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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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By Ted on 05-29-17
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 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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By clifford on 02-02-16
I like John Sandford as an author. He can write. His stories are often enjoyable.
However, Saturn Run doesn't quite make it as a decent sci-fi story.
What I think were the biggest misses here were 3 fold.
- One, Saturn Run was written using many many 1st persons. Because of this no single character is developed past a rudimentary two dimensions. You just don't care about these guys.
- Two, As a lover of sci-fi, this is a very limited 1st encounter take. The first half of the story is a helter skelter race to get to this alien space station before China. They want to see what new tech is available. The middle, is an encounter with this alien presence. Its about as uninspiring as any sci-fi I have ever come across.
- Three, and kind of a spoiler... The Chinese are up against the Americans here. The last part of this story is just so dull. Its intended to be a suspenseful climax, but at this point its just goofy.
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