The Quantum Effect

Mission COVID-19

Fiction - Military
186 Pages
Reviewed on 11/17/2021
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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite

The Quantum Effect by Nicklois Leonard is an action-packed novel that tells the story of how Commander Clint Maxwell’s Navy SEAL Team along with the CIA are tasked with extracting Doctor Chin Lee Shun, head of the Wuhan Institute of Virology and creator of what we know as the COVID-19 Virus, from Wuhan, China and bringing him to America. In one of many twists, a new technology was developed by Dr. Hans Rubin and Dr. Grace Maxwell at Area 51 that allows the manipulation of the time-space continuum. In the process, Commander Maxwell’s team is witness to what may be the first known time travelers. This exciting story involves many more surprising twists and turns throughout from the creation of the new Quantum Space Time Continuum Command (QSTCC) to the creation of the virus and the virus being released on the public.

The Quantum Effect is expertly written and keeps the reader enthralled, eager to know what will happen next. The characters are described so well that it is easy for the reader to form a picture of what they would look like as well as their personalities and characters. The concept is unusual but Nicklois Leonard describes everything extremely well including scenes, locations and things which can or can’t be seen. The story is smooth flowing and quick to read. I particularly enjoyed the action scenes and look forward to reading the sequel. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable book that I would recommend to any person who enjoys an intriguing story, fascinating from start to finish.

Steven Robson

The Quantum Effect by Nicklois Leonard is fast-paced science fiction that conveys the disturbing portent of power that is perhaps the most enigmatic of all: the ability to manipulate space-time. Mankind has grappled with the questions surrounding this science for decades, and some of the speculations surrounding possible outcomes from tampering in this field are beyond chilling. In spite of this, research goes on, and as Dr. Hans Rubin and his associate Dr. Grace Maxwell delve into their experiments, no one knows where these will ultimately lead. Certainly, Commanding Officer Clint Maxwell has no idea as his SEAL Team embarks on a highly secret mission into China. One thing is certain; Clint’s future and that of his team will be inexorably swept up in the aftermath of these new discoveries.

Nicklois Leonard’s The Quantum Effect is a cleanly written action-adventure with great potential for expansion, being only limited by the span of space-time itself. The plot is original and doesn’t contain an abundance of complexity, which makes it a very easy read. The characters are likable and can be related to, although more could have been done to differentiate the Chinese players. There were certainly elements in the book that came across as not only on point, but the clever application of local knowledge to enable plot changes; the halting of the train to allow disembarking of the escapees being one such. If you are into science fiction, conspiracy theories, speculative technologies, and action then The Quantum Effect could be the book for you. A quality book.

Pikasho Deka

The Quantum Effect: Mission COVID-19 is an action-packed sci-fi thriller written by Nicklois Leonard. Navy SEAL team Commanding Officer Clint Maxwell and Command Master Chief Paul Mitchell receive orders for a top-secret mission by General Henry Lawless on behalf of the National Security Team to discern the origins of the COVID-19 virus. Their mission forces them to seek the help of Dr. Grace Maxwell, assistant to Dr. Hans Rubin, the lead researcher at the Quantum Research lab at Area 51. Dr. Rubin has created a Quantum Transporter that enables users to transport themselves to any point in the space-time continuum. Using the transporter, Maxwell and Mitchell travel to the Chinese city of Wuhan before the dawn of the pandemic to extract the whistleblower, Dr. Chin Lee Shun. However, Chinese authorities track their every move.

The Quantum Effect: Mission COVID-19 is a wild rollercoaster of a ride. The plot moves at a blistering pace, with twists and turns that you never see coming. Author Nicklois Leonard draws inspiration from thriller and sci-fi genres, incorporating the ongoing global pandemic with all its conspiracy theories and actual events to craft an entertaining novella that keeps you immersed from start to finish. This is a plot-driven story, and as such, the characters are used as tools to provide the narrative thrust. However, Commander Maxwell is one of the more fleshed-out characters. The author uses a non-linear and multiple POV narrative style, often switching timelines and POVs between chapters. If you're looking for a fast-paced sci-fi novella, check out The Quantum Effect: Mission COVID-19.

Nicholus Schroeder

In The Quantum Effect: Mission Covid-19 by Nicklois Leonard, Seal team 2 is tasked with extracting a high-value target from Wuhan. Their target is Dr. Shun, a scientist that had a great role in the creation of Project Airborne, a biological weapon developed by the Chinese that would cripple America. The weapon was unleashed in Wuhan during an accident, and this led to a worldwide pandemic. Commander Clint Maxwell of Seal team 2 is to secure Dr. Shun so that he can brief the Americans on the virus. During the operation, however, members of the team see their commanding officers exit a sphere, yet Clint and Paul were both off-site. Did their eyes deceive them? Or perhaps were the two men from another dimension?

The Quantum Effect: Mission Covid-19 was a surprisingly good read. Initially, I had my doubts as to how a book that would feature Covid-19 heavily be any good? Somehow Nicklois Leonard made it all work, and I enjoyed my time with his book immensely. The plot was good and had a healthy amount of suspense sprinkled throughout. The elements of espionage were also great and made this a rather refreshing read. It’s quite rare nowadays to come across books in this genre that don’t feature excessive gunfire and Hollywood blockbuster-like scenes. So kudos to the author for his refreshing take on the genre. Another thing that I liked about this book was how definitions of the military lingo or codenames were provided. That made understanding each scene a lot easier. Each scene was also described with clarity and enough detail that made it relatively easy for me to envision the scene unfold. In conclusion, this was a good read and one that I recommend to readers that enjoy espionage, action, and the military genre.

Rabia Tanveer

The Quantum Effect: Mission COVID-19 is the first book in The Quantum Effect series by Nicklois Leonard. Based on conspiracies and trying to find the truth in them, the story looks closer at the COVID-19 origins and the conspiracy behind it. Widely believed to be a man-made virus that was released (intentionally) unintentionally, the author takes readers into the streets of China where the virus originated. The world is hit with something catastrophic, and no one is prepared for it. The COVID-19 pandemic hits, but no one believes it is a naturally occurring phenomenon. Commander Maxwell is not sure what to believe. He and his team are tasked to find the truth, and it looks like this is far more complicated than he anticipated. This is a race against time and Maxwell has to find out why the world was made to face a pandemic like this. Is it possible? But if anyone can, it is Maxwell and his team.

There is a lot of speculation around the COVID-19 pandemic and how the virus originated. The conspiracy theorists believe that China released the virus on the world, and many believe it was part of their grand evil scheme. The author takes this conspiracy and puts a believable spin on it. Commander Maxwell is a smart leader and a well-rounded character to move the story forward. The narrative is entertaining and adventurous without being affirmative of any conspiracy. Author Nicklois Leonard brings the mystery to life and the action is present in every moment of the story. The narrative is powerful alone but when the author adds Maxwell to the mix, the result is remarkable. I cannot wait to see what happens in the sequel.