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Saucer (Saucer #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  1,956 Ratings  ·  147 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
ebook, 352 pages
Published January 20th 2003 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 8th 2002)
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Marc There are no aliens in the book. Oil exploration workers discover a space saucer embedded in a sandstone outcropping. They determine that it had been…moreThere are no aliens in the book. Oil exploration workers discover a space saucer embedded in a sandstone outcropping. They determine that it had been there for 140,000 years and that it had been piloted by beings that may be like humans. There's not a trace of the saucer's owners in the story nor an explanation for why there's no trace.(less)
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Dane Richter
Mar 07, 2013 Dane Richter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 28, 2015 Rob1109 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unable-to-finish
Was this garbage written by a ten year old?

When I was young—8, 9, 10, 11—I liked to write. And I still do. Back then, when it was raining outside and I couldn’t ride my bike or play baseball or all my friends were busy, I would sometimes sit down and write quick little stories in those black and white composition books. (Remember those?) They were typical coming from the mindset of an 8, 9, 10, 11 year old. I wrote stories about baseball players, bank robbers and a guy who travelled through time
Jan 16, 2010 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
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
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
Patrick S.
Sep 18, 2012 Patrick S. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 10, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Don't read this as serious sci-fi with scientific explanation and deeply developed's not that. Light satire makes it a book that's just plain fun. Yes, the characters are a bit flat and credulity gets stretched here and there. The reaction of government to the finding of a flyable flying saucer was spot on--stupid and clumsy--just like always. Couple that with a greedy global zillionaire and a budding just can't stop listening. Coonts wrote more of Rip Cantrell--I m ...more
Jul 08, 2016 Scott rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is really a stupid book.
Jul 20, 2015 Kevin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hard to believe I didn't like a book about a flying saucer, but this book is bad with incredibly cheesy writing.
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
Jerry Dawson
Mar 07, 2017 Jerry Dawson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably my favorite book of all time. Combination sci-fi, thriller, and action-adventure. Plus it's upbeat. 'nuff said.
Samie Foster
Aug 05, 2009 Samie Foster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Norm Davis
Oct 05, 2014 Norm Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Most anyone.
The Saucer, Stephen Coonts, 2/5/15

I recall in my youth, thinking I would get published with flying saucer stories, very quickly learned from every editor of every possible science fiction publishing outlet that the subject had been done to death and they really meant they never wanted to see a flying saucer story again. Some writer's guidelines even said that explicitly. So when this book was published I had mixed feelings. Of course an author of Stephen Coonts notoriety can probably write whate
Mar 27, 2014 Jer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Jun 24, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 16, 2011 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
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
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
Bob Lee
Apr 03, 2014 Bob Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 05, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Feb 27, 2016 Tia rated it liked it
Enjoyed it mainly because I'm into the UFO thing. Other than that, it's not a wow-er. Somethings I didn't like were how the "government officials" operated. I know it's fantasy based, but if you're going to make it seem real, at least try to keeping the characters legit. One of the main characters Rip really annoys me throughout at times with his dullness and stupidity. For a brilliant engineer student he acts like he didn't even get through school. His immature side (separating immature from ma ...more
Ed Tinkertoy
Dec 10, 2010 Ed Tinkertoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 23, 2015 Janell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked Saucer, but there were a few things that prevented me from giving it five stars. The main character, Rip Cantrell is a bit immature and for him to do the things that he does with the saucer seems a bit odd at times. It seemed like he was struggling with his adolescence and then all of a sudden he is mature and it kept going back and forth. I think a little more maturity showing on Rip's part would have help the story. The story is good except for the wishy washiness of Rip.

Saucer is quic
Edward H. Busse, III
NO SPOILERS!! Overall...a good read and quick story but it was a little cheesy. The story was interesting and had the potential to be much bigger but I don't believe that it went far enough. Especially with the origins of the saucer. The characters were OK and the writing had plenty of action but it seemed sort of superficial to me. I was disappointed after reading the synopsis as it just came off as not much effort being put into the storyline. A little too much was put in to the Australian par ...more
Nilesh Bahir

A romantic story about an ancient artifact found in earth that turns out to be a fully working Saucer, flying against the gravity, using an advanced / ancient technology that purported to be 140000 yrs old.

Hummm, I am giving 3 stars for that book did not really bore me but could not really break the ice as I turned into a cynic since page 3.. anyways, for my current level of Sci-Fiction reading, this book came to me 15 yrs too late.

Generally if I really like a book, I give 5 stars. If the book i
Jun 26, 2014 Leonid rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Todd Stockslager
Jun 09, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
So good-naturedly, doggedly awful I can't savage it with a "Waste of Paper" rating. Cartoonish at every level--plot, dialogue, characters, action.

But it was short! Most frightening is that this Coonts is apparently a best-selling author. In other words, he's done this before and people have bought it. With a straight face!

Contrast to "The Egyptologist" by Phillips, another new fiction I just read that merited a "What a Classic" rating. So there is really good writing going on out there today. Ju
RaChelle Holmberg
Quite an exciting story and the characters were great. It was refreshing to me to have a man / woman relationship develop in such a sweet manner rather than explicit details.
The saucer is a very exciting concept and kept me interested as the story developed.
I don't like to regurgitate storylines or leave spoilers, so do yourself a favor and read the book.
I downloaded it to my Kindle from overdrive at my public library.
I'm now headed to book two, which, annoyingly enough is not on Overdrive so i
David Ward
Saucer (Saucer #1) by Stephen Coonts (St. Martin's Griffin 2002) (Fiction - Science Fiction). Here's an improbable tale by master story teller Stephen Coonts. A survey crew in north Africa finds a flying saucer enmeshed in a rock matrix. They not only find it, they dig it out and fly off, but not before bad guys try to steal the saucer. An around-the-world chase ensues for what turns out to be ancient technology: 140,ooo years old! But who owns the saucer? Who built it? How did it come to be en ...more
Darran Phelps
Oct 23, 2016 Darran Phelps rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Great adventure linking science fiction and archaeology.
Makes you wonder what would really happen if someone found something of significance today? I doubt if it would see the light of day.
The Governments came out of this very lightly I think. Instead of the Australian being the bad guy, I feel that it would be the different governments that would be the ones fighting over this whilst trying to hush everything up.
Overall I liked it. The story was original and kept me reading wanting to know wh
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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
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