"Quantum has everything. Space adventure, hot romance, and characters to cheer for!" - Susan Grant, NY Times bestselling author of the Star Series
Someone wants Captain Admiral Zander Graydon dead. Like yesterday. Almost getting killed three times in one day is pushing it, even for Zander. He’s convinced the delectable Lieutenant Marshal Petros knows who’s behind the attempts on his life and he’ll do whatever it takes to discover what she’s hiding.
Shape-shifting aliens are assassinating political and military leaders and assuming their forms, and Mae Petros is suspicious as hell of Zander Graydon. Mae is on a mission to determine if the captain admiral is still human but finds herself losing her perspective as they run for their lives. There’s no way she could be falling for an alien. Right? Especially when all of humanity is on the line.
The Atrophy series is best enjoyed in order.
Book #1 Atrophy
Book #2 Quantum
Book #3 Diffraction
|Publisher:||Entangled Publishing, LLC|
|Series:||Atrophy , #2|
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It took me a little bit to get into this story because it had been so long since I had read the first one, Atrophy and I just didn’t feel there was enough recap to catch me back up. I feel if you were reading these stories back to back you would be totally fine. If you are like me and read hundreds, no exaggeration, hundreds of books a year some of the finer points get lost and I found myself scrambling to try and remember who was who and what happened. As the story unfolds Mae is sent on a covert mission to capture Zander so Rian can determine if he is a shape-shifting alien. However, things don’t go as planned and there are three attempts on Zander’s life in a very short time frame. She and Zander are left stranded in a jungle for days, ALONE, with a budding attraction despite their suspicions of each other. He thinking she has something to do with the attacks, her thinking he is an alien. Tempers and sparks fly and attraction and chemistry overcome's suspicion. But that was just the beginning. The story was jam packed with action and intrigue that didn’t stop and you really get two stories in one. Zander and Mae and then Rian. Ah, Rian who I feel is the real main character of this entire series. I keep wondering when he will get his own book. However, I am glad he gets equal time in each book so far. He is damaged, and dominate yet its hard not to want to be in his corner. I really enjoyed Quantum and the only reason it isn’t getting a 5 is because it just needed more recap. If you even tried to read this book first you would be completely lost. As it was with so much of a gap in between my reading times (over a year) I felt lost.
Quantum opened up with a bang and never slowed down! Mae is undercover trying to prove if Zander is human, or if he's been replaced by the Reidar, shape shifting aliens planning to take over the system. What follows is a fast-paced story with enough suspense and adrenaline that kept me glued until the end! Mae isn't anyone definition of a damsel in distress. She extremely practical, intelligent, loyal, has a glib sense of humor, and doesn't take any crap-I would have said the last person Zander would fall for, but she's perfect for him. Given his fancy title, Zander should be an obnoxious jerk. Instead he's got a sarcastic, self-deprecating sense of self, a natural arrogance that cracked me up, and such a laid back, in control attitude..he's the guy everyone wants to have drinks and swap stories with. Mae and Zander's physical attraction literally jumps off the page from the start, yet their intimate connection is what really sucked me in. Their brains may have denied any trust, but theirs hearts were on warp speed, forming a bond neither would acknowledge until its too late. Rian is making progress on the Reidar's heinous plan and finding unexpected allies along the way. And his pseudo-relationship with Ella is still running hot and cold, but there's no denying the physical side of things is still burning hot! I know I am looking forward to the moment the mighty captain is brought down by this petite priestess! With echoes of the Star Trek and Firefly tv series, the Atrophy series has become a favorite of mine! Superb characters and a sensational plot kept me up late in the night, anxious to know what would happen next. Book two in the series, Zander and Mae's story was stuffed with suspense, intrigue, action, and romance of course! I highly recommend starting with Atrophy before reading Quantum so you don't miss out on a truly engrossing series!
For reasons he can’t fathom, Captain Admiral Zander Graydon almost got killed three times in one day. The latest assault was in the bathroom just before boarding his shuttle at the Toccara spaceport. Zander is with IPC – the Inter-Planetary Coalition – and since there’s no war at the moment, he mainly hunts down illegal traders and space pirates. The shuttle is set to bring him on board his ship, the Swift Brion, where he meets his new admiral’s assistant, the beguiling Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros. What Zander doesn’t know is that Mae is on assignment for the UAFA – the Universal Armed Forces Agency, and her mission is to bring Zander back to ascertain that he is human and not an alien, not Reidar. The Reidar are shape-shifting aliens whose goal is to replace humans in higher up positions at government and military levels. Everything seems to be going swimmingly, at last, until Zander’s shuttle’s systems fail: crash imminent! And this, dear readers, is merely the beginning of QUANTUM! I read very little scifi, but this series is excellent! Ms. Anastasi’s descriptions and notions are clear and concise, and she doesn’t bog down the narrative with superfluous details while getting her meaning across, and her prose is simply spectacular! QUANTUM is fast-paced, with plenty of action, and it always felt real. The worldbuiliding is intricate, entirely believable, and while I often feel with scifi that it’s over my head, it’s definitely not the case here, and not because it’s simplistic, but because it’s well plotted. I loved the relationship between Zander and Mae; in spite of their mistrust, they’re professional and level-headed, but Mae is more ingenious and doesn’t hesitate to think outside the box while Zander is very by-the-book, which is sometimes cause for entertaining disagreements. Zander wonders at the coincidence of having a new assistant and his ship crashing. In spite of not entirely trusting each other, Mae and Zander are attracted to each other, and when they finally succumb to their lust, it happens exactly as it should. Mae was sent to investigate Zander on Rian Sherron’s orders, and Rian is also a friend of Zander’s. I didn’t quite get Rian at first, he’s puzzling; his story intersects with Zander’s, and it turns out to be quite riveting, especially his relationship with the priestess Ella. There is also a most dashing space pirate – Qaelen Forster – who has been on Zander’s radar for a long time, and that is another fabulous story; I hope we get to see more of Qaelen in the future, because he is a terrific character. QUANTUM is a terrific action-packed book, even for those who think they won’t like a science fiction story, and that’s the mark of a great author! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Quantum is the second book in the Atrophy series by Jess Anastasi. If you’ve been missing science fiction TV shows like Star Trek’s Voyager and Enterprise, Battlestar Galactica, or Firefly, this series will remind you of everything you love about science fiction romance. It’s got aliens, advanced technology, and dedicated starship crews. And if you’ve never picked up a science fiction romance before, you’d be well advised to start with a series like this one. With a complete couple romance and a happy for now ending in each story, it’s easy to pick up any one and dive right in. While each novel can stand alone, you’ll get the maximum benefit if you start at the beginning as the overall story arc begins in book 1 of the series, Atrophy, and will continue until the conclusion. From the very start this is an action packed adventure, with enough twists and turns to keep the reader flipping pages as fast as possible, while trying to slow down enough to appreciate the world building and the care that has gone into creating the universe as it stands. The story is told from three point of view. As the key holding things together and the impetus for the plan to expose the Reidar, an alien race set on universal domination, Rian gets equal page time with Zander and Mae. While he comes across as a dark and bitter man, he’s not without a conscience and tries desperately to keep control of his emotions. If ever a soldier suffered from PTSD, he's it. There is plenty of sexual tension between him and Ella, an Aryn priestess and the only woman to have penetrated his shields, (figuratively and literally) with her telepathic powers. They fairly smolder when on the page, and the link between them is sure to continue being a key part of the series. Rian is a fascinating character and I enjoy his point of view quite a lot. The other two points of view come from the main romantic entanglement of this novel, Zander and Mae. When the two of them find themselves marooned, in a life or death situation, the natural human desire to be comforted becomes a heated affair. They are both strong characters but have different strengths, enough to make them a solid partnership. While there are two storylines playing out simultaneously, eventually the main characters converge and Rian's plans to expose the Reidar as the shape shifting aliens they are start to be put into effect. Time is running out for him to do something before the Reidar are too numerous to control. Zander and Mae get their happy ending, but the story isn't over. The combination of the all too human emotions experienced by Rian and his crew, combined with the science fiction aspects of the story, and the action packed and sometimes intense plot makes Quantum an exciting read.
Sci Fi Romantic Read This is the 2nd book in the series after Atrophy, it is recommended that you do read book 1 before reading Quantum. Captain Admiral Zander Graydon has seen a lot of action and he is in this book is able to start putting pieces together of how is trying to kill him. On hand to help out is Lt. Marshal Mae Petros , one of the hottest pairings that I have seen in a while. This book takes sci fi, suspense and romance along with intrigue and builds on that. Mae holds secrets in, things that she keeps from Zander—there are things in the background that during the story, we start to get a grasp of what they may be. Her holding her secrets back caused some distance between her and Zander at times. Zander’s life is in danger, there is more Rian in this story oh and when we find out what Mae is really doing in the background, her “undercover” job- well, will this cause Zander and Mae to break apart or be together even stronger than ever? There are times I loved the story but also times I was confused at what was going on. I loved the angst and passion at play but also I needed more to be explained. I hated the confusion that was at play…when book 3 comes out and it looks like there is a book 3, then maybe more will be explained. My rating: 3.9 stars **** **I was given an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review***