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.
©2004 Stephen Coonts; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"A comic, feel-good sf adventure." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Dick Hill, who is a well-respected narrator, does a superb job....Hill's commendable performance illustrates well the saying that it often is not what one says but how one says it." (Library Journal)
I really enjoyed this book. I don't know why I hadn't heard of or read it before now but am glad I found it. I usually like very suspenseful thrillers and spy books. This has some government intrigue but is not your typical thriller. I actually laughed out loud more than a few times.
It was a thoroughly great read. I highly recommend it.
Aside from the bad character accents by the narrator (which make smart character sound dumb), I enjoyed listening to this book. If you are looking for something overly complicated and deep, keep looking. It's just a fun ride.
This is my first Stephen Coonts book. I always figured he was way to serious and probably wrote to realistic violence for me. I can handle SciFi/Fantasy violence fine. But this one, the killings didn't bother me at all. I felt they all deserved what they got. I absolutely loved the political satire about the president and his stupidity about the orders he gave and his utter lack of basic knowledge. Also, the military intervention both by the U.S. and Australian government to me portrays exactly how the governments would or have handled such occurances.
The greed angle impressed me. It is amazing how realistic that was and was very believable.
I was surprised by the 'cougar' angle. Not a lot of what I have read handles that subject very much, it is a very common happening in real life.
Having actually seen with my own eyes UFOs many years ago. My sighting was validated with other identical sightings the same day by others who where with me and also reported in NYC at the same time and 75 miles east of where I was. It happened in the 50s before we even ventured into space. This is a subject that is of great interest to me. I love the ideas behind the saucer in this book as they are to me very valid premises.
It amazes me how many creationists can't embrace that if He could create what we have here on earth, that he would be limited to just this tiny little rock we live on and feel that such ideas as other worlds would smash their views of the religion they embrace instead of enhancing their awe of what He can do.
I am looking forward to the rest in the series.
Reader Dick Hill takes the wrong approach to this book, almost (but not quite) ruining it. True, Saucer could be for "young adult" readers - there's no real sex or profanity - but Hill reads it like it is a comic book. I practically expected the hero to shout, "Gee whiz, Ma... It's a real flying saucer!" If Hill had read it straight, it would have been a good adventure story without the phony Batman comic overtones.
A good Sci-fi story with a kinda of bad end. Will have to see what Saucer-Conquest is about.
I started listening to audio books about 1.5 yrs ago and I got hooked. Its even better now that I have my own account here on Audible. When I'm not listening to a book I'm probably reading one on my Kindle...another great find!
I had to think long and hard on this question but the answer is YES
And how! This story has so many twists and turns in it, it was non stop adventure.
it was a toss up, either Rip or Uncle Egg
It hardly seems like the book that could make you laugh but there are so many parts that just make you bust out laughing.
I was already a huge Stephen Coonts fan- Jake Grafton rules! but this series was just so original.
My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.
Sometimes with these audiobooks I find the reader to be so mundane and monotone that it's hard to stay attentive. I find myself continually having to rewind to concentrate on what's being said. Hill has a way of holding your attention. As said by one of the reviewers Hill does seem almost comic bookish in his style of reading but he held my attention really well by giving every character a voice, style and accenting the moments with expressions of mood. The book is well written and adventurous. Good stuff, Coonts.
I think I would have enjoyed this book when very young. Something about it reminds me about the Tom Swift series. I enjoyed Hong Kong.
The concept of this book could very well be based on reality...I for one feel there is alot we are unaware of in the universe. very entertaining!
I was so disappointed in this book. The premise of the story was interesting, but its potential was dashed by the end of the first third of the book and it became not much more than a cheap and tawdry story of greed and evil. (NOTE that this is NOT a science fiction novel!) Worse yet, some of the major characters were obviously based on real-life well-known people of current time - and poorly at that.
There were, fortunately, a few interesting twists and turns in the story that kept me interested enough to finish it, mostly out of curiosity to see how it ended (especially considering this is the first of a trilogy).
The really awful part, though, was the narration. It was so poorly done, primarily because the narrator chose to create these ridiculous "voices" of the characters that were demeaning, annoying, and downright disgusting. I really wish narrators would NARRATE and not try to "act" out the story.
There are 2 more books in this trilogy that I would have considered, but they have the same narrator, and that in itself has killed that possibility.
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