Ahoy there me mateys!
saturn run (John Sandford and Ctein)
This was one of the ports I wanted to plunder and my oh my how wonderful and amazing it was to explore this part of our solar system. I adored this sci-fi novel. A good old fashioned space yarn. I love the politics, the characters, the science, the suspense, the writing, the ships (Arrrr!), and even the physics. Upon my life! I know I am known in these waters for my hatred of physics . . . but this book did a wonderful job of making the physics accessible to a salty sea dog like myself. Why the novel even ended with an “Author’s Note: The Science Behind the Story.” And it was awesome. I mean actually fun to read. And funny. The authors’ put in a lot of thought behind the novel which they detail in part in that section. My favorite characters were Crow and Sandy (both men) but the novel was populated with a nice combination of strong and intelligent male and female characters. There was only a small amount of romance thrown in which was fun and did add something to the plot and was not for gratuitous sex in space scenes . . . though there was sex happening in space. The only con was that the Americans were mostly the heroes and the Chinese mostly were not. But that was a small issue for me overall and did not stop my enjoyment of the book. I have never read any of Mr. Sandford’s other novels before but he does have a couple of young adult ones. Hmmmm . . .
Mr. Sandford’s website has this to say about the novel:
An extraordinary new thriller of the future from #1 New York Times-bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Sandford and internationally known photo-artist and science fiction aficionado Ctein . . .
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.
REAL SPACE REAL SCIENCE REAL ADVENTURE
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