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When Rip Cantrell, a summer intern on a seismic survey crew in the Sahara Desert, discovers a flying saucer embedded in a sandstone ledge, the crew seeks help from an archeologist digging a nearby site. As the crew chips the saucer from the stone, one of the seismic workers places a satellite call to an Australian billionaire who invests in high tech, Roger Hedrick. Meanwhile the U.S. Air Force detects the saucer with satellite imagery and sends a team of UFO investigators. They are soon joined by a band of Australian thugs.
While the Air Force and Aussies squabble, Rip learns a few of the saucer's secrets and realizes there is a chance that it might still be airworthy. When the Libyan military arrives at the party, Rip and former Air Force test pilot Charlotte "Charley" Pine take their lives in their hands and fly the saucer away.
SAUCER is Stephen Coonts doing what he does best--action adventure with an aviation twist. Rip and Charley lead the world on a merry chase as they try to learn the saucer's secrets and keep it away from the U.S. Government, which would deny its existence, and rogue billionaire Roger Hedrick, who wants to sell it to the highest bidder.
Yet SAUCER is more than a chase book. How the saucer came to be in the stone and who put it there are questions at the core of the story; the answers will captivate readers worldwide.