Full of UFO's, futuristic technology, edge-of-your-seat flying scenes and unforgettable characters, human and otherwise, Stephen Coonts' Savage Planet is classic storytelling at its best . . . and pure, unadulterated fun.
Aliens are coming!
A year after young engineering student Rip Cantrell discovered the first flying saucer buried deep in the sands of the Sahara, another saucer is brought up from the bottom of the Atlantic. The recovery is funded by a pharmaceutical executive who believes that the saucer holds the key to an anti-aging drug formula that space travelers would need to voyage between galaxies. But one of his technicians, Adam Solo, an alien marooned on Earth for a thousand years, steals the saucer, hoping to summon a starship to rescue him. Unfortunately, the stolen saucer has damaged communications gear.
Solo goes to Rip Cantrell and his partner, ex-Air Force test pilot Charlotte "Charley" Pine, and Rip's uncle Egg, for help in summoning a starship. Meanwhile, as a terrified world fearful of space invaders approaches meltdown, big pharma moguls and their thugs are hot on the trail of the foursome.
In a world turned upside down, it may be the arriving aliens who offer limitless possibilities. Rip and Charley face an incredible decision: Do they dare leave the safety of earth to travel into the great wilderness of the universe?
Coonts belatedly concludes his lackluster Saucer trilogy (following 2003's Saucer and 2006's Saucer: The Conquest) with a burst of unlikely fireworks and a thud. Doughty engineering student Rip Cantrell discovered a flying saucer in the Sahara desert, aided by lovely former Air Force test pilot Charlotte Pine and Rip's brilliant inventor uncle, Arthur "Egg" Cantrell. A year later, the team is called in to study another saucer embedded in the Great Barrier Reef. Meanwhile, pharma mogul Harrison Douglas has retrieved the Roswell spaceship, which was stolen from Area 51. When Douglas's saucer expert, Adam Solo, steals the spaceship, Douglas vows revenge. Solo allies with Rip and his friends, revealing he is an alien marooned on Earth for over a thousand years, and he uses Rip's Sahara spaceship, to call for help, but they'll all need to hide from U.S. government agents and Harrison until rescue arrives in one week's time. Tissue-thin characters and heavy-handed plotting make this forgettable story one of Coonts's less successful outings.
Best book in the saucer series.