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Publisher's Summary

A USA Today best seller.

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 best-selling 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.

©2021 by Cornwell Entertainment, Incorporated. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“[Narrator January] LaVoy draws out the personality differences between twin sisters Calli and Carme as they embark on a covert assignment, with complementary accents and energy.” - AudioFile Magazine

“Move over, Bourne and Bond - the espionage game has a new player and Calli Chase is here to finally bring the genre into the twenty-first century.” - Mystery & Suspense Magazine 

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mind numbing

Struggled to get past the first hour. tried skipping ahead and that didn't help. Can't believe I wasted a credit and worse my time on this book.

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Not expected

This book by one of my favorite authors just plain stinks. The story makes zero sense. Will not try to read anymore from this series.

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Not worth it

You can skip the first 25 chapters. What action there is doesn’t start until then. The author spends more time obsessing over the run flat tires on her vehicle and describing food than anything else. The big action scene at the end is barely a paragraph and we are right back into more food. Obviously a planned series as the author never closes the story line from one book to another. The characters are as well developed as a white sheet of paper. Will not be continuing this series.

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disappointed

much of the story got lost in descriptions and history of buildings and machines that really didn't need to be there. these two books could easily have been condensed into one. and this is the way book two ends?

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No she didn't

Patricia Cornwell is one of my favorites but if this is what I have to look forward to in the future count me out. can you say B-O-R-I-N-G. Not up to Cornwell's usual standards. Hated the book with a capital H

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totally disappointed

too much time wasted on description, not enough character development. not what I expected from an author I always liked. Very disappointed and won't bother with any others in this series - no matter how this book ended.

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The continuing saga

This is the continuing saga of Captain Chase. Filled with assassinations, tech-type data, intrigue and colorful characters, this book rated higher than even the first Captain Chase novel. If you like astronauts and evil characters and a hero who doesn't think they are anything super special, this is a book for you.

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Good story, lots of distractions

I enjoy the storyline. The constant conversions from metric measurements are distracting from the story. The negativity of the main character starts to wear quickly.

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Unrealistic Situations and Little SciFi

Hard to imagine a 4-star general, head of Space Force, developed a plan long enough ago to help raise twin girls to execute years later. The leading character, one of those twins, approaches insubordination when dealing with the general while in training to be an astronaut. Inconceivable that top secret research would be conducted at a private home, or that a civilian could legally store classified information in a personal safe. Over the top suggesting that the US Space Force’s main threat in space would come from a U.S. citizen.

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love the book. but not narration

loved the book, but the narrator may as well have been Alexa, sounded like computer generated voice.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 02-26-21

"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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-19-22

Enjoyable

I thoroughly enjoyed the story and especially the performance. I found it enjoyable that the narrator gave different voices to the characters. Cornwell always tries to give a strong female character a great challenge, and definitely Captain Chase is put through her paces in this story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-13-21

Good Overall Story

Spoilt by too much over description which then causes me to lose focus on the story and needs to be listened again to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-26-21

Not for me

Unfortunately far too different from historic Patricia Cornwell books, unrealistic, unnecessarily complex and not enjoyable.

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  • Jeanette NORMAN
  • 01-12-21

l would loan this book from your library not buy

I wouldn't purchase this book. Have a loan from your library!

Patricia Cornwell is without doubt an obsessive compulsive about weapon and cyber details and persists in demonstrating her knowledge through her books. Her famous Scarpetta Series began to fall victim of her obsessiveness too. The last books of this series where the same idea was to compressed time so that all maddness took place in 24 hours or so. It becomes irritating to read a whole book like this.

l congratulate January LaVoy for her excellent reading of this work as she deserves it 100%.

However in the case of Spin it is a positive bore with obsessive detail, far fetched storyline, collapsing time detracts from the story. On refection l still cannot actually tell you what the hell the book is about.

A disappointing outing from Cromwell.



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  • 09-26-21

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disappointed with the whole book

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  • 02-22-21

Fact show off

I was an avid PC reader 20 years ago and loved her writing. When I saw a recent PC novel on Audible I thought I would return. The author seems to be now totally absorbed with showing how much she knows about equipment and technical facts. To the point it became so annoying I stopped reading at Chapter 17. I was screaming “Nooooo!” every time she entered into a extensive description about some piece of equipment or protocol. Over it! Never again.