Saturn Run

  • by John Sandford, Ctein
  • Narrated by Eric Conger
  • 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For fans of The Martian, an extraordinary new thriller of the future from number-one New York Times best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Sandford and internationally known photo-artist and science fiction aficionado Ctein.
Over the course of 37 books, John Sandford has proven time and again his unmatchable talents for electrifying plots, rich characters, sly wit, and razor-sharp dialogue. Now, in collaboration with Ctein, he proves it all once more in a stunning new thriller, a story as audacious as it is deeply satisfying.
The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope - something is approaching Saturn and decelerating. Space objects don't decelerate. Spaceships do.
A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out.
The race is on, and a remarkable adventure begins - an epic tale of courage, treachery, resourcefulness, secrets, surprises, and astonishing human and technological discovery, as the members of a hastily thrown-together crew find their strength and wits tested against adversaries both of this Earth and beyond. What happens is nothing like you expect - and everything you could want from one of the world's greatest masters of suspense.


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Much more than that F'ing Flowers in space

A great action author crossing into hard SF successfully. Win. Win. Win. I really enjoyed the story and the attempt to keep the science as close to realistic as possible. This was well thought out, well timed, and the characters well considered. The only trouble I had was hearing Eric Conger and having this not be a Virgil Flowers story. That took a bit. Conger can be a little dry when switching voices. His very clear and direct speaking style makes for a good listen, but it can make distinguishing the characters a bit less easy. Still, this is a great space race story with lots of believable science and a deliberately simplified by plausible first contact scenario that doesn't try to answer all the big philosophical questions of the universe.
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- Andrew Pollack

Best Sci-Fi Book in a While!

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 clich├ęs 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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- Ted

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio