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Saturn Run

Saturn Run

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Saturn Run

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John Sandford
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.

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Action and science in a SciFi space exploration thriller
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Saturn Run has the potential to be one of the great SciFi stories or at least a really good movie.  The race is on between China and the United States for each to have their manned space missions reach Saturn after alien spaceships are sighted their by telescope.

There is so much to like about this book.  The book begins with a less than fully qualified art major makes the discovery of a lifetime of an alien ship heading for Saturn.  The main characters are then introduced as they are recruited to be engineers, scientists, reporters, and photographers on the most amazing space adventure earth has ever seen.

But getting to Saturn is not easy or fast.  The authors do a fantastic job of researching and writing how technically a two distinctly different space crafts could be build to get to Saturn in "only" about a year.  I really enjoyed the actual science behind the spaceships and space travel as the book was very realistic and plausible in the near future of 2066.

But like most great books it was the interactions between the characters that stood out for me.  Romances developed, bands were formed, and even a sex pool was created during the long voyage.  

The trip was not without it's challenges, accidents, and sabotage as the stakes were high between both countries due to the potential technological finds on Saturn.  

I won't give away the ending but it left me satisfied and I very much enjoyed Saturn Run as a great SciFi book.  Anyone that enjoys space exploration and a great SciFi story should give this book a try.  I give it five out of five stars.    

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