Saturn Run by John Sandford, Ctein
eBook review copy, 496 pages
Saturn Run by John Sandford, and Ctein is a recommended political thriller in a sci-fi setting.
It is 2066 and a spaceship is detected by Saturn. Obviously, there are
many government meetings and President
Amanda Santeros wants to send a mission there to investigate, and,
hopefully, capture the technology. In a plan to keep the Chinese from
knowing, only a few members of the mission are really told where they
are going and why - in the ship named the Richard
M. Nixon. The Chinese discover the real reason for the US launch
and they plan their own, competing mission to Saturn.
Despite an exciting premise and the fact that I enjoy science fiction, I
really found it a challenge to get into this novel. There is plenty of
technical science for those of us who like some science with our science
fiction, but in this case it felt more like information dumps rather
than science included in the fictional story. That combined with the
abundance of international intrigue and espionage and characters I
didn't really care for. I'm not disappointed that I read it, but it did
seem to be bogged down in details with little plot advancement. The
three stars are because it is well written, but it suffered in
comparison to the next sci-fi book I read which had a much more
satisfying plot and better characters.
Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy
of Penguin for review