum. The stories should be read in order. ***** Captain Calli Chase and her identical twin sister Carme are savants who have an interest in aerospace science and aspire to be astronauts. Both women are pilots, but their careers have taken different paths. Carme is in the Air Force and Calli is a scientist and NASA investigator. Since they were born, Calli and Carme have been groomed to be prototypes for merging cutting edge technology and AI with humans, and that plan is now being brought to fruition under the auspices of four-star Space Force General Richard Melville (Dick)..... .....and the girls' parents, both of whom are employed by NASA. It's critical to 'upgrade' Calli and Carme now because evil billionaire Neva Rong, who runs a corporation called Pandora, is poised to co-opt the internet, industry, technology, and space for her own nefarious purposes. Neva has inveigled powerful people into her schemes - including government bigwigs - and is able to steal, murder and manipulate without any blowback. Dick is trying to stop Neva, and he needs Calli and Carme to assist him. Thus both women are implanted with advanced technology throughout their bodies, including an AI called ART. ART is connected to a quantum computer, and can pull up and analyze information in milliseconds. ART relays information by way of 'talking' on a mobile phone or - if there's a need for secrecy - displaying information on special contact lenses worn by Calli and Carme. (Note: the implanted technology, and what it does - like monitoring body functions, opening locks, functioning as a GPS, communicating with drones, sending information to Dick, and so on - is described in detail.) Neva Rong knows that Calli, Carme and their parents are involved in a plan to neutralize her, and she means to wipe them out. To get inside information about the Chases, Neva is trying to use a 10-year-old boy genius named Lex, who's being mentored by Calli and Carme's father. Mr. Chase always wanted a son and tends to share more with the boy than he should. Though Lex is exceptionally gifted, he's also a mischievous kid, and his shenanigans cause BIG trouble at NASA's Langley Research Center. Calli narrates the story, and she describes one dramatic situation after another as she chases an errant Lex; is repeatedly stalked and attacked by killers; goes to a meeting in the White House; is sent on a mission that could alter the future of humanity; and more. Calli also talks about her food cravings, body image, conversations with Dick, Carme and her parents, Lex's less-than-ideal home situation, and so on....all of which serves to personalize Calli and make her more interesting. The author clearly did intensive research for this novel, and Cornwell describes myriad kinds of engineering, satellites, aircraft, spacecraft, etc. in detail. Cornwell also employs innumerable acronyms, which are hard to remember. I could have done with less of this tech talk, as it doesn't always advance the story. That said, this is an exciting futuristic tale that many sci-fi fans would enjoy. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot.com

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kodakjack

    Patricia Cornwall/ Kay Scarpata were great until a couple of years ago. Either she or Kay have gone off the deep end!! The banter and mumbling, idiotic exchanges between Kay and her husband, let alone with her niece are asinine. Story lines become hard to follow and the interaction between characters make you struggle to finish the novels. I’m done with Patricia Cornwall. Too bad because the earlier novels were great.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karen Benedetto

    The 2nd Cornwell foray into "sci-fi" and it, like the first, is unreadable. Ugh. DNF. The 2nd Cornwell foray into "sci-fi" and it, like the first, is unreadable. Ugh. DNF.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sheryll

    A fun diversion I’ve enjoyed P Cornwall books in the past and generally find a fairly substantial plot — with this series the emphasis on NASA and science is a welcome shift, but the plot feels like it’s still waiting to warm up and get rolling. Even at the end, I was waiting for something of substance to say ah-ha, now we’re there, but instead there was another evil overture, a something is still coming kind of comment, like a come-on found in the previous book of this series. If you’re looking A fun diversion I’ve enjoyed P Cornwall books in the past and generally find a fairly substantial plot — with this series the emphasis on NASA and science is a welcome shift, but the plot feels like it’s still waiting to warm up and get rolling. Even at the end, I was waiting for something of substance to say ah-ha, now we’re there, but instead there was another evil overture, a something is still coming kind of comment, like a come-on found in the previous book of this series. If you’re looking for a fun run through NASA, and plot is less important than science kinds of things, then by all means this is a book for you.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Liz Senn

    Blinded me with Science Patricia Cornwell's two years spent in learning space and law enforcement tech speak and behaviors definitely paid off. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the technical jargon and numerous acronyms distracted me so much from the plot, that I think I kind of missed both it and any character development. Even setting aside any physical augmentation, Calli and her sister, didn't really engage me in a human way but more as walking super textbooks operating under marginal control fr Blinded me with Science Patricia Cornwell's two years spent in learning space and law enforcement tech speak and behaviors definitely paid off. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the technical jargon and numerous acronyms distracted me so much from the plot, that I think I kind of missed both it and any character development. Even setting aside any physical augmentation, Calli and her sister, didn't really engage me in a human way but more as walking super textbooks operating under marginal control from their handlers. Caricatures rather than believable characters abound. I guess, I just didn't feel it as emotionally as I would have expected. That being said, if there is another book, I would probably read it, if only to find out what the heck is going on and hopefully, that Never Wrong finally gets her comeuppance.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    FLIR MOBE PEQUOD BS SIS PEEPS SPIES AIR PONG ART Do you know what these acronyms stand for? I sure hope so, because these are just the ones I remember off the top of my head. This book needs an index for all the damn acronyms. I honestly think Patricia Cornwell spent more time thinking up clever acronyms than she did on the storyline. I don't mean to be hateful, and I'm a big fan of both her Scarpetta series and the first Chase book, but it seemed like this whole storyline was the introduction of all the FLIR MOBE PEQUOD BS SIS PEEPS SPIES AIR PONG ART Do you know what these acronyms stand for? I sure hope so, because these are just the ones I remember off the top of my head. This book needs an index for all the damn acronyms. I honestly think Patricia Cornwell spent more time thinking up clever acronyms than she did on the storyline. I don't mean to be hateful, and I'm a big fan of both her Scarpetta series and the first Chase book, but it seemed like this whole storyline was the introduction of all the different gadgets/acronyms meanwhile not much was actually happening in the story. There are 1, possibly 2, events in the book, but it reads more like the tech manual add-on to the end of the first book. It ends on a cliffhanger and I suspect there will be a book 3 to wrap it all up. I'll read a third book just to know the end of the story, but if it's anything like this one, I won't like it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ray Palen

    Patricia Cornwell is no one-trick pony. Arguably, she created the modern-day forensic thriller with her unmatched Scarpetta series (in my opinion, only author Kathy Reichs and her Bones series even comes close). Outside of some stand-alone work and shorter series, she has written what she knows best. That is until she came up with this terrific Captain Calli Chase series. Prior to releasing the first novel in this series, QUANTUM, Cornwell spent two years researching space, technology, and roboti Patricia Cornwell is no one-trick pony. Arguably, she created the modern-day forensic thriller with her unmatched Scarpetta series (in my opinion, only author Kathy Reichs and her Bones series even comes close). Outside of some stand-alone work and shorter series, she has written what she knows best. That is until she came up with this terrific Captain Calli Chase series. Prior to releasing the first novel in this series, QUANTUM, Cornwell spent two years researching space, technology, and robotics at Captain Calli Chase’s home base --- NASA’s Langley Research Center and studied cutting-edge law enforcement and security techniques with the Secret Service, the US Air Force, Space Force, NASA Protective Services, Scotland Yard, and Interpol. The outcome show the results of these efforts and the second release in the series, SPIN, is even better than the first novel! To begin with, Captain Calli Chase has a twin sister named Carme. They get along, for the most part, but Carme is the more out-going of the two with a slightly homicidal streak in her. Ever since the first novel, Carme has been on the loose while Calli is keeping up appearances in her role as a NASA investigator, scientist, and Space Force Pilot. For Calli and her leaders, things start out with a bang. A NASA rocket launch is hacked into by unknown forces and blows to bits, killing many people in the process. Not only will Calli have to spend the rest of the novel tracking down the guilty party but she will also learn more about who and her twin sister really are and what their true purpose is. Calli wakes up after an incident where her sister saves her from a maniac trying to kill her during a highly dangerous chase scene during a snowstorm to find herself restrained to a bed in an unknown chamber. She is there under the control of the man who she calls her boss, Dick Melville. Before he will let her go and investigate the NASA rocket launch, he must inform her about what her role is. He also lets her know that she will not be alone. Not only is Carme somewhere out her on a parallel mission but Calli is now equipped with a permanent smart device, worn through a pair of specialized contact lenses, called ART. She can correspond with ART who can show her things through the lenses that only she can see in addition to helping guide her new SMART supped up vehicle as a sort of super GPS. The on-going discussions with ART are some of the best parts of this novel. The only issue I have with SPIN is that it is acronym crazy --- admittedly so, as you will learn; but I would have liked to have had a glossary of the dozens of acronyms used within the story because it became distracting at times to try to remember them all. Well, if Calli Chase is the primary protagonist there must be an antagonist. In this case, it appears that this is the megalomaniacal billionaire Neva Rong whose own sister, Vera, was killed in the rocket blast. She works with the organization Pandora and may have ulterior motives in creating all this anarchy. For instance, she may be trying to pin the blame for hacking into the deadly rocket launch on a 10-year-old wunderkind named Lex Anderson who Calli’s father George had taken under his wing as the youngest and most brilliant intern working on a NASA project. Everything comes to a head in the high-octane finale where Captain Calli must take to space once again to confront an unknown object that was initially thought to be a satellite but now appears to be some sort of ship speeding towards the Space Station to take down vital communication between the governments of the world and access to outer space pathways. Those who have a love of classic literature will love the acronyms used for these unknown spacecrafts. SPIN finishes with a sort of cliffhanger in which our villain is revealed and Calli Chase discovers the lengths to which this deadly plot will go. It makes me glad that Patricia Cornwell has stepped away from her Scarpetta novels as I cannot wait to see what happens with the engaging Chase sisters next! Reviewed by Ray Palen for Criminal Element

  9. 4 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    Quantum, the first novel in this series, really appealed to me with its geeky science and intriguing characters and if anything I liked Spin even more as these aspects come into sharper focus. The rambly nature of the prose which in recent Scarpetta books didnt really work for that character, works brilliantly for Callie Chase – she tells her story immersively and really embraces this world of top secret NASA projects, shadowy assassins and awesomely cool technology. The build up and cliff hanger Quantum, the first novel in this series, really appealed to me with its geeky science and intriguing characters and if anything I liked Spin even more as these aspects come into sharper focus. The rambly nature of the prose which in recent Scarpetta books didnt really work for that character, works brilliantly for Callie Chase – she tells her story immersively and really embraces this world of top secret NASA projects, shadowy assassins and awesomely cool technology. The build up and cliff hanger in book one resolves itself into a clever, speculative “space race” tale that is genuinely compelling. I won’t pretend to understand the possibility of the technology described being real but it feels real and as Calli struggles to deal with her new reality you are with her all the way and Spin culminates in a race against time that had me devouring the last few chapters in short order. The ending this time allows for an ongoing showdown between good and evil, but who is on the right side here may well depend on your point of view. I thoroughly enjoyed this and look forward to more adventures with Captain Calli Chase.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Janine Downing

    I've been a big fan of the author's work over the years but I do not like this new series. I read the first one and didn't really enjoy it. When this latest one came out, I thought I give it a try and see if it was better. Read about a quarter of it, it took a weird "techy sci-fi" twist, and now I'm done trying to like it. I was repelled by the characters and their choices. And seriously, I can not forgive her naming a character " Neva Rong". Also, there are far too many acronyms and description I've been a big fan of the author's work over the years but I do not like this new series. I read the first one and didn't really enjoy it. When this latest one came out, I thought I give it a try and see if it was better. Read about a quarter of it, it took a weird "techy sci-fi" twist, and now I'm done trying to like it. I was repelled by the characters and their choices. And seriously, I can not forgive her naming a character " Neva Rong". Also, there are far too many acronyms and descriptions of firearms, and I really don't want to read about one more character " working her hands into nitrile gloves", or any type of gloves actually. But, if you enjoy detailed descriptions of guns and (hopefully) made up technology and characters with really questionable morals this may be the book for you. I'm hoping Ms. Cornwell writes something in the future that appeals to me like her early work does. Until then, I'll pass and leave this to those who enjoy this genre.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    Completely conflicted on this one. Plusses: some good writing, technological insights, some really good descriptions on the astronauts' experience, decent thrilling bits, interesting controlled life vs free will, human life vs artificial intelligence etc. Negatives: not a lot of character development; patchy pace; far, far too many acronyms; and a baddie called Neva Rong (Never Wrong). Honestly. This is the second book in the Calli Chase series and it was very readable but felt like what is, the Completely conflicted on this one. Plusses: some good writing, technological insights, some really good descriptions on the astronauts' experience, decent thrilling bits, interesting controlled life vs free will, human life vs artificial intelligence etc. Negatives: not a lot of character development; patchy pace; far, far too many acronyms; and a baddie called Neva Rong (Never Wrong). Honestly. This is the second book in the Calli Chase series and it was very readable but felt like what is, the middle book in a series which you really need to read all of for it to make sense.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ann Roesinger

    A Little Far Out There. I chose the title of my review for a number of reasons. Following Quantum I was prepared for a different take in this Cornwall book, ready to see things differently than my old pal, Kay Scarpetta. I waz prepared to find Calli and Carme continuing their " twindom dance" as they prepared to save the US from space age enemies. I had thought I could be comfortable as their NASA family solved 21st century issues. I was not prepared to find out the underlying truths about the pl A Little Far Out There. I chose the title of my review for a number of reasons. Following Quantum I was prepared for a different take in this Cornwall book, ready to see things differently than my old pal, Kay Scarpetta. I waz prepared to find Calli and Carme continuing their " twindom dance" as they prepared to save the US from space age enemies. I had thought I could be comfortable as their NASA family solved 21st century issues. I was not prepared to find out the underlying truths about the plans for Calli and Carme. At some points, I was ready to write off the story as just another ridiculous "sci fi" and close the book; hoping to pick up a new Scarpetta saga soon. Am I glad I did not abandon this ride. International and Corporate espionage combined with a healthy dose of AI ? I was back on board with Conwell and her characters! Spin provided and interesting and borderline believable mystery which leavez me waiting for Book Number 3!

  13. 5 out of 5

    A

    I wasn’t sure about the book when I started it. So many acronyms made my head spin. I decided to just read them as words phonetically and it made it so much easier to read. About 2/3 through the book I found it becoming much more interesting and looked forward to finishing it. However, there was no surprise ending which leads me to believe there is another book coming in the series. Only time will tell. I truly enjoyed her Scarpetta series and became a fan of her. I am glad the Chase series was I wasn’t sure about the book when I started it. So many acronyms made my head spin. I decided to just read them as words phonetically and it made it so much easier to read. About 2/3 through the book I found it becoming much more interesting and looked forward to finishing it. However, there was no surprise ending which leads me to believe there is another book coming in the series. Only time will tell. I truly enjoyed her Scarpetta series and became a fan of her. I am glad the Chase series was not her first.

  14. 4 out of 5

    JT

    I eagerly waited for this book to be released and was pleasantly surprised when it was released on Kindle Unlimited Read and Listen. I am a big Patricia Cornwell fan and January LaVoy is one of narrators I could listen to endlessly. This was book was easier to navigate than Quantum was just by layout. I have nothing negative to say about Spin at all. This is as close to a spoiler I will get...like Quantum it ends in a cliffhanger. I am not a big fan of this concept yet with this series it makes I eagerly waited for this book to be released and was pleasantly surprised when it was released on Kindle Unlimited Read and Listen. I am a big Patricia Cornwell fan and January LaVoy is one of narrators I could listen to endlessly. This was book was easier to navigate than Quantum was just by layout. I have nothing negative to say about Spin at all. This is as close to a spoiler I will get...like Quantum it ends in a cliffhanger. I am not a big fan of this concept yet with this series it makes sense. If you enjoy a bit of futuristic technology and lots of suspense this is wonderful read. My hope is that it doesn't take a whole year for the next installment of this awesome adventure.

  15. 4 out of 5

    sharon kay

    Better than the first. Not sure who this book is written for. Very p.g. Age 12+. I would have to say a serialized children's book. So if child likes space stories this book would be ok. Mixed up child, plus mixed up adults. Better than the first. Not sure who this book is written for. Very p.g. Age 12+. I would have to say a serialized children's book. So if child likes space stories this book would be ok. Mixed up child, plus mixed up adults.

  16. 5 out of 5

    A G A VAN DEN BOS

    If you are a Nerd with a predilection to reading highly detailed technical manuals for recreation, then you will love this book (or at least its first quarter). Likewise, if you are a Acronymaniac, this book will soar you into outer space. For the rest of us, we follow a story that runs akin to an amalgamation of the Bionic Woman and Mission Impossible.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Leanne Deal

    Just never takes off. Dull as dirt, too many ridiculous acronyms. Definitely not the Patricia Cornwall of old with sparkling wit and chair gripping story telling. Such a disappointment! Page 263 I finally gave up

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dan Smith

    In the aftermath of a NASA rocket launch gone terribly wrong, Captain Calli Chase comes face-to-face with her missing twin sister—as well as the startling truth of who they really are. Now, a top secret program put in motion years ago has spun out of control, and only Calli can redirect its course. Aided by cutting-edge technologies, the NASA investigator and scientist turned Space Force pilot sets out on a frantic search for the missing link between the sabotaged rocket launch and her predetermi In the aftermath of a NASA rocket launch gone terribly wrong, Captain Calli Chase comes face-to-face with her missing twin sister—as well as the startling truth of who they really are. Now, a top secret program put in motion years ago has spun out of control, and only Calli can redirect its course. Aided by cutting-edge technologies, the NASA investigator and scientist turned Space Force pilot sets out on a frantic search for the missing link between the sabotaged rocket launch and her predetermined destiny…a search that someone else seems very interested in stopping.

  19. 5 out of 5

    KLee Loskill

    Seems short and unfulfilling Ok, I like the way she writes, I like the characters, but truthfully this reads like “part of a book”. Not a full novel, and not worth the price of one!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Wilson

    Brought me back Thought I’d forgotten the details of the previous book but as I moved through it all came. Can’t wait for book 3

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Crouch

    Abrupt Ending I found with the time between the books that getting back into the story, I remembered the first one but at first this one seemed slow. However, the pace picked up and the ending left me hanging like a third book was going to continue the story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    itchy

    titular sentence: p41: If someone had to tie me up, it may as well be her, sort of a different spin on a bedside manner. redundant: p22: Forget a restaurant or gift shop, although in the early years there were vending machines and a pay phone out front near the electric bug zapper. misquote: p72: "...Maybe by telling me if I'm in Kansas anymore," and I'm definitely a little sassier than I was before. label: p86: "...Or better put, where I'm not," as I step out into the blustery afternoon, Raptor F-22s titular sentence: p41: If someone had to tie me up, it may as well be her, sort of a different spin on a bedside manner. redundant: p22: Forget a restaurant or gift shop, although in the early years there were vending machines and a pay phone out front near the electric bug zapper. misquote: p72: "...Maybe by telling me if I'm in Kansas anymore," and I'm definitely a little sassier than I was before. label: p86: "...Or better put, where I'm not," as I step out into the blustery afternoon, Raptor F-22s ripping up the skies like Batplanes. hyphens: p135: Built in the 1930s, it's powered by a 12.1 meter (40 foot) wide 9-bladed wooden fan that moves more than a million cubic feet of air at speeds up to Mach 10. cement: p106: Not so long ago, Neva's response to my interferences included a tracking device, a hitman, cement boots and other body-disposal accoutrements. p200: I'm not surprised considering what was inside his Denali, the weapons, loaded magazines, body-disposal tools, the cement-boot anchors. p206: Also, there are the makings for cement-boot anchors, and all the right stuff for reloading your own organ-shearing, armor-piercing ammo. p215: "And the weapons, the homemade cement anchors," Fran says. Too much shenanigans. Too much acronyms. Too much literary references. I wasn't mentally prepared to take this on when I did, hence the long reading time. Bond Arms' Bullpup 9mm pistol was a surprise.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karen (BaronessBookTrove)

    I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Spin by Patricia Cornwell is a book about a smart young lady who is basically a cop working with NASA. Will Captain Calli Chase find out what went wrong at the rocket launch? Captain Calli Chase Captain Callisto "Calli" Chase is our point of view character, which means she's our main character. I liked reading things from her perspective. It was a great way t I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Spin by Patricia Cornwell is a book about a smart young lady who is basically a cop working with NASA. Will Captain Calli Chase find out what went wrong at the rocket launch? Captain Calli Chase Captain Callisto "Calli" Chase is our point of view character, which means she's our main character. I liked reading things from her perspective. It was a great way to get to know the main character, even if she seems to be constantly eating. Calli is all about doing things the correct way, even if she misses seeing her twin sister face to face instead of only through cameras at times. I like how she didn't really cuss throughout the whole thing, and when she wanted to, it was always something different. Calli is somewhat motherly, even if she doesn't want to admit it. The Story Calli Chase is working on trying to figure out why the rocket launch got damaged. She is also dealing with physical and family issues that keep happening throughout the story. There are so many things happening and some things that don't truly get resolved. Calli is a great person when she is working on cases and after them. She does a lot of investigating. But everything that she does is by the book; she doesn't deviate from that. I feel sorry for her and her sister, and I didn't care for the fact that her parents put them in this position. 3 Stars Spin by Patricia Cornwell is a good book, and you don't have to read the first book to read this book. It is completely stand-alone. As I sure didn't and got the jest of what was going on. Ms. Cornwell is an excellent author, and I loved the way that she wrote this novel. Three stars for Spin by Patricia Cornwell. First Book in Series Thank you for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed these reviews of Spin by Patricia Cornwell. Until the next time, Happy Reading! This review was originally posted on Baroness' Book Trove

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marian

    Holy acronyms, Batman. There are just so, so many of them. I remember a little about book 1, but mostly I remembered that it did not really have an ending. It just stopped. I decided I'd hold off official judgement on the series until I read book 2, as it really felt like book 1 simply ended because they'd chopped a very large book in half. Mm, no. Spin doesn't really have much of an ending either, honestly. The book, and series, feels like Cornwell did her homework and could not wait to show off Holy acronyms, Batman. There are just so, so many of them. I remember a little about book 1, but mostly I remembered that it did not really have an ending. It just stopped. I decided I'd hold off official judgement on the series until I read book 2, as it really felt like book 1 simply ended because they'd chopped a very large book in half. Mm, no. Spin doesn't really have much of an ending either, honestly. The book, and series, feels like Cornwell did her homework and could not wait to show off all her knowledge and how she came up with some really nifty gadgets. But since the gadgets all seem to be info-dumped on Calli, and us, it's just a never ending parade of acronyms that remind me of this quote: "It means someone really wanted our initials to spell out SHIELD." From SPIES to PEEPS to CUFFS, there's also the GOD chip, SIN, and SIS, and those are simply the ones I can remember right away. It's a lot. And like last time, I think I could overlook it if the story we got after that was worth the painful eye rolling. But it wasn't. It's very hard to like anyone in these books beyond maybe Calli. I apparently liked Fran last time but she's not really in this, and Lex is kind of okay but he's a super smart ten year old boy so it could truly go either way. Dick's a dick and I spent every second he was talking wishing he'd either just die or stop speaking in code (fat chance). Calli's mother just seems like kind of the worst, Dad's the benign kind of the worst, Carme is... I think we're supposed to think she's cool but ehhhhhh. Calli's life has pretty much been mapped out for her before her birth and she's given brief moments at the start where, in theory, she could back out of all the madness, but since she doesn't know what she's agreeing to, she can't really make an informed decision. So she is swept up in Dick's pet project and sweet Jesus, I cannot count the ways I loathe him. So having Calli still somehow think he's not just the absolute worst is maddening. But she's been manipulated into just about every big decision she's ever made and is just somehow okay with it. Kind of. Ugh. There's a brief space mission and then the book is over without resolving a damn thing. The best moment is probably Calli's time in Lex's neighborhood and the ensuing investigation, but that's over all too quickly for Calli (not so for Fran) and I imagine we're meant to wait for more developments in book 3, but I think I'm done.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Higgins

    A little bit sci-fi, a little bit mystery, and a whole lotta personal issues make up this Captain Chase novel. Captain Calli Chase is back in a new adventure that kicks off with murder! Shortly after a murder is discovered, a rocket launch is hacked and NASA is forced to destroy the rocket carrying necessary supplies to a space station. As an investigator, Calli has been at the heard of it and is discouraged to find her twin sister is apparently involved. But when her truck is hacked, likely by h A little bit sci-fi, a little bit mystery, and a whole lotta personal issues make up this Captain Chase novel. Captain Calli Chase is back in a new adventure that kicks off with murder! Shortly after a murder is discovered, a rocket launch is hacked and NASA is forced to destroy the rocket carrying necessary supplies to a space station. As an investigator, Calli has been at the heard of it and is discouraged to find her twin sister is apparently involved. But when her truck is hacked, likely by her sister Carme, she follows the GPS coordinates to a location where she indeed finds her. But not everything is as it seems. Calli finds herself agreeing to be upgraded in the program that she and her sister have been a part of only to wake up a few days later with new skills that she will have to master in her sister’s destructive wake of acting as Calli while she was out. As the investigation heats up, she realizes that she is in for more than she bargained for as it takes her to not only the White House to brief the president, but even outside of earth’s atmosphere! Let me start off by saying that I haven’t read the first book in this series and I think I am missing quite a bit of backstory. From what I can tell, this one pretty much picks up where the first one left off, so most of the character development for Calli, Carme, and many of the supporting characters had already happened. That said, the story line is pretty intriguing. Being NASA, there are a lot of acronyms thrown around. They are all explained, but with so many, readers may continually have to backtrack to remember what they meant throughout the book or just give up and continue the story line. One thing is certain, Calli is insecure compared to her twin sister and she likes to eat. There was so much description of food from different fast food restaurants that I started to want to go pick up an order or two. The book is pretty clean for the most part and I feel that fans of science fiction will probably enjoy this series. I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    Forgot about all the specifics as Cornwell is on top of her game. The research this author has performed not just on Quantum but in addition-Spin- has showcased her talents and abilities as a writer. As an author she's certainly captured the reader's attention with heart pounding action, special chips, drones, intel, and expert undercover and special op connections that would entice anyone not just space explorers or science guru's to pick this one up and enjoy. Besides the above this is formatted Forgot about all the specifics as Cornwell is on top of her game. The research this author has performed not just on Quantum but in addition-Spin- has showcased her talents and abilities as a writer. As an author she's certainly captured the reader's attention with heart pounding action, special chips, drones, intel, and expert undercover and special op connections that would entice anyone not just space explorers or science guru's to pick this one up and enjoy. Besides the above this is formatted with two women in mind. Specifically, twin sisters Captain Calli Chase and Carme whom both take the bull by the horn. This starts with much fanfare. It begins with a rocket launch gone awry-hacked- with many innocent bystanders being blown to bits. Of course, Calli owes her sis some major love after saving her arse from clear and present danger. Carme is now on her own separate mission after this incident while wearing what's known simply as ART. ART is a new techno feature allowing specialized viewing through use of highly constructed contact lenses. If you're looking for protagonists you may seek Calli and her antagonist- Neva Rong! Neva is pissed off that her own sister Vera was killed in the blast. She may just try to redirect the blame upon our ten year old boy Lex- who was taken under the advice and expertise as an intern - under George (Cassie's father) who worked in unison on this NASA project. It's high energy octane to space in which Callie ventures to take down the threat in space. It appears it's on a crash course and must be stopped before it reaches the space station and wipes out all communication lines for not only governmental purposes but space exploration and beyond. This adventure ends with one hell of a cliff hanger but the individual responsible for such actions is made known so it's not a complete pull out. Thank you to Osterhout Free Library for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Norma

    ( Format : Audiobook ) "The future got here quicker than expected." Ms.Cornwell is a fine writer, able to involve and trap her readers in much the same way the killers in her Scarpetta novels were able to toy with their victims. And all of her works are meticulously researched, like her personal investigation into the Jack the Ripper killings of Victorian London. And this book, second in the series, is no exception. Twin sisters are at the heart of this space-military-cyber-sci.fi story, groomed ( Format : Audiobook ) "The future got here quicker than expected." Ms.Cornwell is a fine writer, able to involve and trap her readers in much the same way the killers in her Scarpetta novels were able to toy with their victims. And all of her works are meticulously researched, like her personal investigation into the Jack the Ripper killings of Victorian London. And this book, second in the series, is no exception. Twin sisters are at the heart of this space-military-cyber-sci.fi story, groomed from birth to be special 'weapons' for the USA by both parents, a four star general (known as Dick) and who knows who else? working out of Langley and NASA. I think! It's all high powered stuff, even the President gets involved, and, of course, there is the leering face of evil in the form of a woman who always seems to get there first.I In book one, a rocket had to be destroyed after a communications failure. The cyber war is, unknown to most, already in full flow and Calli and her daredevil (the attractive one) twin sister have to stop the next attack. Rather slow for the first half, but with some fun acronyms played out, like PEEPS and SPIES - extra special sun glasses and contact lenses - and the introduction of a super smart child and a temperamental AI, but the whole becomes stomach clenching thrilling as the test pilot takes to space: some great descriptions here. Narrator January le Vay is excellent, her voice melodious, pleasant in timbre and with good pacing and modulation. This is the sort of book I want to read twice, to fill in bits I missed first time round. And, left with a threat at the end, I can't wait for book three.

  28. 5 out of 5

    John

    This story begins with Callie driving home in a snowstorm after the events which occurred at the base. As she neared her home, she received a cryptic message which caused her to change where she was going. She wound up at a closed motel where she discovered that a vehicle had been following her and the individual inside wanted her dead. Callie's sister was at the motel and killed the assassin. When Callie started to ask her sister what was going on, when was asked whether she was in or out. Her This story begins with Callie driving home in a snowstorm after the events which occurred at the base. As she neared her home, she received a cryptic message which caused her to change where she was going. She wound up at a closed motel where she discovered that a vehicle had been following her and the individual inside wanted her dead. Callie's sister was at the motel and killed the assassin. When Callie started to ask her sister what was going on, when was asked whether she was in or out. Her response in. This was the last thing that she remembered before she woke up tied to a bed and had an IV in her arms. She discovered that she had been there for five days and also that she had been operated on. All of this was eventually explained and discovered that her sister had gone through the same routine six months earlier. She was told that this had all been planned out. She discovered that she had sensors installed in her body and also had an interface with a quantum computer. She also discovered that during the time that she was out that her sister had substituted for her at several locations. The entire purpose of the sensors is explained and she learns later that she is to be entrusted to a secret mission that is needed to protect the country. She also learns that her family has been involved in this scenario as well. To discover what happened that caused such urgency for the mission, then you must read this book. It will explain some of what happened in the earlier book ands will also introduce a 10 year old boy who plays a role.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    I was disappointed in this book. I loved the Kay Scarpetta series but this one features a protagonist that I can't find likable. There are too many characters with too many acronyms. A computer geek or science buff will like this but me, as an everyday reader, couldn't keep up. Sorry. Captain Calli Chase races against time to thwart a plot that leaves the fate of humanity hanging in the balance in this new thriller from international bestselling author Patricia Cornwell. In the aftermath of a NASA I was disappointed in this book. I loved the Kay Scarpetta series but this one features a protagonist that I can't find likable. There are too many characters with too many acronyms. A computer geek or science buff will like this but me, as an everyday reader, couldn't keep up. Sorry. Captain Calli Chase races against time to thwart a plot that leaves the fate of humanity hanging in the balance in this new thriller from international bestselling author Patricia Cornwell. In the aftermath of a NASA rocket launch gone terribly wrong, Captain Calli Chase comes face-to-face with her missing twin sister—as well as the startling truth of who they really are. Now, a top secret program put in motion years ago has spun out of control, and only Calli can redirect its course. Aided by cutting-edge technologies, the NASA investigator and scientist turned Space Force pilot sets out on a frantic search for the missing link between the sabotaged rocket launch and her predetermined destiny…a search that someone else seems very interested in stopping. From NASA to the Chase family farm, to the White House to distant orbits of space, Calli plays a high-stakes game of hide-and-seek with a cunning and ruthless adversary. One wrong move will unleash cataclysmic consequences reaching far beyond the boundaries of Earth. This heart-pounding Captain Chase thriller from Patricia Cornwell will leave readers desperate for more.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Judith Trail

    The author does meticulous and in-depth research for her books, but in this novel, the research was recited with such overwhelming detail at the outset of the book that it obliterated the story and the characters to the point that the story was vague and the characters two-dimensional. I found I could not identify with or "like" any of the characters, who are so brilliant that they seem more robotic than the technology with which they are outfitted. They just do not act or react as one would exp The author does meticulous and in-depth research for her books, but in this novel, the research was recited with such overwhelming detail at the outset of the book that it obliterated the story and the characters to the point that the story was vague and the characters two-dimensional. I found I could not identify with or "like" any of the characters, who are so brilliant that they seem more robotic than the technology with which they are outfitted. They just do not act or react as one would expect a real person to do. Callie whines about how she is treated like a puppet by 4 star general Dick and her parents but she does not insist on being treated otherwise--unbelievable for a 28 year old with her attributed intelligence and skills. Her parents are inhuman as they treat their twin daughters like a science experiment. The majority of the story concerns Callie avoiding assassination by the evil CEO of a tech company and then as an after-thought, Callie is sent into space in a prototype ship to shoot down a satellite, courtesy of bad-girl's company, that is damaging US satellites. Then the story end abruptly. This book just felt formulaic and unfinished, with technological detail and military slang meant to distract from the lack of real feeling.

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