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Author: John Sandford and Ctein
Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Publication Date: 10/06/2015
Synopsis from Goodreads: The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate. Spaceships do.
A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least one hundred years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out.
The race is on, and an remarkable adventure begins—an epic tale of courage, treachery, resourcefulness, secrets, surprises, and astonishing human and technological discovery, as the members of a hastily thrown-together crew find their strength and wits tested against adversaries both of this earth and beyond. What happens is nothing like you expect—and everything you could want from one of the world’s greatest masters of suspense.
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Honestly, I hate to say this, but as a John Sandford fan, this one was pretty bad. I’ve always loved John Sandford’s mystery novels but this foray into the world of Sci-Fi just isn’t grabbing me. I literally cannot concentrate on the book. I can’t even finish it – I’m 8 chapters in and have zero desire to ever finish it.
For one, there seems to be too much going on. New characters are constantly popping up and while I realize that each new character that pops up has something integral to do with the story, it is rather annoying. There is also the fact that the story just doesn’t seem to have a clear cut place it is going – other than Saturn.
There isn’t anything particularly exciting that is happening – nothing to keep my interest. Generally speaking, if I’m not engaged and wanting to read more, not wanting to put the book down by the 6th or 7th chapter, I’m not going to be. It saddens me because I really had high hopes for this book based on it being a John Sandford novel. Perhaps it is the collaboration with Ctein or perhaps Sci-Fi just isn’t the genre for Sandford, but I just can’t say I liked this book.
I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.