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Conquistador

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A Good Alternate Universe Saga

S.M. Stirling uses a variation on the "Alternate Universe" that I have not seen before. He adds in real world politics and greed to the mix. Hypothesizing how real people might hide the gateway while continuing to expand upon it use using highly trained "Gate Security...
S.M. Stirling uses a variation on the "Alternate Universe" that I have not seen before. He adds in real world politics and greed to the mix. Hypothesizing how real people might hide the gateway while continuing to expand upon it use using highly trained "Gate Security Operatives" is a pleasure to read.

The sexual tension is kept at a level that enhances the story without getting in the way. Blending the events on "First Side" and in the "Commonwealth of New Virginia" works well and allows us to see the reasons behind policies and events as they unfold.

Lastly the statements made about the destruction of native populations to the plagues and illnesses of modern man was a strong statement about man's ability to rationalize right and wrong while securing the poperty and land of others.

posted by Doc_Strange on September 20, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Good idea but poor finish

Stirling has some great ideas but has trouble keeping them going for the entire book. The basis of this book is very intersting and for 1/2 the book you are really drawn into it, then things slow to a crawl that the ending just can't make up for. I give the first 1/2 4*...
Stirling has some great ideas but has trouble keeping them going for the entire book. The basis of this book is very intersting and for 1/2 the book you are really drawn into it, then things slow to a crawl that the ending just can't make up for. I give the first 1/2 4****, but the second 1/2 just 2**.

posted by Anonymous on June 16, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2008

    Good idea but poor finish

    Stirling has some great ideas but has trouble keeping them going for the entire book. The basis of this book is very intersting and for 1/2 the book you are really drawn into it, then things slow to a crawl that the ending just can't make up for. I give the first 1/2 4****, but the second 1/2 just 2**.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2006

    great concept, interesting plot

    I wanted to like this book even more. it started out at a good, engaging pace as the events unfold and you learn about what is really going on, but it then gets really mired down in all the detail about the sorrundings and landscape details. gets to be a bit much with all of the on and on about the trees, valleys, flowers, lakes, plants, etc. first few times is not so bad, but everytime the characters are in a new area - different than modern times - but still in same general CA arear mind you, more and more detail about that location - as if we did not get the point already. lots of wasted pages on this fact - enough that it becomes noticable and distracting. becuase of that, it gets a bit slow about 1/3 into it until the end where it finally picks back up when the conclusion comes about. worth reading - but might start speed reading parts

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 23, 2010

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