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Saucer: The Conquest by Stephen Coonts

Saucer: The Conquest

by Stephen Coonts

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Series: Saucer (book 2)

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This was a great follow up book to the Coonts' first Saucer book...doesn't suffer from second hand syndrome. It is entertaining and thought provoking -- intrigue, world conquest and humor. Cartoonish characters with names like Senator Blohardt and Texas used car salesman turned space tourist Joe Bob Hooker add to the fun. Satirical comments like: "if we put sanctions on the French, then we must have a Wine for Food program" and "if Washington gets destroyed, we'll rebuild the capitol in Kansas - it's closer to Texas anyway" are roll on the floor kinda stuff. Readers with half a brain couldn't fail to recognize that it's all in fun. However, the Audible narrator is talent-less. He has a good voice, but personality and emotion are void. Yank and bank fighter pilot stuff with flying saucers was a fun listen. On the whole, despite stretching the laws of physics in a few places, the story is a good read. ( )
  buffalogr | Feb 12, 2015 |
340 pages . Science fiction. Available in most public library collections. This is Stephen Coonts second venture into scifi and his best . The story is continuation of Saucer but with better dialog more action. In this world the French have established a base on the Moon and want to use it to take over the world using alien techonology. The story left me wanting more.

  Cataloger623 | Nov 8, 2014 |
Shortly after the events of the first book, Rip and Charley find themselves...well, kind of bored, actually. After all the excitement with the discovery of the ancient 140,000-year-old alien spacecraft they are now wealthy from the patents they own from the saucer and are just living day-to-day with not a whole lot to do. When Charley is offered the opportunity to fly a spaceplane to a lunar base on the moon for the French government, she snaps it up in a heartbeat, leaving Rip behind to struggle with his own devices.

Unfortunately Charley's wonderment at being on the moon is quickly disillusioned when she makes an alarming discovery of her own. Before they know it Rip and Charley and dragged into another multi-nation conflict involving alien technology and world powers who want to abuse it.

One of my complaints about the last novel was that it was more firmly rooted in the thriller genre than in science fiction. That's still pretty much true about this one, although the heavy emphasis on space travel gives it a very science fiction backdrop. So, unfortunately, I am still left wanting for more information on the mysterious alien race that presumably left the saucers behind. I also think the last page could have been entirely removed, as it is an incredibly awkward way to end a book. I get wanting to drum up some hype for the next entry, but in this case it just doesn't feel natural at all.

Ultimately, I enjoyed the 2nd book in the Saucer series well enough, and the 3rd book sounds very promising, so I'll be starting it immediately. ( )
  Ape | Jun 8, 2014 |
Bestselling author Stephen Coonts took fans by surprise with the phenomenal and heart-pounding tale of *Saucer*. Now Rip Cantrell and Charley Pine are back for seconds with with *Saucer: The Conquest*.

Rip Cantrell is brought back to give the saucer one last flight. Charley Pine has started flying for a rich French tycoon, and there is believed to be another downed saucer somewhere in the area. Rip can't quite get over the fact that Charley has dumped him. But when push comes to shove Rip and the United States Government are going to go head to head with this crazy Frenchman in trying to be the first to the saucer.

As Stephen Coonts proved in his last outing, there is a great deal of high-flying adventure to be found in the Saucer series. And this one not only promises all the excitement of the last one, but it delivers with much, much more.

### From Publishers Weekly

In this humorous UFO thriller, the sequel to bestseller Coonts's *Saucer* (2003), pilot Charlotte "Charley" Pine is hired to fly a French spaceplane to the moon, where millionaire Pierre Artois is building a base. Once there, she discovers that Artois has equipped the base with an antigravity beam projector and plans to make himself and his malevolent wife, Julie, rulers of the world. Charley promptly returns to Earth to warn everybody. Meanwhile, Newton Chadwick, a mad scientist in the pay of the French, kidnaps saucer-expert Egg Cantrell and forces him to fly to the moon in the original Roswell saucer that landed in 1947. Egg's nephew Rip Cantrell and Charley steal another flying saucer from the Smithsonian, and soon saucers and other borrowed alien high-tech are in pitched battle over the moon. Later, French pilot Jean-Paul Lalouette (perhaps the book's most engaging character) is determined to go down fighting and nearly turns the tables in a gripping aerial duel of saucers up and down the East Coast. Cartoonish characters with names like Senator Blohardt and Joe Bob Hooker add to the fun.
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### From Booklist

This felicitous, lightweight combination of thriller and sf is the second adventure of Rip Cantrell and Charley Pine involving flying table settings (the first:* Saucer*, 2002). To begin things, Coonts introduces the original 1947 Roswell, New Mexico, saucer (the saucer of *Saucer* was a Saharan denizen) and a scientist who, if not mad at first, is driven mad by the need to keep its discovery secret. Jumping to the present, Coonts gives us Rip at loose ends while Charley flies a French space plane to the Moon. (How the French developed that particular piece of hardware remains unexplained, as does quite a lot else in the book.) Charley soon encounters a mad French brewer and his definitely evil wife, who plan to use stolen saucer technology to conquer the world. Charley makes an excellent whistle-blower, however, and although the rest of the yarn is fast-paced (featuring superb flying sequences, among other exciting things), its issue is never really in doubt. Coonts' tongue is in cheek for much of the story, as it has been in some of his later Jake Grafton books, but this is not likely to raise the hackles of anyone except the humor-impaired. Readers: enjoy. Libraries: provide. *Roland Green*
*Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved* ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
About the Book:
Charley and Rip are back once again in a high flying UFO thriller. In this sequel to Stephen Coonts's Saucer, Rip and Charley have gone their separate ways. Charley leaves to join a expedition to the moon and Rip is left at home to work on refining the technology they recovered from the Saucer's computer banks. What they don't know is that Charley's new boss, Artois has a master plan for taking over the world using the Moon base as a weapon. Along the way it is up to Charley and Rip to save their family and the world from the malevolent couple.

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This story smacked of a "James Bond" movie genre. I absolutely loved this book as much as I did the first, though I did find the first half to drag out too long. It felt like they were trying to fill up page space with details on the space trip. But once the action started the book took off in a flying leap in which I did not want to put it down. Coonts is a master at writing great action stories with a lot of humor splashed through out to keep you smiling. ( )
  Appliquetion | Jun 2, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312994486, Mass Market Paperback)

Bestselling author Stephen Coonts took fans by surprise with the phenomenal and heart-pounding tale of Saucer. Now Rip Cantrell and Charley Pine are back for seconds with with Saucer: The Conquest.
Someone is using top-secret information about saucer technology, information that comes from the mysterious top-secret region in Nevada known as Area 51. Meanwhile, Charley takes up flying space planes to the moon for the French lunar base project. There she discovers a madman and a world-threatening antigravity beam…

When Charley sees how high the stakes are, she needs the kind of help that only Rip can bring her—by prying his saucer out of the hands of the U.S. Government and hurtling it toward the moon...

A furious duel is in the offing between a megalomaniac bent on the conquest of Earth and a handful of runaway heroes. As a plot that reaches back 50 years explodes, a horrific weapon is trained on the Earth’s cities; humankind is dragged to the brink and offered a fearsome choice: surrender or death...

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"In Saucer, after discovering the secrets of a 140,000-year-old spacecraft and delivering it to safety in the Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian right alongside Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, Rip Cantrell and beautiful test pilot Charley Pine think their days of high-flying extraterrestrial adventure are over. However, that will change in the sequel, Saucer: The Conquest, because someone is using top-secret information about saucer technology, information that comes from the mysterious region in Nevada known as Area 51." "Meanwhile, Charley takes up flying space planes to the moon for the French lunar base project. There she discovers a world-threatening antigravity beam. The French kidnap Rip's uncle, Egg, and force him to fly a saucer hidden in Area 51 to the moon. Rip and Charley must steal the first saucer from its new home at the museum and hit the not-so-friendly skies again in order to save Uncle Egg and the world."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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