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High above the windswept plains of Kazakhstan, three astronauts on board a Russian Soyuz capsule begin their reentry. A strange shimmer in the atmosphere, a blinding flash of light, and the capsule vanishes in a blink as though it never existed.

On the ground, evidence points to a catastrophic failure, but a communications facility halfway around the world picks up a transmission that could be one of the astronauts. Tragedy averted, or merely delayed? A classified government project on the cutting edge of particle physics holds the clues, and with lives on the line, there is little time to waste.

Daniel Rice is a government science investigator. Marie Kendrick is a NASA operations analyst. Together, they must track down the cause of the most bizarre event in the history of human spaceflight. They draw on scientific strengths as they plunge into the strange world of quantum physics, with impacts not only to the missing astronauts, but to the entire human race.

©2017 Douglas Phillips (P)2018 Tantor

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starts like a thriller, goes to wacky land

Intrepid male investigator - see any Dan Brown novel - works with a variety of empowered women to investigate a mystery. Unlike Dan Brown novels, no traipsing about interesting European locales; takes place mostly in lab or office settings. Provides many long tutorials on quantum physics, string theory and the author's own fantasy physics. Through sheer cleverness, world-changing information is revealed. Becomes more improbable with each passing chapter. Dialog is often cringe-worthy. Narrator's at-all-times breathless rendition is wearying. Was interested at first but began wishing it would just end.

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Horrible - stay away

horrible science. Absurdly intense emotions.
Totally unbelievable storyline.

I always finish a book but this was hard to handle.

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Boring in every dimension

Only this author could possibly make the world of quantum mechanics and multi-dimensional space such a yawner.
There is literally nothing here but long winded explanations of very basic science being (incredibly enough) explained to characters who are supposed to be astrophysicists! The dialogue is laughable. The plot non-existent...any entertainment value must exist in a dimension that no earth-bound person can experience.
I listened on a plane flight, all the while feeling trapped in my 3 dimensions, and wishing I was sitting next to the emergency exit door.
Save your money. Better yet, write something truly awful and make some money. This guy did.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Amateur start found its stride and finished strong

Story started a bit slow for my taste and the writing felt like a first novel in the first 3rd of the book...but the author found his groove and delivered a solidly enjoyable science fiction tale. I felt the fiction departed too much from a proper interpretation of the science and mathmatics it was built on. for example, I don't think that you would be remotely recognizable looking at yourself from a 4th dimensionional perspective. My gut (pardon the pun) tells me that viewing the entirety of yourself would be more incomprehensible than this. In any case I enjoyed the story and felt it was a credit well spent.

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Great - Hard Science

"The Martian" is a procedural book about engineering -- set in the near future. It is fairly "hard" engineering. Not a lot of extras. Quantum Space is similar, it is a definitely "hard" nuclear physics story set in the very near future. I enjoyed it greatly -- and the somewhat reserved nature of the narration added to the overall effect of being a fly on the wall as scientists think about a problem. Based on the author's comments at the end, the physics are fair in the sense that although it is an imagined extrapolation, up to the point it departs from the present understanding, it is correct. He also states that it will be part of a series -- which is good.

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good science but slooooow

this started out interesting but about half way through it slows waaaaay down, like the author is really trying to stretch this into more books. I made it one hour from the end and I just wasn't interested enough to finish. especially because I knew I wouldn't be reading the next one. too bad though because the science and the premise were great.

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Good old fashioned hard sf

Lots of great real science background in this one, and with just a bit of science technobabble on top to stretch concept into the real of fiction. The author takes the time at the end to detail which bits are made up nonsense and which bits are accepted science.

The writing is solid, and in fact I appreciated a few places were some standard plot tropes were avoided. If those common paths had been taken -- and there were obvious places to put them -- it would have been a lesser book.

The narration was okay but not great. It wasn't annoying in any way, but the voices weren't really very different from on another and the tone was a little dry. It didn't get in the way of the story, but it did make it a bit easier for the mind to wander and lose track.

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Pedantic with unnatural dialog but promising

A clear intent of the author was to educate readers and listeners about quantum physics. This is fine, but the style in which it was done was annoying and incomplete at times. It didn't help that much of the instruction was directed at a woman who was evidently highly qualified but constantly in awe of the big brave smart male scientist and investigator. Oh, and she teared up frequently.

As to the narration, the voices of the characters were quite good but the cadence and pronunciation of the descriptive text was odd at time. The wrong words were emphasized in sentences.

The dialog definitely improved as the story progressed but at the beginning it often sounded, using the word of another reviewer, "plastic." That is, the words were not strung together in ways that people really speak.

The core of the story was interesting but the overall book should have been rewritten at least once. Perhaps 20% or so of the material could have been cut out without damaging the story arc.

All this said, because the second book Quantum Void has a different narrator and the writing skills of Phillips noticeably improved as this first book progressed, I'm going to give the second a shot. I'm crossing my fingers that it will be an Audible credit well spent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great book - Got me thinking

What did you love best about Quantum Space?

Good solid premise and I liked the characters.

What other book might you compare Quantum Space to and why?

Any other first contact book

What does Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is a good narrator. Was about the story, not him.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

4d

Any additional comments?

Solid book. Hoping for the 2nd on Audible soon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good Science, Good Fiction, Mediocre Writing

The core story itself is enjoyable and interesting. The science and fiction work well together to create a story arc that, for the most part, is engaging enough to make it through to the end.
My problems stem from the actual writing. The characters are awkward, full of cliches and contrived actions/reactions. There is a boilerplate Evil Corporation that is totally inconsequential to the story. And the way certain plot elements play out is totally disconnected with how they would in real life.
I’m also not sure I like the way the author writes women. The author clearly (and, of course, rightly) gives female characters a central place in the story, but they all come across as starry-eyed little birds, their fates too dependent on the ‘grounded and practical’ men.
In summary, and with some regret, I doubt I’ll continue with the series.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful