This was the first Coonts book I read, and I wasn't terribly impressed. It took me a while to realize that the story's supposed to be a farsical comedy rather than a serious thriller. I'd started reading the book thinking (and hoping) it was a military technothriller of some kind, so I was disappointed at first. But after about the 10th time of thinking "they wouldn't really do that" or "nobody really talks like that" I got more into the groove of the book.
I think the story would make a fun PG movie, along the lines of "The Last Starfighter". But it's not an engaging novel for adults. Hokey dialogue, unbelievable plot, and 2-dimensional characters abound. (in the case of the supporting characters, 1-dimensional!) It would have been great hugely edited down into a novella or a long short story.
Not one of Coonts best, but interesting.
A fun, fast read, this novel departs from Coonts' story universe and creates an alternate future. Suspend your logic and accept a 140,000 year-old flying saucer that is fully functional after being chipped out from solid sandstone and you will have a blast with Saucer. Character development is minimal and the plot stretches the imagination -- why didn't he just land the saucer at Cape Canaveral and give it to NASA? -- and you will enjoy this quick, exciting read. Recommended.
Stephen Coonts gives us a story about the discovery of a spaceship found buried in the sahara desert. The race to uncover it and probe it's meaning and technology leads to fierce fighting among some heavy hitters. Corruption, avarice, and hunger for power lead to an immense struggle.
340 pages and easy reading. Coonts' books just seem to flow.
After 140,000 a saucer is found in the Sahara...but who does it belong to and how did it get here? this is an book that will keep you reading all night!!