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What other book might you compare Saturn Run to and why?
"20000 Leagues Under the Sea" meets "A Brief History of Time" meets Virgil Flowers. It sounds like a mess, but the authors actually pull it off.
Have you listened to any of Eric Conger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes. This is his best work to date.
Any additional comments?
Highly satisfying story and master-level narration.
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B.V. Larson's 'Starfire' and John Sandford's 'Saturn Run' are about the same thing. Each is propelled by a a cleverly different idea about Saturn and aliens. The difference is that Sanford is apparently not just a good craftsman, but a great one. Great? If you didn't believe it before, listen to, as I just did, the two books back-to-back. Unwittingly, Sandford gives Larson and us a writing lesson.
Take for example Larson's chameleon cast who abruptly display entirely new skill sets whenever the plot needs them. It's as if a stripper becomes a graduate engineer, a drunken sailor morphs inexplicably into a naval architect and on and on... Hmmm... if I could only awake tomorrow as a world-class pianist... Sigh.
None of that happens here in 'Saturn Run'. Okay, at first it's a little spooky to hear Sandford's Virgil Flowers in space. I mean Eric Conger's been Flowers through nine books so far. But Congers overcomes, and maybe it's his comfort with Sanford's own writing voice that made 'Saturn Run' so comfortable for me. I'm guessing that Clein brought an awesome technical expertise to support with Sanford's talent for plotting, characterization, and even narrative-driving, short-hand clichés that make this one of the best Sci Fi escapes I've listened to in a while.
Pass on 'Starfire' and buy 'Saturn Run'.
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