When Rip Cantrell, a seismic survey worker in the Sahara, finds a piece of metal entombed in the sandstone, it isn't long before he uncovers a flying saucer that has been resting there for 140,000 years. His discovery doesn’t remain a secret for long. The U.S. Air Force sends a UFO investigation team, which arrives minutes before a team sent by an Australian billionaire to steal the saucer’s secrets. Before either side can outwit the other, the Libyan military arrives. Meanwhile, Rip has been checking out the saucer. With the help of an ex-Air Force test pilot, Charley Pine, Rip flies the saucer away, embarking on a fantastic journey into space and around the world, keeping just ahead of those who want the saucer for themselves.
SAUCER: THE CONQUEST
Rip Cantrell and Charley Pine think their days of extraterrestrial adventure are over. That changes when someone uses top-secret information about saucer technology that comes from the 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 in order to save Uncle Egg...and the world.
SAUCER: SAVAGE PLANET
A year after Rip Cantrell discovered the flying saucer buried in the sands of the Sahara, another saucer is brought up from the bottom of the Atlantic. The recovery is funded by a pharmaceutical executive who believes that the saucer holds the key to an antiaging drug formula that space travelers would need in order to voyage between galaxies. However, one of the executive’s technicians, Adam Solo, an alien marooned on Earth for more than a thousand years, steals the saucer, hoping to summon a starship to rescue him. Unfortunately, the stolen saucer has damaged communications gear. Solo goes to Rip and his partner, Charley Pine, for help. As a world fearful of space invaders approaches meltdown, big pharma moguls are hot on the trail of Rip, Charley, and Solo. In a world turned upside down, it may be the arriving aliens who offer limitless possibilities. Rip and Charley face an incredible decision: Do they dare leave the safety of earth to travel into the wilderness of the universe?
About the Author
Thriller writer Stephen Coonts began his writing career with the 1986 Vietnam war bestseller Flight of the Intruder, which introduced the character Jake Grafton, and was inspired by his own experiences flying an A-6 Intruder plane in Vietnam. The book was later adapted to film. In the years since, Coonts has produced a number of bestselling series, including the Saucer series, the Jake Grafton series, the Deep Black series, and others.
Date of Birth:July 19, 1946
Place of Birth:Morgantown, West Virginia
Education:B.A., West Virginia University, 1968; J.D., University of Colorado, 1979