"Rip roaring space adventure"

After the adventures in SAUCER, Rip Cantrell and his girlfriend Charley Pine donated the flying saucer to the Air and Space Museum. A bored Charley accepts Pierce Artois' offer to pilot a space plane to the moon to bring supplies to the station being built there. While she is on the space plane, Charley notices inside a locked compartment an object marked with a radioactive warning label; nothing on the manifest indicates that anything radioactive is on the ship.

On the moon, Artois and his associates are building a mysterious machine that disturbs Charley. She soon learns that they are constructing an antigravity beam that will destroy anything in its path even from the distance to earth. Artois wants to be emperor of the world and he has a good chance of succeeding. Charley hijacks a space plane and returns to earth. She and Rip steal back the donated saucer so that they can try to destroy Artois' fleet leaving him stranded on Luna, rescue his abducted uncle, and ultimately obliterate the weapon of mass destruction.

SAUCER: THE CONQUEST is a rip roaring space adventure novel filled with a dashing hero and a courageous female champion, vile villains ready to commit genocide for power, and numerous space battles that make Star Wars look like a romance. Rip is a modern day Flash Gordon leaping from one adventure into another while Charley is the only person who can out leap Rip yet keep him somewhat on an even keel. Gifted Stephen Coonts provides an innovative yet in some ways old fashioned space tale that will appeal to anyone who enjoys the Star war sagas.

Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted August 16, 2004

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007


Steve Coonts' SAUCER was a smash hit in the U.S. and the U.K. when it was published in 2002. It was also published in Germany as DAS IKARUS PROJEKT. Now the unlikely duo of Rip Cantrell and beautiful test pilot Charley Pine are back, so strap in and leave your passports behind as the fight for freedom on the new frontier begins.

After discovering the secrets of a 140,000-year-old spacecraft and delivering it to safety in the National Air and Space Museum, where it is displayed alongside Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, Rip and Charley think their days of high-flying extraterrestrial adventure are over. Bored with Rip's aimless wanderings, Charley accepts a job flying space planes to the moon for the French lunar base project. There she discovers a world-threatening anti-gravity beam that could only have been constructed using saucer technology.

She steals a space plane and flies back to earth to sound the warning. Meanwhile, 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 from a twisted modern-day Napoleon bent on conquest.

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Saucer: The Conquest
(Sequel to Saucer)
by Stephen Coonts

St. Martin's Press (Griffin)
September 1, 2004
ISBN #031232362X
EAN #9780312323622
352 pages
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