Saturn Run by John Sandford and Ctein

Saturn RunAn 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.

Over the course of thirty-seven books, John Sandford has proven time and again his unmatchable talents for electrifying plots, rich characters, sly wit, and razor-sharp dialogue. Now, in collaboration with Ctein, he proves it all once more, in a stunning new thriller, a story as audacious as it is deeply satisfying.

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.Saturn Run by John Sandford
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First of all, I would like to admit to the fact that I am not the world’s biggest sci-fi fan, and so, I was probably a bit more off-put by the tech jargon in this book than a sci-fi fan would be.

The story did eventually become a lot more interesting and I was able to finish the book, but it took me quite a while, as I would lose focus after a few minutes of reading (once again, techy-stuff.)

There is also a very large cast of characters in this novel, and at times, I got a little confused by who was doing what.

I think the redeeming factor for me, was that even as someone who does not favour this type of book, I still found threads in it that made me want to know what was going to happen next. I believe, that if you are a sci-fi fan, this will be a book that you want to read.

Not a bad read–even for someone who wouldn’t normally choose this. I was curious to see what else John Sandford does, as I am a definite fan of his mystery books.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

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