Conquistador

Conquistador

by S. M. Stirling
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Conquistador by S. M. Stirling

“In this luscious alternate universe, sidekicks quote the Lone Ranger and Right inevitably triumphs with panache. What more could adventure-loving readers ask for?” – Publishers Weekly

A new alternate history of America from the author of The Peshawar Lancers, the bestselling novel the Chicago Sun-Times called "a pleasure to read" and Harry Turtledove hailed as "first-rate adventure all the way."

1945: An ex-marine has discovered a portal that permits him to travel between the America he knows-and a virgin America untouched by European influence. 21st century: The two realities collide...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451459336
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/02/2004
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 221,863
Product dimensions: 6.78(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.33(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

S. M. Stirling is the author of numerous novels, both on his own and in collaboration. A former lawyer and an amateur historian, he lives in the Southwest with his wife, Jan.

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Conquistador 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Doc_Strange More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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**.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alt. History meets gate travel. I love the possibilities Stirling brings to the table with his many alternative history stories. I find his stories complex and an adventure I just can't pass up.
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JohnEmersonWhite More than 1 year ago
Rich+detail+full+of+heroes+and+brilliant+villains.++Just+read+it
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Guest More than 1 year ago
What would the world be like if we could start over? This book makes one think about life as we know it and the pitfalls to avoid if given a second chance. It also explores human nature in a paradise like setting. The first one hundred pages are a bit tough. But it becomes a 'can't put it down' story past that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book. Stirling can be spotty but when he is on, he is topnotch and this is one of his really good ones. The way he is going back and forth between timelines is interesting and I am looking forward to seeing how he keeps it believable. If you enjoy alternate history, this one is very good. Much better than some of Turtledove's recent stuff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book, to be great in my book, should impel me to reread immediately. This did not. I was not as engrossed in this as I have been in Stiring's Peshawar Lancers, or his Draka and Nantucket series. Perhaps this is because the setting and characters are not as exotic as the others aforementioned. That said, everything is believeable and interesting, both the characters and the society of New Virginia.
Guest More than 1 year ago
S.M.Stirling is known for very well thought out alternate worlds. In his Draka series and again in his Islands in the Sea of Time series, he created two of the most plausible and enjoyable alternate Earths ever done. He lives up to his reputation with this tale of an alternate Earth where Columbus never discovered America. Instead we have a Southern Agrarian statlet from our Earth [or a near sister] founded through a superscience style dimensional gate. What follows is a combined spy story, action adventure tale and transdimensional travelogue that will fascinate anyone who enjoys fantastic world creation and fast paced action. As is typical for Stirling, it also features a female lead of strength, whit and interest as opposed to the usual genre love bunnie. A great read that can be nejoyed many ways and on many levels.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After receiving a battle-related injury during World War II, John Rolfe recuperates in Oakland, California. John works with a short wave radio when an explosion occurs that opens an entrance into an alternate earth. In this world Europeans never traveled to the equivalent of North America. Thus the continent remains environmentally clean and loaded with natural recourses unlike his birth world. Over the years, John and his descendants selects twenty-nine other families to work with him on exporting the riches of ¿New Virginia¿ without destroying the beauty of the place. In 2009, law enforcement officials raid a First Side (this world) warehouse in Los Angeles. The company worries that someone smuggled items through the gate, which if not stopped could lead to the industrial and governmental complex learning of New Virginia and raping its pristine landscape. John¿s granddaughter Adrienne tries to uncover the identity of the traitor while Department of Fish and Game Agent Tom Christiansen works a case that brings him into her sphere. Tom and Adrienne are attracted to one another, but neither trusts the other though they need to team up to stop the destruction of New Virginia. Fans of alternate history will appreciate the depth that S. M. Stirling imbues in his delightful new novel. The rich story line makes readers believers that other dimensions containing different earths exist because the key cast members come across as authentic in their dealings on both planets. Adding fun is that Tom and Adrienne love one another and share so much in common including mistrust and a need to find the Judas-like betrayer before Eden is wrecked. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*draws her knees up to her chest and leans her cheek on them*