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Saturn Run Hardcover – October 6, 2015
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“John Sandford is an amazing, protean writer, and Saturn Run is a terrific story of alien first contact. It’s a book Michael Crichton would have enjoyed, but never could have written; he didn’t have Sandford’s gift of good humor and his uncanny ear for dialogue. With the able partnership of Ctein, it’s fast, scientifically believable, and peopled by characters who become good friends. Fans of Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers will eat this up.”
— Stephen King
“Three things to know: First, I’m the world’s biggest John Sandford fan. Second: I saw this book and thought ... what? Third: I needn’t have worried. It’s vintage Sandford all the way, with all his trademark strengths and insights, except set in the future, not the present. You won’t be disappointed.”
— Lee Child
Utterly captivating! With the heart of a breakneck thriller and the mind of the best science fiction (Bradbury and Heinlein come to mind), Saturn Run keeps us enthralled from beginning to end. Sandford and Ctein have brilliantly pulled off the difficult task of making a very different world very familiar, proving that a born storyteller is a storyteller, whether he sets his books on mean streets or in deep space. I, for one, want more.
— Jeffery Deaver
"My compliments to Ctein and John Sandford for Saturn Run. I enjoyed it greatly. It's a meticulous novel, 100 percent hard science fiction. A space war is the most difficult thing to portray, and the authors have pulled it off. I was reminded of Footfall, my and Jerry Pournelle's own work, and Carl Sagan's Contact."
— Larry Niven, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series
“Sandford and Ctein conjure up some delightful chemistry among these characters, making their journey as harrowing as it is entertaining. Here is a prime example of the principle that in a sci-fi novel about space travel, half the fun is in getting to the destination.”— Washington Post
“The combination of both hard and soft sciences makes this story an excellent read. The central characters are well developed, compelling, and realistic. Highly recommended for the multitudes of Sanford fans and all those who revel in speculative fiction.” — Library Journal
“James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved for…international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure.” — Kirkus
“A must-read…Scenes of beauty collide with catastrophes, as technology takes over in this incredible tale [with] a fabulous ending for all Sandford fans to thoroughly enjoy.” — Suspense Magazine
"Scenes of wonder and beauty are joined with moments of helpless calamity at a pace that leaves the reader no time to look back and consider what just happened. The authors include plenty of fascinating technology and inside jokes for SF fans, and the conclusion is inevitable and satisfying."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Traveling vicariously with these daring space pioneers makes for a riveting read....And it isn't a spoiler to reveal that it has a perfect ending.” — St. Paul Pioneer Press
“A gripping, futuristic tale. The overall experience of "Saturn Run" is like a mixture of Arthur C. Clarke's "2001: a Space Odyssey" and "Rendezvous With Rama." Readers looking for a great sci-fi story won't be disappointed. At almost 500 pages, the pace and compelling characters keep things moving and nothing seems padded.” — Associated Press
“ Ambitious and alluring, “Saturn Run” is sci-fi in the Arthur C. Clarke tradition, but stepped-up and updated. It’s still powered by romance—not of the unknown, but of what could—just possibly—be within our reach.” — The Wall Street Journal
About the Author
Ctein is an internationally known photographer and expert on photographic printing. The holder of a double degree from Caltech in English and physics, he is the author of more than 500 articles, columns, books, and manuals, and is a well-known member of the science fiction community. He lives in San Francisco.
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition (October 6, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399176950
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399176951
- Item Weight : 1.6 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.44 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #334,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Getting through the first half of the book was agonizing. In the second half there was less science and more human interaction, but not enough to make it worth the time spent.
I would not recommend this book, and if I could do it over, would not purchase or read this book. Very disappointing.
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Well it almost did. This is a well written book but with two major problems. The First one is that if you write a book about first contact you should consider that an event like that is huge and will be the focus of the story. But not in this book. This book is about a very long space journey to and from Saturn and the focus is on how the spaceship works and the problems with that. Then the story shifts and you have problems between a US and a Chinese space mission. Aliens? First contact? Well that is almost like a non-event in the story. The Part concerning that is almost like a parody on first contact and is more or less a back ground event to the main story.
The Second problem is that you just can't take people from mystery stories and make them scientists, astronauts and politicians. But John Sandford has done just that. The Dialogue between people is the same as in one of his mystery stories (where it works splendidly) and you keep thinking how it is possible that this could be the best of humanity. The President of the United States, a female one this time, reminds me more of a certain numbers of sergeant-majors that I have known but with even more foul language. I have never heard anyone in my life use words like that about children and I spent my whole life in the army.
The Story is also far to long since almost nothing happens before contact.
I hesitate to give three stars but it is not badly written just at times boring and with the wrong focus. I will continue to read John Sandfords books but should he publish a SF one again I will wait for all reviews and think twice before I buy it.