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Saucer (2002)

de Stephen Coonts

Sèrie: Saucer (1)

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A team of surveyors working in the Sahara happen upon an object buried deep in the rock. The object turns out to be a flying saucer and it is older than the rock it is buried in ¿ 140,000 years old at least. Rip, a student working with the team is keen to find out as much about the flying saucer as possible. But so are many other people, including the US Military, a team working for a billionaire American businessman and s group of Arabs. Rip foils their attempts to commandeer the craft with the help of a disillusioned female pilot called Charley. Together they steal the saucer and Charley takes them both into orbit. Rip¿s plan is to take the saucer to his uncle¿s Missouri farm ¿ but first he has to avoid being tracked down by everyone else.… (més)
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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.

I loved this book. ( )
  Gmomaj | Feb 16, 2020 |
The spaceship was the most realistic thing about this book. The characters were over the top and the science was full of holes. ( )
  myojencards | Sep 5, 2016 |
Don't read this as serious sci-fi with scientific explanation and deeply developed characters...it's not that. Light satire makes it a book that's just plain fun. Yes, the characters are a bit flat and credulity gets stretched here and there. The reaction of government to the finding of a flyable flying saucer was spot on--stupid and clumsy--just like always. Couple that with a greedy global zillionaire and a budding romance...you just can't stop listening. Coonts wrote more of Rip Cantrell--I may just have to check them out! ( )
  buffalogr | Jan 11, 2015 |
340 pages Science fiction. Get this book from your local library. Coonts tells the story of a young man who finds a functional space ship in the Liybian desert. I enjoyed the book for what it was, light reading. Coonts does not do a good job of character development.

I felt the action sequences a bit improbable. Yet it was fun light reading and it was funny. Coonts has written better.
  Cataloger623 | Nov 8, 2014 |
Rip Cantrell is working in the Sahara Desert for a mining company when he notices a strange glint of metal, a strange find in the middle of a desolate, inhospitable place such as that. After he and his co-workers do some digging they discover that it is a strange, alien space craft. Even stranger, the only way it could have been buried in the sandstone they found it in is if it had been there for thousands of years.

It's a magnificent discovery that could change the world, and everyone knows it. Before Rip can think he finds himself in an epic power struggle between multiple governments and government agencies, as well as a well-known billionaire who will stop at nothing to posses the saucer and sell it on the world market for it's hyper-advanced technology.

It all results in a very action-packed novel that, really, isn't as firmly rooted in science fiction as the title and theme would suggest. It's more of a thriller than a hard science fiction novel, which makes sense considering who wrote it. This for me was probably the biggest pitfall, as all the cool and interesting questions raised by the mysterious saucers take a back seat to all the explosions and gun fights.

With all that said, I'm hooked on the mystery of the saucer and will unquestionably be continuing with the series. ( )
  Ape | May 31, 2014 |
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A team of surveyors working in the Sahara happen upon an object buried deep in the rock. The object turns out to be a flying saucer and it is older than the rock it is buried in ¿ 140,000 years old at least. Rip, a student working with the team is keen to find out as much about the flying saucer as possible. But so are many other people, including the US Military, a team working for a billionaire American businessman and s group of Arabs. Rip foils their attempts to commandeer the craft with the help of a disillusioned female pilot called Charley. Together they steal the saucer and Charley takes them both into orbit. Rip¿s plan is to take the saucer to his uncle¿s Missouri farm ¿ but first he has to avoid being tracked down by everyone else.

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