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St Martin's paperback $7.99
review by Michael Lohr
Let me just start this review by saying that Saucer is not a Jake Grafton novel. Standing along with the likes of Clive Cussler, Dale Brown and Michael Crichton, Stephen Coonts is one of the best adventure/thriller writers out there today. Saucer is a deviation from his other bestselling techno-thrillers (Fortunes of War, Hong Kong, The Red Horseman, Cuba). The story pits an enthusiastic but inexperienced seismic surveyor, Rip Cantrell, against the military forces of several foreign countries as well as various shadowy military industrial complex and corporate raider types. All of them are vying for control of an ancient (try 140,000 years old) flying saucer that Rip found imbedded in an ancient sandstone outcrop in the middle of the Sahara desert. Once Rip decides to tell the world about his discovery, all hell breaks loose.
If you have read Coonts and are a fan of his Jake Grafton novels, you will find Saucer a wonderful divergence from the norm. If you are new to Coonts, and are mainly a fan of science fiction, you will enjoy this novel better than any of his other works. Saucer has a Stargate SG-1 meets The X-Files feel to it. The concept is well developed and Coonts leaves no dangling nerves behind to frustrate the reader.
Saucer is a can't-put-down adventure novel, full of suspense, thrills and progressive romance. This book makes an excellent holiday companion.
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