Author: Ctein, John Sandford
Published by: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
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 a great book! Saturn Run is an adult science fiction thriller that I found engrossing and exciting from beginning to the very last page. It’s quite a ride, that’s for sure.
The year is 2066 and the human race is about to be gobsmacked, because a huge alien spaceship have arrived. Well, technically it’s parked out by Saturn doing who knows what, but one thing is certain, every country wants that technology. It becomes a race between China and the United States to get there first, and it gets intense.
Sandford wove a fantastic story with anticipation coming from all sides and a good mix of wit and humor. Seriously, so much happens! From the race to get the ships ready, to the race to get to Saturn, to what they find, to … well, that’s as far as I’ll go, because that’s the fun part of wondering what the hell will happen next. It all sounds so simple, but there’s a lot going on that had me on the edge of my seat. It truly is a thriller.
This cast of characters rock! They’re all fleshed out really well and had such distinct personalities. I definitely grew attached to them, while some were quite the surprise. I loved getting to know all of them and seeing how their roles would play out. I usually go on and on about the characters, but it’s such an incredible collective, that I feel like I’d be at it all day.
I really like how this is futuristic, yet it isn’t outlandishly so. The world is still very familiar, giving it a realistic feel. That’s a big reason why I was so anxious about what they would discover once they reached Saturn. I was dying to know! And I love science, so I find it interesting when it starts to get technical. I like to know how things work and what the author came up with to put their ideas in motion, especially with something like this. It does get a little labored a couple times in the beginning, but really, any good science fiction tends to do that.
Saturn Run was definitely an experience. I felt like I was on the journey with them and didn’t want it to end, even though I was going crazy with wanting to know what would happen next. It’s a book I got so engrossed in, that it felt weird when it was all over, like my head had to adjust to being back in this world. So yeah, the author did his job of really transporting me there.
I honestly don’t know what exactly it was that made me want to read Saturn Run, but I’m glad I did! So good! I’m already stalking Sandford’s other books.
I just had to include this quote that made me smile, because I think we all know someone like John …
“John, I didn’t actually want to throw this out there before I heard your opinions, … The President would like you to join the crew on the Saturn run.”
Crow took some small pleasure in the surprise on Clover’s face.
“You mean … go out in space?”
“Jesus, Crow, who’d take care of my cat?”