Over the course of thirty-seven 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 one hundred 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 an 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.
What I liked: When Mr Sandford is the author, I know up front that I'm not only going to get unique, well written characters but a fantastic story to boot. Sci-Fi isn't one of my extensive reading genres, however, it seems lately I may need to include more in my "to be read" pile. I've always been a space nerd and if I can find more books as good as Saturn Run, I'll gladly become a fan.
I'll tell you the truth, the beginning is a bit slow but I'm used to Mr. Sandford's writing style and hung in there until the action, mystery, and storyline picked up. Then, I couldn't put it down. I kept trying to find good stopping places and had one heck of a time taking breaks. That's another thing you should do; take breaks. Why? The science involved in Saturn Run can be a bit mind numbing but you don't have to completely understand the science to enjoy the book. It makes the book seem more real and well researched and it was. The afterword in this book will blow your mind as much of the story did mine.
There are a lot of characters involved but there's a central grouping in which to follow the story. I found the fact that we're racing with the Chinese instead of the Russians a telling in itself and again, believable. The politics of the future are just as disturbing and in many ways more intriguing than today.
It's extremely hard to review Saturn Run without any spoilers mainly because of the genius of the authors. Believe me when I say, I felt like I was on the USS Richard M. Nixon along with the rest of the crew. Yes, there is a reason for the name of the spaceship and no, I can't say why!!
This is one book, I think I would like to try on audio. I've never listened to the narrator, Eric Conger, before and the samples don't do a narrator justice, in my opinion.
What I didn't like: I mentioned the slow start but that wasn't a big detractor for me. I found myself wanting to know more story about the past mentioned here and there but then the book would have been a tomb instead of a gripping read.
I received my copy of Saturn Run from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.