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Today, Whiskey With My Book welcomes review contributor KJ Van Houten.  From time to time, Kim will be sharing her thoughts on books she has enjoyed.  For her premier ….. Quantum by Jess Anastasi.

Come back tomorrow for a feature on Quantum, including an excerpt.

Reviewed by KJ Van Houten


Just finished reading Quantum by Jess Anastasi…I’m exhausted. OK, yes, it’s 3 am and I couldn’t stop when I was so close to the end…okay, so maybe I was all that very close, but hey, end was in sight and I needed to get there…

Freckin’ A! I’m tired because there was so much action in this book and I feel like I was right there going through most of it with Zander and Mae! Yes, those are the hero and heroine of this novel, not the couple I expected would be in book 2 because I thought this would follow the crew of the Imogenna. While I did not think we’d be getting Rian’s story this soon, and Zahlia and Tannen’s story has already been told, there are other crew that I thought would be the next focus. I do NOT mind being wrong!

We did meet Zander and Mae in Atrophy, so it’s not like they are totally unknown, and it was rather nice getting to know more about each of them. Zander kinda reminded me a lot of Phillip Gutherie from Linnea Sinclair’e Hope’s Folly, so I really did not mind getting to know him better at all! Mae is a strong character that definitely knows how to fend for herself, and that sort of character is always good to read! There were so many times Zander and Mae didn’t know whom to trust — including each other — a lot of assassination attempts and nearly impossible odds to overcome that I almost felt like I was in a Battlestar Galactica episode (the newer series).The romance and the ‘intimate moments’ did seem a little more than we saw in Atrophy, but they compliment the story, not take any focus away from the main action plot.

We also see a LOT more of Rian in this novel, and that man just continues to intrigue — can’t wait to see how his character developes in each book until his own story, but I can already tell, it’s going to be good.

OK, off to sleep now…ok, probably off to lie in bed and have the story replay through my head, but nope, don’t mind that at all!

ARC provided by the author through NetGalley.


About the Book

Someone wants Captain Admiral Zander Graydon dead. Like yesterday. Zander’s convinced his attractive assistant knows more than she’s willing to say, and if he can stop running long enough, he’ll find out exactly what she’s hiding. Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros is determined to keep her CO safe. Before she tips her hand, however, Mae has to figure out if the alluring man she’s protecting is the real Captain Admiral Graydon. Or an alien shape-shifting imposter.

On the run and no one to trust…not even each other.

Captain Admiral Zander Graydon has seen a lot of action, but almost getting killed three times in one day is pushing it. Only the company of his new assistant, Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros, makes things a little easier to swallow. Except the delectable Lieutenant Marshal Petros is hiding a number of secrets, and her presence might have something to do with the continued attempts on his life.

It’s no accident Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros finds herself in the firing line alongside the charming but very off-limits Captain Admiral Graydon. She’s taken the job as the admiral’s assistant to determine if a shape-shifting alien has killed the CO and assumed his form. Whether the admiral is human or not, Mae finds herself getting way too close to him as they run for their lives.

Military to the core, Mae and Zander will have to overcome their suspicions of each other to work together, when they realize the fate of the entire universe is at stake.

The Atrophy series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 Atrophy
Book #2 Quantum


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By the way, Atrophy, the first book in this series, won the Keep Me Up All-Nighter SFR Galaxy award?  Buy the Atrophy series at Amazon US.





About the Author

Jess AnastasiJess has been making up stories ever since she can remember. Though her messy handwriting made it hard for anyone else to read them, she wasn’t deterred and now she gets to make up stories for a living. She loves loud music, a good book on a rainy day, and probably spends too much time watching too many TV shows. Jess lives in regional Victoria, Australia, with her very supportive husband, three daughters, two hyper-active border collie dogs, and one cat who thinks he’s one of the kids.