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Recommendation: if you haven’t read THE K2 VIRUS, then put that book on the list of Scott Rhine novels to acquire. His ability to use his intensely scientific mind as a resource for facts while painting his fascinating novels populated with ultra-contemporary mannerisms and dialogue makes his books both unique and irresistible. About QUANTUM ZERO SENTINEL Scott has made the comment, ‘The idea came when my Dad sent me a DNA test to help find the family tree for my deceased mother, who was adopted. My first four tests came back with errors, which happens in less than one percent of the population. I started to wonder if I was an alien or something. I added in my research on programming quantum computers, and Maia's story took shape.’
For those of us fairly unsophisticated in quantum physics, survey the follow tidbits before reading this amazing book: ‘Quantum mechanics (quantum physics or quantum theory), including quantum field theory, is a branch of physics which is the fundamental theory of nature at small scales and low energies of atoms and subatomic particles.’ ‘Quantum computers use the power of atoms to perform memory and processing tasks.’ And even more pertinent is this bit form BBC: ‘Some scientists think we already understand what consciousness is, or that it is a mere illusion. But many others feel we have not grasped where consciousness comes from at all. The perennial puzzle of consciousness has even led some researchers to invoke quantum physics to explain it. That notion has always been met with skepticism, which is not surprising: it does not sound wise to explain one mystery with another. But such ideas are not obviously absurd, and neither are they arbitrary. For one thing, the mind seemed, to the great discomfort of physicists, to force its way into early quantum theory. What's more, quantum computers are predicted to be capable of accomplishing things ordinary computers cannot, which reminds us of how our brains can achieve things that are still beyond artificial intelligence. "Quantum consciousness" is widely derided as mystical woo, but it just will not go away.’
Not to overwhelm, but to aid in full enjoyment of this book – the story of Maia and her twin brothers Johann and Wolfgang and a sentinel encounter and its sequelae – the synopsis clarifies – ‘The FBI gets a tip about the sale of quantum computers to criminals and spies. Due to a freak accident, Maia Long is forced undercover to catch the culprits. Then she stumbles upon the cornerstone of a new technology. Disruptive changes are coming, threatening the US economy and national security. The first thing her instructor taught her in quantum physics was that everything they’ve taught you before was a lie. As she follows the clues, nobody turns out to be who she expects them to be, not even herself.’
Gilbert and Sullivan describe Scott’s talent in The Mikado – ‘Art and nature, thus allied go to make a pretty bride’ (the ‘bride’ in this case being his exhilarating novels. All parts of his brain marry to make these delectable tales. To be continued...Grady Harp, February 17
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I can honestly say I've been a fan of Scott's books for years, but this new one is a twist into a new storyline that sucked me in from the first chapter. The main character is reminiscent of Rhine's main character from Jezebel's Ladder, a powerful female heroine who strives to do the best with what she has, which happen to be abilities even she doesn't know about or understand. The story also has technological advancements and deals with world-wide reaction to those advancements like the Jezebel series, but there the similarities stop and Rhine's creativity carries on, full tilt. It's another great start to a phenomenal new series.
As we follow Maia down the rabbit hole, she is forced to react to those attempting to capture her and her family. Like the incredibly smart woman she is, she plays her adversaries like pawns on a chessboard. However, smarts don't counteract naivety and a lack of experience. Nothing is as it seems, and as you follow Maia down this journey, you will certainly get caught up in her ride into corporate America, espionage, revenge, and even mythical gods. Each twist is exciting and adds another layer of complexity that you mind can't help but wonder about, enthusiastically. Be forewarned though, there is a lot of techno-talk. The story is great and one I highly recommend.
Fans of strong female characters, myths, and futuristic technologies will enjoy Quantum Zero Sentinel immensely. If you've read any of Scott Rhine's previous novels, this one is top tier with the best of them.