Stephen Coonts has earned an extraordinary worldwide reputation with his military thrillers featuring Jake Grafton, one of the most popular and recognizable characters in contemporary suspense fiction. In this exhilarating departure, Coonts takes readers on an imaginative journey into space that is as suspenseful as any of his other stories . . .
When Rip Cantrell, a seismic survey worker in the Sahara, spots a glint of reflected light in the distance, he investigates-and finds a piece of metal apparently entombed in the sandstone. Before long, Rip and his colleagues uncover a flying saucer that has been resting there for 140,000 years.
Their discovery doesn't remain a secret for long. The U.S. Air Force sends a UFO investigation team, which arrives just minutes before a team sent by an Australian billionaire to steal the saucer's secrets. Before either side can outwit the other, the Libyan military arrives.
Meanwhile, Rip has been checking out the saucer. With the help of a beautiful ex-Air Force test pilot Charley Pine, Rip flies the saucer away, embarking on a fantastic journey into space and around the world, keeping just ahead of those who want the saucer for themselves.
Saucer is a dazzling flying story and an action-filled look at what might have been...and what might be.
In this humorous UFO thriller, the sequel to bestseller Coonts's Saucer (2003), pilot Charlotte "Charley" Pine is hired to fly a French spaceplane to the moon, where millionaire Pierre Artois is building a base. Once there, she discovers that Artois has equipped the base with an antigravity beam projector and plans to make himself and his malevolent wife, Julie, rulers of the world. Charley promptly returns to Earth to warn everybody. Meanwhile, Newton Chadwick, a mad scientist in the pay of the French, kidnaps saucer-expert Egg Cantrell and forces him to fly to the moon in the original Roswell saucer that landed in 1947. Egg's nephew Rip Cantrell and Charley steal another flying saucer from the Smithsonian, and soon saucers and other borrowed alien high-tech are in pitched battle over the moon. Later, French pilot Jean-Paul Lalouette (perhaps the book's most engaging character) is determined to go down fighting and nearly turns the tables in a gripping aerial duel of saucers up and down the East Coast. Cartoonish characters with names like Senator Blohardt and Joe Bob Hooker add to the fun.
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A fun read!
I really enjoyed this book. The story was light hearted and didn't seem to take itself too seriously. Not with a protagonist named Rip, and a senator named Blowhard.
The story is about a student who discovers a real flying saucer buried in the Sahara, and finds himself zipping around the globe with U.S. Air Force pilot Charley Pine, in order to keep the saucer's secrets from falling into the hands of an unscrupulous Australian business man. To be honest, I got the feeling the author almost intended this to be a children's book. The story reminded me a lot of a Disney movie called "Flight of the Navigator". Almost the same basic premise.
It's a fun adventure story that I wouldn't mind reading to my kids, due to it's lack of language or sexual content.
Unexpected & Fantastic
I've read every book Stephen Coonts has written, and this one was great. I was a bit skeptical when I read the description, but decided to take a chance. I'm glad I did. After so many novels with Jake Grafton and Tommy Carmellini, Coonts ventures into new territory with a new, unlikely hero.
The subject was risky- flying saucers evoke immediate skepticism- but Coonts handles it masterfully and expertly weaves the conspiracy theories into the story line. The result is a fun, fast-paced story with enough scientific foundation that it's plausible, but doesn't get bogged down with technical details. Saucer is a lighter tone than his previous novels- more like James Patterson than previous Coonts novels- and it's well written and entertaining. I was very pleasantly surprised, and I really enjoyed this book.
Great summer read. Terrific trilogy! Only bad part was getting to the end.