The French kidnap Rip's Uncle Egg and force him to fly a saucer, hidden in Area 51, to the moon. Rip and Charley have no choice; to rescue Egg and save the world, they must steal the first saucer from its new home, the National Air and Space Museum, and hit the not-so-friendly skies again.
Stephen Coonts's first Saucer was a smash-hit nationwide. Now the unlikely duo of Rip Cantrell and Charley Pine are back, so strap in and leave your passports behind as the fight for freedom on the new frontier begins.
©2004 Stephen Coonts; (P)2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
"Coonts knows how to write and build suspense." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Tough to put down." (Publishers Weekly)
"A comic, feel-good sf adventure." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Coonts is a natural storyteller." (USA Today)
I really enjoyed the book. Full of comments like "if we put sanctions on the French, then we must have a Wine for Food program" and "if Washington gets destroyed, we'll rebuild the capitol in Kansas - it's closer to Texas anyway".
Lots of likable good-guys and despicable bad guys spread out between Earth and the Moon.
Not only did I enjoy the audiobook, my son got hooked while listening for just half an hour. It will keep your attention. Can't wait for the next one in the series.
It is well written and well read. There were a few twists and turns that challenge the disbelieve scale, but not overly so.
It was a great way to pass several hundred miles on the road.
This was a great follow up book to the first one (which sadly I have a hard time finding). It is an entertaining and thought provoking of what if's. A research station on the moon, intrigue, world conquest. Great book and you won't want to turn it off!
I bought this book on a whim. I usually take my time choosing my next download, but this time I thought, "What the heck? I haven't listened to a sci-fi book in a while." Well, if I had listened to the sample, I would have kept browsing.
The narrator is talent-less. He has a good voice, but more often than not, he fails to add personality and emotion, or at least any that's interesting. In fact, he sounded as though he was reading stereo instructions.
The story is filled with cheap, predictable, and sometimes useless dialogue. The author loves to use the word "squirt" and used it quite often when an antimatter (or "antiproton", or "antipositron"; the author used them interchangeably) gun was used. I'm sorry, but the only kind of gun you squirt is a water gun. The same goes for "turning on the juice" when the saucer would accelerate; a phrase used so often that it stood out like a sore thumb. What is it with this author and his liquids? :)
And the technology? Aaarrgh! The saucers are sophisticated pieces of technology, able to go amazingly fast, and be driven by mind control, but they can't alert you when enemy aircraft or weaponry is coming your way? And what's more, if they use up fuel (water) so fast just going from the earth to the moon, including air combat scenes, how could they possibly carry the original owners (the aliens) from the farther reaches of space to earth? Perhaps that's why they crashed here in the first place.
And what one of the characters did at the end of the story to "hide" the saucer was just absurd. No explanation was offered at all. We're just supposed to take it as a common occurrence and say, "oh well, of course." There's more that boggles the mind, but I'm running out of space.
So why did I listen to it if I have all this to say about it? My comments are compressed here, so there are some interesting or somewhat entertaining moments that enabled me to tolerate it. Besides, it was better listening to it than the radio. ;)
First let me say the STORY was an excellent sequel to Coonts’ original Saucer novel. The narrator, however, was the absolute worst I have listened to. After the first couple hours, I put away the audible version with the intent of buying the book (paper) version so I could get through the story.
After not finding the time and letting a few months pass, I finally forced myself to bear the narrator’s monotonous, 4th grade level reading through the end. (Apparently this narrator never learned what punctuation is!) Anyway, my recommendation would be to buy the paper version for a great read. Unfortunately I would have to say stay away from the audible version.
This book isn't all bad it has good narration, BUT, Has BAD Science. Questions from the first book NEVERED answered. Now they hear about a mother ship. Please it needs to answer some questions like WHERE did the ships come from? also a rich guy has people steal a second ship from Area 51. OH PLEASE give me a break. Mr. Coonts please make your Sci-fi more believable. Don't hold your breath but there is going to be a 3rd book.
yes, I can listen while driving ( working)
Uncle Egg, his down to earth folksie outlook on life, kind of mirrors mine.
Again Uncle Egg, the reader did an outstanding job
it made me laugh and root for "our" side against the arrogant- "we are better than you" attitude of the French. Very accurately presented
where is the follow up book
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.
I'm waiting for a third book. This story needs to be continued. It had me hooked from the first book and this one was great too. I like the human interaction with a taste of extraordinary thrown in. Characters you can get behind. I've tried the out and out fantasy stuff but they get a bit too far gone. This is home grown fun with scifi thrown in to season the reading pleasure.
I suppose I am a scifi nut and have loved all kinds of space travel / time travel stories and this is a very well done one too! Some times I hope that I will still be alive when the first friendly aliens show up and that we don't follow the way the military wants to shoot first shake later line!
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