Saucer (Saucer, #1)
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Saucer (Saucer #1)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  1,266 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Stephen Coonts has earned an extraordinary worldwide reputation with his military thrillers featuring Jake Grafton, one of the most popular and recognizable characters in contemporary suspense fiction. In this exhilarating departure, Coonts takes readers on an imaginative journey into space that is as suspenseful as any of his other stories . . .

When Rip Cantrell, a seismi...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published January 20th 2003 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 21st 2002)
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Dane Richter
I once thought that if a book was published then it had to be good. Stephen Coonts proves this theory wrong. Saucer is about a young man, Rip, who discovers a UFO that has been buried in rock since before civilization began. Throw in the Lybian Army and a rich Australian entrepreneur, each wanting the aircraft for themselves and you actually have a solid idea.

I think Coonts falls short with his predictable story line and lack of character development. Rip and Charley are paper-thin with no real...more
Coonts is known for his military aviation stories and he usually shines brightly in that genre. In "Saucer" Coonts leaves that familiar territory behind (sort of) and enters the realm of light science fiction. The result? A rip-roaring adventure fantasy full of excitement, humor, and speculation.

One funny thing is that the heroes all have nicknames. Rip is the young man who discovers a saucer buried in sandstone while on a siesmic oil surveying trip on the border of Libya and Chad. His clever s...more
I have read many books by retired Navy Pilot Stephen Coonts, and had heard that this one was severely different in theme from his other stories. Was not planning to read it initially, but when I was able to acquire a full sized copy at work free of charge... eh when in rome.
This is only the second novel I have read by Coonts that was not a "Jake Grafton" story. The other one "Fortunes of War" seemed so much like a Grafton story at first, that I didn't realize it wasn't one, until the title chara...more
Patrick S.
This was a pretty boring book with no real depth of story. The premise of the book is pretty straight forward but the plot and character development are shallow at best. Guy finds a saucer, guy meets random girl from somewhere, guy and girl take saucer, guy and girl randomly fall in love in a paragraph, guy and girl have it stolen, guy and girl go to get it back. I wasn't even sure if I was suppose to be rooting for the character the book kept focusing on because the book hardly made him seem li...more
This is a surprise to me - I have read a number of Stephen Coonts's books and to be honest they predominantly lean towards military thriller and espionage however this is the first real science fiction he has written (well that I know of) and to be honest you can sort of tell.

Now do not get me wrong this is not a negative observation but you can see where his strengths are and where they are not. Now I am not saying his science fiction is bad just it does feel a little tried and tested and poss...more
A fun sci-fi story with interesting main characters, smooth pacing, and a satisfyingly serpentine plot. The twists in plot weren't jarring or particularly unexpected; but were in all the right places and enjoyingly appropriate. Add to this the colorful turns of phrase and idioms that the author uses in dialogue, that only occasionally seem dated, and you have a gratifying read.

The real stars of the show were the hero team of the protagonist (Rip), the love interest (Charlie), and the mentor (Egg...more
Why in God’s name do American authors in their books give to their Russian characters such bizarre surnames?
Apparently they considered it to be much easier to concoct foreign names rather than to ask about or look for really existing surnames somewhere else . Odd. In this particular book it’s Russian character was christened as Ivan Krasnoyarsk. Well, it looks like the writer could not think of anything better then to select quite at random the first-encountered name on the geographical map and...more
Bob Lee
I really enjoyed the novel. In it, a young fellow on a geological survey spots a flying saucer sticking out of a sandstone cliff. After excavating it, everyone in world, it seems, tries to steal it. Since Coontz is an ex military pilot, he does a nice job of the wonders of trying to fly such a creation.

The worst, though, is when one of the richest men in the world gets some mercenaries to steal it and puts it up for auction to the highest bidder, and the countries scramble over themselves biddi...more
Samie Foster
Saucer By Stephen Coonts

Over all rating: A surprising fun thrill Ride

Being a fan of sci-fi thrillers, I gave it a try. Not to mention it was given to me. It’s a simple novel called Saucer written by Stephen Coonts. The write up doesn’t explain much. The cover just has a picture of saucer on it, giving the reader no real clue of what their about to read,

So what is it about? It starts off with a archeological team and oil drillers that stumble across something shiny in the sand. They disregard it....more
Frederick Meekins
In most science fiction stories, extraterrestrial technology is unveiled to the world when it is piloted to earth by proverbial little green men or bug eyed monsters. However, in Saucer, Stephen Coonts presents a scenario where man's initial exposure to a civilization from beyond the earth does not occur overhead but rather from beneath our feet.

In Saucer, Coonts details the account of a spacecraft unearthed in the Sahara desert and the international intrigue that results as various nations cons...more
Robert Beveridge
...Stephen Coonts dips his toes into the waters of science fiction and comes up with what he does best-a techno-thriller. Rip, a college student summering as a geological survey worker, spots a gleam under the sand in the middle of the Sahara desert, and from such auspicious beginnings he unearths a seventy-foot, hundred forty thousand year old flying saucer. Everyone from a band of Australian mercenaries to the Libyan government knows about it, and wants it, within forty-eight hours. Rip's got...more
Honestly I did like this book yet I am going to describe it as fluffy. A saucer, a working saucer, is found in the desert and these folks from various groups are going to argue over ownership rights. Golly gee whiz! And when it flies over cities and various populated areas people are astonished. Holy moly! When you get to the end some people will even die and like even be killed. Oh no, close your eyes! It is a good book, and part of a two book series, but something seems off. In the beginning i...more
Sarah Potter
I decided to have a break from reading rich prose, as I've been immersed in some intense literature of late. This decision coincided with me having a heavy cold and stinking headache this weekend, so nothing could have proved better therapy than curling up on the settee, with a rip-roaring, plot-driven sci-fi thriller by Stephen Coonts.

I found the novel tremendous fun but didn't feel guilty about sneezing over it, as it was an old hardback with yellow pages. Coonts has nothing good to say about...more
Thomas Llama
One of the reasons I've enjoyed Coonts' writing is that he knows how to present fiction that's beyond believable as, well, believable. The problem with this book is that there were several points where I scratched my head and wondered just which planet this story was taking place on. Deep questions regarding the saucer's origins are brushed aside as trifles; the methods used to control the saucer by the main character are not explained, and barely explored; the effect of finding a 140,000-year o...more
Picked this up at a Library sale - the title kind of says it all!

Rip Cantrell is working in the Sahara when he spots the glimmer of metal. What he finds is a flying saucer, buried under thousands of years of sandstone. As they dig it out, he is even more amazed to find that it still works. Just as he begins to realise how important this discovery is, the American Air Force arrive, closely followed by the Libyan army and then the mercenaries of a billionaire who will do anything to get the techno...more
Stephen Birch
I really like Steven Coonts and fully expected this to be of the same quality, it is not. I can't help wondering if this book was intended for children rather than adults. The book is about young heroes and is written using simple language and an easy to read style. I would not be surprised if children in their early teens would really enjoy the book.
C. Stuchl
I read this book when it first came out and really liked it. I just love it when an underdog gets the best of higher powers. Finding and keeping the saucer was a great read. So good that I have just finished the second in the series and have the third. Stephen Coots is one of the very best. Love all his books. Have quite a few of them.
Andrew Rose
Flights of Fantasy

When a flying saucer is discovered it turns into a race against time to keep it out of the wrong hands. It's up to a test pilot, an eccentric inventor and a MIT grad student to save the day. If you are a fan of B V Larson you'll get a kick out of this story
Kimberly Olerich
Intriguing premise

I enjoyed this book very much. This was the first time I had read novel by Stephen Coonts, but it won't be my last. I liked his writing style, and I found the premise quite interesting. I am looking forward to the next book in this sequence.
Ed Tinkertoy
I loved this book. It was very fast paced and it was hard to put it down because I wanted to know what would happen next. It had a few twists thrown in when people wanted to try and steal the saucer from Rip who found it. It was also at times comical. When the thug billionaire stole the saucer, captured and imprisoned Charley who was piloting it, and put it up for auction, I thought it was hilarious that all of the bidders secretly planted bombs on the saucer to blow it up if they did not win th...more
Barbara Ghylin
A little slow getting started, but wow is it picking up. So far, GOOD. Finished last night. All I can say is WOW. Rip and his uncles did what was right for the saucer and the world. Some people will not be happy about that decision. I may have pick up the next one just to see what happens.
michael j baker
Page Turner

Kept me into the book each page. Makes you want to read the others in the series saucer he wrote.
seemed to be written for middle school age readers. stereotypes and unbelievable actions made for a boring read. no more from this author.
I really enjoyed reading this book. This is my first Stephen Coonts book and I really liked how easy the words flowed from the page. I'm going read the next book in this series right away.
Seth Sonenthal
ok easy fast read, predictable and dated. Could of been much deeper and better developed.
Oh well.
Not too deep, but if you're tired and need a break, this won't tax your mental powers.
brian dean
Fun science fiction backed by Coonts' real life flying experience.
This was a light but excellent read. One book you don't want miss.
Mike Davis
Quick and enjoyable. Read in one sitting, flying to west coast.
Engaging story, not usually my cup of tea but I couldn't stop reading.
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Stephen Coonts (born July 19, 1946) is an American thriller and suspense novelist.

Coonts grew up in Buckhannon, West Virginia, a small coal-mining town and earned an B.A. degree in political science at West Virginia University in 1968. He entered the Navy the following year and flew an A-6 Intruder medium attack plane during the Vietnam War, where he served on two combat cruises aboard the USS Ent...more
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